KAEC World Academy sets new standards

Updated 18 September 2012
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KAEC World Academy sets new standards

King Abdullah Economic City has announced the inauguration and start of the first school located on its premises.
The World Academy, run by GEMS International, pursues a distinctive educational approach founded on both international standards and the Kingdom’s values ​​and culture.
The World Academy invites parents seeking high quality education that aspire to international standards thus setting the stage for their children to pursue undergraduate study and higher-education at universities Abroad.
Fahd Al-Rasheed, managing director and CEO of KAEC, expressed his pleasure at The World Academy starting off the school year.
The CEO said: “We proudly stand here today to celebrate a new achievement in King Abdullah Economic City, opening a new gateway to a sophisticated level of education on an international level that will become a global model in the 21st century. Through our focus on the educational sector, we will be able to achieve this ambitious goal, which, in turn will contribute to the vision of King Abdullah Economic City to be a major catalyst for economic and social development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Rayan Qutub, head of business development in KAEC, said: “The World Academy is considered to be a new world of education that provides a sophisticated level of education based on international standards.”
Qutub added: “The World Academy receives students from kindergarten through to high school level in separate buildings that incorporate a variety of facilities to meet all their educational and social needs.”
Adding his remarks, Mark Johnston, The World Academy general manager, said the academy had been built in line with the privileged lifestyle of King Abdullah Economic City.
The World Academy consists of an integrated educational environment that features intelligent academic semesters; an advanced library equipped with the latest devices and electrical means in addition to an e-library, English language center and other centers to discover and develop talents.


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 21 March 2019
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Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Marriott International and Dur Hospitality this week celebrated the opening of the Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter. The complex is strategically located in the heart of one of the most sought-after areas in the city with easy access to key embassies and major corporate headquarters, and a 30-minute drive from King Khalid International Airport. 

“We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of two strategically important hotels that not only complement each other but also deliver very distinct brand experiences. Saudi Arabia continues to be one of our key markets and we are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Dur Hospitality,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The hotel is inspired by Wadi Hanifa, a beautiful desert oasis running through Riyadh. The low-rise hotel resembles the smooth, dry canyon walls that make for a dramatic arrival experience. Once you step inside, the waterways guide the way into the building, ushering guests through the arrival court into the palm-dotted oasis in the hotel’s courtyard. Planted cacti, flowering vines, plentiful blooming desert flora and native date palm trees create a calming ambiance, providing shade from the desert sun. 

The complex is the first five-star full service hotel in the Diplomatic Quarter and features 80 spacious modern rooms, and 140 fully equipped apartments. The deluxe rooms feature modern décor and ample work space, allowing guests to stay connected with in-room technology, including high-speed WiFi and bedside USB outlets. Guests staying in one of the six Premium Suites or the Presidential Suite can enrich their experience in the M Club Lounge offering an international buffet, hors d’oeuvre and local specialties 24 hours a day. 

The Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter houses three dining venues, Goji Kitchen — an all-day dining destination, a la carte restaurant Mesquite and Agave Café located in the lobby. The hotel offers multiple recreational areas surrounded by lush greenery. 

Muin Serhan, general manager of Marriott Hotels in Riyadh, said: “The opening of Marriott Riyadh and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter is considered an important milestone in our developing journey in the hospitality field; we are keen to provide a very special experience to our valuable guests whatever they are traveling for — business or leisure.”

He added: “And we are very proud to be part of the new Marriott travel program ‘Marriott Bonvoy,’ built on the belief that travel enriches its members and the world around them. Launching in February 2019, Marriott Bonvoy replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).”