ICC appoints Saudi on executive board

Updated 20 June 2015
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ICC appoints Saudi on executive board

The Paris-based International Chambers of Commerce has selected a Saudi as its executive board member. Yassin bin Saeed Al-Suroor, a businessman and president of the ICC Saudi chapter, is based at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) here.
The selection came recently at the global ICC meeting at the Italian city of Torino, following a strong completion for the membership of the board from 23 candidates from all over the world.
Al-Suroor, the ICC’s Middle East and Arab region representative, expressed his appreciation of the ICC for his selection. “The selection has come in recognition of the role the ICC-SA plays in international business and trade,” he said.
It is also in recognition of the increasing important role the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is playing in the international economic arena, he added.
Al-Suroor said the executive board is composed of top international business executives that works at senior level positions at ICC chapters all over the world. It is the highest body of ICC responsible for the formulation and implementation of the ICC strategies globally.
ICC is the world business organization founded in 1919, as the only representative body that speaks with authority on behalf of enterprises from all sectors in every part of the world. It promotes an open international trade and investment system and the market economy.
It also provides essential services, foremost among them the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
In 1947, the year of the creation of the United Nations, ICC was granted the consultative status at the highest level with the UN and its specialized agencies, including the World Trade Organization and the G8.
The ICC today comprises thousands of member companies and associations from over 140 countries, including Saudi Arabia.


Shaza Makkah opens doors in holy city

Updated 12 August 2018
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Shaza Makkah opens doors in holy city

Shaza Hotels, a luxury hotel brand that embraces the cultures of the Middle East, is making its debut in the holy city of Makkah with the opening of Shaza Makkah. The hotel is located within the precincts of Al-Masjid Al-Haram and the new Jabal Ka’aba district. 

“Respectful luxury, serenity that soothes the soul and a contemporary interpretation of the Arabian motifs form the core of design at Shaza Makkah,” said a press release.

“The thoughtfully crafted 251 rooms and suites at Shaza Makkah are enhanced by many having beautiful views of the Holy Mosque. Small by choice, the hotel’s bespoke services and restaurants and meeting spaces add a new dimension to the experience. Shaza Makkah epitomizes the essence of the Shaza brand, dedicated to offering a unique luxury hospitality experience inspired by the legendary traditions of the famous Silk Route.” 

Khalid Saud Abu Haimed, chief executive officer of Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi Real Estate Investments Company, said: “We are delighted to open Shaza Makkah Hotel which will be the crown jewel property for Al-Rajhi Investments’ portfolio of real estate assets. This is our third hotel opening in Makkah, among the other projects in our development pipeline and I am certain, similar to our other hotels, Shaza Makkah will become the permanent and distinguishing destination for guests visiting Makkah.”

Simon Coombs, president and CEO of Shaza Hotels, said: “Opening of Shaza Makkah marks a key milestone for Shaza Hotels. We are honored to partner with Al-Rajhi Investments in opening their flagship hotel in the holy city of Makkah. It is our endeavor to create a new approach, one of handcrafted guest experiences in an oasis of calm. In tune with the potential of Vision 2030, Shaza Hotels will strive to create distinctive hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Salim Khan, head of asset management — hotels at Al-Rajhi Investments, said: “Having 251 keys as compared to other hotels with larger inventories in the central area, will give us the leverage to target the optimum business mix with strong focus on distinctive quality of services that would be provided to the guests.”

Shaza Makkah is part of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) and offers its guests unique experiences with Shaza Discovery loyalty program. The program includes more than 10 million members, across 35 brands, and encompassing over 550 upscale and luxury hotels with 110,000 rooms across 76 different countries.