Major Chinese expo joins hands with Gulf Industry Fair

The China Machinery Fair was born out of a partnership signed with Silk Road Steps to Eco-Culture Committee Secretary-General Zhang Ming, last December.
Updated 12 March 2019
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Major Chinese expo joins hands with Gulf Industry Fair

Gulf Industry Fair 2019 will join with the China Machinery Fair, the Middle East’s largest Chinese trade expo, to be held in Bahrain. 

The China Machinery Fair was born out of a partnership signed with Silk Road Steps by Eco-Culture Committee Secretary-General Zhang Ming, last December. 

Gulf Industry Fair 2019 will be held under the patronage of Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa from Sept. 24-26 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions Managing Director Jubran Abdulrahman said: “The China Machinery Fair is a part of the Belt and Road policy of China, which is looking to build on China’s historical trade corridor with the Middle East. Visitors will be able to view over 100 Chinese companies specializing in heavy machinery and industrial machinery and applications.” 

Gulf Industry Fair 2019 will focus on the fourth industrial revolution and its importance to economic diversification in the GCC.

“The Gulf Industry and China Machinery fairs are taking place at a transformative era for the global economy. Gulf Industry Fair will be hosting strong international presence from Germany, Italy, US, Turkey, Pakistan and Japan,” said Ahmed Suleiman, exhibition director.


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 21 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).”