Riyadh Luxury Week to spotlight watch & jewelry trends

Riyadh Luxury Week to spotlight watch & jewelry trends
The second edition of Riyadh International Luxury Week has an exciting lineup of watch and jewelry brands showcasing their creations, as well as a host of interactive experiences.
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Updated 23 May 2022

Riyadh Luxury Week to spotlight watch & jewelry trends

Riyadh Luxury Week to spotlight watch & jewelry trends

The second edition of Riyadh International Luxury Week will kick off today in the Saudi capital, with an exciting lineup of watch and jewelry brands showcasing their creations, as well as a host of interactive experiences for guests. The event will run from May 24-27.

As part of its wide-ranging program, and for the first time ever in Saudi Arabia, two specialized seminars supported by Sotheby’s and the National Committee for Precious Metals and Gemstones will be held. Open to the public, the talks will be run by international and regional experts who will touch on trends, creativity, and innovation within the watch and jewelry industry, presenting real-life cases of excellence and discussing industry directions and real-life case studies. 

The first seminar, titled “Jewelry Industry” will take place on Day 2 of Riyadh International Luxury Week on May 25, and will see Nezar Jamil Mukhtar, member of Saudi Arabia’s National Committee for Precious Metals and Gemstones and member of Gold and Jewelry Committee of Riyadh Chamber; Sophie Stevens, jewelry specialist at Sotheby’s; Nadine Attar, founder and designer of Nadine Jewellery; and Seema Haji, designer, blogger, and journalist, take to the stage. Topics will include an introduction to gemstones, traditional hand-drawing vs 3D jewelry design, e-commerce and conventional trading, how to start up a jewelry workshop, and introducing collections to international auction houses among others.

On May 26, Frederic Watrelot, watch specialist at Sotheby’s, and Khalid Al-Seif, watch collector and blogger, will host a talk on “Watchmaking and Collecting,” with Evelyne Genta, wife of the late Swiss watch designer Gerald Genta, participating virtually, live from London. They will guide guests on how to start a collection, buying and selling at auctions, the pre-owned market, complications, global watch exhibitions, watch influencers, the rise of digital media, and more.

The seminars will kick off on May 25 with a keynote speech by Krayem Al-Enazi, president of the National Committee for Precious Metals and Gemstones. Both sessions will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Al-Faisaliah Hotel.


Ritz-Carlton employees discover Kingdom’s history in Diriyah

Ritz-Carlton employees discover Kingdom’s history in Diriyah
Updated 05 July 2022

Ritz-Carlton employees discover Kingdom’s history in Diriyah

Ritz-Carlton employees discover Kingdom’s history in Diriyah

During a visit to the historical Diriyah and its At-Turaif district, a delegation of Ritz-Carlton employees learned about the region’s most important historical and heritage features, as well as the depth of civilization they hold that tells the Kingdom’s ancient history.

The two-day visit featured an overview of Diriyah’s history and an introductory explanation of the collections of the Salwa Palace, the Museum of Social Life, and the Diriyah Museum. The visit also included a review of the Visitor Center, the Military Museum, the Arabian Horse Museum, Prince Thunayan bin Saud Palace, and several other palaces and houses in the district. The delegation, accompanied by officials from the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, watched many artistic and folkloric shows displaying the Kingdom’s heritage, such as the Saudi Ardeh dance.

The Ritz-Carlton employees encountered the most prominent historical monuments in the At-Turaif district, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The At-Turaif neighborhood is home to one of the most important national heritage sites that witnessed the birth of the first Saudi state and architecture reflecting traditional ways of life. The delegation also listened to a detailed explanation from the authority’s guides and employees about the infrastructure of the upcoming construction projects in Diriyah that will open to the public soon. Their visit concluded with a visual presentation explaining the stages of the history of the Saudi state.

Noura Al-Otaibi, assistant director of public relations and marketing at the Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh and Jeddah, explained the importance of the visit for the hotel’s employees. She said the trip aimed to educate them about the history of the country so that they take pride in its roots, the stages of the Saudi state’s establishment, and the history of the most prominent civilizational landmarks. “This will allow them to convey this luminous history of our dear homeland, in addition to what we have achieved today in terms of success, progress, and prosperity, to the guests and visitors of the Kingdom, both tourists and foreigners, who stay in the hotel,” she said.

Al-Otaibi said that the hotel is eager to enhance its staff’s participation in all national events, activities, and occasions, as well as develop their experience and skills in dealing professionally with tourists to the Kingdom. The hotel is also keen to support and develop national cadres in the hotel and tourism industries by educating them about the history and heritage of the Kingdom and its civilizational dimension. She said that the Diriyah visit is an affirmation of the place’s importance as a global cultural tourism destination, especially with its giant projects related to the country’s civilizational and cultural heritage. Al-Otaibi expressed gratitude to all members of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority, who assisted in planning the visit.


SABB & Mastercard launch World Elite Exclusive credit card

SABB & Mastercard launch World Elite Exclusive credit card
Updated 05 July 2022

SABB & Mastercard launch World Elite Exclusive credit card

SABB & Mastercard launch World Elite Exclusive credit card

The Saudi British Bank has launched the World Elite Exclusive Mastercard credit card, which offers private banking customers access to a wide range of market-exclusive benefits and privileges.

The new card is designed to provide exceptional services to private banking customers, offering a wide range of special deals and benefits for shopping and leisure, travel and tourism services, insurance and freight services, and reward programs.

The World Elite Exclusive Mastercard credit card provides a variety of special offers in collaboration with a wide range of international companies and premium retailers worldwide to give extra value to its customers while maintaining security and reliability.

Bandar Al-Ghashyan, acting chief retail banking and wealth management officer, SABB, said: “SABB is well positioned to provide the best products and services that suit our customers’ highest standards, which is part of the bank’s strategy aimed at maintaining our leading position in the market and providing the best banking experience for our customers by offering superior financial and wealth management services.

SABB applies the bank’s strategy and keeps pace with digital development and presents our distinguished services to our customers in record time, enriching their experiences through our digital channels.

We are proud of our partnership with Mastercard to offer this valuable credit card, which focuses on providing exceptional services and offers to private banking customers and their families,” he added.

Khalid Elgibali, division president — Middle East and North Africa, Mastercard, said: “At Mastercard, we are committed to offering seamless digital experiences, products and services that transform lives. We are pleased to extend our longstanding partnership with SABB to deliver on this commitment. Our partnership marks yet another significant step toward redefining Saudi financial services and the Kingdom’s payments sector. We look forward to working with SABB to realize Saudi Arabia’s potential as a world-class business hub — one characterized by innovative banking offerings such as the World Elite Exclusive Mastercard credit card.” SABB offers a range of products and services coupled with leading digital banking channels, and enables effective communication through teams specialized in wealth management and customer services.


Jeddah Marriott Hotel Madinah Road latest to join city’s burgeoning hotel scene

Jeddah Marriott Hotel Madinah Road latest to join city’s burgeoning hotel scene
Updated 05 July 2022

Jeddah Marriott Hotel Madinah Road latest to join city’s burgeoning hotel scene

Jeddah Marriott Hotel Madinah Road latest to join city’s burgeoning hotel scene

Jeddah Marriott Hotel Madinah Road is the latest high-end hotel destination to open in Saudi Arabia’s second largest city. Offering a prime location in the central business district, the two-tower premium destination opened its doors this week, nestled between the Kingdom’s two holy cities, Makkah and Madinah, and within close proximity to King Abdulaziz International Airport.

The location allows ease of access to the city’s commercial center and bustling waterfront Corniche, and is within walking distance of Jeddah International Exhibition and Conference Center.

Muntaser Allaf, general manager, Jeddah Marriott Hotel, said: “We are delighted to arrive in the city they call the ‘Bride of the Red Sea,’ with a premium hotel that sits in a coveted position within Jeddah’s business district. This is already an iconic hotel, with incredibly modern design elements both inside and out, beautifully contrasting the historic character of the city.”

Jeddah Marriott Hotel Madinah Road is the ideal place for holding meetings and conferences, as it has many halls equipped with the latest modern technologies to suit all needs for various occasions such as conferences, meetings, workshops, weddings and special events. The King Abdullah Sport City Stadium is also within close proximity.

The vast range of modern and spacious rooms all feature deep soaking bathtubs and walk-in showers, with floor-to-ceiling windows — with a residential aesthetic that provides a home away from home. The theme of illumination transcends the property with the expansive lobby comprising wide glass, for all-round daylight, lined with flourishing olive trees for a restful and serene visitor experience.

Nearby retail highlights include Mall of Arabia and Red Sea Mall, two of the city’s most popular shopping destinations. Then, when visitors have enjoyed a day of business, or retail pleasure, they can ascend to the state-of-the art executive lounge, M Club, with panoramic views and round-the-clock refreshments.

Alternatively, guests can make a moment for wellness with the premium Saray Spa, with well-equipped, discreet male and female sections — adjacent to the ladies-only salon, perfect for extended pampering.

Foodies will also be delighted by the gourmet offerings, such as Olive Tree, which tips its hat to the plant life featured in the lobby. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy buffet dining all morning, along with international and Arabic favorites in the afternoon and evening. Alternatively, the Olive Terrace provides a vibrant al fresco ambiance, with snacks, fresh juices, and a variety of desserts and live cooking stations.

If guests need an early start, relaxing space to work their way through the day or need some well-deserved time to chill out, The Sky View is the ideal place to be — to enjoy a quality cup of coffee and unwind with friends. As the name suggests, some of the hotel’s optimal views can be enjoyed here, during breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Tpay Mobile names Gaston Aussems as group CEO

Tpay Mobile names Gaston Aussems as group CEO
Updated 05 July 2022

Tpay Mobile names Gaston Aussems as group CEO

Tpay Mobile names Gaston Aussems as group CEO

The UAE-headquartered mobile payments platform Tpay Mobile has appointed Gaston Aussems, previously CEO of Mollie, as group CEO.

Founder and current CEO Sahar Salama will move into a group chairwoman position, and will be working closely alongside Aussems over the coming months to ensure a smooth leadership transition for the company.

“I’m incredibly excited to be taking the baton from Sahar at such an exciting time for Tpay Mobile. The company’s mission of empowering underserved regions’ digital economies is something I wholeheartedly support, and I look forward to being part of the next stage of its journey,” said Aussems.

Aussems was CEO of European payments giant Mollie for more than seven years, where his leadership was a crucial success factor in the company achieving its unicorn valuation in 2020.

He has since spent two years as a venture partner at firms including Atlantica and Antler, and has been a board member of impact investor Oikocredit as well as various fintechs and telecommunications companies, including Yolt and Talk360.


Hilton launches ‘Summer Sale’ just in time for Eid

Hilton launches ‘Summer Sale’ just in time for Eid
Updated 04 July 2022

Hilton launches ‘Summer Sale’ just in time for Eid

Hilton launches ‘Summer Sale’ just in time for Eid

With the much-awaited Eid Al-Adha holidays around the corner, it is time to book fun-filled stays with loved ones. Hilton is launching a special “Summer Sale” across its hotels in the Kingdom with savings of up to 25 percent to help make the holiday a memorable time for friends and family. Holiday-makers can also choose from a variety of experiences and dining offers at Hilton properties in Riyadh and Jeddah, including delicious brunches and buffets and indulging spa treatments.

Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences

Overlooking the Granada Mall and Granada Business Park, the hotel is hosting its Eid Al-Adha brunch at Teatro restaurant from 1 p.m.to 4 p.m., on July 9 and 10. For SR295 ($80) — excluding applicable taxes — per person, diners can indulge in a delicious culinary experience complete with live cooking stations, a children’s play area, and a mocktail station.

DoubleTree by Hilton Riyadh Al-Muroj
Business Gate

Located adjacent to the King Abdullah Financial District, the hotel is offering an iftar buffet on Arafat day at SR199 (including applicable taxes) per person as well as a celebratory Eid breakfast buffet on the first day of Eid Al-Adha at SR129 (including applicable taxes) per person. Both buffets will be served at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant where guests can savor a variety of international dishes.

DoubleTree by Hilton
Riyadh Financial District

Located along the Northern Ring Road, the hotel is less than 10 minutes from King Abdullah Financial District, and features a sports court, an indoor pool, and two restaurants. From July 9-12, the hotel is offering an attractive rate of SR1,000 per night (excluding applicable taxes) for double accommodation in a junior suite on a bed and breakfast basis.

Hilton Garden Inn
Riyadh Financial District

Surrounded by shops and restaurants, the hotel is located along the Northern Ring Road and features a pool and on-site dining options. From July 9-12, the hotel is offering a rate of SR800 per night (excluding applicable taxes) for a double standard room on a bed and breakfast basis.

Jeddah Hilton Hotel

Situated along the Jeddah Corniche, the hotel offers panoramic ocean views. Offering unforgettable experiences to guests, Jeddah Hilton houses five dining outlets, a health club with two pools, plus a spa with a myriad of special treatments. The hotel also provides a fitness center, tennis and squash courts, and a kids’ club. The hotel serves international buffets as well as freshly baked pastries and authentic Indian cuisine. This Eid Al-Adha, Jeddah Hilton is offering a stay in  a deluxe room with bed and breakfast, with prices starting from SR1,490 per night (excluding applicable taxes). The hotel also has a special offer for kids’ swimming lessons at the Jeddah Health Club.

Waldorf Astoria Jeddah — Qasr Al-Sharq

Guests can experience a world of opulence at Waldorf Astoria Jeddah — Qasr Al-Sharq, where they will encounter elegance under a three-story Swarovski chandelier and wake up to panoramic views of Jeddah at this palatial hotel. The hotel is an oasis on the Red Sea where guests can rejuvenate in the Waldorf Astoria Spa and enjoy personalized butler services. The hotel is offering a memorable bed and breakfast stay in a Qasr room, starting at SR2,990 per night (excluding applicable taxes). Guests can also enjoy an experience of complete relaxation at the Waldorf Astoria Spa. Until July 31, applying for a one-year fitness membership grants members two additional complimentary months, allowing them to save SR1,500.  The Hilton Summer Sale will run until Sept. 12, and is available at participating hotels within the Hilton portfolio of brands across Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Bahrain and Lebanon.