Nofa Resort Riyadh: An African jewel in Saudi desert

The African-style resort has 57 luxurious bungalows and villas overlooking Nofa Wildlife Park.
Updated 20 November 2018
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Nofa Resort Riyadh: An African jewel in Saudi desert

Radisson Collection, a premium lifestyle collection of hotel properties in unique locations, has announced the opening of the Nofa Resort Riyadh, a Radisson Collection Hotel. Located just outside of Riyadh, the African-style resort has 57 luxurious bungalows and villas overlooking the Nofa Wildlife Park, and features an equestrian estate as well as a world-class golf course surrounded by sand dunes and mountains.

Tim Cordon, area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We’re thrilled to open our first Radisson Collection Hotel in Saudi Arabia, and our third in the Middle East region. Radisson Collection brings together hotels that aim to offer the exceptional, and Nofa Resort Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel certainly offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience as an exclusive retreat with unparalleled leisure facilities. We also believe this is a positive step in raising the awareness of leisure tourism in the Kingdom, where both domestic and international visitors will enjoy a fabulous experience.”

Located 1.5 hours’ drive from Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport, the Nofa Resort Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel is nestled in a landscape of golden sand dunes and mountains. The resort features 57 secluded luxury villas and bungalows designed in an African style, with premium amenities including a private swimming pool and garden.

The resort overlooks Nofa Wildlife Park, which is home to more than 700 animals — including zebras, sables, giraffes, cheetahs and many other wild animals. Other exciting leisure activities include the equestrian resort that features a show jumping arena, a specialized race track, a polo field and an extensive stable complex.

The 18-hole golf course makes use of the natural desert environment to set a challenge for even the most experienced golfers.

The resort features three on-site restaurants. Tswalu restaurant, with its African-style interiors, serves international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Butcher’s Den provides an upscale culinary experience — featuring grilled specialties, outdoor terrace seating and stunning lake views. The Al Fresco restaurant serves Italian classics (including stone-fired pizzas) for a more relaxed and informal dining experience. For guests seeking more exclusive dining, a tailored private dining service is available for special occasions or business events. 

The resort’s leisure facilities include the Nofa Spa & Health Club, which offers a range of treatments for massages and facials. The resort also has two swimming pools, including a separate pool for kids. 

Gary Ellis, general manager, said: “I’m confident the blend of deluxe accommodation, unique facilities and the service provided by our enthusiastic team will prove to be a compelling reason to visit Nofa Resort Riyadh, A Radisson Collection Hotel. We promise to create unforgettable memories and deliver exceptional experiences in this wonderful place.”


Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Updated 15 January 2019
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Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Khalaf Al-Habtoor, founding chairman of the Al-Habtoor Group, received a delegation from the Dubai Police Esaad Program Committee at the Al-Habtoor Group head office on Monday. Mona Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, Dubai Police, thanked Al-Habtoor for his continuous support for the Dubai Police employee happiness initiative and presented the Al-Habtoor Group chairman, and Vice Chairman and CEO Mohammed Al-Habtoor with their personalized Esaad cards.

Dubai Police representatives included Masoud Ibrahim Alhammad, Khalid Alsuwaidi, Ahmed bin Ghafan, Ibrahim Alblooshi, Salah Amin, Mohammed Shoaib Albalooshi, Gaafar Salim, Sayed Ibrahim, Abdullah Haidarah, Hasan Saleh, Thureya Balhoul, Waheeda Abbas, Waheeda Abdulqadir, Mariyam Saeed Abdulhakeem, Khalil Ibrahim Ali and Mahmood Ibrahim. Also present was Abdul Salam Marzooqi, director of UAE affairs and community relations, Al-Habtoor Group.

Khalaf Al-Habtoor said: “I am happy to collaborate with the Dubai Police in their Esaad program and be able to show our men and women in the Dubai Police corps our appreciation for their commitment to our safety.

“Dubai’s appeal as an investment haven is in its stability, and that is largely due to the safety and security the Dubai Police provides. I commend them for their continued service to our community.”

Al-Habtoor called for the private sector to work closely with the public sector and commended the Esaad program committee for their efforts to reward employees for their performance, commitment and dedication to the job. 

Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, thanked Al-Habtoor for the warm welcome and gave a detailed brief about the Esaad card and its uses across various sectors including: Education, tourism, hospitality, aviation, entertainment and leisure, real estate and retail.

She said: “The Esaad card is trusted by the civil servants in Dubai and the UAE. The number of Esaad cardholders is currently at 108,498 employees from 128 governmental and semi-governmental departments.”

Al-Ameri commended the Al-Habtoor Group for its continuous support for community activities, noting that the Esaad program is an innovative program designed to achieve happiness in the community.

Al-Habtoor Group joined the Esaad program in October 2017 offering Dubai Police staff extended benefits and discounts at Habtoor Hospitality and Real Estate properties, including hotels, restaurant, leisure and entertainment facilities in the UAE and abroad. Dubai Police staff are offered a 50 percent discount at Al-Habtoor Group hotels in Dubai and internationally, as well as a 20 percent reduction at the group’s leisure and entertainment facilities. It also includes special rates on the new apartments at Al-Habtoor City Residence Collection.