Emirates wins award for cabin innovation

Emirates unveiled its new business class cabin featuring a new configuration on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, with wider seats in a 2-2-2 layout. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 29 September 2018
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Emirates wins award for cabin innovation

Emirates airline has won the Corporate Innovator Middle East 2018 award from Global Finance Magazine. It was recognized with the accolade for its innovation investment in cabin products and modern onboard concepts.

The Innovators Awards are an extension of Global Finance’s Best Digital Bank awards which have run for the past 19 years. The 2018 Innovators Awards recognize companies that encourage and promote a culture of innovation and high standards of excellence.

Nirmal Govindadas, Emirates’ senior vice president, corporate treasury, received the award on behalf of the airline on Tuesday at the Global Finance awards ceremony, which was attended by leading financial institutions, fintechs and other key influencers within the digital and innovation space.

Emirates last November revealed its new Boeing 777-300ER cabins with enhancements across all classes, including the game-changing fully enclosed first class private suites. The airline took inspiration from the automotive industry and worked closely with Mercedes on a number of design details. What resulted were suites that offer up to 40 square feet of private space, as well as myriad lighting and climate control features.

Customers were also introduced to world-firsts like a NASA-inspired “zero-gravity” seating position, “virtual windows” for suites in the middle aisle that use real-time fiber-optic camera technology, and a personal video call service for first class customers. Since the new Emirates Boeing 777-300ERs entered service in December 2017, response has been very positive, and Emirates will continue to introduce this latest product to more markets as it takes delivery of new aircraft.

Emirates also unveiled its new business class cabin featuring a new configuration on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, with wider seats in a 2-2-2 layout.  

The airline’s newly revamped A380 OnBoard Lounge also entered service last year, impressing customers with modern finishes, more seating options, mood lighting, and other technological features.


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).”