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.


Nissan buys stake in Formula E team e.dams

Nissan is joining Formula E as the first Japanese carmaker to participate in the innovative series.
Updated 19 September 2018
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Nissan buys stake in Formula E team e.dams

Nissan has strengthened its partnership with e.dams by purchasing a stake in the championship-winning racing organization, ahead of Nissan’s debut in the ABB FIA Formula E electric street-racing championship.

Nissan is joining Formula E as the first Japanese carmaker to participate in the innovative series and as a leader in electric cars, with more than 350,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles sold. Nissan’s Formula E program will show a new “performance side” of Nissan Intelligent Mobility — the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

Based in Le Mans, France, and co-founded by team principal Jean-Paul Driot, the e.dams organization emerged from DAMS, a leading contender in European open-wheel and sports car competition for more than 30 years. In its previous partnership with Nissan’s alliance partner Renault, e.dams won the team championship in the first three seasons of Formula E. It also holds records for most wins and pole positions.

“For Nissan’s first Formula E experience, it makes sense to partner with e.dams and be able to draw on the organization’s experience of winning races and championships,” said Roel de Vries, Nissan corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy. “The level of competition in Formula E will get even more intense for season five, with a series-mandated all-new car and powertrain. As part of our commitment to our partnership, Nissan has now purchased an ownership stake in the organization, and we’re excited to work with Jean-Paul and his team.”

Driot said: “With our new partner Nissan, we’re eagerly awaiting the new challenges ahead. We’re very proud of our history in Formula E, and we’re looking forward to adding new pages to the series’ history books with our new partner and the new car.”