Bartlomiej Mart named GM for Ascott’s Riyadh property

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Updated 10 July 2019
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Bartlomiej Mart named GM for Ascott’s Riyadh property

The Ascott Limited has announced the appointment of Bartlomiej Mart as general manager of one of its Saudi-based luxury serviced residences, Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh. Originally from Poland, Mart is a senior hospitality professional with a wealth of experience gained from international postings — many of which have been in the Middle East.

Armed with a master’s degree in European financial law, Mart eschewed the legal profession and instead embarked upon a hospitality career working for global brands in the UK, US and Gulf region. 

“I am pleased to be joining the Ascott group in Saudi Arabia,” said Mart. “Since opening its doors in 2017, Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh has gone from strength to strength, and I look forward to working with the team to further enhance its reputation as one of the Saudi capital’s premier serviced residences.”

Mart began his hospitality career in the US in 2003 in the F&B department with Marriott and has since built up an impressive track record moving through the ranks to housekeeping manager, director of services, and director of operations. In 2014, he was an Edge Award winner in the “Marriott Global Award for Excellence in Delivering Guest Experiences,” one of only 12 winners from Rooms & Spa disciplines selected from approximately 4,000 hotels in the world. Prior to his posting in Riyadh, Mart was hotel manager at Swiss-Belhotel Residences in Bahrain. 

Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional GM for Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “Ascott has pinpointed Saudi Arabia as a key expansion territory, we currently have five operating serviced residences in the Kingdom with an additional property set to open in August this year. Over the next two years we will open another five properties located in Alkhobar, Riyadh, Jeddah and Abha.

“As we move ahead with our ambitious Saudi Arabia expansion plans, we’re very pleased to welcome Bartlomiej Mart on board. Not only is he a highly experienced and dynamic hotelier, he also has a reputation for delivering outstanding guest services with impressive attention to detail,” added Miccolis.

Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh is located close to King Abdullah Financial District with easy access to the international airport.


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.