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.”


Saudi brand Nadine Jewellery shines on Oscars red carpet

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Saudi brand Nadine Jewellery shines on Oscars red carpet

High-end jewelry brand Nadine Jewellery, designed by Saudi designer Nadine Attar, is fast becoming a favorite of Hollywood stars on the red carpet.

Most recently, reality TV star Kristin Cavallari was spotted wearing a piece from the brand’s “Eternal Love” collection at the 92nd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 10. Her look was designed by celebrity stylist Dani Michelle. 

The “Eternal Love” set is also featured on Robb Report Arabia’s cover for the February issue. The design of the set resembles a wreath, containing certified cushion diamonds, centered around round and marquise diamonds, creating a magnificent piece of 54.7 carats. 

The set is a personal favorite of the Saudi designer, who said she was delighted to see the piece on Cavallari.

“The fine jewelry market had a void when it came to designs rooted in a traditional aesthetic crafted at international luxury standards; I aspired to fill that void with my brand,” said Attar.

Nadine Jewellery has also been spotted on other celebrities, including Zendaya at the 2019 People’s Choice Awards in the Lily collection, Marisa Tomei at the Independent Spirit Awards in the Rouh collection, Pia Mia at the Grammy Awards in the Neda collection, and Alessandra Ambrosio at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. The brand has also been seen in high-fashion publications, such as Vogue, Elle, Instyle, and Hollywood Reporter.

The brand is represented by Create Twenty Two in the US.

“Nadine Jewellery is focused on crafting memories for generations to come, encouraging self-expression for individuals by crafting timeless, unique and personal pieces of jewelry. Create Twenty Two is thrilled to be able to work and represent the designs in the US and hopes to work on more collaborations with the statement designs and other various US talents,” the company said.

Attar, a third-generation luxury business entrepreneur, left a long career in banking to become a gemologist, a certified diamond graduate, a certified gemstone grader, and an accredited jewelry professional.

She is mostly inspired by colors of nature and diversity of character. She believes jewelry should be a personal statement.

Attar’s passion is inherited from her father who has been in the luxury field for more than 40 years.

The high-end jewelry brand offers pieces for women, men, and children with designs inspired by nature, spirituality, and culture, hand crafted in Italy.