Marriott debuts Delta Hotels in Middle East & Africa

A guest room balcony at the hotel, which houses 360 stylish rooms, including suites and serviced apartments.
Updated 02 September 2019

Marriott debuts Delta Hotels in Middle East & Africa

Marriott International has announced the official debut of Delta Hotels by Marriott in the Middle East and Africa with Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeirah Beach, Dubai. Within easy access to key business hubs including Media City, Internet City and Knowledge Village, the hotel is located in the heart of the Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR). With direct beach access, it rises tall between the Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach and The Walk, Dubai’s first shopping and dining promenade. 

“We are excited to introduce the first Delta Hotel to the Middle East and Africa region and believe the brand has immense growth potential in our region with its clear ethos of — simple made perfect,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeirah Beach Dubai will deliver on this promise by providing a full complement of streamlined services in a simple and straightforward way offering both choice and flexibility. Its strategic location, offers our guests the perfect way to discover the city in a manner that makes travel seamless and always enjoyable.”

The hotel’s 45-story tower houses 360 stylish rooms, offering a range of room types including suites and serviced apartments, each equipped with premium amenities. Guests can enjoy spectacular views of the Marina and Dubai’s cityscape from beach-facing rooms and many different parts of the hotel.

The hotel’s culinary offerings claim to flare up an appetite for every desire. The Brazilian restaurant Fogueira located on the 35th floor, takes guests on a journey into Brazil with its “all you can eat” meat cuts crafted to perfection. The restaurant offers views of Ain Dubai — highest observation wheel in the world. The classic American pub Speakeasy offers a selection of beverages, grills and live entertainment. Shores, the all-day dining boasts live stations and myriad flavors from around the world including Asian, European and Arabic. La Sala offers classic Italian while The Sama Lounge boasts refreshing beverages, a selection of platters and stunning views of Jumeirah Beach and the Dubai Marina.

The hotel offers 145 square meters of event space, including three multi-function rooms and a business center for meetings of every type. Guests can also expect to enjoy fast and free Wi-Fi, a 24x7 fitness center, a spa and an outdoor pool.

The North American four-star brand, Delta Hotels, with over 60 locations in gateway cities across the US, Canada, China, and Germany, was acquired by Marriott International in 2015.


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.