Kempinski Ramadan Tent invites guests

The Ramadan tent portrays Arabic heritage and is a blend of traditional and modern attributes.
Updated 22 May 2018
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Kempinski Ramadan Tent invites guests

Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski has announced the launch of the “Kempinski Ramadan Tent” to celebrate the holy month with guests.
The venue has witnessed remarkable turnout in the past years.
The Ramadan tent portrays Arabic heritage and is a blend of traditional and modern attributes.
The tent, which is built specifically for Ramadan, is spread across 2,000 square meters and can accommodate up to 800 visitors. At the open buffet, visitors can enjoy a wide range of Saudi, Arabic and international dishes, including a variety of Eastern and Western desserts, and freshly prepared beverages to quench the thirst after a long day of fasting.
Christian Ruge, general manager of the hotel, said: “Based on the overall culture of our brand, and our concept of providing hospitality services to our guests with the quality and luxury required, we have expanded this culture in Saudi Arabia by offering a tent designed with an authentic Arabic style — as we do every year.”
He added: “Guests of the Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski consider the Ramadan tent as their own home. When they visit our Ramadan tent with their families or friends, they will feel comfortable, enjoy the cozy atmosphere and savor the most delicious food with live cooking stations.”
This year Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski will offer a children’s pavilion where they can color, have their faces painted, read books, enjoy games, and watch cartoons. Families will be able to enjoy their privacy in separate areas. Guests will also be able to watch the preparation of the dishes.
Sahoor at the hotel will be served daily at the Ottoman restaurant Tuğra on the fourth floor from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The buffet will represent the best of European luxury and authentic Arabian hospitality.
Those wishing to stay at the hotel during Ramadan can avail themselves of the Ramadan package, which has numerous benefits including complimentary iftar at the Kempinski Ramadan Tent.
Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski is located in the financial district of Riyadh. The hotel comprises 23 floors and 349 rooms and suites. The hotel is involved in a range of community service activities, such as joint cooperation agreements with charities, foundations and others. Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group.


Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018
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Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”