Wallan Trading, Skop partner for car rental app

Skop Holding Group recently honored Mike Song, head of Middle East and Africa region at Hyundai Motor Company.
Updated 29 October 2018
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Wallan Trading, Skop partner for car rental app

Wallan Trading Company, the official distributor of Hyundai in Saudi Arabia’s central region, has signed a deal with Skop Holding Group to use its IDrive car-sharing platform.

Wallan will use the opportunity to expand its rental services in and around Riyadh using the application, promoted as the attractive and affordable alternative to vehicle ownership or rental.

“Hyundai is delighted to make its cars available on IDrive via its partner Wallan Trading,” said Mike Song, head of Middle East and Africa region at Hyundai Motor Company.

“Skop’s innovative platform will enable many more people to experience the performance, comfort, and safety of Hyundai motors and hopefully forge a lasting affinity with the marque.”

IDrive is aimed at people who wish to lease a vehicle for as little as a few hours. Customers are only billed for the duration of use and distance traveled, and car sharing is also offered, making the service different from those of traditional vehicle rental providers.

Rental cars are parked available in designated parking areas, conveniently sited in locations such as conference centers, markets, and malls. All IDrive vehicles are supplied in immaculate condition, with a full fuel tank and comprehensive insurance. 

Skop offers a diverse range of models, with a choice of numerous subtypes. The application also features an authorization service directly linked to Saudi Arabia’s Tamm system, a government initiative that provides verified data about vehicles’ histories to their owners.

Skop Holding Group organized a launch event for IDrive, which was attended by public and private sector officials as well as partners. At the gathering, the company honored Song for Hyundai’s support in preparing the platform for its release onto the Saudi market.

A pilot version of IDrive was launched in the Kingdom last May, and it will be officially rolled out in large cities later this year before being extended to smaller conurbations and governorates.

Wallan Trading Company Chairman Fahad bin Saad Al-Wallan said: “We are constantly trying to develop our services. This agreement confirms that we are in line with our long-term strategic plans to develop our business, especially at the digital service level.” The agreement was signed in the presence of Al-Wallan and Skop Holding Group Chairman Tarek bin Fahad Al-Dahmash. Other senior executives who witnessed the occasion included Ali bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Fulaij, Wallan director general of car rentals; and Dr. Mohamed bin Abdo Saeed Al-Moghalis, Skop’s vice president. 

Dr. Al-Moghalis detailed the IDrive application’s functions and features, emphasizing its ability to spare customers the time and expense of visiting car rental offices. 


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 20 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).”