New flagship Kempinski hotel in Makkah

New flagship Kempinski hotel in Makkah
Kempinski Hotel Makkah will be the flagship edifice within the new boulevard on King Abdul Aziz Road megaproject.
Updated 09 October 2019

New flagship Kempinski hotel in Makkah

New flagship Kempinski hotel in Makkah

Kempinski Hotels has announced a new luxury project in Makkah. The signing ceremony with the partnering company, Umm Al-Qura for Development and Construction Company (UAQ), took place last week at the Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai. The property will entail a luxury hotel and will be the flagship edifice within the new boulevard on the King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) megaproject. 

The Kempinski Hotel Makkah will include 380 rooms and suites, each of them offering at least 42 net square meters. The hotel will be equipped with plenty of top-notch amenities catering for a luxury pilgrim experience. An all-day dining restaurant, a restaurant specializing in Levantine cuisine and a coffee lounge will offer guests a variety of culinary experiences. A ballroom and conference rooms will address the needs of the most discerning clients.

The KAAR project is directly linked with the Haramain High-Speed Railway station that links Makkah to Jeddah and Madinah.

“With our newly signed hotel project in Makkah, we will be present in the most important destination within Saudi Arabia and the world’s holiest city of Islam. We are proud that together with UAQ, a locally very well-established and highly respected real estate company, we will play a major role in shaping the all-new KAAR boulevard, which links our new project in Makkah with our previously signed property in Madinah. A presence in the two cities will allow us to boost exponentially the performance of both hotels while merging very well with the country’s Vision 2030,” said Martin R. Smura, chief executive, Kempinski Hotels and chairman of the Kempinski Management Board.

Yasser AbuAteek, managing director and chief executive of Umm Al-Qura, said: “We are proud to announce that we will build up the Kempinski Hotel Makkah as one of the major milestones we are taking toward our vision to serving the people of Makkah and its visitors ... it will be an icon within our envisioned 1.25-million-square-meters New Makkah District. What counted most for us was the expertise of managing hotels and residences from a European perspective integrated with local and cultural refinements and considerations. Kempinski has not only proven on a global scale, but specifically in the Middle East, where the company’s reputation is impeccable.” 

Both Kempinski and UAQ leadership agreed on exploring the possibilities of integrating sustainable and green building requirements to ensure that the hotel is in line with global standards of sustainability and is environmentally friendly. 

Currently Kempinski manages six properties in the Gulf, the most recent of which is Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai.

The Kempinski Hotel Makkah is scheduled to open in 2023.


Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19

Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19
Updated 20 April 2021

Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19

Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19

Community Jameel Saudi and King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) announced the launch of the Jameel Fund for Infectious Disease Research and Innovation in Saudi Arabia to combat COVID-19 and related diseases, including the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The collaboration aims to accelerate the development of clinical solutions to treat a range of infectious diseases in the Gulf region and worldwide. The launch of the fund coincides with the 75th anniversary of Jameel family philanthropy.

The Jameel Fund targets several high-impact projects that advance our ability to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat coronaviruses and other infectious diseases. Alongside practical solutions, research articles to be produced out of the collaboration will be reviewed by specialist researchers before they are made available and published for free by both sides. The Jameel Fund for Infectious Disease Research and Innovation will also be supervised by a joint committee comprising representatives from KAU and counterparts from Imperial College London. The fund will support Saudi researchers through many phases, the first of which will be launched in 2021 by supporting the projects of researchers in KAU.

Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Obaid Al-Yobi, president of KAU, said: “This agreement is part of the strategic goals of KAU to contribute to developing an environment that stimulates and supports creativity and innovation. KAU also shares the same interest with Community Jameel Saudi for serving the community through remarkable contributions. We thank Community Jameel Saudi for their confidence in the ability of Saudi universities and researchers to combat a set of pressing health challenges in the Gulf region and world.”

Hassan Jameel, vice chairman of Community Jameel, said: “This agreement builds on the broad efforts made by Community Jameel Saudi in developing skills and its commitment to support scientific research and empowering Saudi community and scientists by providing innovation opportunities for a better future. It also aims to strengthen the relationship between Community Jameel Saudi and KAU and its partners from international institutions such as Imperial College through many programs that aim to open new research horizons that have a profound impact on enabling Saudi scientists and researchers to find new ways to respond to some urgent health challenges in the Kingdom.”

Out of its keenness to create a safe and healthy society, Community Jameel Saudi recently signed several cooperation agreements with KAU to support scientific research focusing on infectious diseases, and also promote collaboration in various academic and development fields. The agreements also aim to support Saudi researchers at KAU and encourage cooperation with research bodies from inside and outside Saudi Arabia to enhance the quality of scientific research.


MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7

MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7
Updated 20 April 2021

MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7

MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7

Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors (MYNM) Company, the official BMW Group importer in Saudi Arabia, has launched a number of special seasonal offers across select BMW models for the holy month of Ramadan.

Prospective customers will now be able to enjoy great savings and benefits on the groundbreaking BMW X7 and the BMW 7 Series, BMW’s flagship full-size sedan.

Valid throughout the holy month, MYNM has launched a special promotion for cash buyers, who can take home the BMW 7 Series 730Li Design Pure Excellence for SR423,000 ($112,800). Additionally, clients can opt for the BMW X7 40I M Sport package, which boasts seven seats and is priced at SR497,000, or the BMW 7 Series 730Li Sport package, starting at SR443,000, both featuring the exclusive M Sport package.

In accordance with the spirit of giving and generosity, the offer will include MYNM’s flagship offering, BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which will be available as standard across these selected vehicles. Customers can take advantage of the BSI and BMW Repair Inclusive (BRI) package for five years or 100 kilometers (whichever comes first) and warranty up to three years or 200 kilometers (whichever comes first) — all for an attractive, all-inclusive price. 

To ensure the journey to owning a new BMW is as seamless as possible, MYNM will deliver the vehicle to each customer’s doorstep, completely sanitized in advance by one of the dealership’s detailing specialists.

Mark Notkin, BMW Group managing director at MYNM, said: “The holy month is almost upon us, and it brings with it joyful moments and exclusive benefits across some of Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Company’s most sought-after vehicles.”

He added: “We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers such unique and fantastic deals and make it easy for them to own one of the world’s best-loved vehicle marques. We are confident that our Ramadan campaign will be well received by car buyers as there has never been a better time to own a premium vehicle from the official BMW Group importer in Saudi Arabia.”


Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh

Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh
Updated 20 April 2021

Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh

Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh

Planning a city escape with family and friends this holy season? Ascott Rafal Olaya is offering the perfect staycation deal for guests. 

The Riyadh hotel is currently offering up to 25 percent off with its “Escape in Style” promotion. Guests can indulge in varied exclusive lifestyle amenities, separate for men, women and children. These include swimming pools, a gymnasium, sauna, children’s playroom, prayer rooms, and locally popular restaurants that are situated on its ground floor — Don Puro and Opaline, which offer delicious Lebanese cuisine, and are an ideal choice for families wanting to celebrate iftar outdoors. 

With world-class hospitality and sophisticated serviced spaces that are designed to pamper guests, Ascott Rafal Olaya is among Riyadh’s prominent hotel apartments. Home to both leisure and business travelers, the property offers studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments that boast urban city views. 

Located in the capital city’s modern business district of Olaya, Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh sits among two of Riyadh’s tallest skyscrapers, which not only supply guests with an exceptional view of the city, but serve as handy orientation points: Faisaliah Tower and Kingdom Centre.

Opened in 2017, the Ascott residence is just a five-minute drive to the up-and-coming King Abdullah Financial District, where many multinational companies, embassies, and international banks are setting up shop. Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh provides easy access to these business associates as well as a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and other conveniences nearby. 

In view of the COVID-19 situation, Ascott Rafal Olaya has implemented the Ascott Cares’ nine commitments to hygiene, cleanliness and safe distancing. 

Bookings for the “Escape in Style” offer can be made at the-ascott.com/offers


Intigral marks Ramadan with unmatched content selection on Jawwy TV

Intigral marks Ramadan with unmatched content selection on Jawwy TV
Updated 19 April 2021

Intigral marks Ramadan with unmatched content selection on Jawwy TV

Intigral marks Ramadan with unmatched content selection on Jawwy TV

Intigral, a leading provider of digital entertainment and sports in MENA, has announced an exciting lineup of content titles to be aired on its flagship entertainment platform Jawwy TV during the holy month of Ramadan. This includes exclusive and original releases alongside a curated selection of Arabic and Khaleeji shows, all of which began airing from April 12 on the platform.

Topping the Ramadan list are two new original productions exclusive to Jawwy TV — the Bedouin drama series “Al-Kahif,” which sheds light on tribal struggles and tells the tale of twin brothers unraveling the mysteries of a curious cave, and “Al-Awael,” an inspiring Saudi docuseries that highlights stories of pioneering Saudi women across various fields and sectors. 

Jawwy TV will also air the exclusive Lebanese drama “Rahou,” and a couple of digital-exclusive Egyptian dramas — “Al-Tawoos” and “Faris bela Zawaj,” as well the Egyptian series “Thahab,” the animation series “Sohbet El-Ayat,” — and the Syrian drama “Bab Alhara 11” from StarzPlay.

Jawwy TV will bring its viewers numerous and varied Khaleeji titles to keep them entertained throughout the month, including dramas “Beit Al-Thol,” “Al-Rouh wo Al-Riah,” “Alwaseya Alghaybah,” “Hath Aljamelat,” and “Waraqah,” in addition to comedies “Yejeb Allah Matar,” “Abu Tar,” “Ghareb,” and “Kan ya Makan,” and thriller-romance “Seqar.” 

The rich content additions coincide with Jawwy TV’s recent expansion into regional markets including Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE, where more people will be able to enjoy watching Jawwy TV’s growing library of content and in particular its Ramadan lineup.

Markus Golder, CEO at Intigral, extended his warmest wishes to viewers across the region on the arrival of Ramadan, and reiterated Intigral’s commitment to offering the very best in entertainment to its valued subscribers. “We strive to continually augment Jawwy TV to the highest standards by producing and curating content that delights viewers of different tastes and preferences in the region, and we are certain that our Ramadan offerings will meet the expectations of those seeking the highest quality entertainment experience.”

Jawwy TV is widely regarded as a next-generation application for paid channel solutions. It focuses on providing entertainment offerings fit for the Arab family through utilizing world-class HD display technologies via smart devices, tablets, smart TVs and set-top-boxes. Jawwy TV also provides more than 25,000 shows in both Arabic and English, in addition to an array of special features, including the rewind feature, which adds value to the platform’s live channel offerings, including a full lineup of MBC channels, and enables viewers to enjoy previously-broadcast episodes at their convenience.


Rosewood Jeddah hosts ‘Arabian Nights’ in Ramadan

Rosewood Jeddah hosts ‘Arabian Nights’ in Ramadan
Updated 19 April 2021

Rosewood Jeddah hosts ‘Arabian Nights’ in Ramadan

Rosewood Jeddah hosts ‘Arabian Nights’ in Ramadan

No matter how much the world changes, timeless traditions will always be worth treasuring. Amid the rich heritage and culture of the Middle East, Rosewood Jeddah offers a magical setting for celebrating the spirit of Ramadan and coming together in a venue, where the desert meets the sea in a display of majestic splendor. 

Guests are invited to tuck into the hotel’s Arabian Nights-themed sahoor and iftar fare that serves the best of Saudi Arabian, Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian and Lebanese flavors. Surrounded by breathtaking views straight out of the beloved stories, Habsburg complements its mouthwatering cuisine with its dedication to service, ensuring memorable dining experiences at affordable prices for groups or individuals. 

For guests looking to bask in the charm of an oasis-inspired backdrop, Soleil offers a cocoon of tranquility for cozy gatherings among families and friends. Bringing scenes from the Arabian Nights to life with its distinct decor, the lounge’s warm and welcoming ambience sets the tone for evenings to remember.

 On top of special menus at both restaurants, guests will be able to savor mezzeh assortments and drinks at their table with a selection of soups, grilled classics, clay pot mains, and desserts from the iftar food carts. The hotel will also offer group booking options for business gatherings of up to 100 people at Habsburg restaurant.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosewood Jeddah is taking all the necessary precautions and protocols mandated by the government to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all its guests. The restaurants will be operating at a 50 percent capacity to allow for social distancing and greater peace of mind.

“Ramadan is all about remembering what matters and sharing moments with the people who matter,” said Mazen Allam, managing director of Rosewood Jeddah Hotel. “With our guests’ health and safety as our top priority at all times, we are looking forward to providing families and friends with the opportunity to celebrate a meaningful occasion — and life itself.”

The award-winning Rosewood Jeddah is a flawless combination of spectacular design and unprecedented sophistication. Ideal for both the business and leisure traveler, the hotel is situated on the Jeddah Corniche, one of the city’s most impressive locales, which runs parallel to the Red Sea for more than 20 miles. It is within easy reach of key business, diplomatic, government and designer shopping districts. 

The hotel features individually designed and handcrafted rooms. The 101 guest rooms and 26 suites are elegantly furnished and reflect a contemporary aesthetic. Many offer stunning views of the Red Sea and all enjoy 24-hour butler service and state-of-the-art entertainment and business solutions. 

Those interested to book iftar or sahoor can contact Rosewood Jeddah at +966 12 260 7111.