Sunday, October 20, 2019

People & Places

Italian restaurant Verso prepares to take Saturday brunch to the next level, presenting a gourmet buffet ‘The Italian Way’. It’s a concept dedicated to ‘Famiglia’ time, whether the real deal or friends who feel like family. The Saturday feast includes a variety of entrées featuring Seafood on Ice and Eggplant Parmigiana, followed by main choices such as Lamb Shank Ragout on Creamy Polenta and Oven Fresh Assorted Tray Pizza. Homemade gelato and desserts are also included.



Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, within the Accor hotel portfolio, in partnership with Naif Alrajhi Investment Company, announced the debut of a luxury serviced residence, Fairmont Ramla Serviced Residences, Riyadh, set to open in 2020. The project will feature 249 serviced residences featuring one, two and three-bedroom units and 4-bedroom penthouses, with ample space and maximum comfort. It is ideally situated between King Fahd Road and Olaya Street. 



Pata Travel Mart 2019, hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kazakh Tourism National Company, attracted over 1,200 delegates from 63 global destinations. The delegate numbers embraced 347 sellers from 180 organisations and 34 destinations, along with 252 buyers from 244 organisations and 48 source markets with first time buyers comprising 44 per cent of the total. 



Saudi Arabia's inaugural Taif season concluded at the end of August, having attracted more than 2.5 million visitors throughout the month. The season featured more than 70 major events, held in four key areas: Souk Okaz, the Crown Prince’s Camel Festival, the Village of Roses, and the Al-Baid Masters section, which featured mountain hiking. The season also featured numerous other events, including a shopping festival, a “marathon of colours” and many more.



Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) concluded the ‘EYAB’ (Return) initiative through Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (PMIA) in Madinah, where more than 13,500 pilgrims were served at the airport. GACA aims to improve the services provided for the pilgrims throughout the Kingdom’s airports, through this initiative. GACA launched the Eyab initiative during the last Hajj season (1440), where more than 30,000 pilgrims were targeted from three different countries (Indonesia, India and Malaysia).



Palladium Hotel Group will be the new official sponsor of Real Madrid Basketball. The Santiago Bernabéu stadium hosted the presentation of the agreement in the presence of the president of Real Madrid CF, Florentino Pérez, and the CEO of Palladium Hotel Group, Abel Matutes Prats. The agreement, whereby Palladium Hotel Group will sponsor the shirt of Real Madrid Basketball’s first and second team, will be in force for the next three sports seasons.



IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), has signed a management agreement with real estate company RIKAZ Properties to develop its fourth Holiday Inn hotel in Al Khobar. This latest development is part of IHG’s dedicated efforts to increase its midscale portfolio in the region. Holiday Inn Al Khobar King Fahd Road will be located in close proximity to the King Fahd Causeway, with ease of connectivity to and from Bahrain.



Abu Dhabi's Yas Island joins in on Diwali celebrations, from October 24 through November 2. Festivities begin at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and cap off at du Arena with the largest Indian lifestyle, culture and Bollywood event in the region, the Yas Mega Mela Festival, from October 31 to November 2. Guests will be able to delight in the rich traditions of the Indian subcontinent with a range of entertaining acts, in store for them.



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