KACST to receive applications for training boot camp in Riyadh, Al-Qassim

Nawaf Al-Sahhaf, CEO of the Badir program.
Updated 13 March 2018
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KACST to receive applications for training boot camp in Riyadh, Al-Qassim

King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), represented by the Badir Program for Technology Incubators and Accelerators, has announced that it will start receiving applications from candidates for its training boot camp, which will be held in Riyadh and Al-Qassim in mid-April.
The boot camp aims to accelerate the growth of startups, assist in attracting funding, and develop a culture of entrepreneurship among youth.
The training boot camp, which will last for five days in each region, will include lectures, training programs, workshops and special sessions on topics related to the creation of new tech companies, how to effectively present ideas to investors, finance and business models that include examples of leading companies at the regional level.
For a project to be successful, it should be able to present an executable solution to problems in society. The idea must be innovative and unique and should meet the market demand. It should be sustainable and scalable, with great opportunity for growth and expansion.
Nawaf Al-Sahhaf, CEO of the Badir program, said that since its establishment, the training boot camp has been a platform to support Saudi entrepreneurs in establishing new and innovative tech companies through the skills and tools they acquire in the camp. He said the focus is on various aspects of the business world, in particular the establishment of Information and communication technology companies.
Participants will be guided and educated on how companies are created and their financial affairs, as well as work plans, strategies and creating the appropriate team for new projects.
Al-Sahhaf said that successful projects will gain access to investments in the early stages of the project. The Badir program will also help these projects obtain additional investments through a large network of local and regional investors.


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 20 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).”