Emirates NBD wins award for corporate volunteering

Husam Al-Sayed, group chief human resource officer, Emirates NBD.
Updated 07 October 2019

Emirates NBD wins award for corporate volunteering

Emirates NBD has been recognized for its efforts in employee volunteering and corporate social responsibility by IMPACT2030, the corporate volunteering arm of the United Nations. 

The bank was named an IMPACT2030 Innovation Award winner in recognition of its in-house corporate volunteering program Exchanger. The IMPACT2030 Innovation Awards recognize excellence in directing the collective skills, experience and talent of corporate volunteers toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Husam Al-Sayed, group chief human resource officer, Emirates NBD, said: “Emirates NBD is deeply honored to be named an IMPACT2030 Innovation Award winner, which serves as a valuable, global affirmation of the immensely important work our employee volunteers undertake on a regular basis.”

Launched in 2015, Emirates NBD’s Exchanger program offers employees and partners the opportunity to serve the community for a variety of causes including empowering people of determination (people with disabilities), women’s empowerment, health and wellness, environment, and community development. 

Sue Stephenson, Interim CEO for IMPACT2030, said: “We are very proud to honor Emirates NBD with the IMPACT2030 Innovation Award in recognition of the company’s extraordinary commitment through the Exchanger program to pioneer the importance of serving others through meaningful volunteer activities. They are scaling impact on the SDGs by engaging employees, friends and family members and driving collective action with external business partners across the UAE and beyond.”


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.