LuLu opens iconic Scotland Yard Hotel in London

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.
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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.


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.