Hitachi expands elevator business in Saudi Arabia

Hitachi Elevator Saudi Arabia is a joint venture between Hitachi and Saudi Arabian investment firm Mayar Holding Company.
Updated 04 December 2018

Hitachi expands elevator business in Saudi Arabia

Hitachi Ltd. has announced the establishment and start of the formal business operations of Hitachi Elevator Saudi Arabia Limited., with its main business tenets of sales and service. Hitachi Elevator Saudi Arabia is a joint venture between Hitachi and Saudi Arabian investment firm Mayar Holding Company. The joint venture aims to deliver high-quality and high value-added products and services that will realize the concept of safe, reliable and comfortable cities.

Hiroshi Nasu is the managing director of Hitachi Elevator Saudi Arabia.

The newly established elevator market in Saudi Arabia is a promising market in the Middle East, and saw on average a demand of 7,000 units per year between 2013-2017, looking to remain stable in future. More than 80 percent of the demand comes from major cities like Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, with construction plans expected to continue in the near future.

In line with Hitachi’s vision of further expanding into the global elevator market, Hitachi designated Gulf Elevators & Escalators Co. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mayar, as their agent in Saudi Arabia. In 2011, Hitachi supplied 22 elevator units to Saudi Arabia for a number of projects, including hotels, offices, and residential and commercial units. The company supplied seven high-speed elevator units (with a speed of 360m/minute) to Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski Riyadh, the third tallest building in Saudi Arabia. 

With the opening of the new company, Hitachi will be able to provide Saudi Arabia with its elevator maintenance service, aiming to proactively expand its business activities here.

Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 21 March 2019

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).”