Rove Hotels expands to Saudi Arabia with first hotel in KAEC

Seated from left: Olivier Harnisch, CEO, Emaar Hospitality Group, and Ramzi Solh, CEO — Commercial Development, KAEC. Standing from left: Jaidev Menezes, corporate director — business development, Emaar Hospitality Group; Animesh Pandey, director, asset management, KAEC; Fahd Al-Rasheed, group CEO, KAEC; and Arun Vaish, director, hospitality development, KAEC.
Updated 07 February 2018
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Rove Hotels expands to Saudi Arabia with first hotel in KAEC

Rove Hotels, a joint venture of Meraas and Emaar Properties PJSC, has announced its expansion to Saudi Arabia with the Rove King Abdullah Economic City. The project will be located centrally in the Bay La Sun waterfront district of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in the vicinity of the Prince Mohammad bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship (MBSC) and a newly established entrepreneurship hub.
Marking the debut of Rove Hotels in Saudi Arabia, Rove King Abdullah Economic City is the first hotel under the contemporary midscale lifestyle hotel brand outside the UAE. It will feature 240 rooms, fitness centers for men and women, and a wide range of lifestyle amenities. The construction work is anticipated to start in the second quarter of 2018 with the soft opening scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.
“KAEC is fast establishing a reputation as the domestic destination of choice for leisure visitors and business events and conferences. Our expanding range of entertainment and leisure offerings are having a tremendous impact on the city’s appeal and ability to deliver a standout experience for visitors,” said Ramzi Solh, CEO, Real Estate Operation and Management Company. “We have an aggressive development plan to expand our hotel and resort portfolio.”
Olivier Harnisch, chief executive officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “Rove King Abdullah Economic City brings the innovative concept of contemporary midscale hospitality experiences to the Kingdom ... The expansion complements the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030 to drive economic diversification with tourism development as a strategic growth area.”
Paul Bridger, corporate director of operations, Rove Hotels, said: “With five-star hotels accounting for the majority of hotel rooms, the need for high-quality-midscale hotels is significant in the Kingdom. Rove Hotels is addressing the industry ‘white space’ through a new hotel concept that not only helps address the gap in midscale hotel rooms but also creates vibrant social spaces for the young tech-savvy Saudis. The philosophy of Rove Hotels is to deliver culturally inspiring and fuss-free service in central locations. Bay La Sun in KAEC is an ideal destination for the first Rove hotel in Saudi Arabia.”


Matthew Fitzpatrick wins Omega tournament

Updated 21 October 2018
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Matthew Fitzpatrick wins Omega tournament

The 2018 Omega European Masters ended in Crans-Montana with victory for Matthew Fitzpatrick of England. This is the 18th year that Omega has title-sponsored the competition. The watch brand said it was thrilled to watch as Fitzpatrick played through the tournament’s final day to take home the winner’s check, trophy, red championship jacket and an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Master Chronometer. 

The 41mm watch features a symmetrical 18K Sedna gold case and a sun-brushed brown dial with a distinctive horizontal “teak” pattern. There is also a date window at 6 o’clock and 18K Sedna gold hands and indexes filled with white Super-LumiNova. Presented on a brown leather strap, the timepiece is powered by the Omega Master Chronometer caliber 8901, certified at the industry’s highest standard for precision and performance by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). 

Raynald Aeschlimann, president and CEO of Omega, said: “We’d like to congratulate Matthew Fitzpatrick on his superb victory this week. It’s not easy to hold your nerve over four days, so his win is a true sign of the precision and patience that Omega admires. Thanks also to all the players who have made this another very memorable year.” 

The final round of the tournament on Sunday also began with a special announcement from Omega, revealing that the 2019 Omega Masters will feature the brand’s three male golfing ambassadors, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood. 

Originally known as “The Swiss Open,” the Omega European Masters is renowned for its heritage, famed winners and majestic mountain scenery that delights players and spectators every year. 

Although it was first played in 1923, this competition has been title sponsored by Omega since 2001.