STC’s new appointments in line with Vision 2030

Updated 14 January 2019
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STC’s new appointments in line with Vision 2030

The Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has announced new appointments of a number of senior Saudi executives. These include the appointments of Haithem bin Mohammed Al-Faraj as senior vice president — technology and operations; Alayan bin Mohammed Al-Wateed as senior vice president — customer unit; Badr bin Abdullah Al-Lahib as vice president — operation sector in the technology and operations unit; Abdullah bin Mohsen Al-Owaini as vice president — applications sector in the technology and operations unit; and Riyad bin Hamdan Al-Enzi as vice president — customer care sector in the customer unit.
STC CEO Nasser bin Suleiman Al-Nasser said that STC is committed to empowering Saudi cadres based on their qualifications and expertise and to appointing qualified young Saudis in leadership positions, in order to enhance the performance of the STC Group. This, he said, is in line with STC’s “pivotal role in enabling the digital transformation of the Kingdom’s public and private sectors in accordance with Vision 2030.”
Al-Nasser added: “This also comes in line with STC’s ‘Dare’ strategy to lead the transformation and development in new paths, especially with the rapid changes in the global ICT sector.”
STC is a leading telecommunications company in Saudi Arabia that offers landline, mobile, internet services and computer networks.


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).”