Sports Boulevard sponsors Saudi Cup 2024 race

Sports Boulevard sponsors Saudi Cup 2024 race
Ziad Al-Mogren, CEO of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, and Jayne McGivern, CEO of Sports Boulevard Foundation.
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Updated 25 February 2024
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Sports Boulevard sponsors Saudi Cup 2024 race

Sports Boulevard sponsors Saudi Cup 2024 race

The Sports Boulevard Foundation signed a partnership with the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, making Sports Boulevard an official sponsor of one of the races held in the evening of the 2024 Saudi Cup, the world’s most valuable horse race.

The partnership to sponsor the Sports Boulevard Riyadh Dirt Sprint race was signed in the presence of Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al-Faisal, chairman of the Equestrian Authority and the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, by Ziad Al-Mogren, CEO of the Jockey Club, and Jayne McGivern, CEO of the Sports Boulevard Foundation.

The Saudi Cup took place on Feb. 23-24 at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh, welcoming the greatest racehorses, jockeys, trainers, and owners.

This is the second year of Sports Boulevard’s official sponsorship of the Saudi Cup, which this year has a combined prize fund of more than $37.35 million — an increase of $2 million on last year.

Al-Mogren said: “Alongside the Sports Boulevard sponsorship of Riyadh Season races, their mission to transform the city of Riyadh and offer state-of-the-art equestrian sports facilities aligns with our ambition of bringing more of Saudi Arabia’s residents into the sport. We look forward to collaborating with Sports Boulevard to promote equestrian sports people across the Riyadh city.”

McGivern said: “Creating access to grassroots sports for people across Riyadh and the Kingdom, including horseback riding and other equine activities, is something I am passionate about. Horse racing has a deep-rooted history in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with thoroughbred horses descending from Arabian bloodlines. As a globally famous horse racing event, this partnership is the perfect platform to encourage community engagement.”

Through the partnership, attendees were able to have plenty of opportunities to find out more about Sports Boulevard. Visitors to its booth learned about how the megaproject will transform health and well-being in Riyadh.

Sports Boulevard — one of Riyadh’s megaprojects — was launched by King Salman in March 2019 to help achieve the Kingdom’s ambitious Saudi Vision 2030 strategy and Quality of Life program. The Sports Boulevard will transform the health and well-being of Riyadh’s residents today and in the future, helping the Kingdom to deliver on its goal of making Riyadh one of the world’s top 10 most livable cities.

Sports Boulevard is an innovative and sustainable urban regeneration project, expected to be one of the largest of its kind in the world. Taking a former pylon dominated utility corridor and transforming it into a green oasis, Sports Boulevard will connect the city from west to east through a grid of safe, green pathways for pedestrians, cyclists, athletes, and horse-riders.


Cayan to develop second ‘Hampton by Hilton’ in Neom

Cayan to develop second ‘Hampton by Hilton’ in Neom
Updated 21 April 2024
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Cayan to develop second ‘Hampton by Hilton’ in Neom

Cayan to develop second ‘Hampton by Hilton’ in Neom

Cayan Group, a leading real estate investment and development company in the Middle East, is continuing its partnership with NEOM, a giga-project spanning 26,500 square kilometers in northwest Saudi Arabia — for a second Hampton by Hilton at NEOM Community. A signing ceremony between Cayan Group and Hilton for the hotel took place at the International Hospitality Investment Forum in Berlin, in the presence of Hilton’s President and CEO Chris Nassetta and Cayan Group’s Chairman Ahmed Alhatti.

Under the agreement, Cayan Group will fully fund and develop a 201-key Hampton by Hilton situated at the NEOM Community to meet the rising construction demand — a critical component to further progress earthworks at the site. With construction soon starting, the Hilton-managed hotel is expected to open at the beginning of 2025. The hotel will be the second property for the brand at NEOM Community, delivering the seamless experience and thoughtful amenities and interiors that the Hampton by Hilton brand is known for.

Alhatti said: “Further to the recent opening of Hampton by Hilton Sharma at the NEOM Community site, we are excited to continue with our participation of being part of this visionary and unique project alongside Hilton, our globally recognized hospitality partner. We believe in the vision of Prime Minister and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and we remain focused to continue investing within NEOM projects and securing more opportunities in the future.”

Further to the success of the previous agreement, this is the second hotel project at NEOM to be fully funded by the private sector, and Cayan Group’s investment further highlights the private sector’s interest in Saudi Arabia.

Carlos Khneisser, vice president, development, Middle East and Africa, Hilton, said: “We’re delighted to be working again with Cayan Group to add another great Hampton by Hilton to our growing portfolio in Saudi Arabia. This signing asserts Hilton’s long-standing commitment to the growth of the tourism sector in the Kingdom, where we are working with both public and private sector partners to respond to the rising demand for hospitality brands and expect to quadruple our presence in the coming years.”

The hotel’s flexible design and construction will center around sustainability while deploying energy-efficient systems. As NEOM moves forward to meet its ambitious targets, developing livability options is an important milestone to fulfill the needs of visitors.


Careem customers donate $170,000 in Ramadan

Careem customers donate $170,000 in Ramadan
Updated 21 April 2024
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Careem customers donate $170,000 in Ramadan

Careem customers donate $170,000 in Ramadan

Careem, a regional multi-service app, channeled more than $170,000 to regional causes during Ramadan through its revamped social impact platform for donations, “Right Click.”

Launched on the first day of Ramadan, Right Click empowers Careem customers in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, and Pakistan to discover more ways to connect with their communities, offering up simple ways to donate and change lives with just a few taps. Over time, the platform aims to provide a seamless donations experience and increase transparency to show how customer contributions contribute to real on-ground impact.

Careem customers used Right Click to buy “Quik Grocery” boxes for those in need, buy meals as part of the “Eat to Fill a Plate” campaign, make direct donations or pay Zakat for regional causes, and support Palestinian relief by buying a Gaza T-shirt. Partner organizations include Al-Birr Society and Children with Disabilities Association in Saudi Arabia; Emirates Red Crescent and Dubai Cares in the UAE; Al-Aman Fund, King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Tikiyet Um Ali and SOS Children’s Villages in Jordan; and The Citizens Foundation in Pakistan.

Vimbai Beverly Midzi, associate director — corporate affairs at Careem, said: “We’re excited to see so many customers use the Careem ‘everything app’ to give back to their communities. Right Click embodies Careem’s purpose to simplify and improve the lives of those that need it most. We’re grateful to have the opportunity to help our customers make a meaningful impact through our platform, and we’re leveraging technology for good as we build long-term social impact by investing in crucial building blocks of development, such as education, income generation and emergency relief.”

From 2018 to 2023, Careem distributed more than $4.7 million of humanitarian and development assistance in partnership with over 35 nonprofit and private sector partners, tens of thousands of customers and hundreds of colleagues that have donated generously.


New Murabba reaffirms commitment to sustainability

New Murabba reaffirms commitment to sustainability
Updated 21 April 2024
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New Murabba reaffirms commitment to sustainability

New Murabba reaffirms commitment to sustainability
  • New Murabba Development Company is currently in the development phase of New Murabba Modern Downtown, a transformative urban development in Riyadh

New Murabba Development Company, a fully owned subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund, participated in the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering Saudi Arabia Conference, held between April 17-18, in Riyadh’s Al-Faisaliah Hotel. The conference, under the theme “Navigating the Future: Innovations in Project Control,” provided a platform for industry leaders to convene and discuss the impact of emerging technologies on project controls, alongside strategies for enhancing collaboration in complex projects.
Highlighting New Murabba’s commitment to both innovation and sustainability, Michael Dyke, CEO of New Murabba Development Company, outlined the company’s focus on leveraging cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, big data, digital twins, and 3D modeling.

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New Murabba recognizes that AI and big data can be powerful assets in a project manager’s toolkit, through which they can gain valuable insights and make informed decisions.

New Murabba Development Company is currently in the development phase of New Murabba Modern Downtown, a transformative urban development in Riyadh. The company is creating the world’s most transformative and modern city center, which will serve as a model for future urban development and contribute to the city’s evolution in line with Saudi Vision 2030.
New Murabba recognizes that AI and big data can be powerful assets in a project manager’s toolkit. By leveraging these tools alongside other methodologies, project managers can gain valuable insights from vast datasets, enabling them to make informed decisions that can expedite project completion and minimize unforeseen challenges.
Dyke’s address acknowledged the challenges associated with adopting new technologies, such as responsible data management, potential biases in AI, and integrating new systems with existing workflows. Moreover, it emphasized New Murabba’s unwavering commitment to overcoming these hurdles and establishing itself as a model for future urban development, where the latest solutions seamlessly integrate with a vibrant, human-centered experience.
The conference also addressed the evolving landscape of project controls in the context of sustainable and resilient infrastructure development.
“New Murabba, with its dedication to 25 percent green area allocation, energy-efficient practices, and a focus on circular economy principles, exemplifies a commitment to shaping the future of sustainable and resilient cities. Robust tracking systems for environmental impact, including resource consumption, carbon emissions, and waste generation, are a very important part of this and reflect the strong project controls in place,” said Dyke.
New Murabba’s AACE Saudi Arabia Conference participation reinforces its commitment to innovation and collaboration. By embracing new technologies and prioritizing sustainable practices, New Murabba is poised to become a model for future urban development, creating a vibrant and sustainable city for future generations.

 


Bahrain airport wins ‘best staff in Mideast’ award from Skytrax

Gulf Air Group Chairman Zayed R. Alzayani and Bahrain Airport Company CEO Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah received the award.
Gulf Air Group Chairman Zayed R. Alzayani and Bahrain Airport Company CEO Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah received the award.
Updated 21 April 2024
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Bahrain airport wins ‘best staff in Mideast’ award from Skytrax

Gulf Air Group Chairman Zayed R. Alzayani and Bahrain Airport Company CEO Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah received the award.
  • BIA is the central asset of Bahrain’s aviation sector, which receives great support from King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, and benefits from the close follow-up of Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa”

Bahrain International Airport has been awarded the “Best Airport Staff in the Middle East 2024” from Skytrax for the second year in a row at the 2024 World Airport Awards, the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry. The awards were voted for by customers in the largest annual global airport customer satisfaction survey.
Gulf Air Group Chairman Zayed R. Alzayani and Bahrain Airport Company CEO Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah received the award on behalf of BIA, at the awards ceremony held at the 2024 Passenger Terminal Expo in Frankfurt, Germany.
Additionally, Alzayani and Al-Binfalah received the latest 5-star airport rating, which was awarded to BIA for the third consecutive time in recognition of its dedication to optimizing performance and attaining the highest levels of operational excellence.
Alzayani congratulated all the employees of BIA and BAC, for once again receiving the prestigious Skytrax award. He said: “In Gulf Air Group, we take immense pride in our dedicated BIA team, particularly our Bahraini competencies. Their remarkable commitment to delivering a distinctive and seamless travel experience to visitors and passengers transiting through BIA is commendable. BIA is the central asset of Bahrain’s aviation sector, which receives great support from King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, and benefits from the close follow-up of Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa.”
He added: “Gulf Air Group is strongly committed to empowering its Bahraini workforce and investing in human capital, providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills to remain at the forefront of global industry standards. This strategic focus aims to cultivate the next generation of leaders within Bahrain’s aviation sector. The recent achievement of reaching a Bahrainization ratio of up to 90 percent across all departments of BAC is a source of great pride. This noteworthy milestone is the result of a series of carefully planned initiatives launched over the past years.”
Meanwhile, Al-Binfalah said: “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to our strategic partners for their ongoing support of BAC’s diverse programs and initiatives, which have been instrumental in the remarkable regional and global accomplishments of BIA ... This achievement is a testament to the collective spirit of team Bahrain that guides all our partners as we relentlessly pursue excellence in customer satisfaction, striving to consistently raising the bar and setting new industry standards. It reflects our key to success, which is deeply rooted in our commitment to creating remarkable and unforgettable experiences for every visitor.”
Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax, said: “We congratulate BIA for their success in winning this important award for 2024, which is a fabulous recognition of the quality of staff service provided across all of the customer-facing areas in the airport.”

 


Virgin Mobile Saudi partners with Hitek to develop smart cities in Kingdom

Yaarob Al-Sayegh, CEO of Virgin Mobile Saudi
Yaarob Al-Sayegh, CEO of Virgin Mobile Saudi
Updated 21 April 2024
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Virgin Mobile Saudi partners with Hitek to develop smart cities in Kingdom

Yaarob Al-Sayegh, CEO of Virgin Mobile Saudi
  • aarob Al-Sayegh, CEO of Virgin Mobile Saudi, said: “At Virgin Mobile, we believe in the transformative power of technology to create smarter, more sustainable cities

Regional technology services company Hitek, part of the Farnek group of companies, has signed a joint venture partnership with Virgin Mobile Saudi, a Beyond ONE group company, as the preferred technology partner to enable a joint strategic approach to developing smart cities in Saudi Arabia.
With smart cities relying heavily on connectivity, Virgin Mobile Saudi, in conjunction with local providers, will be responsible for advanced telecommunications solutions, including 5G networks, digital services and enablement.

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Virgin Mobile Saudi, in conjunction with local providers, will be responsible for equipping smart cities with advanced telecommunications solutions, including 5G networks, digital services and enablement.

Yaarob Al-Sayegh, CEO of Virgin Mobile Saudi, said: “At Virgin Mobile, we believe in the transformative power of technology to create smarter, more sustainable cities. Our partnership with Hitek marks a significant step toward realizing this vision in Saudi Arabia.”
He added: “By leveraging Hitek’s expertise in digital solutions and our capabilities in telecommunications, we aim to build robust infrastructure that will not only enhance connectivity but also enable the seamless integration of cutting-edge technologies like AI and IoT. Together, we are committed to developing innovative solutions that will improve the quality of life for residents and drive economic growth across the region.”
With the communications infrastructure in place, Hitek can employ a comprehensive suite of digital solutions to optimize waste, water and energy management, environmental monitoring, citizen engagement, retail and hospitality, data analytics and AI integration, smart transportation, real estate and urban development as well as education technology.
Javeria Aijaz, managing director of Hitek, said: “Through this ground-up partnership with Virgin Mobile Saudi, we can deliver an advanced, bespoke all-inclusive, intelligent and analytical digital platform, connecting people, assets and spaces.”
She added: “By utilizing IoT-enabled building management systems, machine learning and cloud and AI-based technologies, FM operations management will have a 360-degree overview of all facilities, 24/7, from a dedicated and centralized platform, enhancing efficiency, welfare and sustainability.”
Initially, the agreement will cover smart building solutions for potential projects in Saudi Arabia.