Oman Air wins ‘Best Arab Air Carrier Supporting Arab Tourism’ award

Updated 08 February 2017
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Oman Air wins ‘Best Arab Air Carrier Supporting Arab Tourism’ award

Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman, is celebrating the latest in a string of prestigious wins, following the presentation to the airline of the “Best Arab Air Carrier Supporting Arab Tourism” award. The 2017 Arab Tourism Media Awards ceremony organized by the Arab Center for Tourism Media was held at Casablanca Grand Hotel Jeddah.
Usama Karim Al-Haremi, head of corporate communications and media at Oman Air, said: “Oman Air is pleased and proud to accept the ‘Best Arab Air Carrier Supporting Arab Tourism’ award and we would like to thank the judges and everyone else at the Arab Tourism Media Awards for this accolade.
“Since last year, Oman Air saw the introduction of six new Boeing 737-800s and two B787-800s to the airline’s fleet. And with the addition of the new aircraft Oman Air’s fleet currently stands at 48. This will not only offer more people a superlative passenger experience, but also enable even more people to visit Oman and discover for themselves the unique beauty and timeless culture of this wonderful country, which is increasingly renowned at an international level as a distinguished tourist destination.”
Oman Air continues to further consolidate its global position as one of the world’s leading airlines through its prestigious award wins. Recent awards in 2016 include World’s Leading Airline — Economy Class at the World Travel Awards in the Maldives, and Foreign Airline of the Year by Sector to the Middle East at the annual KLIA Awards, introduced in 2006 to recognize the best in Malaysian aviation industry. It was also awarded the coveted Signum Virtutis seal of excellence by the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards 2016. The accolades are not limited to the passenger operation; Oman Air Cargo was also awarded “Best Cargo Airline for Valuable Goods — North and East” at the India Cargo Awards 2016 held in Delhi.
Almost 900,000 people participated in voting for 260 participants from across the Arab world. The Omani winners were among several Arab contenders in various categories, including entrants from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, the UAE, Tunisia and Jordan.


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).”