Saudi CEO funds Rhodes grant

The Rhodes Trust selects creative young leaders with a commitment to serving others.
Updated 15 April 2018
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Saudi CEO funds Rhodes grant

A new Rhodes scholarship has been announced in partnership with Saudi entrepreneur Mohammed Al-Agil and the Kingdom’s Ministry of Education.

Saudi students aged 19-25 will be eligible for the annual scholarship when applications open later this year.

The Rhodes Trust, based in Oxford, is hoping for a diverse set of applicants from around the Kingdom. Eligibility criteria will be published at www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/apply.

Al-Agil, co-founder of Jarir Bookstores and chairman of Jarir Marketing Co., is funding the annual Rhodes scholarship for Saudi Arabia.

The Rhodes Trust, the international scholarship program established at Oxford University in 1903, selects creative young leaders with a commitment to serving others. 

Charles Conn, CEO of the Rhodes Trust, said: “I am extremely pleased to announce another scholarship to add to the diverse annual cohort of courageous young leaders. Our mission will be to find those exceptional Saudi students a platform to explore their full potential as they prepare to make an impact on the world.

“The introduction of this scholarship comes at a time when the Kingdom is at the forefront of major economic and social transformations in line with Vision 2030. I look forward to welcoming our new scholar to Rhodes House in October 2019, and witnessing our community becoming increasingly more diverse.”

Al-Agil said: “I have benefited enormously from my education and the opportunities I have received from my country, and I believe that endowing a Rhodes scholarship to Saudi postgraduate students is a small gesture to pay back my fellow citizens.”

Jasir Alherbish, the Saudi Ministry of Education’s deputy for scholarships affairs, said: “We are excited about our collaboration with the Rhodes Trust and so keen about opening new horizons for our bright youngsters. It is yet one more excellent venue to be added to the Saudi distinguished scholarships. Thanks to Mohammed Al-Agil and the Rhodes Trust, as well as our team at the ministry, for making it happen.”


Nofa Resort Riyadh: An African jewel in Saudi desert

The African-style resort has 57 luxurious bungalows and villas overlooking Nofa Wildlife Park.
Updated 20 November 2018
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Nofa Resort Riyadh: An African jewel in Saudi desert

Radisson Collection, a premium lifestyle collection of hotel properties in unique locations, has announced the opening of the Nofa Resort Riyadh, a Radisson Collection Hotel. Located just outside of Riyadh, the African-style resort has 57 luxurious bungalows and villas overlooking the Nofa Wildlife Park, and features an equestrian estate as well as a world-class golf course surrounded by sand dunes and mountains.

Tim Cordon, area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We’re thrilled to open our first Radisson Collection Hotel in Saudi Arabia, and our third in the Middle East region. Radisson Collection brings together hotels that aim to offer the exceptional, and Nofa Resort Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel certainly offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience as an exclusive retreat with unparalleled leisure facilities. We also believe this is a positive step in raising the awareness of leisure tourism in the Kingdom, where both domestic and international visitors will enjoy a fabulous experience.”

Located 1.5 hours’ drive from Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport, the Nofa Resort Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel is nestled in a landscape of golden sand dunes and mountains. The resort features 57 secluded luxury villas and bungalows designed in an African style, with premium amenities including a private swimming pool and garden.

The resort overlooks Nofa Wildlife Park, which is home to more than 700 animals — including zebras, sables, giraffes, cheetahs and many other wild animals. Other exciting leisure activities include the equestrian resort that features a show jumping arena, a specialized race track, a polo field and an extensive stable complex.

The 18-hole golf course makes use of the natural desert environment to set a challenge for even the most experienced golfers.

The resort features three on-site restaurants. Tswalu restaurant, with its African-style interiors, serves international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Butcher’s Den provides an upscale culinary experience — featuring grilled specialties, outdoor terrace seating and stunning lake views. The Al Fresco restaurant serves Italian classics (including stone-fired pizzas) for a more relaxed and informal dining experience. For guests seeking more exclusive dining, a tailored private dining service is available for special occasions or business events. 

The resort’s leisure facilities include the Nofa Spa & Health Club, which offers a range of treatments for massages and facials. The resort also has two swimming pools, including a separate pool for kids. 

Gary Ellis, general manager, said: “I’m confident the blend of deluxe accommodation, unique facilities and the service provided by our enthusiastic team will prove to be a compelling reason to visit Nofa Resort Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel. We promise to create unforgettable memories and deliver exceptional experiences in this wonderful place.”