InterContinental undergoes multimillion-dollar renovation

Fahad Ibrahim Al-Sayegh (left), general manager of InterContinental Al-Jubail, and Ali Al-Agnam, director of sales and marketing.
Updated 05 March 2018
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InterContinental undergoes multimillion-dollar renovation

InterContinental Al-Jubail, a five-star luxury hotel in the Eastern Province industrial city of Jubail, has announced the fast progress of its multimillion-dollar renovation project comprising 300 guest rooms, a banquet hall, meeting rooms, restaurants and large utility areas. The announcement was recently made by Fahad Ibrahim Al-Sayegh, general manager of InterContinental Al-Jubail.
“The full renovation included a top-to-bottom refurbishment of guest rooms, corridors, and a fitness center,” said Al-Sayegh.
He said that the hotel rooms, including suites, received new beds, furniture, hardwood flooring, bathroom updates and headboards with reading lamps and other luxury décor, with high-speed Internet and other technology features.
“This huge renovation aims to establish InterCon as the global brand of choice, as we spent more than $150,000 on renovating each guest room,” said Al-Sayegh.
“Here you can relax in the lap of an elegant resort, ask the concierge to arrange a day of fishing and diving over coral reefs in the Arabian Gulf, or sail back for sunset drinks and a lavish dinner,” said the hotel’s general manager.
He pointed out that the hotel offers the guest a choice of four different food and beverage outlets, which serve a wide range of Arab and international cuisines. The hotel’s Al-Tuwayah Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers lavish buffets and theme nights. The specialty restaurants include Al-Diwan Lebanese Restaurant and Tex-Mex Mexican Restaurant, which are highly recommended by tour operators. The fourth one is a restaurant on the beach, where guests can enjoy food amid nature’s serenity and beauty.
Commenting on the nationalization of the workforce in the hospitality sector, Al-Sayegh said: “About 40 percent of our staff are Saudis ... we run different types of training programs with an aim to train and hire young Saudi boys and girls.
“More Saudis will join our hotel and eventually the hospitality sector as the Kingdom has opened several avenues including the entertainment sector.”
Al-Sayegh, along with Al-Ali Agnam, director of sales and marketing, gave an overview of the facilities for business meetings and weddings at the hotel.
“The hotel has a large banquet hall besides six small meeting rooms, which are regularly booked by giant companies such as Saudi Aramco, SABIC, SATORP and other multinational companies. In fact, the hotel has been ranked as the best value property in Jubail, where guests get more for their money when compared to other properties in the Eastern Province,” Agnam said.


Splash breathes new life into old garments

Updated 23 June 2018
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Splash breathes new life into old garments

Splash, UAE’s largest fast-fashion retailer, has launched the “Life After Fashion” initiative. 

The campaign aims at progressing the brand’s sustainable practices by giving back to the less fortunate. 

The initiative involves a close collaboration with neighborhood laundries that collect unwanted clothing items, which are then recycled and distributed by Hands Industries, a modern textile recycler and exporter of second-hand clothing.  

The UAE has become one of the world’s largest retail hubs, where fashion trends are current, and constantly evolving. 

This rapidly developing fashion sector has, however, made fashion highly disposable for a substantial portion of the population and used clothing items often find their ways to landfills instead of being donated to those who would benefit from them.   

Neighborhood laundries have been encouraged to deliver clothes hangers to their customers that are creatively customized with faces of people in need of donated clothes. 

The campaign, having run for three months has already resulted in the collection of eight tons of donated clothes, which are being distributed in a variety of ways. Hands Industries categorizes them into provision for used clothing markets, donation to African countries or for recycling purposes. The initiative will now become a year-round event due to its resonance with the public and its great cost efficiencies.   

Raza Beig, CEO, Splash, Iconic and Landmark International, said: “Today, markets are overloaded with unwanted, unused clothes and we have set out to turn that scenario into a positive with this initiative.  We truly value our partnership with both our laundry partners and Hands Industries who share a common vision with us for responsible sustainability and helping the less fortunate. The general public has been very receptive to our initiative and we are grateful for all of the generous contributions they have made so far.”