Abu Dhabi’s Jubail Island appoints operations corporate director

Abu Dhabi’s Jubail Island appoints operations corporate director
Abdulla Saeed Al-Shamsi, operations corporate director, JIIC.
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Updated 27 July 2021

Abu Dhabi’s Jubail Island appoints operations corporate director

Abu Dhabi’s Jubail Island appoints operations corporate director

Jubail Island Investment Company (JIIC) has announced the expansion of its senior leadership team with the appointment of Abdulla Saeed Al-Shamsi as operations corporate director.

An industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience in the development, construction and roads, infrastructure and housing industries, Al-Shamsi will join the senior management team in spearheading the development of Abu Dhabi’s newest community, Jubail Island. 

The 5-billion-dirham ($1.4 billion) Jubail Island development aims to be an idyllic collection of villages located between Yas Island and Saadiyat Island. A UAE national, Al-Shamsi has held senior management roles at some of the UAE’s most prestigious organizations including executive director at Abu Dhabi’s Housing Authority as well as executive director, strategic affairs of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, which is recognized as having a pivotal role in the achievement of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

In 2005, Al-Shamsi joined Abu Dhabi City Municipality, where he undertook important roles including acting executive director for infrastructure and municipal assets sector, as well as the executive director for the strategic planning and performance management division. 

He has achieved many impressive career accomplishments to date including completing the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Sheikh Zayed Street and Tunnel (Al-Salam), Al-Mafraq Intersection Bridge, and Al-Ghuwaifat International Highway, and was also involved in the preparation and execution of the infrastructure master plan for three mega cities in Abu Dhabi, among other successes.

Al-Shamsi has directed many multimillion-dollar international projects in the UAE, Morocco, Pakistan, Syria, Kazakhstan and West Bank.

Mounir Haidar, managing director of JIIC, said: “We have no doubt that Abdulla will build upon his experience to lead his team with the dedication and passion he has become synonymous with. Abdulla is a huge asset to the organization and we’re confident that with his experience, drive for results, dynamic personality and innovative ideas he will help to lead the Jubail Island strategy and vision for an inclusive and sustainable community in the heart of Abu Dhabi.”

Al-Shamsi has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering/ project management and a master’s degree in international business. He has been an elected fellow member of The Charter Institute of the Highway and Transportation in the UK since 2010.


The Leela voted world’s best hotel brand, again

The Leela voted world’s best hotel brand, again
Updated 25 September 2021

The Leela voted world’s best hotel brand, again

The Leela voted world’s best hotel brand, again

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, owned and managed by a Brookfield Asset Management-sponsored private real estate fund, has been voted the “World’s Best Hotel Brand” for the second consecutive year by Travel + Leisure USA World’s Best Awards 2021.

The Leela is considered to be the epitome of true Indian luxury infused with a distinct aesthetic that celebrates India’s rich art, cuisine and culture, which is engrained in its offering of India’s heritage to the world.

“This honor is a recognition of the brand’s consistency in pursuing excellence and its commitment toward curating authentic luxury experiences with the graciousness of Indian hospitality,” a statement said.

Travel + Leisure USA’s World’s Best Awards are a renowned benchmark of excellence for travel and hospitality companies globally. They honor the finest travel experiences in the world selected by Travel + Leisure’s global readership of discerning travelers. Readers rate their experiences and evaluate hotels across the world on characteristics such as rooms, location, service, cuisine and value.

“We are truly humbled and excited to be voted the ‘World’s Best Hotel Brand’ by the readers of Travel + Leisure USA for the second consecutive year. This is a testament to recognition The Leela brand enjoys and an appreciation of the hard work and dedication of our teams who go above and beyond every day, to deliver an impeccable luxury experience and make every guest’s stay a memorable one,” said Anuraag Bhatnagar, chief operating officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts.

“Being recognized as the ‘World’s Best Hotel Brand’ for the second year in a row is a tremendous achievement for The Leela hospitality business. Congratulations to the entire Leela team that has ensured highest delivery of services despite the challenging time the world has witnessed this past year,” said Ankur Gupta, managing partner Brookfield Asset Management. “These awards are also a recognition of the appreciation that Indian hospitality enjoys globally, and the limitless potential of the travel and tourism industry in India. Brookfield is committed to growing The Leela hospitality business both domestically and internationally, while retaining its authentic Indian luxury offering,” he added.

Headquartered in Mumbai, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts operates 10 award-winning properties in major cities and leisure destinations across India. These include hotels in the capital city of New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Gurugram, East Delhi, Goa, Mumbai and now Gandhinagar. The brand’s upcoming projects include business hotels in Bhartiya City Bengaluru and Hyderabad.


Marketing powerhouse Horizon Holdings marks 45th anniversary

Marketing powerhouse Horizon Holdings marks 45th anniversary
Updated 25 September 2021

Marketing powerhouse Horizon Holdings marks 45th anniversary

Marketing powerhouse Horizon Holdings marks 45th anniversary

Horizon Holdings has announced completing 45 years as a marketing and communication services provider in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Founded in September 1976, the company started as a single brand agency that grew into a marketing powerhouse with a regional footprint that spans from Dubai to the Maghreb. Horizon Holdings is today the parent and home to multinational award-winning agencies: Horizon FCB MENA, BPN MENA, Golin MENA, Blue Barracuda and Fuel Content.

It is a creative story that started with Foote, Cone and Belding back in 1979 through a relationship that transformed the FCB brand into Adweek’s Global Agency of the Year and Cannes Lions Winner 2020-21 Network of the Year, under the leadership of FCB global CEO, Carter Murray.

Rafic Saadeh, chairman and CEO, Horizon Holdings, said: “Starting with FCB, our genesis was with an innovative heart and a courageous soul. What started as a vision in 1976 is now celebrated as a legacy. At this 45-year mark, I am proud to say that we’ve built a company where our people feel at home and our clients feel cared for. To our teams, clients, partners and the industry at large — thank you for being our driving force, and I am excited for the next 45!”

Horizon Holdings agencies are the catalysts behind countless regional and global award-winning campaigns, delivering work that becomes an economic multiplier for their clients’ businesses.

Mazen Jawad, president of Horizon Holdings, said: “It’s a unique moment to reflect on the success of our brands, thank our brave people and honor our commitment to our partners. In an era and a region where the winds of change are stronger than ever, we are present as a driving force always transforming and adjusting our sails to navigate toward the right direction and see victory on the horizon. As we say at Horizon FCB, the best part of a brand story is ‘Never Finished’!”


LuLu promotes Saudi culture with calligraphy campaign

LuLu promotes Saudi culture with calligraphy campaign
Updated 22 September 2021

LuLu promotes Saudi culture with calligraphy campaign

LuLu promotes Saudi culture with calligraphy campaign

The LuLu Group in Saudi Arabia has become the first retailer to support the Saudi Ministry of Culture’s efforts to preserve, promote and celebrate the history and aesthetics of Arabic calligraphy in the Year of Arabic Calligraphy 2021 — a campaign run by the ministry.

The 22 LuLu Hypermarkets across the Kingdom will soon start using distinctive Arabic calligraphic artwork on all point-of-sale materials, such as paper bags, shopping bags and reusable bags.
Launching the Year of Arabic Calligraphy in 2020 and extending it to 2021, the Saudi ministry aims at turning the spotlight on the beauty of Arabic calligraphy, which reflects the historic heritage and richness of the Arabic culture, as well as positioning the Kingdom as its incubator, sponsor and supporter, unifying efforts that seek to preserve and protect it from its extinction. LuLu’s use of the calligraphic art in its packaging material will lend a contemporary touch to the art form and show its adaptability and practical utilitarian beauty.

LuLu’s initiative to support the ministry comes as part of the group’s commitment to promoting local culture and community initiatives.

“LuLu is honored to support such a cause that promotes the beauty and inspiring cultural heritage of the Arab world,” said Shehim Mohammed, director of LuLu Hypermarkets Saudi Arabia. “During the year of Arabic Calligraphy 2021, we pledge to work closely with the Saudi Ministry of Culture and bring alive the wonder of Arabic calligraphy, especially in a modern context for the younger generation.”


Intigral marks Sept. 23 with Jawwy TV offers

Intigral marks Sept. 23 with Jawwy TV offers
Updated 22 September 2021

Intigral marks Sept. 23 with Jawwy TV offers

Intigral marks Sept. 23 with Jawwy TV offers

Intigral, a provider of digital entertainment and sports in the Middle East and North Africa region, is celebrating this year’s Saudi National Day with exciting offers from Jawwy TV, available to its viewers throughout the Kingdom between Sept. 22-27.

The first offer will allow all Jawwy TV app subscribers to enjoy three months access to the platform at a discount of 50 percent. New subscribers will be able to avail the same price for the same period following a seven-day trial. The campaign excludes STC Mowaftar Basic, 2, 3, and 3+ subscribers, who are granted three free months of Jawwy TV upon joining the platform at any time.

Jawwy TV Home users will also be able to watch TVOD titles for 91 halalas ($0.24) each, by choosing from a variety of shows and movies offered by Jawwy TV’s extensive library. 

“These offers reiterate Intigral’s commitment to providing the best entertainment experiences to its subscribers and augment the Kingdom’s digital entertainment scene by offering unmatched digital entertainment products and services,” a statement said.

“As Saudi Arabia’s premiere entertainment curator and the region’s favored digital entertainment platform, Jawwy TV offers a one-stop destination for viewers seeking a unique, personalized, and all-in-one viewing experience encompassing rich content from a multitude of genres, with world-class accessibility and customization controls that bring them the best digital experience possible.”

The Jawwy TV app is available through smart handheld devices and across all major smart TV brands.


New Tous jewelry featuring palm tree celebrates National Day

New Tous jewelry featuring palm tree celebrates National Day
Updated 22 September 2021

New Tous jewelry featuring palm tree celebrates National Day

New Tous jewelry featuring palm tree celebrates National Day

Global jewelry brand Tous has launched an exclusive jewelry collection to mark Saudi Arabia’s 91st National Day. The Spanish brand continues to celebrate special occasions around the world and this time shares the joy of the National Day with Saudi women.

The new collection includes a variety of golden necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings with elegant designs. The gemstones reflect the different shades of green representing the Saudi flag while the palm tree — the iconic Saudi logo — is featured in 18-carat yellow gold to express pride and glory in Saudi Arabia.

“The National Day collection by Tous is dedicated to the inspiring and confident Saudi women who are looking for jewelry to complement their appearance in a way that expresses their national pride. This extraordinary green collection with all its unique details including the golden palm tree is a timeless and priceless gift to all citizens and residents celebrating their love for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the jeweler said in a statement.

While the new collection has especially been launched for the occasion, its pieces can make at any time the perfect gift from Saudi men to express their love and affection to the special women in their lives.

Since 1920, Tous has been considered as one of the top brands in the jewelry making industry, celebrating special occasions with its customers around the world while promoting national identities in the form of both contemporary and classic designs. The centenary brand has a presence in 45 countries, with more than 700 stores.