Ministry of Health signs community partnership agreement with Nahdi

Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah and Yasser Joharji, chief executive officer of Nahdi Medical Company.
Updated 19 March 2018
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Ministry of Health signs community partnership agreement with Nahdi

Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah has signed a community partnership agreement between the ministry and Nahdi Medical Company, represented during the signing by its chief executive officer, Yasser Joharji. The agreement was signed on Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Riyadh Digital City.
The community partnership agreement aims to build community sustainability. The Ministry of Health aspires to promote the private sector’s contribution to health development and enable it to carry out business with healthy returns that meet the actual needs of the community, while Nahdi Medical Company aims to serve its community and the nation through sustainable and charitable health projects.
Through this agreement, the Ministry of Health will facilitate Nahdi’s work and oversee all partnership projects between the two parties, whereas Nahdi Medical Company will offer health services inside 50 educational clinics in its pharmacies for 100,000 patients, including medical, diabetes and vaccination education, in addition to a weight management program targeting 100,000 patients.
Joharji said: “We signed this agreement with the Ministry of Health in the framework of Nahdi’s strategy within the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in order to expand the company’s community health services. We aspire to become a central community pharmacy providing medication alongside our role as provider of knowledge, awareness and services.”
Joharji explained that the Nahdi Medical Company will offer diabetes and medication education services to patients through 50 pharmacies across the Kingdom, with the goal to complete 300,000 diabetes education sessions by 2020. Furthermore, an electronic application for educating diabetes patients will be designed and built with the objective to target 100,000 patients by 2020.
In addition, Nahdi will prepare two mobile health convoys to serve pilgrims and visitors, both of which will offer diabetes, blood pressure measurement and medication education to 30,000 pilgrims by 2020. Non-prescription medication such as fever reducers and cold medicine will also be provided to all pilgrims benefiting from the service.
The agreement includes awareness campaigns for obesity, walking and weight management (Wazen Program), which include the launch and implementation of a weight loss competition across the Kingdom through the “10 Billion Steps Campaign,” encouraging 200,000 people to adopt the habit of walking 10,000 steps a day.


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).”