Audemars Piguet opens newly designed boutique in Riyadh

The newly refurbished Audemars Piguet boutique opens in C-Center, Tahliya Street, Riyadh.
Updated 12 March 2017
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Audemars Piguet opens newly designed boutique in Riyadh

In partnership with Ali Bin Ali, Audemars Piguet has opened its boutique in C-Center, Tahliya Street, Riyadh, following a re-design aligned with the brand’s new global retail concept. The new space was officially inaugurated during a cocktail reception on March 7.
Situated on the ground floor of the C-Center, the boutique showcases an elegant design concept that captures the 142-year old manufacture’s core values: origins, artistry and extraordinary relationships. The blend of wood, metal and idyllic landscapes of Le Brassus, immerses clients in the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland, birthplace of Audemars Piguet. Created with the Valley’s atmosphere and base materials in mind, customers are invited to discover the brand’s heritage, craftsmanship and watchmaking expertise.
“We are pleased to introduce our new ‘home away from home boutique concept to Saudi Arabia which underlines our commitment to the region. The new design was created to transport our customers to our birthplace; the new space really brings out the quintessence of Audemars Piguet’s DNA,” said Nicolas Garzouzi, CEO Middle East, Audemars Piguet.
To mark the occasion of the opening, Garzouzi presented the Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Openworked in titanium with a black ceramic bezel, crafted specially for Ali Bin Ali Group and limited to 20 pieces.
Masterfully skeletonized entirely by hand, the Ali Bin Ali limited edition Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Openworked comes with a 44mm titanium case and a black ceramic bezel, push-pieces and screw-locked crown.
The openworked dial is black — emphasizing the beautiful hand finished decoration of the movement — and features black counters, a black inner bezel, as well as white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.


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).”