Jumeirah Al-Wathba Desert Resort and Spa opens

Adventure seekers can enjoy fat biking through the dunes, desert treks, falcon shows every evening, archery and destination dining experiences.
Updated 27 February 2019
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Jumeirah Al-Wathba Desert Resort and Spa opens

Jumeirah Group is expanding its portfolio in Abu Dhabi with a luxury desert resort featuring Arabian-style rooms, villas with private pools and a destination spa.

Jumeirah Al-Wathba Desert Resort and Spa draws inspiration from a historic desert village, where water features and pools inspired by the natural falaj (water channel for irrigation) create a soothing energy, underlined by the constant sound of water. The quintessential Arabian-style property sprawls over 22,000 square meters of desert and comprises a 1000-square-meter pool, six restaurants and bars including Al-Mabeet, a desert dining experience which captures the spirit of the past.

Adventure seekers can enjoy fat biking through the dunes, desert treks, falcon shows every evening, archery and destination dining experiences.

“This is the ideal hideaway for couples and families seeking a tranquil escape,” said Axel Jarosch, general manager, Jumeirah Al-Wathba Desert Resort and Spa. “Embedded deep into the breathtaking backdrop of panoramic desert views, the resort offers a welcoming and alluring experience, resulting in a relaxing and invigorating escape. The resort is designed to draw people together yet provide the freedom to be lost.”


Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

Updated 17 April 2019
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Top CEO Conference & Awards wraps up in Bahrain

The Top CEO Conference & Awards 2019, organized by TRENDS magazine — Mediaquest and international business school INSEAD, has concluded at the Al-Areen Palace and Spa in Bahrain. The event, held on Thursday, included seven key panel discussions under the theme “Growth in a Volatile Future” as well as the Top CEO Awards 2019 ceremony, which recognized the region’s most successful and trendsetting CEOs from more than 700 companies listed on GCC stock exchanges.

Top business leaders and more than 30 speakers from across the GCC shed light on the Middle East’s dynamic but volatile region and the burning issues facing the corporate world today. This year’s theme focused on a score of relevant issues, such as oil price fluctuations, tech disruptions, armed and political schisms that pose new risks, and opportunities. Speakers such as renowned economist Professor Nouriel Roubini provided growth solutions and road maps for businesses in the GCC region.

Alexandre Hawari, CEO of Mediaquest, said: “In its fifth edition, the Top CEO Conference & Awards fully encapsulated the theme of ‘Growth in a Volatile Future’ by acknowledging and exploring the growth transformation that the region is undergoing through digitalization and the fourth industrial revolution amid geopolitical tensions, looming trade wars and a rapidly evolving business environment. Building on the huge success of the previous years, the Top CEO Awards 2019 recognized CEOs and companies who have raised the bar by navigating challenges, implementing new strategies, and have demonstrated unquestionable growth, profitability and excellence in corporate governance.”

The conference kicked off with an opening keynote from Jassim Al-Seddiqi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Financial Group and chairman of GFH Financial Group, who delved into the potential of transforming the region into a fintech hub and the importance of jumping on the digital bandwagon. 

The prime panel discussion on the “Future of Growth Amid Volatility” brought together five CEOs who explored methods to create future-proof strategies that can not only tackle challenges but also boost growth in a tough geopolitical and economic climate. 

Hisham Al-Rayes, CEO and board member of the GFH Financial Group, said: “Investing in the future in areas such as fintech, education and technology, the foundations for strong, enduring knowledge-based economies, is a priority for the group and the governments of the region in which we invest.”

“The Blockchain Opportunity” and “The Human Factor and Tech Innovation” panels brought together industry experts from Facebook, the Bahrain FinTech Bay and King Abdul Aziz University. 

“The Future of Women’s Business Leadership” panel discussed positive strides taken by GCC governments and businesses in leveling the playing field for women professionals.