Rotana unveils health & safety program for hotel guests

Rotana unveils health & safety program for hotel guests
Hotel management company Rotana operates 69 properties across the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey.
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Updated 24 June 2020

Rotana unveils health & safety program for hotel guests

Rotana unveils health & safety program for hotel guests

Rotana, a hotel management company headquartered in the UAE, is promising guests peace of mind from check-in to check-out with the launch of its new “Rotana Safe Space” health and safety program.

Understanding that consumer expectations have drastically changed since the global COVID-19 outbreak, the initiative focuses on what guests now value most — a contactless hospitality experience throughout their stay using tools such as the Rotana app or their own devices and significantly enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices certified by water, hygiene and energy technologies and services provider, Ecolab.

The hospitality firm, which operates 69 properties across the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and Turkey, has also partnered with SGS, an inspection, testing, verification and certification company, to monitor and verify cleanliness and hygiene procedures at every property.

Bolstered room-cleaning procedures that come with an “Unlock your Safe Space” assurance for guests are a focal point of the Rotana Safe Space program and range from full disinfection processes using intense aerosol methods to strict chemical and thermal treatments for bed and bath linens.

Rotana has also rolled out a host of contactless services, from online check-in, check-out, menus and restaurant bookings to grab-and-go packaged food options and flexible room-cleaning options.

“The well-being of our guests is always our priority at Rotana, but unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures, so we have embraced the latest technology, boosted our employee training and strengthened our already stringent health and safety procedures to launch a new program that gives guests peace of mind throughout their stay,” said Guy Hutchinson, president and CEO of Rotana.

“Rotana Stay Safe focuses on what is most important to guests right now — contactless experiences and services and robust cleaning and disinfection practices verified by global experts, providing them with reassurance that when they stay with us, they are safe in our care.”


Sadara to supply chemicals to SADIG-ILCO facility in Jubail

Sadara to supply chemicals to SADIG-ILCO facility in Jubail
Updated 11 April 2021

Sadara to supply chemicals to SADIG-ILCO facility in Jubail

Sadara to supply chemicals to SADIG-ILCO facility in Jubail

Sadara Chemical Company, and SADIG Industries and ILCO Chemicals (SADIG-ILCO), a Saudi-German joint venture focused on the manufacture of a wide range of specialty chemicals, have signed long-term agreements, through which Sadara will supply feedstock chemicals to SADIG-ILCO’s future chemical manufacturing facility in Jubail’s PlasChem Park. This 20-year contract follows a successful primarily agreement that was signed previously between the companies. 

The new agreements were signed by Sadara’s CEO Dr. Faisal Al-Faqeer, SADIG Industries’ managing director Ahmed Alubaid and ILCO Chemicals’ technical executive officer Dr. Corvin Volkholz, during a formal ceremony at Sadara’s Business Complex, in Jubail Industrial City, in the presence of Dr. Abdulrahman Alubaid, co-founder of SADIG Industries, and Turki Al-Mady, Dussur’s chief investments officer.

Under the terms of the supply agreements, SADIG-ILCO’s new PlasChem Park facility will offtake ethylene oxide (EO) and propylene oxide (PO) from Sadara through the new EO and PO pipelines that are being built by Sadara. Using these products as feedstock, SADIG-ILCO will manufacture a range of specialty chemicals, which will further enable the production of market-ready products in several areas, including cleaners, mining floatation, metal working fluids, industrial lubricants, plastic additives and many other industrial applications.

Sadara CEO Al-Faqeer said: “With Sadara’s differentiated products slate available in local, regional and global markets, along with associated local competitive incentives that are available as well, we are able to demonstrate to investors that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is definitely an attractive destination for exciting downstream manufacturing opportunities that can proudly carry the mark ‘Made in Saudi.’”

Al-Faqeer added: “The specialty chemicals that SADIG-ILCO will produce locally will replace imports and encourage development of new downstream specialty industries.”

SADIG Industries managing director Alubaid said: “SADIG-ILCO is part of SADIG Industries’ growth strategy and will introduce new chemicals that will enable further downstream industries in the Kingdom. It will add value to the local economy and the country’s export portfolio, along with creating quality job opportunities in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. The JV will have several different types of batch reactors and flexible reaction capabilities, which enable the JV company to produce a wide range of products that are tailored to the customer requirements and performance needs. The EO-PO project is part of our third generation project lineup with an investment of approximately $70 million.”

Volkholz added: “We are bringing the technical know-how to manufacture specialty chemicals in the Kingdom and SADIG-ILCO will have an important role in diversifying the existing chemical market as well as we are providing tolling services for our customers. By combining our downstream manufacturing experience and technical expertise with Sadara’s specialty chemicals value chain, we will be able to bring many new and exciting products to the Kingdom.”

Al-Mady, chief investments officer of Dussur, said: “Supporting this agreement is in line with our mandate to contribute to Vision 2030 industrial objectives, specifically the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program and National Industrial Development Center priorities.”


World’s oldest minting institution eyes Middle East

World’s oldest minting institution eyes Middle East
Updated 11 April 2021

World’s oldest minting institution eyes Middle East

World’s oldest minting institution eyes Middle East

Monnaie de Paris, the world’s oldest minting institution, is expanding its presence in the Middle East with a view to bringing the creativity, elegance and history of French craftsmanship in precious metals to the region.

Internationally renowned for their historic expertise and know-how, Monnaie de Paris offers precious metal products that are manufactured by generations of its craftsmen who managed to keep the craft alive for 1,157 years.

The mint today offers a wide range of unique and high-quality precious metal products, including commemorative coins and medals, decorations, jewelry and decorative castings, all rooted in the authentic tradition of the French artistry, and expertly crafted using-age-old techniques. The company’s reputation has led to numerous creations in collaboration with prestigious names such as Cartier, Baccarat, Boucheron and Van Cleef and Arpels.

The company’s move to reinforce its regional position follows the successful release of numerous limited editions designed exclusively for prestigious names in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, among other countries in the region.

Monnaie de Paris released special edition thank-you medals for frontline workers in Saudi Arabia in recognition of their outstanding efforts in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. It also made a special souvenir medal for Al-Muhaidib Group, and created a customized limited edition of birth medals to celebrate UAE newborns.

“Highly valued globally, and in the Middle East in particular, the French products are synonymous with premium quality, style and know-how. Making the most of our deeply rooted expertise, we are committed to meeting our clients’ expectations, offering them a wide range of medals, castings and trophies crafted from the finest metals,” said Mahdi Al-Ouardighi, spokesperson for Monnaie de Paris in the Middle East.

The ambitious plan by Monnaie de Paris to strengthen its regional presence and become a partner in the precious metal industry, including commemorative medals, corporate VIP gifts, museum procurement and finest gifts, is because the Middle East is set to witness major international events, most notably Dubai Expo 2020, due to open in October 2021.

The region will also be a venue for major sports events such as the FIFA World Cup 2022, scheduled to take place in Qatar from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18, 2022, while the Saudi port city of Jeddah will host the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in November this year.

“The Middle East is a growing marketplace, as it is set to host several major trading and sports events. We aim to tap into new markets in the region, driven by our longest standing philosophy that reflects our history and inspires the creation of unique, simple, and timeless products,” added Al-Ouardighi.


UAE tech firm Bloovo launches Bkathon, a virtual hackathon platform

UAE tech firm Bloovo launches Bkathon, a virtual hackathon platform
Updated 11 April 2021

UAE tech firm Bloovo launches Bkathon, a virtual hackathon platform

UAE tech firm Bloovo launches Bkathon, a virtual hackathon platform

Bloovo, an innovative technology company founded in Dubai and specializing in the provision of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered talent acquisition solutions, has announced the launch of Bkathon, its cloud-based SaaS-oriented virtual hackathon platform, designed to digitize the hackathon process. The cloud-based platform allows companies to host and run their own virtual hackathons without the hassle of organizing them themselves and is intended to become one of the brand’s main products. By harnessing the minds of the brightest young talent from around the world, business leaders can solve daunting issues and challenges and encourage a culture of innovation within their organizations.

In recent years, hackathons have grown in popularity as a modern tool by which leaders can take their company to the next level, based around the belief in collaborative innovation and the power of harvesting ideas from a number of sources. Hackathons are dynamic in their open process, encouraging participants to think outside the box, experiment and rapidly prototype to give leaders the edge.

Hackathons are not just limited to tech companies and over the past years many other sectors have started to use it. 

According to recent data from hackathon.com, the largest online hackathon community worldwide, only 27 percent of tech companies are using hackathons today as opposed to 73 percent of the companies being non-tech divided, highlighted by manufacturing and transportation companies at 12 and 11 percent, respectively, followed by health care and telecom. The study has also showcased that there has been a 37 percent rise in internal hackathons over the past two years with the main adopters of internal hackathons being financial services at 18 percent, manufacturing at 17 percent and retail industries at 16 percent.

Dr. Ahmad Khamis, co-founder and CEO of Bloovo, said: “The market is rich with opportunities and we are seeing the development of a more diverse ecosystem between companies and talent, furthering the innovation culture and fostering deep creative thinking.” 

Our vision is to revolutionize talent acquisition by adopting creative ideas, leading with our existing solutions and launching new products powered by AI and machine learning. This means we continually drive forward. A dynamic, joined-up, virtual business community such as Bkathon meets the needs of both company owners and employees and speaks to our ability to support our communities in new and disruptive ways.”


Huawei MateBook D 16: A stylish & powerful device delivering an all-scenario experience

Huawei MateBook D 16: A stylish & powerful device delivering an all-scenario experience
Updated 08 April 2021

Huawei MateBook D 16: A stylish & powerful device delivering an all-scenario experience

Huawei MateBook D 16: A stylish & powerful device delivering an all-scenario experience

Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia has announced the pre-order phase for its new Huawei MateBook D 16 laptop, which gives consumers advanced processing with a stunning display in a portable package. The laptop is the latest addition to Huawei’s MateBook D series and is packed with exciting features to help consumers in their daily tasks. 

The Huawei MateBook D 16’s vivid 16.1-inch FullView Display is the largest ever on a MateBook D Series notebook. It supports 1080p Full HD resolution with a maximum brightness of 300 nits and features anti-glare technology, allowing for richer visuals and colors. The screen has ultra-slim bezels which help its 16:9 aspect ratio deliver truly immersive cinematic experiences. Meanwhile its TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light and Flicker Free certifications let users enjoy comfortable viewing experiences even during extended periods.

Combine this with the powerful 7nm AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series Processor, NVMe PCIe solid-state drive and dual-channel DD4 memory and consumers can enjoy smoother multitasking and gaming experiences. Add in Huawei Share and Multi-Screen Collaboration, which allows notebooks and smartphones to seamlessly work together, and consumers have the confidence to complete any task with ease. This makes it the ideal choice as a gaming laptop as well as for power users and young consumers. 

Huawei MateBook D 15

In addition, Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia has launched the Huawei MateBook D 15, the latest notebook powered by a new 11th Gen Intel Core Processor to deliver vastly improved speed over its predecessor, and one that supports Multi-screen Collaboration to make the notebook smarter than before. Designed with the needs of young consumers in mind, Huawei MateBook D 15 is engineered to provide incredible performance across all scenarios, from virtual lectures and productivity on-the-go to multimedia experiences.

Huawei MateStation S

In addition, Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia has launched the Huawei MateStation S desktop PC in the Kingdom. It comes with a powerful AMD Ryzen 5 4600G processor and a slim star trail design that supports 9 V/2 fast charging so consumers have everything they need to take on any task. A fingerprint power button, and Huawei Share allow for smart interaction while a slim keyboard and scissor mechanism make typing a breeze. It is bundled with the 23.8-inch Huawei FullView Display, which has a vibrant 1080P low blue light, flicker-free resolution, and a stunning 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. It offers a wide display area for greater visual immersion in both productivity and entertainment tasks.

The Huawei MateBook D 16 is available for pre-order through the online Huawei Store priced at SR4,199 ($1,120) and includes a valuable gift, which is the Huawei Display 23.8-inch, worth SR749 as a bundle (only in the pre-order phase). The Huawei MateBook D 15 is priced at SR3,899 and includes a Huawei Backpack and Huawei Bluetooth Mouse as free gifts The Huawei MateStation S is priced at SR2,599 and is bundled with the Huawei FullView Display 23.8-inch as a valuable gift (during the pre-order phase only).


SPARK taps Dawiyat for move to Industry 4.0

SPARK taps Dawiyat for move to Industry 4.0
Updated 07 April 2021

SPARK taps Dawiyat for move to Industry 4.0

SPARK taps Dawiyat for move to Industry 4.0

King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) and Integrated Dawiyat have announced a strategic partnership through a concession agreement to start deploying smart city services and enable the fourth industrial revolution environment within SPARK. SPARK is implementing an advanced digital infrastructure to enable the interaction of people and objects and the exchange of data over a fully fiber optic network. This will lay the groundwork for the development of smart industrial services and solutions to allow companies and factories to achieve increased productivity and efficiency to build the most innovative smart city in Saudi Arabia.

President and CEO of SPARK Saif Al-Qahtani said: “One of our key value propositions at SPARK is to provide our investors with a connected, world-class infrastructure built on pioneering innovation and technology to serve as a catalyst that will create sustained growth. Our strategic partnership with Dawiyat is a stepping stone toward achieving our vision and mission, delivering our promise to investors, and reaffirming our commitment in being the best-in-class energy-centric ecosystem.”

This strategic partnership will enable SPARK to maintain its competitive advantage through embracing emerging solutions in the deployment of Industry 4.0 technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), while also addressing the challenges of operating in an innovative marketplace with new business models. This will significantly increase productivity, efficiency, safety and sustainability, while providing opportunities for business and employment growth. SPARK is aligning the right partners as it delivers high-quality innovative services using the latest telecommunication and IoT technologies and solutions.

Dr. Ahmed bin Abbas Sindi, CEO of Integrated Dawiyat Company, said: “Dawiyat will provide solutions, including the operation and maintenance of an integrated platform of optical fiber networks and telecommunication towers, enhancing the smart city’s capabilities to drive economic growth. Together we will create a modern, highly competitive industrial environment, allowing the application of modern technologies in the industrial field.”

SPARK aims to be the leading energy-centric ecosystem in the world, offering a foundation upon which the sector can innovate and grow, combining financial stability with operational and infrastructure excellence. SPARK’s readily available industrial project sites offer high-quality infrastructure, which include internal road networks, an advanced network of electric power, water, natural gas, sanitation systems, drainage and the most modern communications network in the Kingdom, all constructed with long-term sustainability in mind.

SPARK spans an area of 50 square kilometers and is being developed with a vision to become the leading gateway to the regional energy sector, providing a complete spectrum of solutions to support business growth in the Kingdom and in the region. It is also the first and only industrial city in the world to achieve silver LEED certification.

SPARK offers infrastructure at international standards for global investors in the oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, power and water production and treatment industries.