Al-Habtoor renews sponsorship for marathon

We remain committed to supporting the Zayed Charity Marathon in New York, which honors the generous, caring spirit of the founding father of the UAE, said Khalaf Al-Habtoor at the press conference.
Updated 16 December 2018
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Al-Habtoor renews sponsorship for marathon

Al-Habtoor Group Founding Chairman Khalaf Al-Habtoor has announced Al-Habtoor Group as the main sponsor for the 15th Zayed Charity Marathon, New York 2019 edition for the fourth consecutive year as well as the Zayed Charity Marathon, Egypt 2018 edition, for the second year running.
Al-Habtoor signed the renewed sponsorship agreement with Lt. General Mohammad Halal Al-Kaabi, chairman of the organizing committee, Zayed Charity Marathon, at a press conference held at the Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection on Tuesday.
He was joined by Col. Mohammad Ali Amer, general coordinator, Zayed Charity Marathon, and Mohammed Al-Habtoor, vice chairman and CEO, Al-Habtoor Group.
The annual Sheikh Zayed Charity Marathon, known as the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K Race, is scheduled to take place in New York’s Central Park in April 2019. Founded in 2005 in honor of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the first president and the founder of the UAE, the 10-km run raises awareness of kidney health and kidney disease with proceeds going directly to the National Kidney Foundation, a specialized hospital for kidney treatment and research in the US. In 2014, the Zayed Charity Marathon launched its Egypt edition, which will take place in Ismailia on Dec. 28.
Khalaf Al-Habtoor said: “We are proud and remain committed to supporting the Zayed Charity Marathon in New York, which raises awareness for a good cause and honors the generous, caring spirit of the founding father of the UAE. I encourage our young men and women to volunteer in events similar to this that help promote the true image of the UAE ... and promote Emirati heritage and culture around the world.”
Lt. General Al-Kaabi said: “I would like to thank Khalaf Al Habtoor for his continuous support to the Zayed Charity Marathon. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan is always in our hearts and we live by his guidance daily.”
What started as a small event with 500 registered runners in 2005, today the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K is part of the New York Road Runner’s Pro Racing Series and draws tens of thousands of people annually making it one of the top 10 marathons globally. To date, over 200,000 people have contributed helping the Zayed Charity Marathon raise more than $165 million.
Col. Ali Amer said: “The Zayed Charity Marathon celebrates its 15th anniversary next year and we are working on making the milestone a memorable experience with extended promotion at New York’s famous Times Square and a display of the UAE flag and a photo of Sheikh Zayed on the Empire State Building.”
Mohammed Al-Habtoor said: “We were well received and thrilled to see the welcome message on display at Nasdaq’s tickers at Times Square during the 2018 edition. The event evoked positive sentiment by bringing together nationalities from across the world for a very worthy cause.”


Many reasons to visit Four Seasons Hotel Cairo

Updated 25 June 2019
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Many reasons to visit Four Seasons Hotel Cairo

As the sun gets brighter and the nights get longer, summer in Cairo is a great opportunity to wake up everyday to marvel at views of the legendary Nile and the Cairo skyline. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza can be a good starting point to experience what Cairo has to offer this summer.

From centuries-old museums and galleries to music festivals and concerts, the concierge team of Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza shares their favorite things to do this summer in the city:

Attend the citadel music festival

• Salah El-Din Citadel dominates Cairo’s skyline and was the nerve center of Egypt for almost 700 years. In August, the citadel will turn into an arts and culture center during its annual two-week music festival. Organized by Cairo Opera House, the festival hosts various art performances by local and international artists against the backdrop of the 12th-century citadel.

Soak up the sun with a cooling dip

• One of the best things about Cairo is the long morning hours. Take advantage and escape the heat in one of three rooftop swimming pools at Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza. Lounge with a refreshing drink in hand and let the cooling breeze that follows blow away any thoughts you might have. 

Travel back in time with Cairo’s palaces

• When summer weather strikes, take your activities indoors and consider yourself royalty while exploring Cairo’s lavish palaces. From the masterpieces at Princess Aisha Fahmy Palace and the Manial Palace that tell the story of botanical eloquence and architectural grandeur, to Amir Taz Palace, Abdeen Palace and many more that tell stories of Cairo’s modern history.

Embrace the warm weather at the spa

• A hot summer day in Cairo is just the perfect time to set the mood for well-being at Four Seasons Spa. The spa offers treatments designed to prep and prime you to soak up that warm summer sun while reviving some of the pharaoh’s beauty secrets.

Spend an afternoon with the pharaohs

• Home to the world’s most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, the 107-hall Egyptian Museum features an incredible 160,000 objects on display with artifacts spanning 5,000 years of the pharaonic era. To beat the summer heat, the museum opens late afternoon every Sunday and Thursday.

Get lost in Cairo’s 1000-year-old market 

• Few places in Cairo can match the energy of Khan El-Khalili market, especially in the evenings when the entire area is lit up with colorful lanterns. The hotel’s chief concierge Dalia Khalil recommends experiencing the essence of old Cairo and visiting the 240-year-old El-Feshawy café.

Cheer at the Africa Cup of Nations 2019

• Be part of the continent’s biggest football competition, as Egypt is hosting the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations from June 21 to July 19. The concierge team at Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza can help with booking tickets and information.