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WWE® Super Showdown Tickets Available Today

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Tickets for WWE Super Showdown at the Mohammed Abdu Arena on the Boulevard in Riyadh are available today, Wednesday, February 12 at 5 pm AST via www.TicketMX.com. Ticket prices start at 25 SAR.


wwe-1-copyWWE Super ShowDown takes place on Thursday, February 27 from 7:30 pm AST and features:

  • WWE Championship Match: Brock Lesnar™ (c) vs. Ricochet™.
  • Universal Championship Match: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt™ (c) vs. Goldberg™.
  • Steel Cage Match: Roman Reigns™ vs. King Corbin™.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: The New Day™ (c) vs. The Miz™ and John Morrison™.
  • First-ever Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match: AJ Styles™ vs. Bobby Lashley™ vs. Rusev™ vs. R-Truth™ vs. Erick Rowan™ vs. United States Champion Andrade™.

Additional matches and regional broadcast information will be announced in the coming weeks.wwe-2-copy

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voco™ expands in Saudi Arabia with the opening of voco® Al Khobar

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IHG increases its portfolio bringing the modern and stylish lifestyle brand to the waterfront of the Arabian Gulf.


Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has launched its second voco™ hotel: voco® Al Khobarin the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in partnership with KSA-based developer Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate Co.

Offering a spacious, modern, stylish and unstuffy hotel experience for guests, voco® Al Khobar boasts 130 rooms, embodies the characteristics of voco™ with exclusive features and distinctive hallmarks, setting it apart for a memorable stay. Every guest will experience the voco® signature ‘come on in’ warm welcome, promising a swift and simple check in, with every room equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, Smart TVs, executive desks and in-room refreshments. So guests can relax and indulge in some ‘me time’ when they stay at voco®.voco_khobar_0877-copy

For those looking for an alternative space for meetings, the hotel offers all the facilities to cater to a wide range of events with 11 meeting spaces from  small and smart meetings, workshops, weddings and banquets, while also fitting up to 410 guests at Al Sultana ballroom.

The hotel is an ideal destination for those wanting to escape the hectic city life and unwind in a haven of ultimate relaxation. The impressive health club also features a spa, with five lush treatment rooms, an indoor pool, and two fully equipped fitness centres, assigned separately for men and women.

Located on Dhahran road and just 55 kilometres from King Fahd International Airport, voco® Al Khobar is within easy distance of the city’s landmarks, including Al Rashid Mall and Eastern Province business hub (both five minutes away), Al Khobar Corniche (10 minutes away) and Halfmoon Beach (15 minutes away) and less than 10 minutes from Saudi Aramco.voco_khobar_0624-copy

M. Allaf, Area General Manager – IHG, said: “Whether guests are staying or dining, we look forward to giving everyone a warm welcome when they arrive at voco® Al Khobar. We want all of our guests to take a moment for themselves to recharge and unwind and enjoy the personal service the voco brand is renowned for.”

Guests can enjoy a taste of ‘voco™ life’ with excellent dining experiences whether it is a quiet morning coffee or kicking off a fun evening. Horizon restaurant offers a wide range of delicious cuisines from around the world all day long, while authentic Lebanese and Indian dishes will be served at Naya and Anardana restaurants respectively.

Guests driving to the hotel can benefit from free ample parking and a valet service.

With the launch of voco® Al Khobar, IHG now operates two voco hotels in the Kingdom in addition to voco® Riyadh opened in November 2019 and one in the pipeline, in Makkah – a 4,321 room hotel opening in early 2020.

IHG currently operates 33 hotels across 4 brands in Saudi Arabia including: InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn, and Staybridge Suites with a further 20 in the pipeline due to open within the next three to five years.*

To celebrate the opening of voco Al Khobar, guests can take advantage of the hotel’s exclusive discount of 25 per cent on all bookings made before January 31, 2020.

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First voco™ hotel opens in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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InterContinental Hotels Group opens flagship voco®Riyadh in the Kingdom with Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate Co.


Riyadh, KSA, 10 November 2019: IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, is proud to announce the opening of the 5-star voco Riyadh, the first voco™ hotel in Saudi Arabia’s capital city, in partnership with KSA-based developer Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate Co.

The 5 star flagship property in the Kingdom underwent major redesigning and rebranding to launch under the voco™ brand.

As part of extensive renovations being carried out at the property, the 5 star hotel will feature a range of upscale signature voco hallmarks: warm and bright inviting interiors, modern artworks representing the voco character and personality. Thanks to our unique service style our guests can expect an informal, unstuffy experience with playful, personal touches throughout. – ‘Come on in’ is our welcome signature that guarantees our guests will always get a warm welcome during a swift and simple check in, with a locally-inspired welcome treat to kick off their stay.

The flagship voco™ hotel in the Kingdom offers guests a choice of 438 rooms and suites, each equipped with HD LED TVs and high-speed WiFi. The hotel also boasts a bridal suite and connecting family rooms available on request. Guests driving to voco® Riyadh will benefit from ample parking, with 400 underground spaces available.voco-riyadh-lobby-copy

Located on King Fahad Road and just 30 minutes from the King Khaled International Airport, voco® Riyadh is close to the city’s key commercial areas, business zones and landmarks including Kingdom Tower and the Embassy District.

A range of dining options offering regional and international cuisines will be served at the property’s restaurants which include Indian, Italian, Lebanese, as well as an international all-day dining restaurant to cater to guests, in addition to the Cabana Pool Bar and Rotunda Lounge. Business travellers can use an array of 22 meeting rooms at voco® Riyadh, that can easily cater to a wide range of events and conferences. The hotel also features a large ballroom which can accomodate more than 1200 delegates.

The guests will also benefit from InterContinental Hotels Group Rewards Club programme – the first and largest guest loyalty program in the hotel industry, offering sought-after benefits.

Pascal Gauvin, Managing Director, India, Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group said: “We are delighted to open the first voco™ hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is an important and growing market for us.

“We have committed ourselves to strengthening our presence in the country through our portfolio of popular global brands and by working in partnership with Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate Co. we are delighted to be continuing to bring true hospitality to our guests.”

“This agreement is particularly exciting as this will be the first voco™ hotel in Riyadh and the Kingdom, and will also help to accelerate the growth of KSA’s hospitality industry by offering guests a new, unique, hospitality experience.”

  1. Allaf, Area General Manager – IHG, said: “We are thrilled to launch voco™ brand in KSA. New to the InterContinental Hotel Group family, voco™ is an upscale hotel brand that guarantees guests a stay that’s as individual as it is indulgent, making it the perfect fit for the growing number of travelers visiting the country under the new government’s vision. Our new property caters for both business travellers and leisure seekers alike high-quality touches, from indulgent amenities to big, comfortable beds. This opening is a momentous milestone for us and I am happy to be part of a dynamic team that brings a name synonymous with premium five-star hotel experiences to our clients in Riyadh and beyond.”

For reservations and further information, please visit: www.vocohotels.com/Riyadh
Telephone: +966 11 457 9999, email: vocoriyadh.reservation@ihg.com

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WWE® Crown Jewel Set For Thursday, October 31

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TICKETS AVAILABLE THIS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30.


WWE Crown Jewel will take place at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday, October 31 at 8 pm AST. Tickets re available this Monday, September 30 at 6 pm AST via www.TicketMX.com. Ticket prices start at 25 SAR.

WWE Crown Jewel is a signature event of the Riyadh Season and will feature WWE Superstars Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, The New Day, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, and Rey Mysterio along with special appearances by WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. The event will also include the homecoming of Mansoor, WWE’s first Saudi Arabian Superstar who was born in Riyadh and won the largest Battle Royal Match in WWE history at Super ShowDown in Jeddah this past June.

Additional details on the event’s matches and regional broadcast information will be announced in the coming weeks.68760_crown_jewel_2019_keyart_saudi_arabia_screen1-copy

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