Saudi travel enthusiasts can now explore the White Continent

Updated 10 August 2017

Saudi travel enthusiasts can now explore the White Continent

Antarctica is slowly emerging as one of the most sought after destinations for Saudi cruise travelers, who are always in search for something exotic and different.
As per the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), 38,478 visitors traveled to Antarctica with IAATO members during 2015 and 2016. That is a 4.6 percent increase over the previous season. Furthermore, 43,885 visitors are expected to visit the continent in the 2016-2017 season.
To address the needs of the Saudi travelers, “The Q Experiences” has announced a trip to Antarctica on a luxury cruise. Starting on Dec. 9, this will be an 11-day curated trip to the exotic ice-crowned continent rightly known as “the White Continent.”
Vasim Shaikh, founder of the India headquartered, Q Experiences said: “We have received a tremendous response for this remarkable trip from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. At Q, it is our constant endeavor to create memories that last a lifetime for all our travelers; we are keen on creating a similar experience for our Gulf travelers as well, and we are hopeful to see more travelers from this region to join us in this trip of a lifetime.”
“It is the first time such a curated journey to Antarctica is being promoted in the GCC. Since the number of travelers from this region has been negligible over the last few years, The Q wanted to bring this journey to the luxury travelers of GCC who are globetrotters and have been waiting to step foot on the seventh continent. We have put together the most refined way to explore the wilderness of Antarctic Peninsula with a superlative culinary experience,” added Shaikh.
Starting off from Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the luxury cruise trip promises to create an experience of a lifetime.
The travelers would be on board “The Great Majestic Explorer” — a sleek, gorgeous yacht, which would have 132 elegant staterooms and suites. To ensure a superior gastronomic experience to the travelers, Atul Kochhar, renowned Indian Michelin-starred chef will be on board curating the finest of Indian regional cuisine. In addition, the team of a catering center of excellence run by Alain Ducasse Enterprise will also be on board to enhance the global cuisine.
“The travelers aboard the Majestic Explorer will be sailing through the confluence of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, known as ‘The Drake Passage’ for two days and nights. On the fourth day, travelers will get their first experience of magnificent glaciers, rising slowly from the waters at Neko Bay and Paradise Bay,” added Mr.Shaikh.
Marching toward Port Charcot and Port Lockroy on day five and six, travelers will explore the stunning ice-covered rocks and home to the kelp gull — a haven for the avid wildlife enthusiast.
On the seventh day, travelers will be exploring “Deception Island” — a place steeped in history and home to the largest colony of “Chinstrap Penguins” in the Antarctic peninsula. Travelers will witness a breathtaking sight of over 100,000 pairs of penguins and play along with serenity of Elephant seals and Fur seals. The following day, they will be sailing through the quietest places on earth -—The Weddell Sea.
“During the last three days of the journey, travelers will hit the land, crossing the Drake Passage once more, making their way back to Ushuaia and civilization. The ship will dock on the last day and the journey to majestic White Continent will thereby come to an end,” said Shaikh.

AJVA prepares to welcome female Ford customers

Updated 16 June 2018

AJVA prepares to welcome female Ford customers

Al-Jazirah Vehicles Agencies (AJVA), the Ford and Lincoln importer-dealer in Saudi Arabia, is ready to welcome female customers and their families at its upgraded facility in Riyadh’s Takhassussi Street.

Crafted as a one-stop shop for female customers in a warm family environment, the Takhassussi showroom is conveniently located in the Mohammadia area, near many of the Saudi capital’s most popular shopping areas.

Joining the existing staff on the showroom floor is a team of highly-trained female sales consultants, many of whom have years of experience with the Ford brand and products. 

“Our goal is to create a relaxing environment that enables a new wave of customers to enjoy the entire experience of buying and owning their dream Ford,” said Mohammed Al-Kraidees, deputy CEO of Al-Jazirah Vehicles Agencies. “There is a lot to consider when buying a new car, and we really want the experience to be as stress-free as possible for our female customers.” 

“Ford is committed to delivering the products, services and overall ownership experience that our new female customers in Saudi Arabia want,” said Crystal Worthem, marketing director of  Ford Middle East and Africa. “Since the royal decree was announced, our teams have been working together with our distributor, Al-Jazirah Vehicles Agencies Co., to implement various actions that would help welcome Saudi women to the driver’s seat. While this is very much of an ongoing process, as this new customer group’s needs evolve, our approach will continue to evolve with them.”

Once a customer decides on the model they would like, the branch will arrange a test drive, and upon purchasing the vehicle they will be offered the option of a convenient collect-and-drop-off service. 

AJVA’s customer care does not end when the new owner drives out of the dealership. After-sales customer service is handled through Al-Jazirah’s Connection Center, which is staffed by men and women who have deep knowledge of the company’s products, facilities and service procedures. They are well-equipped to provide advice and guidance to customers, enhancing the experience of Ford ownership by removing all stress.

Al-Jazirah will also roll out roadside assistance vehicles for women soon. Based in the main centers throughout Saudi Arabia, the service is designed to give customers complete peace of mind on the roads.