Jumeirah Group makes key appointments for its first hotel in KSA

Riyadh: Jumeirah Group, the luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, has named Rizwan Shaikh as General Manager of Jabal Omar Jumeirah in Makkah, its first hotel to open in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the Group continues on its path of sustainable growth.With over 20 years of luxury hospitality experience across India, Singapore and Saudi Arabia, Shaikh will be responsible for driving Jumeirah Group’s ethos of exceptional luxury at the new hotel in Jabal Omar. With an enviable location just three minutes’ walk from Masjid Al Haram, the hotel will be one of the largest in the Group’s portfolio featuring 1,033 rooms and suites, and 88 apartments once fully operational. His appointment comes at a time when the company is actively expanding its presence in Saudi Arabia, with the opening of the Group’s second property in the Kingdom, Jumeirah The Red Sea, scheduled for 2024.Thomas B. Meier, Chief Operating Officer of Jumeirah Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rizwan to Jabal Omar Jumeirah. As we look to expand our presence in strategic locations across the globe, Saudi Arabia is a key market for our brand. We are confident that Rizwan’s impressive track record in delivering operational excellence, as well as his expertise in luxury hospitality in the Kingdom, will build on Jumeirah’s incredible success story and lead Jabal Omar Jumeirah to new levels of luxury and service for Saudi Arabia.” Shaikh joined Jumeirah Group with a wealth of experience in luxury hospitality, including tenures at Taj Hotels, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. His consistent delivery of outstanding profitability, development of new sales channels and loyalty programmes and operational innovation to enhance the guest experience and value proposition, saw him quickly progress from front office to management, becoming the youngest General Manager at Oberoi Hotels and Resorts. Recognised for his innovative solutions to drive revenue and increase Average Daily Rate (ADR), Shaikh also brings a wealth of experience in launching new luxury hotels, having overseen the launch of two in India and Saudi Arabia, with the latter gaining a five-star rating in the Forbes Travel Guide shortly after opening.Commenting on his new role, Shaikh said: “I am delighted to lead the team at Jabal Omar Jumeirah and feel privileged to be part of such a significant new chapter for the Group as it enters the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Having spent a number of years in the Kingdom, I look forward to embarking on this exciting journey and welcoming our first guests to experience the exceptional Jumeirah guest experience in the coming months.”Located at the sacred heart of the Muslim world, Jabal Omar Jumeirah, has been designed to create a serene, luxurious haven for guests as they experience a deeply significant life event. Spread across four towers and featuring several signature dining venues, the hotel will open as part of the second phase of the city’s flagship Jabal Omar project, designed by Fosters + Partners.

Marketing Society UAE celebrates the best in marketing

Dubai: The Marketing Society UAE just threw their annual bash to celebrate the best marketing campaigns, strategies, and leadership in the region. The event brought together 70 top-notch marketers at Peaches and Cream on the Palm Jumeirah.The award ceremony was held on Thursday, May 4, at the Peaches and Cream Beach Club, The Palm, Dubai. The awards were hosted for the first time in the UAE after being recognised as the leading marketing awards in the UK since they were first launched in 1985.The Awards celebrated and championed marketing leadership, highlighting not just creativity and effectiveness but also the people, the leaders, and the visionaries who are spearheading the way forward and inspiring others. The event aimed to showcase the impact marketing has on business success and growth and make the industry proud.Several categories were featured in the 2023 Shortlist, including Brand Communication, Brand Evolution, Customer Engagement & Experience, and Marketing for Positive Change. The ceremony also announced the winner of the Most Inspirational Leader award.The winners of the 2023 Marketing Awards are:Brand CommunicationLiwa Content Driven, Emirates NBD | A Financial Institution's Video Marketing Journey in Brand LoveBrand EvolutionSutra Marketing, Mashreq | Rise Every DayCustomer Engagement & Experience  BBD Perfect Storm, Majid Al Futtaim | Making every customer fall in love with SHAREMarketing for Positive Change  The judges decided not to award a winner for the inaugural year due to a limited number of entries.The winners of the Marketing Awards demonstrated the power of marketing excellence in driving demonstrable growth and ROI and the impact marketers can have on society as a whole by addressing issues that need to effect change.The ceremony saw attendees toasting to a brilliant year of marketing excellence, united and inspired by the event's stories. The Marketing Awards showcased the vital role that marketing leaders play in revitalizing and igniting organizations.

PRCA MENA regional award winners announced

Dubai: The PRCA MENA (The Public Relations and Communications Association) Awards celebrated its seventh edition by recognizing outstanding PR campaigns, individuals, and teams across the region. The event, held at Trader Vic’s in Hilton Palm Jumeirah on May 4, was sponsored by 3Gem.This year's awards saw more than 250 entries, representing the industry's best campaigns and top talents from across the Middle East and North Africa region. The esteemed jury panel of 41 industry leaders from around the world and members of the PRCA, the world's largest professional PR body, judged the entries.The winners were selected based on their innovative and quality work in different categories, setting the industry benchmark for PR influence. The ceremony saw a total of 38 awards presented, and 37 highly commended entries were recognized for their excellence.The PRCA MENA Regional Awards is an annual event that recognizes the achievements of the public relations and communications industry across the Middle East and North Africa region. The awards provide a platform to showcase innovative and effective PR campaigns, celebrate excellence, and inspire future campaigns.CAMPAIGN AWARDSBest Integrated Campaign Large CompaniesWinner – APCO Worldwide? – MOC KSA EXPO 2020Highly Commended – Weber Shandwick MENAT and Master – Out Of This World Football GameBest Integrated Campaign Small/Medium CompaniesWinner – Matrix PR – Acronis – Triple Valuation with Triple StrategyHighly Commended – Maven Global Access, Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), Weber Shandwick and TBWA\RAAD – Access Abu DhabiBest PR Campaign: B2B Large CompaniesWinner – Weber Shandwick MENAT and Ericsson – The Power of Limitless ConnectivityHighly Commended – APCO Worldwide – UAE Ministry of Economy NextGen FDIBest PR Campaign: B2B Small/Medium CompaniesWinner – Gambit Communications and Swissquote – The Trust Equation 2.0Highly Commended – Brazen MENA – CARMABest PR Campaign: B2C Large CompaniesWinner – Four Communications MENA with NBA Europe & Middle East – NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2022 – MAKING HISTORYHighly Commended – Weber Shandwick MENAT, Warner Bros and World, Etihad Airways – Taken by Surprise!Best PR Campaign: B2C Small/Medium CompaniesWinner – Performance Communications ?and Bentley Motors – Extraordinary WomenHighly Commended – Gambit Communications ?and Porsche – Icons of PorscheBest PR Campaign: Media Relations Large CompaniesWinner – Edelman? and Hub71 – Growing Abu Dhabi’s Global Tech Ecosystem With Impact?Highly Commended – Weber Shandwick MENAT ?- Warner Bros. World, & Etihad Airways – Taken By Surprise!?Best PR Campaign: Media Relations Small/Medium CompaniesWinner – Performance Communications? and MG Motor – The London Lap?Highly Commended – AstraZeneca ?- Collaboration for a healthier world: leveraging EXPO 2020Best PR Campaign: Influencer RelationsWinner – Gambit Communications? – BBC Studios – The Green Planet?Highly Commended – ATTELINE? – Liwa Trading Enterprises – Changing the Narrative Around Lingerie?Highly Commended: Four Communications MENA? with Johnson’s Baby – Naturally Backed by Science?Best PR Campaign: Crisis CommunicationsWinner – Weber Shandwick MENAT? – Netflix – Amplifying Arab Women’s Voices in Storytelling?Highly Commended – Gambit Communications? – TikTok – Changing the Conversation Around SafetyHighly Commended – Houbara Communications? – Volkswagen Takes on The Grey Market?International Campaign AwardWinner – Weber Shandwick MENAT – Mastercard – Empowering Every BusinessHighly Commended – ASDA’A BCW – Arab Youth SurveyBest Health and Wellbeing CampaignWinner – APCO Worldwide – G42 HealthcareHighly Commended – FleishmanHillard – Pfizer AfME Take ActionHighly Commended – Atteline – Dr. Saliha Advocating for Change in Mental HealthBest PR Campaign: Game Changer Large CompaniesWinner – Weber Shandwick MENAT? – Warner Bros. World, & Etihad Airways – Taken By Surprise!?Highly Commended – ASDA’A BCW? – Anghami – A regional unicorn on its way to the world?Best PR Campaign: Game Changer Small/Medium CompaniesWinner – Gambit Communications ?- BBC Studios – The Green PlanetHighly Commended – Performance Communications? – Bentley Motors – Extraordinary Women?Best PR Campaign: DigitalWinner – APCO WORLDWIDE? – Umniah’s Sustainability Campaign?Winner – Matrix Public Relations? – Zurich – Have you done your homework??Highly Commended – W7Worldwide – Building Cultural Bridges?Results on a BudgetWinner – ASDA’A BCW? – Salama – #SALAMAKindBeingsofDubai?Winner – Matrix Public Relations – Celebrity Football Cup 2022 with AG EventsHighly Commended – Weber Shandwick MENAT? – Mcdonald’s UAE – Buy a Book, Be Part of her Story?Regional PR Campaign of the YearWinner – Weber Shandwick MENAT? and Mastercard – Empowering Her BusinessHighly Commended – ASDA’A BCW – 14th annual Arab Youth Survey – Charting a new courseStrategic Communications Campaign Large CompaniesWinner – Weber Shandwick MENAT? – IBM – Talent is EverywhereHighly Commended – ASDA’A BCW – 14th annual Arab Youth Survey – Charting a new courseStrategic Communications Campaign Small/Medium CompaniesWinner – AstraZeneca? – Collaboration for a healthier world: leveraging EXPO 2020?Highly Commended – Matrix Public Relations? – Acronis – Triple Valuation with Triple Strategy?Event Launch of the Year Large CompaniesWinner – Edelman Saudi Arabia? – Red Sea International Film FestivalHighly Commended – Weber Shandwick MENAT?? – Mashreq – Rise Everyday??Event Launch of the Year Small/Medium CompaniesWinner – Atteline? – Careem Pay LaunchHighly Commended – Soul Communications? – Deliveroo Emirati Women’s Day?Best Travel & Lifestyle Large CompaniesWinner – Weber Shandwick MENAT? – Warner Bros. World, Etihad Airways – Taken by Surprise!?Highly Commended – Four Communications MENA ?- Yas Island – Chief Island Officer?Best Travel & Lifestyle Small/Medium CompaniesWinner – Gambit Communications? – Ritz Carlton – Formula 1 Frenzy!Highly Commended – Action UAE ?- Launch of Joe & The Juice?Best Digital & New Media CampaignWinner – Cicero & Bernay Communication Consultancy – INFINITI QX55 LaunchHighly Commended – ASDA’A BCW ?- Salama – #SALAMAKindBeingsofDubaiBest Health and Wellbeing CampaignWinner – AstraZeneca? – Collaboration for a healthier world – leveraging EXPO 2020?Highly Commended– Current Global ?- PepsiCo Middle East – Driving Social Impact Through Sport?Highly Commended – ?Four Communications MENA ?- NBA Europe & Middle East – NBA YOUTH: MAKING IT RAINEmployee Engagement AwardWinner – Weber Shandwick MENAT? – IBM – Talent is EverywhereHighly Commended – APCO Worldwide? – Edge Hub – Together as OneBest Corporate Social Responsibility CampaignWinner – Red Sea Global – Engaging Saudi youthHighly Commended – Weber Shandwick MENAT? – Mastercard – Empowering Her BusinessInternational Campaign AwardWinner – APCO Worldwide? – MOC KSA EXPO 2020?Highly Commended – ASDA’A BCW? – Anghami – Regional Unicorn on its Way to the World?éant-opens-19th-uae-supermarket-in-jumeirah-golf-estates

Géant opens 19th UAE supermarket in Jumeirah Golf Estates

Dubai:  A new Géant supermarket, part of GMG, has just opened in the vibrant Jumeirah Golf Estates community solidifying the area as a residential hotspot and marking an impressive spurt for the popular chain.The 2100-square-foot store, located in the heart of the community in Fairway mall, is the first duplex Géant supermarket, spread across two floors promising the widest choice of products and a seamless shopping experience once again reiterating the brand’s promise of convenience and community-centric approach.From the open produce section that greets shoppers as they enter and includes an unrivalled selection of fruits and vegetables including many from local farms to the butchery and fishery department where you can get prime cuts of meat and sustainably sourced seafood, quality is a given at Géant.Discerning residents will appreciate the large selection of organic, plant-based foods and global foods, and a mix of day-to-day and non-essentials that can be found on the mezzanine floor.The store further welcomes shoppers with an inviting in-store seating area where customers can take a relaxing coffee break overlooking the green expanses the community is known for."An exciting residential and leisure destination like Jumeirah Golf Estates deserves a neighbourhood supermarket that ticks all the boxes. From the accent on fresh and sustainable produce to the abundance of choice and quality, our new supermarket is certain to become an integral part of the busy and active lifestyle of families and individuals who live and work in the vicinity," said Marc Laurent, President of Everyday Goods at GMG.Home delivery will also be available via local delivery platforms delivering the promise of a convenient grocery experience at your doorstep.

Jumeirah Group raises the bar at Madinat Jumeirah with new leadership

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, today announced the appointment of Peter Roth as the new Regional Vice President for Madinat Jumeirah. Roth’s appointment comes at a time of accelerated growth for the Group, with strategic enhancements ongoing across its Dubai beachfront, to further elevate the luxury brand experience.Roth will take responsibility for the extensive Madinat Jumeirah development, spanning over 40 hectares and home to Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, and Jumeirah Al Naseem, while additionally assuming the role of General Manager of Jumeirah Al Qasr. An industry veteran with over 30 years of luxury hospitality experience working extensively with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Four Seasons across Europe and the Americas, Roth has built a breadth of knowledge and expertise in luxury hotels operations.As Jumeirah Group continues the expansion of its portfolio and focuses on its vision of being globally recognised as one of the leading international luxury hotel groups, Roth’s extensive pre-opening and hotel repositioning expertise, that has resulted in several important industry accolades, will ensure an exceptional brand experience across the Dubai beachfront properties. This will include leading an ongoing enhancement programme designed to further elevate the luxury proposition at two of the signature hotels; Jumeirah Mina A’Salam will feature enhanced rooms and suites in a modern and elegant design, while the exclusive Malakiya Villas at Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf will undergo a full renovation with contemporary finishes and manicured gardens, offering an experience like no other to impress the most discerning guests.Roth will also oversee the Group’s award-winning spa brand Talise Spa and its destination dining concepts at the resort, including KAYTO, Shimmers, French Riviera, Rockfish and Pierchic. Jumeirah recently received international recognition for its signature dining, another key strategic pillar for the Group, with 13 of the restaurants featured in the MICHELIN and Gault&Millau Guides in the UAE, created by Jumeirah Group’s in-house talent. A number of the concepts established at Madinat Jumeirah are also now being expanded to other properties in the global portfolio, including KAYTO and Shimmers that are now delighting guests at the recently opened Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island.Thomas B. Meier, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Jumeirah Group, commented, “The strong recovery of the hospitality sector in Dubai is continuing in 2022, with revenues projected to exceed 2019 pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year. At Jumeirah, we are continuing our accelerated growth trajectory by enhancing and expanding our portfolio and curating a brand experience that’s in keeping with our burgeoning reputation as one of the world’s leading luxury hospitality groups. The need to innovate and differentiate ourselves in a new era of luxury hospitality and in response to evolving consumer needs has never been greater, and we are committed to investing in the best talent to support our vision for the future of the business. Peter Roth brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in luxury hospitality that will be a strong asset for both Madinat Jumeirah and the Group as a whole, as we continue to elevate the guest experience and deliver our promise of Stay Different.”