Gulf Air selects Alfa Express for waste management, recycling drive

Mohammed Amin Hulaiwah, Gulf Air director corporate affairs and communications board secretary, and Jassim Haji, Gulf Air director IT, with Alfa Express Company Managing Director Fadhel Al-Maskati, at the agreement signing ceremony at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters.
Updated 25 June 2016
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Gulf Air selects Alfa Express for waste management, recycling drive

As part of Bahraini national carrier Gulf Air’s ongoing mission to be a socially responsible entity, the airline has selected Alfa Express Company for its waste management and recycling drive.
The two companies entered into an agreement recently allowing Gulf Air to avail of recycling services from Alfa Express Company to eliminate and dispose of the organization’s waste papers, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and cardboard.
This initiative is stated to be in line with Gulf Air’s CSR strategy to participate actively in green initiatives, minimize the airline’s impact on the environment while promoting sustainability and acting as a role model to other organizations.
At a signing ceremony held at the airline’s Muharraq headquarters, Mohammed Amin Hulaiwah, Gulf Air director corporate affairs and communications board secretary, and Jassim Haji, Gulf Air director IT, signed the agreement with Alfa Express Company Managing Director Fadhel Al-Maskati.
Gulf Air stated that it is committed to ensuring its operations deliver positive environmental impact.
Most recently, the airline rolled out its new generation iPad electronic flight bags (EFBs) to all pilots in a move that provides them with fully digitized, real-time access to all operational information inflight, enhancing efficiency while reducing paper usage and delivering cost savings.


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).”