Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show in November

The UAE is also a hub for maritime commerce, forecast by Oxford Business Group to be worth $66 billion by the end of 2018.
Updated 22 October 2018
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Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show in November

Ahead of the 2018 UAE Maritime Week, the organizers of the annual Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show have announced its ninth installment, taking place from Nov. 8-10 at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.

The Middle East is a key marketplace for super yachts, with 205 high-end vessels over 40 meters in length reportedly registered in the region. The UAE is also a hub for maritime commerce, forecast by Oxford Business Group to be worth $66 billion by the end of 2018. 

Abdulla Ali Al-Noon, club manager at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, said: “We are proud to present yet another Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show to GCC residents and visitors to the UAE. Globally, the yachting industry is expected to be valued at $74.2 billion by 2022, which shows a continuous upward trajectory of the industry, and thus a need for events of this nature. 

Last year we welcomed a record number of visitors over the three-day event, and this year we aim to take the Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show to new heights — offering quality vessels at affordable prices, and an enjoyable weekend event for both prospective buyers and families.”

Wayne Munro, boat club manager of Xclusive Boat Club, said: “The pre-owned boat show is an important event for us because the majority of our clients are people who have either owned a boat or are looking to get into boating by purchasing a pre-owned boat.”


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).”