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

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.”


Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

Updated 21 August 2019

Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

As part of its centenary celebrations, Bentley hosted a number of events during the Monterey Car Week, from Aug. 15 to 18.

To mark the occasion, two models debuted — the new Flying Spur luxury four-door grand tourer, and the EXP 100 GT: A vision of luxury mobility in 2035.

The third-generation Flying Spur sets new standards of driving enjoyment and luxury, showcasing Bentley’s application of modern technology, while integrating the latest British craftsmanship and innovation features.

The new Flying Spur will be the most advanced luxury grand touring four-door available. 

Alongside its totally new and advanced aluminum and composite chassis, it features optional electronic all-wheel steering — a first for a Bentley, coupled with active all-wheel drive and the Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll system powered by a 48V architecture.

The Flying Spur was put on display on Aug. 16 at the Quail — a motorsports gathering and at the Home of Bentley for the remainder of the weekend.

It was joined by the EXP 100 GT concept car, which made its US debut. With the EXP 100 GT, Bentley has reimagined the idea of grand touring for the future.

The EXP 100 GT is pure Bentley, inspired by the company’s deep understanding of the desires of its forward-thinking customers. It embraces artificial intelligence (AI) as a means to reassert the car as a place for creating, experiencing and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions.

It displays the future of luxury craftsmanship with a seamless fusion of materials and the intelligent curation of technology. The vehicle’s battery system will power four motors that deliver superior performance. Projected performance figures include a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph, and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm.

Ahead of the EXP 100 GT’s Americas debut, Bentley launched a new and dedicated app for Apple devices.

Released on Aug. 12, the “Bentley 100 AR” app uses a printable QR code to provide an augmented reality experience of the EXP 100 GT, allowing users to explore the exterior and interior of the concept car. Users can even interact with a virtual version of the car in full scale, by using the app at selected Bentley retailers.

Bentley was a featured marque at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where numerous classic models competed in Bentley Centennial classes, including Vintage 4 Cylinder, Vintage 6 Cylinder, Derby and Postwar.