June opening set for tallest Riyadh tower

Updated 20 November 2012

June opening set for tallest Riyadh tower

The tallest 308-meter residential tower in the Kingdom, Burj Rafal, will open in June, Rafal Real Estate Development Company announced at a press conference at the Faisaliah Hotel yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion, Majed Al-Hogail, chief executive officer of Rafal Real Estate Development Company, said the construction work started 18 months ago and will be completed in the next eight months.
He described the property as a unique landmark of 70 floors, with 440 residential apartments, constructed on an exclusive 20,000 sq. m plot.
Burj Rafal community is located at King Fahd Highway in Al-Sahafa district in the north of Riyadh. “It is situated in a very prominent and prestigious area in the capital, close to King Abdullah Financial City and is set to create a niche of its own world,” Al-Hogail said.
“The tower will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, fully integrated systems, as well as 360 degrees of natural light, and the best utilization of space as well as world-class construction standards, ” the CEO of Rafal said, adding that the apartments are now open for sale.
He also pointed out that Kempinski Hotel, which is one of the most renowned luxurious European hotels in the world, will be constructed within the tower’s community, extending an elegant lifestyle and serenity for families and guests the year round.
The press conference was attended by many distinguished figures including Abdullah Yabrouti, chief executive officer and managing director of Dubai Contracting Company (DCC); Ali Al-Guwaise, chief executive officer of Riyadh Capital; and Ulrich Eckhardt, president of Middle East Africa Kempinski Hotels.
Eckhardt said that this is the first property Kempinski is establishing in the Kingdom, and the hotel chain plans to supplement the Riyadh property with two more hotels, including one in Alkhobar by 2012 and another in Jeddah by 2015. He added that having such a distinct presence in the Kingdom is an important element in the company’s growth strategy.
“The Saudi market is key to us as a company, and we know that it requires a great depth of understanding,” Eckhardt said.
The hotel will feature 300 guest rooms and suites, two restaurants, three cafes, conference facilities, a ballroom with a capacity for 2,000 guests, two spas and wellness centers for men and women as well as exclusive retail outlets.

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.