Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh celebrates National Day

Updated 23 September 2018
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Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh celebrates National Day

Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh has unveiled a week full of unique food and beverage (F&B) and room offers on the occasion of the 88th Saudi National Day.

The hotel’s National Day room offer includes luxurious accommodation for a special rate, free valet service, high-speed Internet, 20 percent off dinner at Elements, and festive welcome amenities. 

The hotel is also hosting a special National Day dinner buffet of rich Saudi cuisine every night from Sept. 19-23 from 7 p.m. until midnight at Elements restaurant. This dinner will be prepared by Saudi chefs Waleed Obaid, Reem Al-Harthi and Sarah Masailikh.

At The Grill restaurant as well, Saudi chefs Rakan Al-Oraifi and Anas Al-Sulaiym will prepare a traditional Saudi barbecue buffet. This special dinner at The Grill will be available on Sept. 23, starting 7 p.m. Guest will be welcomed with festive decoration and live entertainment. 

In support of Saudi talents, the hotel is presenting artwork by different talented youth representing Saudi culture and heritage. 

“This year, our celebrations are bigger and better than ever before aiming to take our guests on an unforgettable journey experiencing the rich Saudi Arabian culture,” the hotel said in a press release.


Ascott debuts in Africa with Kwarleyz Residence

Updated 15 October 2018
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Ascott debuts in Africa with Kwarleyz Residence

The Ascott Limited has cemented its footprint on the African continent with the opening of its first property in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Kwarleyz Residence, which is managed by Ascott, will be the first upscale international -class serviced residence to enter the flourishing Ghanaian market.
Thomas Wee, Ascott’s deputy managing director for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India, said: “Ascott has been managing world-class serviced residences globally for over 30 years. The opening of our first property in Africa, Kwarleyz Residence, enables our worldwide network of corporate clients and the growing international travelers to experience Ascott’s award-winning hospitality on another continent.
“Africa is the world’s second fastest-growing economy after Asia and we see great potential in the region’s hospitality market. Africa’s huge economic growth is fueled by massive infrastructure development, favorable investment policies, and a young population.
With our strong expertise in hospitality management, Ascott aims to set the benchmark in the region by offering business and leisure travelers world-class extended stay accommodation and superior customer service.”
Wee added: “In addition to Kwarleyz Residence, we have secured a contract to manage Ascott 1 Oxford Street which will open in the heart of Accra in 2019.”
Located in the upscale airport residential district, Kwarleyz Residence is surrounded by embassies and the headquarters of gold mining companies. About a five-minute drive from the Kotoka International Airport, the property is within easy access to the Marina Mall at Airport City and Tema Industrial City, via the motorway.
Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional general manager for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “We are proud to partner with Wonda World Estates to bring the first-of-its-kind hospitality offering to the Ghanaian capital and introduce sophisticated living in Accra with the opening of Kwarleyz Residence.”
Nana Kwame Bediako, president for the Kwarleyz Group of companies, which includes Wonda World Estates, said: “We see this collaborative project with our colleagues at Ascott as another example of Wonda World Estates, Kwarleyz Group, Cola Group and Kensington Residential Partners showcasing, either individually or as a collective, a commitment to the improvement of emerging markets across the African landscape.”
The 40-unit serviced residence provides a variety of studio and one- to three-bedroom apartments.
The property includes facilities such as a restaurant, coffee lounge, sky bar, rooftop garden and basement parking. Guests can relax and rejuvenate in the gymnasium, outdoor pool or spa.
The International Monetary Fund forecasts that Africa’s economy will be the second fastest growing in the world with an annual growth rate of 4.3 percent from 2016 to 2020. Ghana is ranked Africa’s fifth most attractive investment destination. Its foreign direct investment increased by nine percent to a record $3.5 billion in 2016.