Saudia Cargo participates in logistics conference

Saudi Airlines Cargo Company CEO Omar Talal Hariri.
Updated 21 October 2018
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Saudia Cargo participates in logistics conference

Saudi Airlines Cargo Company CEO Omar Talal Hariri reiterated the pivotal role the air cargo sector continues to play in achieving the objectives of Vision 2030 aiming to turn the Kingdom into a global logistics hub for goods transport and cargo services. 

In his speech delivered at the Second Supply Chain and Logistics Conference held in Riyadh, Hariri spoke about the Kingdom’s strategic and geographic location which makes it a major transit station for goods and a crossroad for international cargo routes. This location will help the Kingdom become a pivotal logistics and cargo platform, and it will provide good opportunities for the country to increase its share of logistics operations, Hariri noted. 

The local air cargo sector, he said, is committed to improving all handling facilities, and this is exactly what Saudia Cargo has done lately by launching new projects to develop and construct the infrastructure facilities of  the Jeddah and Riyadh cargo stations. Hariri lauded the efforts and plans that resulted in reducing import and export documentation and procedures by 75 percent, an action which will surely enhance the efficiency of logistics services and speed up the accomplishment of the objectives of the Kingdom’s digital transformation. 

Saudia Cargo, which is a strategic partner for the conference, set up a pavilion on the sidelines of the event. Minister of Transport Dr. Nabeel Muhammad Al-Amoudi visited the pavilion and spoke highly of Saudia Cargo’s role in logistics services and cargo handling and transport. President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation Abdulhakim Al-Tamimi and General Customs Authority Governor Ahmed Al-Hakbani visited the pavilion and were given a short introduction about Saudia Cargo’s activities and services. 

Organized by the Ministry of Transport, the conference was attended by supply chain and logistics services top officials, decision-makers and experts in addition to local and international representatives of major logistics companies. 

It is an important platform for exchanging insights and ideas while enhancing partnerships with the business sector in order to keep up with the latest developments in the supply and logistics sector.


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).”