GSA chairman meets Hankook racing team

From right, Saeed Al-Mouri, Adeel Naeem, Abdulmalik bin Shihon, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal and Re’abal Al-Khatib.
Updated 07 January 2019
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GSA chairman meets Hankook racing team

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA), recently met in his office in the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Olympic Complex in Riyadh, a delegation from the Bin Shihon Group. The delegation consisted of Assistant General Manager of Bin Shihon Group Abdulmalik bin Shihon, Marketing Manager Adeel Naeem and Business Development Manager Re’abal Al-Khatib, in addition to Captain Saeed Al-Mouri, who leads the Saudi Hankook Racing Team.

During the meeting, the two parties discussed the enhancement of cooperation between the General Sports Authority and Saudi Hankook Racing Team, including in all aspects of the development and marketing of motorsports in Saudi Arabia.

Prince Abdul Aziz expressed appreciation for the support extended by Bin Shihon Group to motorsports in the Kingdom through their sponsorship of the Saudi Hankook Racing Team for the past seven years. 

The GSA chairman said that the continuity of the company’s sponsorship of the team serves as an added value for the General Sports Authority in particular, and for motorsports in general, especially in view of the authority’s drive toward the development of motorsports in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 20 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).”