InterContinental Hotels Group to open Crowne Plaza Riyadh

Updated 12 February 2018
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InterContinental Hotels Group to open Crowne Plaza Riyadh

RiIYADH: Leading hotel operator Inter Continental Hotels Group will be opening its seventh Crowne Plaza hotel in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
The 326-room hotel will be located in ‘Al-Ra’idah Digital City’ a mixed-use district that is expected to accommodate over 20,000 employees and up to 10,000 residents in the forseeable future. The Al-Ra’idah digital city has been welcoming multinationals, technology companies, government agencies, and many of the new ventures that are part of the National Transformation Project 2030.
The hotel features more than 12000m2 of exhibition and conference space including, a three-level circular conference center, a ballroom, large pre-function areas and 12 daylight meeting rooms.
Waleed Al Eisa, the chief operating officerof Al Ra’idah Investment Company said that he is “delighted to work with IHG to bring another Crowne Plaza hotel to Al Ra’idah Digital City.
“IHG continues to be a trusted brand in the Kingdom, offering guests world-class amenities, seamless guest experience and an unparalleled rewards program.”


UAE passenger jet makes long haul journey on locally produced biofuel

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UAE passenger jet makes long haul journey on locally produced biofuel

  • The biofuel was produced from plants grown in a local saltwater ecosystem in Abu Dhabi
  • It can be refined using existing infrastructure and used with current engines and airport fueling systems

DUBAI: Etihad Airways flew the first commercial flight powered by locally produced sustainable fuel Wednesday, Emirati airlines Etihad Airways reported on their website from an announcement by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC).

The Boeing 787, flying from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam, used biofuel produced from the oil of Salicornia plants, which are grown in the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS), in Masdar City near the UAE capital - Abu Dhabi.

The SEAS project is the world’s first desert ecosystem made specially to produce fuel and food in saltwater.

While Etihad is not the first airline to use biofuel in its aircraft, it is the first time in the UAE for the source of the biofuel to be grown and produced in the country.

“Etihad’s flight proves SEAS is a game-changer that can substantially benefit air transport and the world,” said Vice President of strategy and market development for Boeing International Sean Schwinn.

“The research and technology being developed shows significant promise to transform coastal deserts into productive farmland supporting food security and cleaner skies.”

The biofuel can be produced using existing refinery facilities, it can be blended with regular jet fuel, and used with existing aircraft, engines and airport fueling delivery systems

Biofuels were introduced for commercial flight use in 2011.

Since then nearly 160,000 passengers have flown on flights powered by a blend of sustainable and traditional jet fuels.

The water used for the SEAS project is drawn from fish and shrimp farmeries that produce food for the UAE.

The system is expected to expand to cover 2 mln square meters over the course of the next few years.