Jumeirah Group announces 7 new hotel openings in 2019

Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel is anticipated to open in 2019.
Updated 26 November 2018

Jumeirah Group announces 7 new hotel openings in 2019

Jumeirah Group, a global luxury hotel company, has shared updates regarding its ongoing extensive expansion plans with seven new hotel openings in the GCC and international markets between now and the end of 2019. The announcement was made during its annual GCC roadshow from Nov. 11 to 14, which commenced in Saudi Arabia, and included the cities of Jeddah and Riyadh, followed by Bahrain and Kuwait.
Amongst the most prominent hotels highlighted during the roadshow is Jumeirah’s first hotel in the Kingdom — Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel. Anticipated to open in 2019, the hotel will offer guests and visitors to the Holy City, Jumeirah’s renowned hospitality services. Facilities include 1,033 guest rooms and 93 villas, a variety of dining experiences, meeting facilities, an executive lounge, a gymnasium and over 90 retail units throughout the complex. Jabal Omar Jumeirah is walking distance from the Holy Mosque and comprises four towers with stunning views of Masjid-al-Haram.
In addition to Jumeirah Living Guangzhou in China and Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi, both of which opened recently, other Jumeirah hotels to open soon include: Jumeirah Al-Wathba Desert Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Guangzhou, Jumeirah Muscat Bay, and Jumeirah Bali, Indonesia.


Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Updated 19 February 2020

Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Hyundai Motors has increased its presence in South Africa by launching its first mass-produced high-performance car — i30 N — last week in Cape Town. 

The first model of the N brand, the i30 N is Hyundai’s first high-performance car, which has been developed with a key focus on its race-track capability and its ability to be a fun-to-drive everyday sports car. 

“Advanced technology and a high level of driver customization has been built into the i30 N, which means it can play the role of a comfort-oriented commuter as well as a race-track ready performance car,” the automaker said.

The i30 N has a 1,998 cc, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, with its maximum power output of 202 kW reached at 6,000 r/minute, while maximum torque is achieved from 1,500 to 4 700 r/minute. 

The power is delivered to the front wheels of the i30 N through a six-speed manual gearbox and has five different drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom, which can be accessed through two dedicated buttons on the car’s steering wheel. 

The i30 N has a rev matching function built-in to adjust the engine revolutions when the driver shifts from a higher to a lower gear, thereby ensuring smooth gear shifting. The dual muffler exhaust sounds add to the pleasure of commanding a high-performance vehicle.

Speaking at the launch, Niall Lynch, CEO of Hyundai Automotive South, said: “The i30 N is one of the most exciting cars Hyundai has made in the recent years highlighting Hyundai’s talented designers and engineers who are always setting new standards.

“It is a high-performance car meant to deliver a fun driving experience and I have no doubt there’s a bright future in store for the Hyundai i30 N in South Africa. It has already been described as a ‘game changer’ with more than 20,000 units sold across Europe since we started trading in 2017.”

The i30 N has stylish 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires and red brake callipers featuring the N-logo. Aggressive bumpers with larger air intakes and a red character line, an aerodynamic rear spoiler with a triangular brake light, and a dual muffler exhaust complete the sleek, sporty look.

The i30 N also features the electronically controlled suspension (ECS) and electronically controlled limited-slip differential, which ensures an exhilarating drive with cornering capabilities that befits the i30 N’s hot-hatch character.

Customers can choose from five color options — Polar White, Performance Blue, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red.

Hyundai plans to launch the i30 N model in the Middle East toward the end of 2020.