Dubai’s landmark hotel reopens after refurbishment

Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s renovated Kitchen Connection restaurant
Updated 16 October 2018
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Dubai’s landmark hotel reopens after refurbishment

Jumeirah Group has announced that the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is to reopen on Oct. 19th, following a five-month transformation program. 

“Guests will return to discover a reimagined luxury experience created for the modern family and discerning traveler. The tasteful yet bold refurbishment was skillfully crafted to ensure no interference with the heart of the hotel, and mindful not to erase any of the warmth or personal touches synonymous with the Jumeirah Beach Hotel,” the management said.

Jose Silva, Jumeirah Group CEO, said: “In 1997, Jumeirah Beach Hotel was Dubai’s pioneer in luxury beach hotels and has been the canvas on which 20 years of memories have been made. For our loyal returning international guests — many of whom see members of the hotel’s team as friends — and our local community, Jumeirah Beach Hotel is their most cherished holiday and staycation destination.” 

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel has welcomed more than 1 million guests since it opened in 1997. 

Todd Cilano, senior regional vice president and general manager of Jumeirah Beach Hotel, said: “Words cannot do justice to how impressive the Jumeirah Beach Hotel looks. For our returning guests, it is still the much loved hotel that has been a familiar home away from home, but it has been completely re-energised.”


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).”