Shell KSA supports special needs children

The event organized by the Disabled Children’s Association was held on Nov. 12.
Updated 09 December 2018

Shell KSA supports special needs children

Shell Saudi Arabia has announced the continuation of its sponsorship for the Disabled Children’s Association (DCA) art program for two years (2018-2019). The announcement, made at an event organized by the DCA on Nov. 12, is part of Shell Saudi Arabia’s ongoing support for children with special needs.

Since its establishment in 1981, the Disabled Children’s Association has become one of the largest institutions specialized in the care of children with special needs in the Arab world.

The program held last month promoted the skills and artworks of such children.

To mark the collaboration between the two organizations, Abdulrahman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Suwailim, vice chairman of the Disabled Children’s Association’s executive committee, presented a commemorative shield to Mohammed Al-Zomaia, Shell Saudi Arabia’s general manager for corporate development.

“At Shell, we believe in creating an inclusive culture where everyone can thrive. Today’s talent is more diverse than ever before. An inclusive environment is key to innovating, developing and retaining talent, and it begins with the youngest members of our communities,” said Al-Zomaia.

Shell has been active in the Kingdom for over seven decades and has a wide variety of social investment activities in the country, many of which are centered around youth empowerment, such as Shell Intilaaqah and FutbolNet.

Shell Intilaaqah aims to strengthen young people’s career options by enabling them to switch from being an employee to becoming an employer, or making the transition from seeking employment to creating employment. Shell’s trainees have set up 1,100 businesses, in addition to 500 existing small and medium businesses. Together, they created over 3,000 jobs. Shell Intilaaqah has been training Saudi entrepreneurs since 2010. Over the past years, Shell Intilaaqah trained, supported and mentored 10,000 Saudis — the majority of whom were women. 

Shell and Football Club (FC) Barcelona Foundation work together and use football to teach children the importance of values. The FutbolNet program is a 12-week football training course for children supported by dedicated coaches. Futbolnet aims to infuse values like respect, teamwork and commitment, which are key for the children to develop as happy, healthy and value-adding individuals.


LuLu opens iconic Scotland Yard Hotel in London

Updated 10 December 2019

LuLu opens iconic Scotland Yard Hotel in London

Twenty14 Holdings, the hospitality investment arm of UAE’s LuLu Group International, has completed investments of 1.43 billion dirhams ($389.4 million) in the UK, with the inauguration of the Great Scotland Yard in London. The hotel opened for business on Dec. 9.

The Great Scotland Yard was officially inaugurated by Nicky Morgan, secretary of state; Sir Edward Lister, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief strategic adviser; Mansoor Abulhoul, UAE ambassador to Britain; Mark Hoplamazian, global president and CEO, Hyatt Hotels; in the presence of Yusuffali M. A., chairman of Lulu Group; and Adeeb Ahmed, managing director of Twenty14 Holdings in London.

The historic property was acquired in 2015 for 550 million dirhams ($150 million), and the makeover of the hotel involved a further 250 million dirhams. In addition to the Great Scotland Yard, Twenty14 Holdings had acquired the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh — The Caledonian in Scotland in 2018 for 440 million dirhams. 

The Great Scotland Yard Hotel, which is being managed by Hyatt under their The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, is located in the St. James’s district of Westminster. 

Steeped in history, the Great Scotland Yard was once a dwelling for visiting kings of Scotland during the Tudor period, while today the building is most famous as the former headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police force. In 1910, the building served as the British Army Recruitment Office and Royal Military Police headquarters.

LuLu chairman Ali said: “London is one of the world’s greatest cities and the Great Scotland Yard Hotel represents its illustrious past as well as its modern significance. The hotel spotlights the city’s vibrant history, its several celebrated aspects and its status as a global melting pot. In essence, we have curated an unmatched experience for every guest while recreating the historic premises into a symbol of ultimate hospitality.”

An 1820s Grade II listed building with Edwardian and Victorian architecture, the high-end luxury boutique hotel with seven floors and spanning 93,000 square feet, has 153 rooms and 15 suites apart from a two-bedroom townhouse VIP-suite created from part of the original Scotland Yard Police premises. The hotel also features a library, gymnasium, meeting/conference rooms, a 120-seater conference space/ballroom and VIP function rooms. 

Adeeb Ahamed, managing director, Twenty14 Holdings, said “The Great Scotland Yard Hotel is a dream come true for us, the culmination of a path set long ago, transforming one of the world’s most historic addresses into an icon of modern hospitality. Twenty14 Holdings’ focus remained steady right through, keeping the building’s reputation in mind, every effort made in its rebirth had to be extraordinary, beyond expectations. And, this is what has been accomplished. The Great Scotland Yard Hotel invites you to experience its myriad stories.”

The hotel offers multiple F&B options — The Yard, The Forty Elephants, The Parlour and Sibín — serving international and British modern food under the supervision of acclaimed chef and restaurateur Robin Gill.