London celebrates achievements of Arab women

The event will showcase the capabilities of Arab women as leaders and will bring together representatives of governments, businesses and civil society.
Updated 05 December 2018
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London celebrates achievements of Arab women

A number of renowned Arab women will be awarded for their achievements at a prestigious event today (Dec. 6) in London. The Arab Women of the Year Awards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony will showcase the capabilities of Arab women as leaders and will bring together representatives of governments, businesses and civil society.
The 2018 awards are created by London Arabia Organization, and have been supported by the Mayor of London. This year’s event will be held in partnership with Regents University London, the Bicester Village Shopping Collection, Y Asset Management, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and London & Partners. The event also aims to act as an avenue to promote cultural understanding between Britain and the Arab world.
Professor Aldwyn Cooper, advisory board chairman and vice chancellor and CEO of Regent’s University, said: “The last year has seen an increasing focus on the role of women in society all across the world. We have continued to see social change in Arab countries, led and supported by the country leaders, to move from the dominance of men through to the substantial growth of input from women from many countries and many different backgrounds.”
He added: “One of the best ways to form bridges between countries is through trade and by celebrating each other’s successes. This is one of the key aspects of this event, which seeks to recognize the tremendous contributions being made by women in the Arab world as they take on new leadership roles.”
Omar Bdour, chief executive officer of the London Arabia Organization, said: “The awards can act as a way of promoting the achievements of Arab women who have become role models for our children’s generations. Giving recognition to these women can inspire even more to follow in their footsteps.”
He added: “Hosting the awards in London highlights the close relationship between the UK and Arab world. We hope that our event will play a part in helping to end stereotyping of the Arab world and of Arab women, who accomplish so much, despite much of the West’s impression of them.”
Desiree Boiler, Value Retail’s chair and chief merchant, said: “Partnering with London Arabia is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the Middle East — these guests are an integral part of our business, we work hard to ensure they feel at home in our villages and we’re delighted to support an event which promotes cultural understanding of the Arab world.”


AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Updated 16 January 2019
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AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Al-Habtoor Group (AHG) has clarified that the group and all its divisions, including Habtoor Hospitality (Habtoor Hotels) have no link or relationship of any kind with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises (HTE) and its owner Rashid Al-Habtoor.

This is following news released in major Indian and Middle Eastern media about a potential acquisition of the Leela Group of Hotels in India (Hotel Leela venture) by Rashid Al-Habtoor, founder and owner of Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises.

A spokesperson for Al-Habtoor Group said: “We feel obligated to clarify that Al-Habtoor Group in all its divisions and Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises are two separate entities. Habtoor Hospitality, commonly known as Habtoor Hotels, is owned solely by Al-Habtoor Group in the UAE and overseas.”

“... Any actions or business decisions taken by Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises or any of their associates are their sole responsibility, and Al-Habtoor Group is not liable under any circumstance for any damages or liabilities arising directly or indirectly from Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises business ventures.”