IHG Hotels & Resorts’ top 5 luxury summer destinations

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Updated 01 June 2023
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IHG Hotels & Resorts’ top 5 luxury summer destinations

IHG Hotels & Resorts’ top 5 luxury summer destinations

Higher temperatures, the long school break, and somewhat slower office days can only mean one thing — it is summertime in the Middle East and it is the perfect time to travel — locally, regionally or even abroad. But before the trip comes the planning, which is one of the best parts of the experience. And with the summer months just on the horizon, it is time to start thinking about where to go and what to do. Decisions, decisions.

Whether you prefer a hassle-free staycation centered on wellness or adventurous family activities, or you are looking to add stamps to your passport, IHG Resorts and Hotels has got you covered. With its portfolio of 6,000 hotels across 18 brands in more than 100 countries, IHG Hotels and Resorts follows a “no two guests are ever the same” mantra, ensuring each experience is carefully curated to each visitor.

Indecisive and don’t know where to begin your planning? Here are five standout options from IHG Hotels and Resorts, whether you want to venture internationally or relax in near-by familiar bliss.

Wellness with a side of adventure at Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Everyone deserves a wellness retreat with a side of adventure at least once a year to restore the mind, body and soul. Look no further than Six Senses Zighy Bay, a village-inspired resort situated at the heart of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula — a secluded spot much-loved for its contrasting rugged mountains on one side and its long private stretch of beach on the other.

With two Arabic style hammams, an ice cave, skin purifying and soothing spa treatments, outdoor sunrise yoga and more, this wellness sanctuary is ideal for those who want to pause, reflect and relax. The resort goes a step further and will design a wellness program customized for you, created through a non-invasive wellness screening facility and the hotel’s smart tech and dedicated wellness experts.

Apart from relaxation, the resort also offers adventurous adrenalin-spiking activities such as paragliding (launching oneself into the sky from 960 feet), as well as snorkelling and more.

Dining is also on point. Indulge in traditional Bedouin dining, as well as contemporary local and international culinary experiences during your stay.

Family first at InterContinental Durrat Al-Riyadh Resort and Spa

Staycations or local micro-trips are a great way to take the entire family away on a break without the stresses of air travel, check-ins, and overweight baggage. IHG Hotels and Resorts has made this very much possible with a range of luxury hotels across Saudi Arabia.

The recently opened InterContinental Durrat Al-Riyadh Resort and Spa is distinctive, offering local Saudi residents and their families a luxurious and private family escape among a 154,000-square-meter lush green oasis.

Adults can relax and replenish with therapeutic massages or treatments from the largest 5-star resort spa facility in Riyadh and one of the best in the Kingdom.

Kids are also well catered to. There are unique activities such as the hotel’s in-house kids’ club with a ball pool, toy horses, and thrilling slides. Not to mention a tennis course and a fantastic space dedicated to mini-golf — the first miniature golf course in all of Saudi Arabia.

Impressed yet? The property also boasts 18 indoor and outdoor swimming pools, featuring an infinity edge pool.

Fall in love all over again at Carlton Cannes, a Regent hotel

Been eyeing that “once-in-a-lifetime” romantic trip? If you are feeling all things croissants, pretty streets and local flavors, then look no further than the exquisite Carlton Cannes, a Regent hotel.

Located on the French Riviera’s La Croisette Boulevard, this new Regent hotel is a luxury destination featuring charming high-ceilings, Côte d’Azur facing rooms, decorated with artisan fabrics and modern luxury detailing.

For a forever memorable perfect escape, you can charter a sunset sail, reserve a glorious helicopter tour over the coastline, or simply take a stroll along the famed boulevard’s designer boutiques. The hotel’s “experience agents” are always at your service to add magic to your stay in any way possible.

Shop or chill at Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown

Just five minutes away from Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa, Hotel Indigo is on the doorstep of Dubai’s most vibrant shopping destination and bustling boulevard. Here you can enjoy your break just the way you like it — whether that is keeping your fitness routine in check at the hotel’s gym and 25-meter infinity pool, relaxing with chill beats and shisha at the Orange Feels Bar and Shisha Lounge, exploring the canal walkways, or simply soaking up the glorious sunset from the hotel’s floor to ceiling views of the marvelous cityscape, all this while relaxing at its carefully curated rooms, designed with funk and pearl.

Furry friends are welcomed here, so bring your pet for a vacation of its own. There are also lip-smacking culinary experiences including Emirati, Levantine and Anatolian cuisines.

Live like a Londoner at Kimpton Fitzroy London

If you are a history lover wanting to spend your summer at places that will turn back time (with a very modern touch), the Kimpton Fitzroy London is for you.

Retire to rooms filled with dreamy art pieces and unwind in lounges adorned with historic, ancient design flair. But there is also an array of modern-day needs thrown into the mix — including a fitness center, private dining experiences, as well as a British bar and grill where dishes are prepared from ethically sourced produce. There are also pet-friendly amenities (inclusive of stay charges).

The hotel’s outstanding “Stay Human Concierge” will help you curate your very own personalized London adventure, which could include a leisurely picnic in Russell Square Gardens, private tours of the Tower of London and The British Museum, or even a Paddington afternoon tea bus tour.

Get planning soon and remember the IHG One Rewards program offers a suite of member benefits including discounted rates and promotions, late check-out, suite upgrades or food and drink discounts. Rewards points can be used across IHG’s growing portfolio — each of which provides a unique experience, from islandic or beachside escapes to restorative wellness getaways, luxury retreats, striking cityscape stays and much more.


Oppo teams up with football star Kaká for 2024 UEFA Champions League Final

Oppo teams up with football star Kaká for 2024 UEFA Champions League Final
Updated 29 May 2024
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Oppo teams up with football star Kaká for 2024 UEFA Champions League Final

Oppo teams up with football star Kaká for 2024 UEFA Champions League Final

To celebrate this year’s UEFA Champions League Final and its second year as the official global partner of the prestigious football competition, Oppo announced that it will be bringing its latest flagship Oppo Find X7 Ultra to Wembley Stadium. The phone will be used by official UEFA Champions League photographers to capture inspirational moments on and off the pitch and share them with fans around the world. 

“With Oppo smartphones, the non-stop excitement of football — whether captured through telephoto photography, portraits, or night scenes — becomes more than just a memory, but a collection of unforgettable moments to be shared with friends and family for years to come,” the company said.

As part of the celebrations, Oppo global brand ambassador Kaká once again plays a starring role in the brand’s “What A Shot” campaign and will meet with fans at the exclusive Oppo Hospitality Lounge in the Champions Village. 

Oppo will activate the Oppo Booth at Potters Field Park as part of the UEFA Champions Festival to create an unforgettable match-day experience for fans during the final.

“It’s been an honor to partner with Oppo and engage with fans through a whole series of offline and digital activities during the past two Champions League seasons,” said Kaká. “I’m super excited for this year’s final and I can’t wait to see who will be crowned champions of Europe this year.”

Earlier this month, Oppo rolled out the “What A Shot From You” social media campaign as part of the #OppoimagineIF Photography Awards, encouraging users around the world to share their most memorable moments through captivating photography. The campaign will also see selected photos taken to the big screen via the LED display inside Wembley Stadium during the UEFA Champions League Final.

Alongside the social media campaign, Oppo has invited Kaká to review and score the best shots in his football career and star in a new themed video “What A Shot.” 


Zain KSA to expand 5G on back of SR1.6bn Al-Rajhi deal

Zain KSA to expand 5G on back of SR1.6bn Al-Rajhi deal
Updated 28 May 2024
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Zain KSA to expand 5G on back of SR1.6bn Al-Rajhi deal

Zain KSA to expand 5G on back of SR1.6bn Al-Rajhi deal

Zain KSA, a provider of communications and digital services in Saudi Arabia, announced the signing of a supplier financing agreement worth SR1.625 billion ($433.3 million) with Al-Rajhi Bank to invest in expanding its 5G network and strengthening its infrastructure to support the business sector. This competitively rated financing solution will enable Zain KSA to expand its investments in its 5G network nationwide and enrich its portfolio with innovative digital solutions and applications targeting its individual and business users, ensuring they enjoy a top-notch digital experience.

Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Deghaither, Zain KSA’s CEO, said: “At Zain KSA, we adopt an integrated strategy, balancing between achieving our core goals of empowering our individual and business customers and providing them with cutting-edge technologies and digital solutions, along with maximizing value for our shareholders and investors. Simultaneously, our strategy supports our astute leadership’s ambitious Saudi Vision 2030 and its goal of achieving a nationwide sustainable digital transformation, marking the beginning of a new era of digital innovation across the Kingdom.

“Today, this competitively rated supplier financing agreement between Zain KSA and the nationally renowned Al-Rajhi Bank underscores our joint efforts to foster an enriched and inclusive digital experience across the Kingdom, mirroring Zain KSA’s strategy to provide exceptional customer experience and innovative services, including distinguished spiritual tourism services for pilgrims.”

Meanwhile, Waleed Al-Mogbel, CEO and managing director of Al-Rajhi Bank, said: “Our partnership with Zain KSA, the longstanding Saudi telecom leader, will open up new horizons for the development of the Kingdom’s telecommunications and digital services sector. At Al-Rajhi Bank, we are glad to be a key partner supporting Zain KSA’s ambitious goals and strategic plans for nationwide digital empowerment.”

Through targeted investments, Zain KSA aims to cement its role as a national champion, powering up the Kingdom’s digital capabilities and infrastructure. This translates to broader access to cutting-edge technology and digital services for everyone — individuals, businesses, and institutions — paving the way for a vibrant society and a thriving, knowledge-based economy.


MBSC reports 220% surge in 2024 graduate numbers

MBSC reports 220% surge in 2024 graduate numbers
Updated 28 May 2024
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MBSC reports 220% surge in 2024 graduate numbers

MBSC reports 220% surge in 2024 graduate numbers

In an unprecedented milestone, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship, the Kingdom’s world-class business school, has announced an increase of more than 220 percent in its graduates this year, marking the largest graduating class to date with a total of 327 graduates in 2024 compared to 101 in 2023. This year also marks the graduation of the first Master of Finance cohort.

The graduating class represents a diverse group of high-calibre professionals from key sectors including government, technology, healthcare, and beyond, many of whom hold C-suite level positions. This diversity underscores the college’s appeal to those aiming to boost their strategic thinking and leadership abilities.

MBSC’s existing graduate programs (Executive MBA, Master in Management, and Master in Finance) showcase a commitment to meeting the demands of the business and finance sectors of the world today.

Dr. Zeger Degraeve, dean of MBSC, said: “The remarkable increase in our graduates this year is a clear indicator of MBSC’s growing impact and effectiveness in the realm of business education. Our hands-on pragmatic approach not only equips our students with essential skills but also instills an entrepreneurial mindset necessary for today’s and tomorrow’s leaders. We aim to provide our students with the tools to emerge as leaders and catalysts for change, ensuring they become pioneers for Vision 2030.”

It is noteworthy that MBSC has been conditionally accredited by the National Center for Academic Accreditation and Evaluation, at Education and Training Evaluation Commission, from May 2024 to April 2026.

The higher education institution is situated in King Abdullah Economic City, a contemporary urban center that provides an unparalleled modern environment for both students and faculty. MBSC offers world-class education “from Saudi Arabia for Saudi Arabia” in both King Abdullah Economic City and Riyadh, delivering practical, pragmatic, hands-on experiential learning to develop a new generation of transformative leaders.


SAB named ‘best bank’ in Saudi Arabia by Global Finance

SAB named ‘best bank’ in Saudi Arabia by Global Finance
Updated 28 May 2024
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SAB named ‘best bank’ in Saudi Arabia by Global Finance

SAB named ‘best bank’ in Saudi Arabia by Global Finance

Saudi Awwal Bank has been awarded the “Best Bank Award 2024 in Saudi Arabia” by Global Finance for the fifth time in a row. The award is a recognition of SAB’s innovative banking services and its efforts in serving its customers and enhancing their banking experiences.

The recognition came following a referendum in which a select panel of financial experts participated, considering a range of criteria that included asset growth, profitability, quality of customer service, strategic relationships, product innovation, and other relevant factors.

Tony Cripps, managing director and CEO at SAB, said: “Being honored with this prestigious award serves as a testament to our bank’s strategic vision and excellence across various departments and reinforces our commitment to supporting the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 in the Financial Sector Development Program. It highlights our position as a leading financial institution in contributing to economic development.”

He added: “Through our deep understanding of market needs, we develop products and services to exceed our customers’ expectations, enabling us to provide distinctive and innovative banking solutions, contributing to achieving their desires and helping them reach their ambitious goals.”

This year, SAB continues to strengthen its leading position in the banking sector through several achievements, including the “Accreditation in Innovation” award from the Global Innovation Institute, which makes it the first bank in the Kingdom to receive such recognition. SAB was also honored with the “Best Bank for Private Banking in the Kingdom” award by Euromoney magazine. These awards serve as a testament to the bank’s exceptional services, highlighting its strength and diversity in catering to the needs of its customers with efficiency and innovative solutions.


RUUD, Modern Electronics tap into growing HVAC market

RUUD, Modern Electronics tap into growing HVAC market
Updated 27 May 2024
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RUUD, Modern Electronics tap into growing HVAC market

RUUD, Modern Electronics tap into growing HVAC market

A strategic collaboration between RUUD — a brand in the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning industry under Rheem Middle East — and Modern Electronics, to become the exclusive distributor for RUUD’s air-conditioning products in Saudi Arabia, comes at a pivotal time when the HVAC sector in the Kingdom is witnessing substantial growth, driven by increased demand across various sectors including residential, commercial, and industrial markets.

The HVAC market in Saudi Arabia is projected to grow significantly, with a compound annual growth rate of 4.2 percent from 2021 to 2026. The surge in demand is attributed to the Kingdom’s rapid urbanization, extensive infrastructure projects, and a growing emphasis on energy-efficient solutions. Major infrastructure developments under Saudi Vision 2030 are further propelling the need for advanced HVAC systems.

Modern Electronics, well-known for its extensive distribution network, is well-positioned to meet this growing demand. The partnership with RUUD will enable Modern Electronics to deliver high-quality, reliable cooling solutions tailored to the specific needs of consumers in Saudi Arabia.

Brian Hempenstall, general manager of Rheem Middle East and Africa, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Modern Electronics as our exclusive distributor in Saudi Arabia. This collaboration underscores our commitment to providing premium HVAC solutions that meet the diverse needs of our customers in the region.”

Samer Bachour, general manager of sales at Rheem Middle East and Africa, said: “Modern Electronics’ market expertise and comprehensive understanding of Saudi Arabia’s HVAC demands make them an ideal partner. Together, we are dedicated to delivering innovative, energy-efficient cooling solutions that cater to the evolving needs of Saudi consumers.”

Wajih Beiruti, CEO of Modern Electronics, added: “We are delighted to join forces with RUUD to bring their best-in-class HVAC products to our customers in Saudi Arabia. By leveraging our local market knowledge and extensive distribution network, we aim to deliver the latest and most advanced cooling solutions, ensuring exceptional quality and value for our consumers.”

RUUD’s parent company, Rheem Middle East, has a strong reputation for providing highly customized and engineered HVAC solutions. In addition to expanding its product offerings, Rheem Middle East is committed to supporting the local HVAC sector’s development. Earlier this year, Rheem Middle East launched an innovation learning center in Riyadh to train young Saudis, aiming to increase local expertise in the HVAC industry.

This partnership and RUUD’s dedication to expanding its market presence and delivering advanced cooling solutions to meet the growing demand in Saudi Arabia also highlights the Kingdom’s appeal as a key market.