Carlson Rezidor signs a new Radisson Blu in Riyadh

Elie Younes
Updated 17 July 2017
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Carlson Rezidor signs a new Radisson Blu in Riyadh

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world, has announced the signing of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Al-Sahafa in the Kingdom.
This takes the group’s portfolio in Saudi Arabia to 36 hotels in operation and under development, with six hotels in Riyadh alone. Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Al-Sahafa will open in Q1 2019.
The hotel’s location in the North Business District of Riyadh offers first-class accessibility to King Khalid International Airport and is at the intersection of major highways, Olaya Street and King Fahd Road.
It is located close to Riyadh’s new King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), which is also scheduled to open later this year to become one of the region’s major financial hubs.
Elie Younes, executive vice president & chief development officer of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “We are pleased to continue boosting our presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and we appreciate and thank our respected partner, Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Sulaiman bin Akrash for the commitment and contributions ... toward the Saudi Vision 2030 in promoting tourism.”
He added: “We are confident that the business fundamentals, and the major infrastructure projects being developed in line with the Kingdom’s future vision, will help accelerate further economic growth for the country and create more opportunities for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group to make several valuable contributions to the economy and communities where we operate.”
The hotel will have 163 rooms and suites, a restaurant and an executive lounge. The meeting and events space spreads over more than 900 square meters and includes a ballroom. The leisure facilities will include a gym and male and female spas.
Sulaiman bin Akrash said: “We are pleased to enter into an agreement with Carlson Rezidor, one of the world’s leading hotel operators. We are excited about our project in the key commercial and financial hub of Riyadh. We look forward to working with one of the world’s most ethical hotel companies to bring international expertise and knowledge of the upper upscale hospitality industry.”


Saudi Arabian Airlines displays new products

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabian Airlines displays new products

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the Kingdom’s national carrier, is participating in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), taking place in Dubai this week. This year marks the 25th edition of the show. Saudia has participated consistently throughout the years.
The airline has rolled out many new products and onboard amenities this year, including a new Business Class Porsche Design Men’s kit and Furla Ladies kit, as well as new children’s characters and kits.
Saudia is debuting a new exhibition stand design (9 x 30.5 meters) along with many interactive features and products on display. These include all the latest seats on static display — First Suite (first class), Business Class, and the Guest Class (economy) seats.
Also on display is a “smart model” experience, which provides a 3D interactive tour through the new Jeddah King Abdul Aziz International Airport.
Saudia is currently in the midst of a rapid transformation, fleet and network expansion program.
The airline has achieved double-digit growth in international passenger traffic, flying to 89 destinations across four continents. Saudia is receiving on average, one new aircraft every 12 days. Currently at 147, by the end of 2020 the fleet is set to reach 200 aircraft.
“Saudia looks forward to welcoming its travel retail partners, media and hospitality guests at ATM. The airline’s stand is located at ME 4310,” the airline said in a press release.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, the airline is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
Saudia carried 30 million passengers in 2016, and was named the 2017 World’s Most Improved Airline by Skytrax, an independent global aviation industry monitor.
The airline has 11 codeshare partners including: Garuda Indonesia, China Southern Airlines, Air France, Royal Air Maroc, Alitalia, Korean Airlines, KLM, Middle East Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Europa and Oman Air.