Al-Haqbani reveals plan to roll out 50 smart fitness clubs

Fahad Al-Haqbani, chief executive officer of Armah Sports Company.
Updated 11 March 2019
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Al-Haqbani reveals plan to roll out 50 smart fitness clubs

Fahad Al-Haqbani, chief executive officer of Armah Sports Company, has announced the establishment of a new fitness concept in Saudi Arabia as part of a project that he claimed will transform the Kingdom’s fitness industry.

Al-Haqbani said that 50 smart sports clubs will be rolled out in the Kingdom over the next five years, with offerings to suit all segments of society. 

“The smart clubs will fundamentally change the way people think of health, sports and wellness. The project will not only bring the best from the global fitness industry to the Kingdom, but also set new global standards,” he said.

Al-Haqbani said that the smart clubs are in line with the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 that include strengthening the infrastructure of sports and fitness, which in turn will contribute to the increase of sports practitioners in Saudi society. 

Al-Haqbani added that the family’s extensive experience in the industry, which extends over 25 years, will contribute to the success of the new project. “The family will continue to be the driving force behind the evolution of fitness in the Kingdom, as well as key influencers in the regional and global market,” he said.


Ascott Jeddah supports World Kidney Day

Staff members from Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah visited the Hisham Attar Center for dialysis, to spend time with 70 patients.
Updated 18 March 2019
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Ascott Jeddah supports World Kidney Day

In light of National Kidney Month observed in March, The Ascott Limited joined forces with Albir Society Jeddah to observe World Kidney Day, on Thursday.

Staff members from Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah visited the Hisham Attar Center for dialysis, to spend time with 70 patients, who were presented a flower and a gift from the properties.

Further supporting the cause, a dedicated Albir Society stand has been set up in the lobby of the four properties from March 13th to 20th, enabling a financial contribution from both staff and guests, as Ascott aims to raise support for the organization.

Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional general manager for Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “We’re proud to support this important cause across Ascott Jeddah and enable both staff and guests to get involved. All Ascott Jeddah staff wore a green ribbon on their uniforms for the month of March, further driving awareness and showing their commitment to the cause. CSR initiatives form a core component of Ascott’s operations, and we’re pleased to be able to support the Albir Society Jeddah.”

World Kidney Day is annually observed on second Thursday in March. This year, it fell on March 14. The day is marked to raise awareness about kidney health and its relation to our overall health. This year, the theme of World Kidney Day was “Kidney Health For Everyone Everywhere.”

According to National Health Portal, chronic kidney disease is the sixth fastest growing cause of death. Around 850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases due to various causes. Around 1.7 million people are estimated to die annually due to acute kidney injury globally.

The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. It has more than 58,000 operating units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as over 42,000 units, which are under development, making a total of more than 100,000 units in over 660 properties.

The company’s serviced residence and hotel brands include Ascott, Citadines, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection, lyf, HARRIS, FOX HARRIS, YELLO, POP!, Préférence and HARRIS Vertu.