Isuzu challenge takes ‘D-Max’ from Kingdom’s west to east

D-Max has achieved great success in the Saudi market.
Updated 06 March 2018
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Isuzu challenge takes ‘D-Max’ from Kingdom’s west to east

Several years ago, Isuzu Company conducted a unique experiment to demonstrate the fuel economy feature of “Isuzu D-Max” pickup. The vehicle drove from Riyadh in the central region to Jeddah on the western coast of the Kingdom without stopping for refuelling, and thus achieving an unprecedented experience that was hailed by many automotive experts.
Isuzu will put D-Max once again in a similar challenge this year, and drive the pickup for the longest possible distance in order to prove the fuel economy feature of D-Max, on one hand, and the pickup engine power, durability and efficiency, on the other hand.
The starting point of the first phase will be the new waterfront in Jeddah to the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The second phase’s starting point will be Riyadh to the farthest point that can be reached in the Eastern Province with one full fuel tank (76 liters). The technical team will seal the fuel tank of the pickup so that it cannot be opened until the pickup arrives at its final destination.
After the arrival of the pickup at the last point, the total distance traveled with one full tank of fuel will be revealed.
“The all-new Isuzu D-max features many high-end specifications that combine durability, easy manoeuvring, high stability, agility and a luxurious cabin that offers high levels of comfort and safety, along with a diesel-driven engine with the lowest emission rate. D-Max is available in 4X2 and 4X4 variants for the clients to choose,” a press release said.
Over the years, D-Max has achieved great success in the Saudi market. The truck won the “Best Pickup” award in Saudi Arabia last year.


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 21 March 2019
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Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Marriott International and Dur Hospitality this week celebrated the opening of the Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter. The complex is strategically located in the heart of one of the most sought-after areas in the city with easy access to key embassies and major corporate headquarters, and a 30-minute drive from King Khalid International Airport. 

“We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of two strategically important hotels that not only complement each other but also deliver very distinct brand experiences. Saudi Arabia continues to be one of our key markets and we are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Dur Hospitality,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The hotel is inspired by Wadi Hanifa, a beautiful desert oasis running through Riyadh. The low-rise hotel resembles the smooth, dry canyon walls that make for a dramatic arrival experience. Once you step inside, the waterways guide the way into the building, ushering guests through the arrival court into the palm-dotted oasis in the hotel’s courtyard. Planted cacti, flowering vines, plentiful blooming desert flora and native date palm trees create a calming ambiance, providing shade from the desert sun. 

The complex is the first five-star full service hotel in the Diplomatic Quarter and features 80 spacious modern rooms, and 140 fully equipped apartments. The deluxe rooms feature modern décor and ample work space, allowing guests to stay connected with in-room technology, including high-speed WiFi and bedside USB outlets. Guests staying in one of the six Premium Suites or the Presidential Suite can enrich their experience in the M Club Lounge offering an international buffet, hors d’oeuvre and local specialties 24 hours a day. 

The Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter houses three dining venues, Goji Kitchen — an all-day dining destination, a la carte restaurant Mesquite and Agave Café located in the lobby. The hotel offers multiple recreational areas surrounded by lush greenery. 

Muin Serhan, general manager of Marriott Hotels in Riyadh, said: “The opening of Marriott Riyadh and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter is considered an important milestone in our developing journey in the hospitality field; we are keen to provide a very special experience to our valuable guests whatever they are traveling for — business or leisure.”

He added: “And we are very proud to be part of the new Marriott travel program ‘Marriott Bonvoy,’ built on the belief that travel enriches its members and the world around them. Launching in February 2019, Marriott Bonvoy replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).”