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.”


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.