Jumeirah lures GCC guests with special offers at hotels

Guests can explore the rich heritage of the Emirati culture at Jumeirah Al-Wathba Desert Resort & Spa.
Updated 03 June 2019

Jumeirah lures GCC guests with special offers at hotels

Eid is here and so is the perfect time to go on a dream holiday. Whether you favor refreshing dips in an infinity pool or are looking for a stylish fine dining experience or simply want to stay in your suite soaking up the ocean views, Jumeirah Group, a global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has something for everyone looking to enjoy a long weekend.

To help you plan your Eid getaway, Jumeirah has listed must-visit hotels and resorts in the UAE, with special offers for GCC residents only.

Dubai

1. Jumeirah Al-Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah

Famed for its waterways that flow throughout the Madinat Jumeirah resort, and located on one of the world’s most recognizable shorelines with views of the Burj Al-Arab, this hotel is simply an Instagram favorite. 

With the Jumeirah Breaks offer, save 20 percent on the best available room rates along with complimentary breakfast and feel spoilt with a choice of more than 40 restaurants for lunch and dinner. The offer also includes unlimited access to Madinat Jumeirah’s private beach and entry to Wild Wadi Waterpark. 

Best available rate: From 935 dirhams ($254)

2. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray 

Nestled on the Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is a visual delight, boasting impressive architecture and views of the Arabian Gulf. The recreational haven is complete with a pristine private beach, an infinity pool, award-winning restaurants and a spa. Indulge like royalty at the Iklik Hammam — an entire spa floor dedicated to couples featuring two spacious treatment suites, including saunas, whirlpools, showers, changing areas, majlis, jacuzzis, steam baths and relaxation lounges. 

Best available rate: From 700 dirhams

Abu Dhabi

1. Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort

The resort sits majestically on the island’s prime beach. Guests can experience island life at its best at the eco-friendly Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort. They can enjoy the views of 400 meters of white sand on the Arabian Gulf and the beautiful scenery and undisturbed wildlife. 

With the Jumeirah Breaks offer, save 10 percent on the best available room rates along with access to spa for hydra pool, rhassoul chamber, sauna and steam room, and complimentary use of Bodyism wellness center facilities. The offer also includes unlimited access to the kids and teens clubs.

Best available rate: From 1,025 dirhams

2. Jumeirah Al-Wathba Desert Resort & Spa

Guests can explore the rich heritage of the Emirati culture at this resort. Inspired by classical dwellings, the boutique resort’s 103 guest rooms and villas feature timeless local details, traditional artwork, and Arabesque accessories, alongside a range of dining destinations showcasing the dunes to panoramic perfection. 

Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr with an authentic Arabic brunch inspired by Lebanese flavors. Savor signature slow-cooked lamb ouzi with saffron rice, charcoal kebab grills, and a variety of mezzes and sweet delights at Bait Al-Hanine. 

Best available rate: From 850 dirhams


Protiviti hosts event to discuss ways to embrace next generation of internal audit

Updated 11 November 2019

Protiviti hosts event to discuss ways to embrace next generation of internal audit

RIYADH: Audit firm Protiviti MENA recently organized an event at Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh to discuss the need and importance of embracing the next generation of internal audit.

The discussion was led by a panel of seasoned and experienced internal audit professionals, comprising Phillip Fretwell, managing director at Protiviti, Abdullah Al-Rowais, Chief Audit Executive, Etihad Etisalat Company, Abdullah Al-Anizi, Chief Audit Executive, Saudi Telecom Company, Rogier Dolleman, Audit Head – Business Management at SABB and Sukhdev Bal, managing director of Protiviti UK. 

The session was marked by the presence of prominent business leaders and chief audit executives (CAE) from several large businesses in Saudi Arabia. The discussions revolved around how internal audit, as a function, needs to evolve and adapt to today’s dynamic business environment amidst a wave of digital and technological advancement and transformation. 

Fretwell said: “Organizations have started their transformation journey and anticipate significant progress over the next two years. It is important for CAEs to balance new internal audit models with the right technology, resources and methodologies, as well as governance and infrastructure, to create value and continue to be relevant.” 

Sanjeev Agarwal, CEO at Protiviti MENA said: “As the Kingdom starts to accelerate its digital agenda, it is time for businesses to adopt innovative technologies and challenge the way they currently operate.

“This is especially true for internal audit functions, which need to evolve to remain relevant in the highly competitive business landscape. We believe that embracing next-generation internal audit competencies will help these companies transform their businesses by providing effective and proactive risk management for future growth.” 

Adnan Zakariya, country managing director for KSA, said: “The timing of these deliberations on the next-generation internal audit could not be better as companies prepare to meet the strategic objectives of KSA Vision 2020. We closely work with almost all leading organizations in the Kingdom, providing diverse solutions across the government, telecom, banking & financial services, healthcare as well as energy and utilities sectors.” 

The event witnessed an insightful and thought-provoking panel discussion around the readiness of internal audit in the Kingdom to take the ensuing big leap and the importance of having the right mix of people and skills to champion the cause of the next-generation of internal audit. 

Moderating the interactions amongst high-powered panelists, Amit Ray, managing director - Data Analytics & Digital Transformation, said: “Change is all about intent and perseverance. While there are challenges to this transformation, opportunities are enormous. We should look beyond short term gains to drive sustainable change – if we want to innovate we also need to be able to embrace failure along the way, but learn quickly from our mistakes and chart our course – because it is no longer a matter of ‘if’ we need to change, it’s a matter of ‘when’.” 

Also commenting on this was Sanjay Rajagopalan, managing Director of internal audit, who said: “Evolving the internal audit function into a next gen role requires not just an agile approach but also a culture and mindset that focus on continued innovation. The board, management and audit professionals have to come together for this endeavor.” 

As thought leader, Protiviti has been working closely with professional forums such as the Institute of Internal Auditors and global organizations in driving innovative transformational changes and adoption of emerging technologies in the internal audit profession.