Chantal and Pamela hit the road in two-wheel road trip

Chantal and Pamela hit the road in two-wheel road trip
Pamela and Chantal hit the road to to make a life-changing journey. (Photo/supplied)
Updated 06 October 2018

Chantal and Pamela hit the road in two-wheel road trip

Chantal and Pamela hit the road in two-wheel road trip

“The Open Road,” a travel show following the adventures of two Arab women on motorbikes as they ride across the UAE, Lebanon and Jordan, is to hit screens in the region on Oct. 13.

The publicity promises that this is not an ordinary travel show, hinting that as the two Arab women take to their bikes for their three-country roadtrip that “anything can happen.”

The travel documentary from the lifestyle entertainment channel FOX Life will premiere simultaneously on 11 channels across the region and will be shown at the same on Facebook and YouTube. It is the channel’s first local production and has been created especially for the Middle East.

Publicity for the show said that Chantal from the UAE and Pamela from Lebanon will confront social and cultural barriers as they make a life-changing journey that promises to create, test and deepen friendships.

For Season 1 the riders cover ground in the UAE, Lebanon and Jordan that many viewers would not have known existed. On the way they pass jaw-dropping vistas, sample authentic local cuisines and are tested by some death-defying experiences. 

Sanjay Raina, general manager of Fox Networks Groups, said: “We believe that this series heralds a new era in entertainment for the Middle East. It reinforces our vision to bring world-class entertainment that is not only locally relevant, but locally produced. 

“We bring to viewers an immersive experience that appeals to Arab youth who are hungry for exploration and adventure. For many, it will be seeing the region through fresh eyes and for others rediscovering it with a fresh perspective. The format we chose is universally appealing, yet it’s quintessentially Arab. 

“The series comes at the perfect time where Arab women are increasingly celebrated, and with this series starring two young Arab female bikers, we celebrate their spirit of exploration and adventure as well. And Season 1 is just the beginning.”

As much as the series is about travel and exploration, it is also focused on the social interactions of Chantal and Pamela with the people in each country, including the biking community and locals they meet along the way. 

“We are proud of the high entertainment and quality of ‘The Open Road’ series, which was produced locally, with a homegrown production company, Electric Films. I believe it matches international productions. With its exciting reality format starring two Arab women, strong and engaging narrative and stunning cinematography, we bring to regional viewers a new type of entertainment — with a bold, dynamic voice, expressing the modern aspirations of the region’s youth. It also carries on the timeless tradition of storytelling, which is deeply rooted in this region, and brings it to life in a thoroughly contemporary content format,” said Alex El Chami, head of production and executive producer at Fox Networks Group and National Geographic Middle East

“The Open Road” premieres Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Kingdom and 8 p.m. in the UAE on Fox, Fox Life, Fox Rewayat, FOX Family, FOX Crime, FOX Movies, FX, Fox Action and National Geographic Abu Dhabi as well as on Star Movies and Star World. It will be simulcast on Facebook and YouTube.

Viewers can catch subsequent episodes weekly on Fox Life, Fox Rewayat, National Geographic Abu Dhabi and Star World.


Hilton drives female leadership in Saudi Arabia’s hospitality sector

Hilton drives female leadership in Saudi Arabia’s hospitality sector
Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, Hilton’s area president for MEA and Turkey, with Bushra Al-Qahtani, operations manager at Hilton Riyadh, and other team members at the hotel.
Updated 23 June 2021

Hilton drives female leadership in Saudi Arabia’s hospitality sector

Hilton drives female leadership in Saudi Arabia’s hospitality sector
  • Hilton Riyadh General Manager Hans Schiller said: “At Hilton Riyadh, we continue to see great success in helping our female team members take on leadership roles as a result of their incredible determination and our training and mentoring programs”

Saudi Arabia has seen many changes in several industries locally, including more women in leadership roles. Talented and committed female professionals are now given the opportunity to shine and lead, and have already proven capability and success. The tourism and hospitality industry is also witnessing many changes, including the increase of females in the industry.
Aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, Hilton has always been committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This includes equipping female team members with the tools, resources and opportunities they need to achieve their professional aspirations. One shining example of this is Bushra Al-Qahtani, the operations manager at Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences, who aimed high and is realizing her ambitions through the support of Hilton and her team.
Hilton Riyadh General Manager Hans Schiller said: “At Hilton Riyadh, we continue to see great success in helping our female team members take on leadership roles as a result of their incredible determination and our training and mentoring programs.”

At Hilton Riyadh, we see great success in helping our female team members take on leadership roles as a result of their determination and our training programs.
Hans Schiller
General Manager of Hilton Riyadh
Hotel and Residences

Schiller added: “I have known Bushra for several years now and have been lucky to mentor her prior to her joining Hilton Riyadh. Bushra has rotated in several departments and hotels, which is highly recommended in Hilton to gain hospitality exposure and skills. She demonstrates many great leadership qualities, and I personally see a potential future general manager in her.”

The current changes happening in Saudi Arabia make me optimistic that we will have many women in leadership roles in the coming years.

Bushra Al-Qahtani, Operations Manager at Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences

Al-Qahtani, 37, began her journey in tourism when she changed her career path and went to the US to pursue a masters in tourism and hospitality. She then returned to Saudi Arabia and joined a local hotel as a customer service executive in 2016. Following that, she joined Hilton in 2018 as front office manager and today she is the first Saudi female at Hilton to take on the role of an operations manager.
“I owe Hilton a great deal, as the career growth I have experienced is exceptional, and I credit this accomplishment to the many hours of online training and in-person mentoring I received. In addition, rotating across different departments has taught me many skills that I couldn’t have gained through training,” Al-Qahtani said. “At Hilton, I was provided with many resources to support my career growth such as [email protected], Women in Leadership and Shine, which is one of the most powerful operations programs in the industry. Also, through LinkedIn Learning, I completed several Harvard Management courses.”
She added: “The current changes happening in Saudi Arabia make me optimistic that we will have many women in leadership roles in the coming years. Make sure to always speak out when you think it matters, it will make a difference.”
Tariq Al-Harbi, deputy general manager at Hilton Riyadh, said: “I have worked with Bushra for over three years now, and I think she is a great role model for young Saudi women. In the past five years, I have seen incredible changes in our industry including the increase of knowledgeable and hardworking Saudi women, and this makes me feel very optimistic about the future of hospitality in the Kingdom.”


JHAH wins IAC accreditation in echocardiography

JHAH wins IAC accreditation in echocardiography
Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease.
Updated 23 June 2021

JHAH wins IAC accreditation in echocardiography

JHAH wins IAC accreditation in echocardiography
  • Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JCAH) has been identified as one of two organizations in the Kingdom, and one of three in the GCC with Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) accreditation in adult thoracic echocardiography.
“Achieving the noninvasive cardiovascular echocardiography laboratory accreditation by the IAC, is another example of JHAH’s clinical excellence,” said Dr. Fahd Algurashi, acting chief of staff at JHAH. “I want to thank the technical and clinical teams in the Heart and Vascular Institute for their commitment and determination during the time of accreditation where JHAH was granted a three-year term of IAC accreditation.”
Accreditation by the IAC means that JHAH’s noninvasive cardiovascular echocardiography laboratory underwent an intensive application and review process and was found to be compliant with the published standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography. Comprising a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enabled both the critical operational and technical components of JHAH to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

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Accreditation by the IAC means that JHAH’s noninvasive cardiovascular echocardiography laboratory underwent an intensive application and review process and was found to be compliant with the published standards.

“We are very proud of achieving IAC accreditation in echocardiography,” said Dr. Eric McWilliams, chief of cardiology division, Heart and Vascular Institute. “This formal assessment from an internationally recognized committee is a testament to the quality of the echocardiography service here at JHAH. This is a reassurance to our patients that their echo studies are being performed by and interpreted by professionals operating at a very high standard.”
Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of all adult deaths (42 percent) in Saudi Arabia and according to the American Heart Association, more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease. This amounts to about one every 40 seconds. As a result, cardiac services have remained a priority since Saudi Aramco and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) partnered to start JHAH. Together, physicians, nurses, administrators, and technologists from JHM and JHAH remain dedicated to enhancing JHAH’s already strong cardiology service.


IHG, RIVA Development to debut Hotel Indigo brand in Saudi capital

IHG, RIVA Development to debut Hotel Indigo brand in Saudi capital
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Updated 23 June 2021

IHG, RIVA Development to debut Hotel Indigo brand in Saudi capital

IHG, RIVA Development to debut Hotel Indigo brand in Saudi capital
  • A newly built property, Hotel indigo Riyadh King Abdallah Road will feature 228 design-led rooms and will open its doors to guests in March 2025

Expanding its presence in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, IHG Hotels and Resorts is bringing the world’s first globally branded boutique hotel brand to the Kingdom with the signing of Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdallah Road. This development also marks the first hotel to be signed under the master development agreement (MDA) between IHG and RIVA Development Company via its wholly owned subsidiary RIVA Hospitality for Hotel Services Company.
No two Hotel Indigo properties are the same, and this addition to the brand portfolio will have Riyadh’s cultural influences embedded in its DNA through a visionary design, which captures the historical charm of local heritage as well as influences of nearby modern architecture.
A newly built property, Hotel indigo Riyadh King Abdallah Road will feature 228 design-led rooms and will open its doors to guests in March 2025. Offering authentic local experiences combined with a modern design, the hotel will also feature two dining options, a pool and a fitness center. Additionally, the hotel will offer 353 square meters of meeting and events space to cater to the demands of business travelers visiting Saudi Arabia’s capital city.
Haitham Mattar, managing director, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG said: “Hotel Indigo is a unique brand that allows every individual property to draw inspiration from the local surroundings and offer an immersive and authentic experience to guests. As a result of the Saudi Tourism Development Strategy, there will be a rising wave of travelers coming to Saudi Arabia, seeking differentiated travel and an increasing demand for hotels that offer authentic and refreshingly local experiences. Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdallah Road will seamlessly address these needs. Guests will be able to enjoy local experiences, modern design and intimate service with the peace of mind and consistency of staying with one of the world’s largest hotel groups.”

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Hotel indigo Riyadh King Abdallah Road will feature 228 design-led rooms and will open its doors to guests in March 2025.

Mugbel S. Al-Thukair, co-founder, RIVA Development Company, and chairman, RIVA Hospitality for Hotel Services Company, added: “We are pleased to bring a global boutique hotel brand, Hotel Indigo, to a distinct location in Saudi Arabia. Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdallah Road will be an ideal choice for travelers seeking a uniquely local hotel experience in the city of Riyadh, where the culture of the surrounding neighborhood will be reflected in the vibrant sights, sounds and flavor of the hotel. It also gives us great confidence to partner with IHG, and to be able to leverage their wide experience, expertise in the industry and reputation as one of the leading and most trusted hotel companies in the world.”
Established in 2004, Hotel Indigo now has a presence in more than 20 countries with over 120 hotels, and over 100 hotels in the pipeline. Across India, Middle East and Africa, IHG opened Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown — its first Hotel Indigo in the region last year. Hotel Indigo Riyadh King Abdallah Road joins a growing pipeline for the brand including properties in Doha and Oman.


Hyundai Motor unveils first images of Elantra N

Hyundai Motor unveils first images of Elantra N
Hyundai Motor unveils first images of Elantra N. (Supplied)
Updated 23 June 2021

Hyundai Motor unveils first images of Elantra N

Hyundai Motor unveils first images of Elantra N
  • “Elantra N is a high-performance sedan that reveals the sportier side of our exceptional all-new Elantra through exciting N brand enhancements,” said Till Wartenberg, vice president of N brand management and motorsport subdivision at Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai Motor Company has revealed the first glimpse of Elantra N (sold as Avante N in South Korea), the latest addition to its N range. This is Hyundai Motors’ sixth N brand model, following the unveiling of Kona N in April this year.
Elantra N is the high-performance variant of the new Elantra model launched in April 2020, distinguishable by its “Parametric Dynamics” design theme that imparts a look of sophisticated sportiness. Hyundai N designers took cues from the curves and lines of a sculpture to give the car a powerful and athletic stance.
“Elantra N is a high-performance sedan that reveals the sportier side of our exceptional all-new Elantra through exciting N brand enhancements,” said Till Wartenberg, vice president of N brand management and motorsport subdivision at Hyundai Motor Company. “We designed it to be a race-proven sports car with dynamic driving capabilities and style that performance enthusiasts love.”

 

 


Rosewood Jeddah rolls out summer offers for GCC guests

Rosewood Jeddah rolls out summer offers for GCC guests
Updated 21 June 2021

Rosewood Jeddah rolls out summer offers for GCC guests

Rosewood Jeddah rolls out summer offers for GCC guests

Rosewood Jeddah is offering a range of exciting summer offers under its “Summer Splendor” program, since travel restrictions have been lifted, allowing GCC travelers to return once more. The hotel has vaccinated its entire staff to ensure guests returning to one of the city’s most beloved hotels feel safe and secure in the knowledge that a strict COVID-19 protocol has been put into place. 

In spite of the soaring summer temperatures, there is much to tempt guests whether traveling for business or pleasure. From its spectacular rooftop pool with panoramic views of the Red Sea to its state-of-the-art fitness center, four dining venues and lounges, Rosewood Jeddah will leave guests feeling relaxed and revived. 

Versatile spaces make Rosewood Jeddah a magnificent backdrop for the city’s most prestigious occasions, including meetings and conventions. Located on the Jeddah Corniche, the luxury hotel features versatile venues for meetings, small business affairs and private dining, ensuring guests can return to in-person events with the comfort of space and safety protocols. 

“As business meetings start to return to normal and the region is increasingly vaccinated, demand for business travel has been rising,” said Ahad Al-Saneei, director of sales and marketing at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. 

The “Summer Splendor” program ensures the whole family has a reason to love their stay, with a special 10 percent discount on the best available rate at one of the hotel’s 127 rooms and suites. For a restful weekend getaway or quality time with friends or family, the summer special includes a daily buffet breakfast for two adults and two children at Habsburg Restaurant, in addition to a discount on seafood night on Thursdays and brunch on Fridays. 

“Both business and leisure travelers are looking for hotels that can ensure that the maximum safety measures have been taken to reassure them that it is once again safe to travel, which we have done in many ways across the property,” added Al-Saneei. 

The “Summer Splendor” is valid through summer until September.