The Big 5 Saudi explores what it takes to build a home of Vision 2030 design

Updated 11 March 2018
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The Big 5 Saudi explores what it takes to build a home of Vision 2030 design

Demand for new housing and enhanced urban living will peak in Saudi Arabia as Vision 2030 pushes to raise real estate’s contribution to the GDP from five percent to 10 percent. The Big 5 Saudi, which ran from Monday to Thursday, showed innovation in building design and the construction technology needed to accelerate urban growth.
“Housing development in 2018 will show an increase of 30-40 percent compared with last year and the total projected residential projects will reach more than 250,000 square meters. This number will incrementally grow over the next five years on a 25-40 percent rate annually,” said Mohammed S. Al-Surf, regional manager of market development at the Green Building Certification Institute.
Speaking at The Big 5 Saudi, Al-Surf updated visitors on the current urban market and explored how green building incorporates factors of energy reduction and healthy living.
Aside from the education on offer at Jeddah Center for Forums & Events, The Big 5 Saudi showcased the latest solutions and materials in construction from 400 local and international exhibitors.
“Fully aligned and in full support of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, we believe that The Big 5 Saudi is of great advantage to introduce our products to the potential Saudi Arabian market,” said Omar Khayal, business development manager at special solutions exhibitor RIVA GmbH Engineering.
The RIVA Umbrella promotes usage of promenades and parks by providing shade. Solar powered, it can be controlled via cell phone for custom results.
Other brands to bring residents outdoors are Beka Sport with their artificial floor solutions to create activities such as outdoor chess and city golf, and Eibi with their durable playground equipment.
Filling the gap between outside and inside the home, exhibitor Edgetech showed their Super Spacer at The Big 5 Saudi and discussed how preventing thermal bridges is the key to an energy-efficient room.
Looking to advance the quality and health of home life, GROHE’s award-winning Sensia Arena is an innovative merging of both toilet and bidet that brings a new level of cleaning options to the WC unit.
“The Big 5 Saudi has become one of the most important construction events for the region and the industry as a whole,” said Antoine Khalife, vice president, GROHE Levant and Saudi Arabia.


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).”