DHL inaugurates new facility in Eastern Province

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DHL Express Global CEO John Pearson
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DHL Express MENA CEO Nour Suliman
Updated 07 February 2019

DHL inaugurates new facility in Eastern Province

Global express and logistics provider DHL has opened the doors to its newest logistics facility in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. The ceremony was attended by DHL Express Global CEO John Pearson, DHL Express MENA CEO Nour Suliman and DHL KSA Country General Manager Faysal El-Hajjami, as well as VIPs, members of the business community, DHL customers and media representatives.

Pearson said: “We are very proud to expand DHL’s presence and to add another logistics facility to our extensive infrastructure portfolio in this part of the world. Growth and quality are the cornerstones of our global strategy, with MENA playing a significant role in our global network as this region has delivered great performance year after year.”

He added: “Over the past four decades, DHL has been committed to strengthening the region’s connectivity to the global market, giving our customers access to high-yield markets, facilitating commerce and supporting MENA’s development into a central logistics center. DHL’s newly built $30.5 million logistics center, located in Dhahran, comes in line with DHL’s regional expansion strategy that has seen the company invest over $170 million in infrastructure developments across the MENA region in the last five years.

DHL Express MENA CEO Suliman said: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an important market for us and we have continued to invest in the region’s biggest economy to make the most of the market’s potential by bettering DHL’s capacities, technologies, flight frequencies and customs clearance competencies.”

DHL KSA Country General Manager El-Hajjami said: “The Kingdom’s Eastern Province is of huge strategic importance to DHL. Saudi Arabia and our multimillion-dollar investment in the new regional facility will ensure that we keep ahead of the dynamic market expansion that is taking place as the nation gears up to put the National Transformation Plan into effect.” 

Furthermore, our technologically advanced logistics services will greatly enhance business efficiency across the whole nation, enabling us to fulfill our commitment to contributing to the successful realization of Vision 2030.”

Cartier unveils Coloratura at historic Riyadh palace

Updated 13 February 2019

Cartier unveils Coloratura at historic Riyadh palace

Guests of Cartier were treated to an unforgettable evening at the late King Faisal’s palace Qasr Al-Maather, situated in the heart of the Alfaisal University in Riyadh, as the maison unveiled its latest high jewelry collection Coloratura. 

The evening was held under the patronage of Princess Maha bint Mishari, vice president of external relations and advancement at Alfaisal University. In her opening remarks, she said: “The new friendship between maison Cartier and Alfaisal University is about the shared values and goals that we have in the areas of education and the empowerment of women.”

Princess Maha added: “Cartier’s global efforts as well as the great heart and commitment of the entire Cartier team were so very apparent in the spectacular exhibition created, as evidenced by the great care taken in preparation of the historic venue for the evening’s event.” 

Coloratura took the guests on a journey to the four corners of the globe, symbolic of Cartier’s long-standing relationship with India, Africa and the Orient. With dynamic stone pairings, unexpected color palettes and the illusion of infinite movement, Coloratura also featured exclusive pieces, created by Cartier especially for its Saudi clients.

Held in one of the Kingdom’s most iconic building, Coloratura was presented in conjunction with an exhibition of pieces from the Cartier Patrimony Collection, especially flown in for the occasion and illustrating the maison’s main creative influences throughout its history. A key piece of the exhibition was the Asma Allah Al-Husna bracelet, featuring a 19th century Islamic arts inspired creation.

“The legacy of the House of Cartier is ensured through the brilliance of its artisans, as is the legacy of Alfaisal ensured through that of its students. Shared values, mutual interests, and a commitment to education are what binds this collaboration for now, and for success in all its future endeavors to come,” said Princess Maha.

The guests witnessed and appreciated Cartier’s mastery of fine craftsmanship through pieces from the Tutti Frutti collection. A marriage of texture, color and form with sapphires, rubies and emeralds, Tutti Frutti possesses a unique style that dates back to the 1920s. 

“After Paris, Tokyo and Seoul, we are proud to offer our Saudi clients this stunning showcase of Cartier’s know-how in their home country,” said Alban du Mesnil du Buisson, managing director Cartier Saudi Arabia. 

“We are very pleased to have our event open to the public on one of the exhibition days, and truly honored to host it inside this unique and culturally significant structure that symbolizes the Kingdom’s commitment to nurturing and educating its community and youth — a philosophy that echoes Cartier’s values,” he added.