Bartlomiej Mart named GM for Ascott’s Riyadh property

Bartlomiej Mart.
Updated 10 July 2019

Bartlomiej Mart named GM for Ascott’s Riyadh property

The Ascott Limited has announced the appointment of Bartlomiej Mart as general manager of one of its Saudi-based luxury serviced residences, Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh. Originally from Poland, Mart is a senior hospitality professional with a wealth of experience gained from international postings — many of which have been in the Middle East.

Armed with a master’s degree in European financial law, Mart eschewed the legal profession and instead embarked upon a hospitality career working for global brands in the UK, US and Gulf region. 

“I am pleased to be joining the Ascott group in Saudi Arabia,” said Mart. “Since opening its doors in 2017, Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh has gone from strength to strength, and I look forward to working with the team to further enhance its reputation as one of the Saudi capital’s premier serviced residences.”

Mart began his hospitality career in the US in 2003 in the F&B department with Marriott and has since built up an impressive track record moving through the ranks to housekeeping manager, director of services, and director of operations. In 2014, he was an Edge Award winner in the “Marriott Global Award for Excellence in Delivering Guest Experiences,” one of only 12 winners from Rooms & Spa disciplines selected from approximately 4,000 hotels in the world. Prior to his posting in Riyadh, Mart was hotel manager at Swiss-Belhotel Residences in Bahrain. 

Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional GM for Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “Ascott has pinpointed Saudi Arabia as a key expansion territory, we currently have five operating serviced residences in the Kingdom with an additional property set to open in August this year. Over the next two years we will open another five properties located in Alkhobar, Riyadh, Jeddah and Abha.

“As we move ahead with our ambitious Saudi Arabia expansion plans, we’re very pleased to welcome Bartlomiej Mart on board. Not only is he a highly experienced and dynamic hotelier, he also has a reputation for delivering outstanding guest services with impressive attention to detail,” added Miccolis.

Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh is located close to King Abdullah Financial District with easy access to the international airport.

ALJ Motors unveils Toyota Granvia in Saudi Arabia

Updated 13 October 2019

ALJ Motors unveils Toyota Granvia in Saudi Arabia

Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, the authorized distributor of Toyota vehicles in Saudi Arabia, has unveiled the new Toyota Granvia in the Saudi market.

Designed to provide an exceptional transportation space that addresses the growing demand for high-end shuttles, the new vehicle’s design, interior, engine, and safety features enable the riders to travel with total peace of mind.

“We are very excited to unveil the new Granvia, a true premium transport solution that meets the evolving needs of those desiring a spacious cabin, unrivaled comfort, and superior refinement. By providing ample personal space, we have ensured that each passenger will enjoy a smooth, comfortable ride and arrive at their destination feeling relaxed and refreshed,” said Mazin Jameel, executive director, marketing, Abdul Latif Jameel Motors.

“At Abdul Latif Jameel Motors, we believe that travel should always be an enjoyable experience, and it was our goal to launch an exceptional Toyota vehicle that enhances people’s journeys by creating memorable moments to cherish. I would like to extend my gratitude to all of our guests for their continuous support, which is an endless source of inspiration in our drive to introduce ‘ever-better’ cars,” Jameel added.

The new Granvia takes the concept of a luxury shuttle to the next level with premium seating for up to six people, including a standard feature of four leather ottomans with footrests — a class first. Its expansive cabin delivers a level of comfort and refinement passengers would normally associate with a high-end limousine, complete with independent rear climate control, adjustable interior illumination, and luxurious woodgrain and metallic finishing, among many other features.

The relationship between Toyota and Abdul Latif Jameel Motors was established more than half-century ago, and has grown to become one of the most remarkable automotive forces in the Kingdom.

Abdul Latif Jameel Motors is also one of the largest independent certified Toyota distributors in the world. Under its principle of putting the guest first and its commitment to achieving excellence in all it has to offer, Abdul Latif Jameel Motors supports the widespread use of Toyota vehicles in the Saudi market through an extensive network of sales and maintenance centers strategically located around the Kingdom, providing peace of mind for their guests, wherever they may be.