Al-Khozama school hosts Model UN conference in Dammam

The chief guest distributed trophies and certificates to the winners.
Updated 06 November 2017
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Al-Khozama school hosts Model UN conference in Dammam

Al-Khozama International School in Dammam hosted its 6th Model United Nations (MUN) conference recently.
Principal Jayashree Muralidhar welcomed the audience.
The event is a replica of a live UN conference. It provides high school students an atmosphere that encourages the “delegates” to embrace their role as members of the global community and thus emphasizes their commitment to peace and security. The students are given a simulated committee experience of the UN with its different bodies such as the General Assembly and Security Council.
The event was attended by chief guest Jeanine Granthem, assistant professor of environmental design in the Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University; Razi Shaikh Pareeth, deputy group manager commercial; Peter Ronald, vice principal of New Al-Wurood International School; Bushara Khadir, vice principal of New Al-Wurood International School; and Niyas C. K., head master of Al-Khozama International School. The judging panel comprised Syed Faizulla, Umar Farooq Malik and Minuri Wijay Sekra.
The chief guest distributed trophies and certificates to the winners. The best speaker in the General Assembly was Mrunalini Vijay Shankar of Al-Khozama followed by Shine Surendran of Al-Khozama and Abdulla Hussainy of New Al-Wurood in the second and third positions, respectively. The best speaker prize in the Security Council was awarded to Sheheer Ansari of New Al-Wurood followed by Mohammed Omar of Al-Yasmin International School, Riyadh and Tanush Reddy of Al-Khozama in the second and third positions, respectively.
Aswathy Sathish of New Al-Wurood was declared the best delegate in the General Assembly and Shine Surendran bagged the second position. The third position was shared between Abdullah Hussainy of New Al-Wurood and Abdullah Mohammed of International Indian School Riyadh (IISR).
The best delegate in the Security Council was Sheheer Ansari followed by Tanush Reddy and Shiya Binth Siyaz of New Al-Wurood in the second and third positions, respectively.
The first position for the overall performance was shared between boys of Al-Khozama and boys of New Al-Wurood. The second position was shared between girls of Al-Khozama and boys of Al-Yasmin. The third position was bagged by New Al-Wurood.


Ascott debuts in Africa with Kwarleyz Residence

Updated 15 October 2018
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Ascott debuts in Africa with Kwarleyz Residence

The Ascott Limited has cemented its footprint on the African continent with the opening of its first property in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Kwarleyz Residence, which is managed by Ascott, will be the first upscale international -class serviced residence to enter the flourishing Ghanaian market.
Thomas Wee, Ascott’s deputy managing director for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India, said: “Ascott has been managing world-class serviced residences globally for over 30 years. The opening of our first property in Africa, Kwarleyz Residence, enables our worldwide network of corporate clients and the growing international travelers to experience Ascott’s award-winning hospitality on another continent.
“Africa is the world’s second fastest-growing economy after Asia and we see great potential in the region’s hospitality market. Africa’s huge economic growth is fueled by massive infrastructure development, favorable investment policies, and a young population.
With our strong expertise in hospitality management, Ascott aims to set the benchmark in the region by offering business and leisure travelers world-class extended stay accommodation and superior customer service.”
Wee added: “In addition to Kwarleyz Residence, we have secured a contract to manage Ascott 1 Oxford Street which will open in the heart of Accra in 2019.”
Located in the upscale airport residential district, Kwarleyz Residence is surrounded by embassies and the headquarters of gold mining companies. About a five-minute drive from the Kotoka International Airport, the property is within easy access to the Marina Mall at Airport City and Tema Industrial City, via the motorway.
Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional general manager for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “We are proud to partner with Wonda World Estates to bring the first-of-its-kind hospitality offering to the Ghanaian capital and introduce sophisticated living in Accra with the opening of Kwarleyz Residence.”
Nana Kwame Bediako, president for the Kwarleyz Group of companies, which includes Wonda World Estates, said: “We see this collaborative project with our colleagues at Ascott as another example of Wonda World Estates, Kwarleyz Group, Cola Group and Kensington Residential Partners showcasing, either individually or as a collective, a commitment to the improvement of emerging markets across the African landscape.”
The 40-unit serviced residence provides a variety of studio and one- to three-bedroom apartments.
The property includes facilities such as a restaurant, coffee lounge, sky bar, rooftop garden and basement parking. Guests can relax and rejuvenate in the gymnasium, outdoor pool or spa.
The International Monetary Fund forecasts that Africa’s economy will be the second fastest growing in the world with an annual growth rate of 4.3 percent from 2016 to 2020. Ghana is ranked Africa’s fifth most attractive investment destination. Its foreign direct investment increased by nine percent to a record $3.5 billion in 2016.