Jeddah hotels celebrate Italian week

Elisabetta Martini, consul general of Italy in Jeddah, attended a cooking class at Aromi restaurant.
Updated 01 December 2018
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Jeddah hotels celebrate Italian week

Jeddah Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Jeddah — Qasr Al-Sharq recently partnered with the Italian Consulate in Jeddah for a week-long initiative to celebrate the excellence of Italian cuisine. The two hotels dispensed a range of offers at their restaurants on this occasion for their guests and visitors. Both hotels have been accustomed to celebrating the week-long occasion every year by hosting its VIP guests and the media. 

Elisabetta Martini, consul general of Italy in Jeddah, attended a cooking class, which took place at Aromi restaurant conducted by Angelo Troiani and Simone Coletti, both Michelin-star chefs especially flown in from Italy for the event. The two chefs presented the Italian culture by delivering an exquisite gastronomical experience to the guests and media invitees. The class showcased fine Italian delicacies and dishes selected by the Italian chefs.

Kevin Brett, cluster general manager of the Jeddah Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Jeddah — Qasr Al-Sharq, welcomed the guests and expressed his appreciation for all the support for the transcultural diversity. “We are pleased to participate in this gastronomical event for the third consecutive year hosting fine Italian culture in Aromi restaurant with its luxury setting and magnificent views of Jeddah’s waterfront.”

During the Italian week, the chefs highlighted authentic Italian cuisine. In Café Vienna, they offered a variety of Italian sweets, whereas guests at Al-Safina restaurant were offered savory Italian treats.


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).”