Emirates SkyCargo, Gargash partner for motor rally

From left, Robert Hazelwood, CEO automotive division, Gargash Group; Karim Corm, regional brand manager FCA; Shehab Gargash, managing director and group CEO, Gargash Group; Moaza Al-Falahi, Emirates vice president, cargo product development and UAE national affairs.
Updated 01 August 2018
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Emirates SkyCargo, Gargash partner for motor rally

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, and Gargash, one of the largest distributors of premium and luxury cars in the UAE, have partnered to transport two Alfa Romeos from Dubai to London for the prestigious Gumball 3000 motor rally.
The cars, an Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, were transported to England on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter. The aircraft can carry up to 100 tons of cargo and its wide main-deck doors allows for the transportation of large and outsized cargo.
Both cars will compete as “Team Alfa” in Gumball 3000, an annual celebrity motor rally established in 1999, which takes place on public roads at locations around the world. During the first leg of the rally, in the first week of August, Team Alfa will travel from London to Bologna. For the second leg of the rally the cars will drive around iconic locations in Japan, including the historic cities of Osaka and Kyoto, and Mt. Fuji. The rally will end in Tokyo on Aug. 12 and Emirates SkyCargo will fly both cars back home to Dubai from Japan.
Team Alfa’s participation in the Gumball 3000 rally will mark the 100th year of operations for Gargash, an established name for premium and luxury cars in the UAE.
“Emirates SkyCargo would like to congratulate Gargash Group on their centenary this year,” said Moaza Al-Falahi, Emirates vice president, cargo product development and UAE national affairs.“We are excited to be taking part in this momentous occasion by supporting them in the Gumball 3000 rally. The Alfa Romeos, which will be sporting the Emirates logo throughout the rally, are getting first class treatment under Emirates Wheels and will be handled by our trained and experienced staff at Dubai, London and Tokyo.”
“In our 100th year, we are proud to be associated with Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates, a truly iconic representation of the UAE’S global enterprising spirit,” said Shehab Gargash, managing director and group CEO, Gargash Group. “Emirates SkyCargo has proven to be an indispensable partner as we begin our epic journey from London to Tokyo.”


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).”