Riyadh hosts Automechanika 2018
Riyadh hosts Automechanika 2018
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “The decision to allow women to drive from June 2018, along with other recent economic initiatives, bodes well for many industries, however, the Kingdom’s automotive aftermarket is among those that could benefit the most.
“Saudi already has more than 7 million passenger vehicles in operation, and this will increase significantly in the coming years, with potentially 9 million new drivers added to the roads.”
He said: “Automakers will be the first to benefit, along with banks and insurance companies that finance and underwrite new car purchases, however, the aftermarket comes next when these millions of additional cars require regular repair and maintenance, replacement parts, tires, batteries, accessories, car care and grooming.”
Pauwels comments come ahead of the inaugural edition of Automechanika Riyadh, the largest dedicated trade show for Saudi’s aftermarket in the Kingdom’s Eastern and Central provinces.
The biennial three-day event takes place from Feb. 5-7 at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center, and will feature more than 150 exhibitors from 20 countries.
“Revenues for Saudi’s aftermarket, including tires, batteries, lubricants, and other engine components and accessories, were worth more than $6.7 billion in 2016, so it’s already a significant market, and the largest in the Middle East,” he said.
Other headline exhibitors at the event include Dubai-based Mineral Circles Bearings (MCB), Japan Toyomoto, American headquartered Donaldson, Germany’s ZF Services, and Spain’s Blinker. The event will also feature country pavilions from Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, and China.
The event is the 17th global instalment of Automechanika, the world’s most successful automotive aftermarket trade fair brand.
Hadi Al-Harith, CEO of Ace Group, said: “It gives us great pleasure to continue our association with Messe Frankfurt Middle East and extend the reach of the Automechanika brand into Saudi’s Central and Eastern regions.
“Saudi decision to allow women to take to the wheel in the Kingdom is a good news for aftermarket stakeholders, and will add to the buzz on Automechanika Riyadh’s show.”
Emaar reopens historic Al-Alamein Hotel
The historic Al-Alamein Hotel has officially reopened after a major facelift by Emaar Hospitality Group that makes it among the finest resorts along the Mediterranean.
The opening event was attended by Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, VIP guests, top media figures, as well as other public figures.
Situated in the picturesque setting of Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay, the hotel’s glamorous design ethos and refurbished retro-modern interiors hark back to the glory days of the 1960s, when the resort first opened.
The remodelled designs blend vintage charm with contemporary style, evoking a sense of nostalgia to the golden age of Egyptian music and cinema. “The refurbishment of Al-Alamein Hotel provides an example of our determination to offer a hotel that is on a par with, or rather superior to, world-class resorts,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar.
“We strive for nothing less than the highest global standards for our customers and our developments in Egypt including Al-Alamein Hotel, of which renovation costs totaled EGP 1.5 billion ($84 million),” Alabbar added.
While the building stays true to its rich heritage, visitors can expect modern comfort and style everywhere, from the bar and restaurants to the corridors and rooms.
There is something remarkable around every corner of the resort. An impressive assortment of black and white photographs of Egypt’s most celebrated classical actors and singers festooning columns at the lobby offer visitors much to marvel at once they walk into the building.
The hotel is also home to the renowned Umbrellas sculpture by Greek artist George Zongolopoulos, a poetic structure of steel umbrellas that stretches 13 meters into the sky, offering a dramatic reinterpretation of Abdel Halim Hafez’ classic oldie “Dokko Elshamasy” or “Fix the Umbrellas on the Beach.” One of the most photographed modern sculptures worldwide, the piece was first displayed at the Venice Biennale in 1995, where it drew international attention, and will now delight visitors to this Egyptian vacation spot.
The hotel also boasts a magnificent collection of art works and sculptures by a large number of local and global artists, including an iconic mosaic mural of late legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum and another one featuring colorful ancient boats.
Al-Alamein Hotel is part of a thriving residential and tourist community Emaar is developing in Marassi, the company’s flagship Mediterranean landmark in Egypt. These include several hotels already launched such as Vida Marassi Marina, Address Marassi Beach Resort and Address Marassi Golf Resort + Spa. Marassi will be home to seven luxury hotels with up to 3,000 rooms.