IDCC marks World Diabetes Day with children in Jeddah

A children’s corner at the event.
Updated 22 November 2017
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IDCC marks World Diabetes Day with children in Jeddah

The International Diabetes Care Center (IDCC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, recently organized an open day to increase awareness about diabetes among children.
The event, held under the slogan “Thanks My Family,” saw children express gratitude to their families.
The event is part of the awareness drive undertaken by the center to mark World Diabetes Day, which was observed on Nov. 14.
The activity took place in Boulevard, Jeddah, and included blood sugar tests, recreational activities such as painting and sports, and awareness campaigns about the identification of diabetes symptoms, diagnosis and prevention methods.
A children’s corner saw the little ones tell “Filfil Sukkar” stories while another corner encouraged them to show their artistic talents with the help of professional painter Ula Hijazi.
Mohamed Saidi, director general of Boulevard, said: “We believe that every individual has a role to play in society, for his/her family and enterprise. To realize this principle, we are proud to host this activity in cooperation with the International Diabetes Care Center. This event is in addition to the activities and events that Boulevard organizes, which are in line with our social responsibility policy.”
Wid Al-Harthy, founder of IDCC, highlighted the center’s keenness to observe the day on a yearly basis. “The objective is to raise awareness among diabetic children and their families through the programs set for the day,” she added.
Al-Harthy said the event is in line with the growing international interest in diabetes prevalence among adults in general, and children in particular. It also comes within the framework of the Saudi Ministry of Health’s awareness campaigns, she said.
In 2013, it was estimated that almost 382 million people suffer from diabetes and Saudi Arabia was among the top 10 countries of the world with the highest prevalence.


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.