Al-Habtoor Group, Hilton unveil new partnership

Mohammed Al-Habtoor, vice chairman and CEO of Al-Habtoor Group, and Ian R. Carter of Hilton. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 31 July 2018

Al-Habtoor Group, Hilton unveil new partnership

Mohammed Al-Habtoor, vice chairman and CEO of the Al-Habtoor Group, and Ian R. Carter, president, global development, architecture, design and construction, Hilton, hosted a press event to announce a new franchise agreement, effective as of Aug. 1, for the three hotels at Al-Habtoor City. 

The decision to rebrand these properties as Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts, V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton and Hilton Dubai Al-Habtoor City was unveiled at a ceremony held at Al-Habtoor City, on Tuesday. The announcement of the deal comes after a recent statement that the Al-Habtoor Group plans to expand its Habtoor Hospitality-management portfolio.

Also present at the signing ceremony were: Rudi Jagersbacher, Hilton’s president of Middle East, Africa and Turkey; Patrick Fitzgibbon, SVP of development, Hilton EMEA; Carlos Khneisser, VP, development, MENA and Turkey; and from Al-Habtoor Group, Maan Halabi, managing director; Sanjeev Agarwala, chief operating officer — hospitality and investments; Sunderesh Iyer, chief operating officer — Al-Habtoor Investment; and Kamal Naamani, managing director — hospitality and leisure projects UAE, Habtoor Hospitality.

Mohammed Al-Habtoor said: “We are pleased to extend our partnership with Hilton to three additional hotel properties at Al-Habtoor City, our flagship hospitality, leisure and residential development located in the heart of Dubai. This is a record transition into a new portfolio of brands, a testament to the strong relationship and trust between Al-Habtoor Group and Hilton.”

He added: “The announcement today increases our partnership with Hilton from five hotels to eight hotels around the world.”

Ian Carter said: “The addition of these three properties is great news for Hilton and strengthens a strategic partnership with Al-Habtoor Group which spans across several markets internationally. Our portfolio will now see more than 5,000 rooms open by the end of the year in Dubai, a destination that ranks alongside global powerhouses such as London, Paris and New York in terms of annual visitor numbers.”

Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts

A 234-guest room luxury hotel will operate as an independent property as it joins the upcoming ultra-luxury collection brand from Hilton, LXR Hotels & Resorts. 

V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

The first hotel in the UAE to join Curio Collection by Hilton, a global upper upscale portfolio of more than 50 hotels and resorts lauded for their distinct culture and spirit, V Hotel joins 10 pipeline and trading properties in the region.

Hilton Dubai Al-Habtoor City

Centrally situated on both Sheikh Zayed Road and the Dubai Water Canal featuring 1,004 guest rooms, including 142 suites, this hotel under the flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand becomes the largest in Hilton’s Middle East and Africa portfolio.

Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor, founding chairman of Al-Habtoor Group, said: “Dubai is a safe haven for tourism and investment. The decision of Hilton to choose Dubai as one of the first locations for its upcoming luxury collection brand is a confirmation of Dubai and the UAE’s robustness and appeal.”


Al-Dabbagh Group Ranked sixth on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Great Place to Work List

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Al-Dabbagh Group Ranked sixth on Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Great Place to Work List

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: Al-Dabbagh Holding Group, founded in 1962, has been ranked sixth in the Saudi Arabian private sector's best working environments for the year 2020. The ranking is compiled by Great Place to Work, a leading global organization that evaluates work environments across more than 60 countries.
This achievement comes in recognition of Al-Dabbagh Group's efforts toward creating and fostering a positive working environment for all. Employees participated in a questionnaire on work-place satisfaction, and the company policies were also subject to an external review, both of which contributed to the resulting ranking.
Al-Dabbagh Group’s Head of Human Resources, Hayfa Abu-Zabibah has said that "this achievement is the result of the Group's unique culture, derived from the philosophy of Omnipreneurship, which embraces comprehensive leadership and is made up of three principles (Giving, Earning and Sustaining) five values (integrity, passion, respect, forward-thinking, teamwork) and ten golden rules. The principles, values and golden rules provide the framework that govern the Group’s ecosystem and culture.”
Hayfa added that receiving this award will only increase the Group’s motivation to further promote this ecosystem and continue efforts toward becoming a better place to work.