CSW Riyadh 2019 shows how to tap the ‘power of the crowd’

The Crowdsourcing Week (CSW) was held for the first time in KSA last week.
Updated 02 December 2019

CSW Riyadh 2019 shows how to tap the ‘power of the crowd’

TAM Development, a Saudi company specializing in crowdsourcing and public engagement, in partnership with the Crowdsourcing Week, a global platform committed to highlighting the importance of crowd economy practices, hosted the Crowdsourcing Week (CSW) in Riyadh on Nov. 26.

This was the first time the popular event was held in the Kingdom.

The theme of the CSW Riyadh 2019 was “Power of the Crowd,” where speakers and panelists dwelled on the question “How Can We Leverage the Power of the Crowd?”

CSW Riyadh 2019 was jam-packed with interactive sessions, workshops, and talks featuring innovators and influential pioneers in crowd-enabled initiatives from all around the globe. This one-day event was designed to support government, enterprise and nonprofit leaders in the region through creative frameworks to come up with future strategies and inspire new business models that would reshape various industries.

Abdullah Alyousef, CEO and co-founder of TAM Development, said: “TAM is dedicated to creating initiatives using the energy of positive thinkers and pioneers in our community, as well as educating the public about crowdsourcing and what one can achieve by leveraging the power of the crowd.

“CSW Riyadh is the first event that brings together both local and global experts to share their experiences, success stories and best practices in crowdsourcing.” 

During his speech as a keynote speaker, Alyousef emphasized that no one should ever underestimate the power of the crowd, as he said it is not only a business-enhancing solution, but also a performance-enhancing solution for many areas including education, health care, transportation and other areas in both the public and private sectors. 

Mohammad Nadeem, marketing manager at TAM Development, said: “CSW Riyadh 2019 is targeting individuals who are already in the crowdsourcing and sharing-economy industry, those who are interested in the industry, and professionals in the fields of economy in general.”

“Vision 2030 is about building a vibrant society and a thriving economy, and crowdsourcing together with a sharing economy play a major role in achieving these two key pillars,” Alyousef said.


LuLu opens iconic Scotland Yard Hotel in London

Updated 10 December 2019

LuLu opens iconic Scotland Yard Hotel in London

Twenty14 Holdings, the hospitality investment arm of UAE’s LuLu Group International, has completed investments of 1.43 billion dirhams ($389.4 million) in the UK, with the inauguration of the Great Scotland Yard in London. The hotel opened for business on Dec. 9.

The Great Scotland Yard was officially inaugurated by Nicky Morgan, secretary of state; Sir Edward Lister, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief strategic adviser; Mansoor Abulhoul, UAE ambassador to Britain; Mark Hoplamazian, global president and CEO, Hyatt Hotels; in the presence of Yusuffali M. A., chairman of Lulu Group; and Adeeb Ahmed, managing director of Twenty14 Holdings in London.

The historic property was acquired in 2015 for 550 million dirhams ($150 million), and the makeover of the hotel involved a further 250 million dirhams. In addition to the Great Scotland Yard, Twenty14 Holdings had acquired the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh — The Caledonian in Scotland in 2018 for 440 million dirhams. 

The Great Scotland Yard Hotel, which is being managed by Hyatt under their The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, is located in the St. James’s district of Westminster. 

Steeped in history, the Great Scotland Yard was once a dwelling for visiting kings of Scotland during the Tudor period, while today the building is most famous as the former headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police force. In 1910, the building served as the British Army Recruitment Office and Royal Military Police headquarters.

LuLu chairman Ali said: “London is one of the world’s greatest cities and the Great Scotland Yard Hotel represents its illustrious past as well as its modern significance. The hotel spotlights the city’s vibrant history, its several celebrated aspects and its status as a global melting pot. In essence, we have curated an unmatched experience for every guest while recreating the historic premises into a symbol of ultimate hospitality.”

An 1820s Grade II listed building with Edwardian and Victorian architecture, the high-end luxury boutique hotel with seven floors and spanning 93,000 square feet, has 153 rooms and 15 suites apart from a two-bedroom townhouse VIP-suite created from part of the original Scotland Yard Police premises. The hotel also features a library, gymnasium, meeting/conference rooms, a 120-seater conference space/ballroom and VIP function rooms. 

Adeeb Ahamed, managing director, Twenty14 Holdings, said “The Great Scotland Yard Hotel is a dream come true for us, the culmination of a path set long ago, transforming one of the world’s most historic addresses into an icon of modern hospitality. Twenty14 Holdings’ focus remained steady right through, keeping the building’s reputation in mind, every effort made in its rebirth had to be extraordinary, beyond expectations. And, this is what has been accomplished. The Great Scotland Yard Hotel invites you to experience its myriad stories.”

The hotel offers multiple F&B options — The Yard, The Forty Elephants, The Parlour and Sibín — serving international and British modern food under the supervision of acclaimed chef and restaurateur Robin Gill.