VIP delegation tours Virgin Hyperloop One at WEC

President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia tours the Virgin Hyperloop One passenger pod.
Updated 15 September 2019

VIP delegation tours Virgin Hyperloop One at WEC

A VIP delegation comprising Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, Saudi minister of energy; Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, deputy chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; and Thamir Abbas Ghadhban, Iraq’s deputy prime minister for energy affairs and oil minister; was briefed by Harj Dhaliwal, managing director of Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO), Middle East and India, on the future of mobility, at the World Energy Congress (WEC) in Abu Dhabi.
At the event, VHO also showcased DP World Cargospeed, a global brand for hyperloop-enabled cargo systems operated by DP World capable of supporting fast, on-demand, direct delivery of palletized cargo. Designed to provide exceptional service for high-priority, on-demand goods, DP World Cargospeed systems will deliver freight at the speed of flight and closer to the cost of trucking.
At the WEC, VHO also hosted visiting dignitaries from around the world, including President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia; Dharmendra Pradhan, Indian union minister for petroleum and natural gas and steel; and a delegation of Nigerian government leaders. VHO’s Dhaliwal also spoke on a high-level panel on the future of mobility.


Burj Al-Arab named No. 1 city hotel in MENA

Updated 13 July 2020

Burj Al-Arab named No. 1 city hotel in MENA

Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah, the crown jewel in hospitality leader Jumeirah Group’s portfolio and global icon of luxury, has been named the No. 1 city hotel in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by Travel + Leisure at its World’s Best Awards.

Every year, Travel + Leisure — one of the largest travel media brands in the US — provides its 6 million plus readers the chance to have their say in choosing the most outstanding destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators and rental car agencies around the world as part of its annual survey. This year marks 25 years of celebrating the best in travel, with Burj Al-Arab recognized on the “World’s Best” list for its hospitality excellence, intuitive luxury service and iconic appeal.

Currently celebrating two decades of operations, the hotel is renowned across the globe for its boundary-pushing architecture and innovative design, with the team going above and beyond to create bespoke experiences for guests. It is also known for culinary excellence with a collection of restaurants led by renowned chefs and overseen by Michael Ellis, chief culinary officer and former managing director of the Michelin Guide.

José Silva, chief executive officer of Jumeirah Group, said: “Burj Al-Arab represents the very pinnacle of luxury, known world-over for its elevated design, service beyond expectations and unmatched physical spaces. International recognition such as this not only reaffirms the hotel’s iconic standing on the world map but also serves as a thank you to all those who go above and beyond, every day, to make our guests’ stay truly remarkable.”

Jumeirah Group, a member of Dubai Holding and a global luxury hotel company, operates a 6,500+-key portfolio of 26 properties across the Middle East (including the flagship Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah) Europe and Asia, with more properties currently under construction around the globe.

Prioritizing the health and safety of its guests and colleagues, Jumeirah Group has implemented a series of protective measures across all of its hotels, while strictly adhering to each market’s respective government directives. Four of its hotels in Dubai were recently awarded the Bureau Veritas SafeGuard label, with Jumeirah Al-Naseem being the first hotel in the world to receive the prestigious certification. The group is working closely with Bureau Veritas to certify its wider portfolio.

This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2, just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented as a result of COVID-19. The results, therefore, reflect Travel + Leisure’s readers’ experiences before the pandemic.