ALJ launches express delivery service s:mile

The s:mile services offer international and domestic express delivery services, including customs clearance through various points of entry into Saudi Arabia, and end-to-end e-commerce logistics solutions.
Updated 12 March 2019
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ALJ launches express delivery service s:mile

Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics has launched an express delivery service and an end-to-end e-commerce solution brand, s:mile, building on the company’s six decades of logistics expertise in the Kingdom and the MENA region. This follows Saudi Arabia’s recent launch of the comprehensive National Industrial Development and Logistics Plan (NIDLP).

The s:mile services offer international and domestic express delivery services, including customs clearance through various points of entry into Saudi Arabia, and end-to-end e-commerce logistics solutions including cross-border service, product fulfillment, last mile delivery and reverse logistics.

Oussama Abba, managing director, Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics, said: “Over the decades, Abdul Latif Jameel has developed significant experience in the logistics sector and the launch of the s:mile brand is a testament to our ambition to do even more for our customers. 

“At its core, s:mile is committed to supporting any and all of our customers’ logistics needs, driving efficiency in the delivery of their goods at a time where the e-commerce sector is growing rapidly in line with the goals of Vision 2030, and the recently launched NIDLP. We are constantly looking for new opportunities to better serve the region by connecting people around the world and the launch of s:mile is a major milestone in reaching our goal to be the premier logistics services provider in Saudi Arabia.”

S:mile joins a wide range of existing logistics services offered by Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics, including freight forwarding, land transportation and mysaudistore.com, the US mailbox consolidation platform. It will be supported by Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics’ state-of-the-art information system, robust operational capabilities, including sorting and delivery facilities, a large fleet of vehicles, service outlets across major cities around the country and a wide range of products and packaging designs.

Abdul Latif Jameel moved into non-automotive logistics for the first time in 2015. Today, Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics handles both domestic and its international express services to and from over 220 countries. The expansion of Abdul Latif Jameel Logistics builds on strong demand in the transport and logistics sector in Saudi Arabia, which is expected to grow significantly by 2020, with annual growth predicted at 5 percent for international cargo, and up to 8 percent for air and sea cargo.

According to the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), more than $100 billion of investment is anticipated within the Kingdom’s transportation and logistics sector over the next 10 years.


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).”