People & Places

Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island won the title of Best Staycation in the Northern Emirates at the esteemed BBC Good Food Awards. This prestigious accolade serves as a testament to the resort’s commitment to excellence in hospitality and guest satisfaction. General Manager Fabien Chesnais remarked, “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award, which underscores our dedication to providing unparalleled staycation experiences. Our resort serves as a haven where guests, whether local or international, can escape the stresses of city life and indulge in relaxation and tranquillity.”

Almosafer, Saudi Arabia’s leading travel company (part of Seera Group), has signed a partnership agreement with Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR) to enhance travel across the Haramain High Speed Railway network and expand offerings to Almosafer travellers. Under the agreement, which serves as a first distribution partnership for Haramain High Speed Railway, Almosafer will promote the train’s offerings as a truly convenient means of transport for travellers. The high-speed luxury train provides a safe and fast method of travelling, linking the two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah through Jeddah, King Abdulaziz International Airport and King Abdullah Economic City, along a 450 km route. 

Emirates is launching an innovatively designed, complimentary inflight loungewear set for Business Class customers including a relaxed cowl neck top and drawstring pants, comfortable slippers, and a matching eye mask. The luxurious loungewear is designed to be the ideal ‘flight fit’ - perfect for sleeping in, but also suitable to wear for a social drink at the A380 onboard lounge, or as a casual outfit that takes passengers from aircraft to arrivals in style. Emirates’ Business Class Loungewear is composed of a super soft premium modal material, which customers find lightweight and breathable.

China i2i Group, a leading player in the global tourism industry, is delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Taiba Investments. The group recently expanded its portfolio through the acquisition of Dur Hospitality, a leading company specializing in delivering world-class hospitality services infused with authentic Saudi hospitality. This groundbreaking collaboration marks the beginning of an exciting journey to bring the China Visitors Summit (CVS) to Saudi Arabia, scheduled to take place in Riyadh in 2024. Hosting the CVS in the Kingdom represents a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between these two significant players in the global travel industry.

SBR Group signed an agreement with Marriott International to bring Four Points by Sheraton to Al Ain. The conversion property will be rebranded from the Hili Rayhaan by Rotana to a Four Points by Sheraton by March 2024. Located in the popular Al Hili district of Al Ain, adjacent to Hili Mall, Four Points by Sheraton Al Ain is expected to provide business, government, leisure and sports visitors with a warm experience in a relaxing and contemporary environment. Four Points by Sheraton is anticipated to blend comfort with style, featuring 251 enhanced, modern, spacious rooms and suites across 24,000 square meters of built-up area. 

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, was ranked first in the Saudi Arabia’s Best Workplaces Survey for large organizations, led by Great Place to Work – the global authority on Workplace Culture assessment. IHG’s win underscores the company’s dedicated and ongoing efforts on nurturing local talent while fostering a thriving workspace that prioritises growth, wellbeing and a collaborative environment for all.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council witnesses the launch of new Sharjah identity, at Al Noor Island.

In a major move towards environmental responsibility, TBO, in collaboration with Companies of Good and Dubai Municipality, recently launched its TBO Cares series of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives on a global scale. The primary focus of this initiative was desert clean-up, driven by the alarming revelation that the average daily waste generated per person in the UAE is 2 kg, which is considerably high, and unlike the city, deserts are littered with trash. Bringing together 25 dedicated individuals from the TBO community across the globe, the initiative aimed to make a tangible impact on the environmental landscape.

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