Four Seasons Bahrain transforms into island resort

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay; and (inset) General Manager Richard Raab.
Updated 13 October 2018
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Four Seasons Bahrain transforms into island resort

A destination within a destination awaits visitors to Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, as the property transforms from an urban resort to a complete island resort with the addition of The Four Seasons Beach.

Curving along the private island’s sun-drenched southern shore, the 160-meter expanse of pristine white sand is the ideal retreat for all the family. In addition to a dedicated play area where children can enjoy building sandcastles, parents and couples can look forward to a quieter zone, sip a cool drink or take in the city’s spectacular sunsets.

Richard Raab, general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, said: “During our first three years, guests have been generous in their praise of Four Seasons, reveling in the many diversions we offer right here on our own private island in the city. When we asked what would make their experience more memorable, the answer was almost always the same: A beach. So we are delighted to now open the beach, which completes the hotel’s transition to a full-fledged island resort.”

Having previously worked at Four Seasons resorts from Hawaii to the Caribbean, Raab understands the attraction of gentle waves lapping against a stretch of white sand.

Beach lovers can look forward to the service of the Four Seasons’ staff on hand to offer everything from fresh fruit skewers and beverages, to an array of high-end sun care products and a chair-side sunglasses cleaning and repair service. Guests can also choose from a lunch and snack menu, with food served directly on the beach. After dark, the new outdoor space will transform into a venue hosting torch-lit events, and it is also available for group bookings.


STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

A man passes the Saudi Telecom STC office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 6, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 January 2019
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STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

Ookla, the company behind Speedtest for internet testing and analysis, has recognized Saudi Telecom Company (STC) as the “fastest mobile network” in Saudi Arabia. STC achieved a speed score of 29.99 Mbps, with an average download speed of 32.95 Mbps.
The award is an outcome of millions of tests actively initiated by customers across the network to check internet speeds using various applications, and web and mobile platforms.
The Speedtest awards for top providers are determined using a “Speed Score” that incorporates a measure of each provider’s network speeds (download and upload) to rank network speed performance. The STC network was determined as the fastest in the Kingdom.
The telecom giant plans to increase this speed dramatically in the next couple of years to provide “impressive speeds and incorporate future services with KPIs (key performance indicators) targeting higher data rates, very low latency, massive device connectivity, IoT and energy efficiency services.” To achieve this, STC is transforming its existing network, upgrading its 4G-LTE network and rolling out the 5G network.
Haithem Al-Faraj, senior vice president, tech and ops, STC, said: “Our mission has always been to enrich society by providing second-to-none experience with the network. We are continuously improving our network speeds and rolling out new network technologies and services. STC 4G network is transforming all the time to provide remarkably faster speeds.”
He added: “We are also commercially rolling out the 5G network to introduce innovative services to our deserving customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and across the region. This esteemed Ookla award is a true manifestation of STC efforts to continually improve the network and get the network ready for the digital era, and to meet the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
We are very proud of this award and look forward to many similar awards and successes in the near future.”
STC is playing a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as an enabler for digital transformation in the public and private sectors and in the development of telecommunications and ICT infrastructure.