Al Habtoor Group’s best employees recognized

Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor with all the winners.
Updated 20 March 2017
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Al Habtoor Group’s best employees recognized

Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor, founding chairman of Al Habtoor Group, awarded the top talents of the group at its annual Employee Excellence Awards last week. Al-Habtoor congratulated each of the winners at the award ceremony held at the Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection. The event was also attended by Sultan Al-Habtoor, president, Al Habtoor Motors, and senior management from across the group’s businesses.
This year’s event marked the 10th anniversary of the Al Habtoor Group Employee Excellence Awards. The event brings together all the company’s units including Habtoor Hospitality, Al Habtoor Motors, Diamondlease, Emirates International Schools (Jumeirah and Meadows), and Al Habtoor Group Head Office.
The chairman presented a total of 25 awards to recognize the high performers in eight categories: The Chairman’s Award, Distinction Award, Business Unit Award, Departmental Award, Milestone Award, Individual Excellence Awards, Employees’ Choice Award, and CSR Award.
Each of the winners were presented with an engraved trophy, a certificate and a monetary prize.
Al-Habtoor said: “This is the tenth Al Habtoor Group Employee Excellence Awards. I believe it is important to recognize members of staff who have proven to be exemplary. They deserve to be singled out for their hard work and commitment to the company. They also set the standards high for other staff to follow. We recognize every level of employee from the most junior members of staff to the senior management.”
He added: “Al Habtoor Group has witnessed immense growth over the past few years, and our staff have risen to every challenge. Our hospitality unit alone now consists of seven hotels in Dubai, and another seven internationally; our real estate division is growing fast, with the soon-to-be completed Al Habtoor City Residence Collection, and the villas at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
“Our auto division is maintaining its high standards, and we are number one in the world for many of our auto brands. Our car rental unit, Diamondlease, is also performing well, and our two schools, Emirates International School — Jumeirah and Emirates International School — Meadows continue to produce exceptional results. I am very proud of all our units. It is the employees that have contributed to our success as a group.”
The winners, nominated by their managers, were selected from over 100 nominees across the company’s units.


Genesis G70 arrives in the Middle East

Updated 19 April 2018
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Genesis G70 arrives in the Middle East

Genesis has officially launched its compact G70 luxury sedan in Middle East markets, completing the brand’s core sedan lineup. Engineered as a dynamic car with strong appeal to younger customers and more enthusiastic drivers, the G70 joins the flagship G90 large sedan and mid-sized G80 and G80 Sport.

“Genesis has been very well received in the Middle East, and the Genesis G70 will be an exciting new chapter in our story,” said Altar Yilmaz, Genesis general manager for the Africa and Middle East region. “For many of our potential customers, this is the Genesis they have been waiting for.”

The arrival of the Genesis G70 in showrooms follows a previous display presentation at the Dubai International Motor Show in November 2017, where Genesis fielded a large number of inquiries about the car. With larger G80 and G90 models already growing a strong base of loyal customers, it is expected the compact model will add significantly to the brand’s appeal in the competitive Middle East luxury car market.

The G70 showcases the future direction of the Genesis brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design identity. 

“The G70’s interior is configured to prioritize an excellent user experience, with superb fit and finish throughout. The interior packaging reflects simplicity, with an emphasis on genuine functionality instead of gimmickry. A horizontal layout brings a sense of stability, with an intuitively laid-out switchgear and a comfortable, assertive sport steering wheel,” the carmaker said.

The G70 offers two powertrains in the Middle East region — a 3.3-liter V6 petrol turbo and 2.0-liter I4 petrol turbo.  The Lambda II 3.3-liter V6 turbo GDI engine is the heart of the enthusiast-focused G70 Sport, with 370 ps and maximum torque of 52.0 kg.m (510 N.m) 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 270 km/h.