Dow workshop addresses Saudi urban infrastructural challenges

Dow Saudi Arabia President Chuck Swartz outlines Dow’s growth in Saudi Arabia.
Updated 20 November 2016
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Dow workshop addresses Saudi urban infrastructural challenges

More than 60 senior representatives from the public and private sectors in Saudi Arabia recently converged in a workshop in Riyadh, designed to share and showcase Dow’s innovative solutions in addressing Saudi urban infrastructural challenges and underscore Dow’s commitment and support to the Kingdom in achieving its Vision 2030.
Entitled “Supporting Vision 2030: Energy Efficiency and Advanced Local Manufacturing,” the workshop offered a forum for professional exchange of knowledge and skills related to Vision 2030, with a focus on energy efficiency and advanced local manufacturing.
Among other senior leaders who attended the workshop were Abdullah Al-Shehri, governor of Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA); Abdullah Al-Qahtani, deputy governor of Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), Rashid Al-Zahrani, deputy governor of Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), Naif Alabbadi, director general of Saudi Energy Efficiency Center, and Areej Al-Khalaf, dean of Scientific Research, Princess Nourah University.
In his opening remarks, Dow Saudi Arabia President Chuck Swartz outlined Dow’s growth in Saudi Arabia and the company’s global sustainability journey which began in the 1990s. He said: “The passion, creativity and expertise of our people drives innovation at the intersection of the sciences — creating value for business, humanity and the environment. Dow people worldwide directly apply their passion and expertise to advance the well being of people and the planet, and maintain world leading operations performance in natural resource efficiency, environment, health and safety.”
“We do find a lot of common ground between Dow’s 2025 sustainability goals and Saudi Vision 2030, particularly in terms of achieving environmental sustainability, addressing urban infrastructural challenges, innovation in advanced technologies and entrepreneurship and equipping young men and women for the jobs of the future,” Swartz added.
At the workshop, Dow leaders and subject matter experts discussed sustainability and advanced local manufacturing, as well as various innovative technologies that address challenges in energy efficiency & conservation, indoor air quality (IAQ) and transportation & structure preservation.


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 20 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).”