Shaker Group, LG launch new manufacturing facility

The new production facility, located in Riyadh, will manufacture high performance multi-fan air handling units (AHU).
Updated 07 January 2019
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Shaker Group, LG launch new manufacturing facility

Shaker Group, the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of LG air conditioners in Saudi Arabia, has expanded its production capacity in partnership with LG. The new production facility, located in Riyadh, will manufacture high-performance multi-fan air handling units (AHU). The total AHU market size in Saudi Arabia is estimated at SR600 million ($160 million). 

The new facility represents an important milestone for Shaker Group and LG’s long-term strategic partnership. The facility will improve delivery time by leveraging Saudi production and will support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, in its aim to enhance local manufacturing and industrial self-sufficiency. The factory will allow Shaker Group to supply customers in the Kingdom with specialized AC solutions, ensuring better quality control and wider specification coverage in the market. 

Azzam Saud Almudaiheem, chief executive of Shaker Group, said: “As we seek to exploit new opportunities for growth in the market, this initiative will be of critical importance. The new production facility will support the growth of our business as we focus our efforts on developing the AHU category, thereby widening customer access to LG air conditioning products. This facility further cements our long-term relationship with LG, as we continue to improve the quality of life of our customers by delivering industry-leading and efficient technology. By expanding and diversifying the Kingdom’s manufacturing capacity, the project is also in direct support of the ambitions set out by Vision 2030.”

As Saudi Arabia seeks to improve the energy efficiency of public and private sector buildings, the new manufacturing facility will supply customer and project segments of varying types, including education, residential, industrial, health care and retail. 

Eddie Jun, chief executive of LG-Shaker JV, said: “Expanding our production capability in Saudi Arabia allows us to better serve our Middle East customers and strengthen our position as the leading AHU solution provider. LG AHU achieves world-class energy efficiency due to an LG 3D plug fan that incorporates a contoured steel blade to minimize airflow resistance. This impressive technology guarantees optimal performance while demonstrating our R&D capabilities and leadership. LG will continue to cement its status as a formidable player in the Middle East energy solutions market, and we are delighted to continue to work alongside Shaker Group to realize that ambition.”


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).”