Bupa renews partnership with Almabani

Youssef Nehme Tohmé, left, and Eng. Ali Sheneamer.
Updated 18 January 2017
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Bupa renews partnership with Almabani

Bupa Arabia for cooperative insurance, a healthcare provider in the Kingdom, has renewed its strategic partnership with Almabani General Contractors. Bupa has provided healthcare services to over 14,000 Almabani employees and their families in the last 17 years.
Ali Sheneamer, chief commercial officer at Bupa Arabia, said: “We are extremely pleased by our partnership with Almabani General Contractors. Our successful partnership demonstrates the great confidence that Bupa Arabia has gained from several companies in the public and private sectors in the Kingdom due to its permanent care in raising the level of healthcare services and full commitment in fulfilling its promises of being the best health-care partner.”
Echoing similar sentiments, Youssef Nehme Tohmé, vice chairman of Almabani, said: “We are grateful to Bupa Arabia for its efforts in professionally providing premium health-care services to our employees’ highest levels of comfort and satisfaction.”
Almabani, a player in the field of contracting and construction, has implemented several huge and prominent national projects including airports, roads, towers, and markets in Saudi Arabia. Its current participation is in the Riyadh Metro project.


Ascott debuts in Africa with Kwarleyz Residence

Updated 15 October 2018
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Ascott debuts in Africa with Kwarleyz Residence

The Ascott Limited has cemented its footprint on the African continent with the opening of its first property in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Kwarleyz Residence, which is managed by Ascott, will be the first upscale international -class serviced residence to enter the flourishing Ghanaian market.
Thomas Wee, Ascott’s deputy managing director for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India, said: “Ascott has been managing world-class serviced residences globally for over 30 years. The opening of our first property in Africa, Kwarleyz Residence, enables our worldwide network of corporate clients and the growing international travelers to experience Ascott’s award-winning hospitality on another continent.
“Africa is the world’s second fastest-growing economy after Asia and we see great potential in the region’s hospitality market. Africa’s huge economic growth is fueled by massive infrastructure development, favorable investment policies, and a young population.
With our strong expertise in hospitality management, Ascott aims to set the benchmark in the region by offering business and leisure travelers world-class extended stay accommodation and superior customer service.”
Wee added: “In addition to Kwarleyz Residence, we have secured a contract to manage Ascott 1 Oxford Street which will open in the heart of Accra in 2019.”
Located in the upscale airport residential district, Kwarleyz Residence is surrounded by embassies and the headquarters of gold mining companies. About a five-minute drive from the Kotoka International Airport, the property is within easy access to the Marina Mall at Airport City and Tema Industrial City, via the motorway.
Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional general manager for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “We are proud to partner with Wonda World Estates to bring the first-of-its-kind hospitality offering to the Ghanaian capital and introduce sophisticated living in Accra with the opening of Kwarleyz Residence.”
Nana Kwame Bediako, president for the Kwarleyz Group of companies, which includes Wonda World Estates, said: “We see this collaborative project with our colleagues at Ascott as another example of Wonda World Estates, Kwarleyz Group, Cola Group and Kensington Residential Partners showcasing, either individually or as a collective, a commitment to the improvement of emerging markets across the African landscape.”
The 40-unit serviced residence provides a variety of studio and one- to three-bedroom apartments.
The property includes facilities such as a restaurant, coffee lounge, sky bar, rooftop garden and basement parking. Guests can relax and rejuvenate in the gymnasium, outdoor pool or spa.
The International Monetary Fund forecasts that Africa’s economy will be the second fastest growing in the world with an annual growth rate of 4.3 percent from 2016 to 2020. Ghana is ranked Africa’s fifth most attractive investment destination. Its foreign direct investment increased by nine percent to a record $3.5 billion in 2016.