Voting begins for 7th PR Arabia Auto Award

Updated 19 February 2019

Voting begins for 7th PR Arabia Auto Award

PR Arabia, a public relations and marketing communication agency specialized in the automotive sector, has announced the launch of the seventh edition of the PR Arabia Auto Award. Shell Saudi Arabia (Shell Helix motor oils) has renewed its sponsorship of the event to become an official partner.

Car enthusiasts wishing to take part in voting can visit the award website ( to select their favorite cars. The final results will be announced by the end of March.

Walid Karanouh, managing director and awards supervisor, said: “We always take pride in the continuation and success of this award, which we always strive to develop in line with the changes in the automotive industry in the world.”

He added: “We are keen to keep abreast of the developments in the automotive market in Saudi Arabia, therefore, the award is a compass that determines the market orientation. The confidence, credibility and dynamism of the award led us to keep it up.”

In addition, the award mirrors our strong commitment to partnering with our customers in the automotive sector and its support services in order to enhance the automotive market and related industries in Saudi Arabia.”

The award comes in the wake of some major progress made in Saudi motorsports, with the Kingdom recently hosting two major events — the Race of Champions and the first round of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 21 March 2019

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).”