Al-Habtoor Group, Hilton unveil new partnership

Mohammed Al-Habtoor, vice chairman and CEO of Al-Habtoor Group, and Ian R. Carter of Hilton. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 31 July 2018
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Al-Habtoor Group, Hilton unveil new partnership

Mohammed Al-Habtoor, vice chairman and CEO of the Al-Habtoor Group, and Ian R. Carter, president, global development, architecture, design and construction, Hilton, hosted a press event to announce a new franchise agreement, effective as of Aug. 1, for the three hotels at Al-Habtoor City. 

The decision to rebrand these properties as Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts, V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton and Hilton Dubai Al-Habtoor City was unveiled at a ceremony held at Al-Habtoor City, on Tuesday. The announcement of the deal comes after a recent statement that the Al-Habtoor Group plans to expand its Habtoor Hospitality-management portfolio.

Also present at the signing ceremony were: Rudi Jagersbacher, Hilton’s president of Middle East, Africa and Turkey; Patrick Fitzgibbon, SVP of development, Hilton EMEA; Carlos Khneisser, VP, development, MENA and Turkey; and from Al-Habtoor Group, Maan Halabi, managing director; Sanjeev Agarwala, chief operating officer — hospitality and investments; Sunderesh Iyer, chief operating officer — Al-Habtoor Investment; and Kamal Naamani, managing director — hospitality and leisure projects UAE, Habtoor Hospitality.

Mohammed Al-Habtoor said: “We are pleased to extend our partnership with Hilton to three additional hotel properties at Al-Habtoor City, our flagship hospitality, leisure and residential development located in the heart of Dubai. This is a record transition into a new portfolio of brands, a testament to the strong relationship and trust between Al-Habtoor Group and Hilton.”

He added: “The announcement today increases our partnership with Hilton from five hotels to eight hotels around the world.”

Ian Carter said: “The addition of these three properties is great news for Hilton and strengthens a strategic partnership with Al-Habtoor Group which spans across several markets internationally. Our portfolio will now see more than 5,000 rooms open by the end of the year in Dubai, a destination that ranks alongside global powerhouses such as London, Paris and New York in terms of annual visitor numbers.”

Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts

A 234-guest room luxury hotel will operate as an independent property as it joins the upcoming ultra-luxury collection brand from Hilton, LXR Hotels & Resorts. 

V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

The first hotel in the UAE to join Curio Collection by Hilton, a global upper upscale portfolio of more than 50 hotels and resorts lauded for their distinct culture and spirit, V Hotel joins 10 pipeline and trading properties in the region.

Hilton Dubai Al-Habtoor City

Centrally situated on both Sheikh Zayed Road and the Dubai Water Canal featuring 1,004 guest rooms, including 142 suites, this hotel under the flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand becomes the largest in Hilton’s Middle East and Africa portfolio.

Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor, founding chairman of Al-Habtoor Group, said: “Dubai is a safe haven for tourism and investment. The decision of Hilton to choose Dubai as one of the first locations for its upcoming luxury collection brand is a confirmation of Dubai and the UAE’s robustness and appeal.”


‘Moments’ photo contest celebrates souqs of Middle East

Updated 19 June 2019
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‘Moments’ photo contest celebrates souqs of Middle East

National Geographic Abu Dhabi (NGAD) and Almarai have announced the ninth edition of “Moments,” the annual regional photography competition calling all aspiring photographers from around the Arab world. 

The competition provides the winning contestants a chance to learn from National Geographic photography experts through a photography travel expedition.

The 2019 “Moments” edition is themed around the souks of the Middle East and invites photographers from the region to capture the diversity and stories of markets from around the Arab world, which have been at the heart of the region’s culture and history.

The competition is held in partnership with Almarai, which has been a strategic supporter of this platform for the last six years as part of a shared vision of nurturing youth and talent from the Middle East.

“Moments” will feature a returning category this year for photographers aged 13-17.

Almarai has been a strategic partner of the competition since 2014.

Abdulrahman Awadh Al-Harthi, acting executive director of television and executive director of Abu Dhabi Radio Network at Abu Dhabi Media, said: “The ‘Moments’ photography competition is part of our continued commitment toward nurturing talents across all segments of society and encouraging the community especially youth to express their creativity and reach their highest potential.

“The great success of the competition gives us a new challenge to ensure we reach the largest number of applicants from diverse backgrounds and give them the platform to express their creativity and stories to be shared across the region.” 

Al-Harthi commended National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s strive for leadership and influence toward professional and amateur photographers in the region. 

Hussam R. Abdulqader, CMO of Almarai, said: “We are delighted to be renewing our partnership with National Geographic Abu Dhabi for the 9th edition of the ‘Moments’ photography competition, through which we aim to inspire, encourage and celebrate youth across the Middle East and support them to achieve their highest potential through the art of photography.”

He added: “We remain committed to developing the photography industry in the communities we serve, and to providing opportunities for youth to flourish creatively and professionally as we have done across a wide spectrum of platforms as well.”

Attracting over 200,000 entries since its inception from across the Middle East and North Africa, “Moments” is part of a regional photography talent platform developed by National Geographic Abu Dhabi to promote and nurture local talents and help give them a voice and a platform to showcase the region and what they have.

This year’s judging committee will comprised Almarai CMO Abdulqader as well as Muhammed Muheisen, a National Geographic photographer, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, and founder of Dutch non-profit organization Everyday Refugees Foundation.

In this year’s competition, each story will carry with it an authentic, detailed and complete description of the image.