Rolls-Royce Spectre Unveiled: The Marque’s First Fully-Electric Motor Car

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Rolls-Royce debuts Spectre, the marque’s first fully-electric motor car.


  • Spectre is a prophecy fulfilled, a promise kept and an undertaking completed
  • Spectre “demonstrates how perfectly Rolls-Royce is suited to electrification”
  • Spectre heralds the beginning of all-electric era for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • Built on the Rolls-Royce all-aluminium Architecture of Luxury
  • Spectre uses new SPIRIT software architecture with full Whispers integration
  • World’s first Ultra-Luxury Electric Super Coupé is spiritual successor to Phantom Coupé
  • First customer cars to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2023

“Spectre possesses all the qualities that have secured the Rolls-Royce legend. This incredible motor car, conceived from the very beginning as our first fully-electric model, is silent, powerful and demonstrates how perfectly Rolls-Royce is suited to electrification. Spectre’s all-electric powertrain will assure the marque’s sustained success and relevance while dramatically increasing the definition of each characteristic that makes a Rolls-Royce a Rolls-Royce. 

“At Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, perfection is about more than making the very best products. It is a culture, an attitude and our guiding philosophy. Indeed, it is our founding father Sir Henry Royce who said ‘strive for perfection in everything you do’. Spectre has been conceived within this culture. It is perfectly in tune with the sensibilities of our time. It states the direction for the future of our marque and perfectly answers a call from the most discerning individuals in the world to elevate the electric motor car experience, because Spectre is a Rolls-Royce first and an electric car second.”
 “This is the start of a bold new chapter for our marque, our extraordinary clients and the luxury industry. For this reason, I believe Spectre is the most perfect product that Rolls-Royce has ever produced.” – Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

“The electric car is perfectly noiseless and clean. There is no smell or vibration. They should become very useful when fixed charging stations can be arranged.” – The Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls, Co-Founder, Rolls-Royce, 1900

A PROPHECY FULFILLED. A PROMISE KEPT. AN EXTRAORDINARY UNDERTAKING.

In 1900, Rolls-Royce co-founder, Charles Rolls, prophesised an electric future for the motor car. Having acquired an electric vehicle named The Columbia Electric Carriage, he foresaw its suitability as a clean, noiseless alternative to the internal combustion engine – providing there was sufficient infrastructure to support it. Today, more than 120 years later, the time has come for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to fulfil the prophecy of its founding father.

This prophecy could not have been fulfilled without a more recent promise, when Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, made a public commitment to electrification by announcing that he would bring a fully-electric Rolls-Royce to market within the current decade. Charles Rolls’ prophecy and Torsten Müller-Ötvös’ promise led to an historic moment. In September 2021, the marque confirmed that it had commenced testing of Spectre, the first Rolls-Royce to be conceived and engineered from the very beginning as an electric car.

To ensure that this transformative motor car was sufficiently prepared for the most demanding consumer in the world – the Rolls-Royce client – the marque devised the most exhaustive testing programme it had ever conceived. Spectre is being subjected to a journey of more than 2.5 million kilometres, simulating more than 400 years of use for a Rolls-Royce. On its completion in 2023, Spectre will represent a prophecy fulfilled, a promise kept and an undertaking completed.

Spectre is not only an historic moment for Rolls-Royce, but also an historic moment for electrification – with Spectre, the marque confirms that the technology has reached a standard that can contain the Rolls-Royce experience. To that end, Rolls-Royce has confirmed that by the end of 2030 its entire product portfolio will be fully electric.

THE FUTURE BEGINS

Spectre is more than a motor car. It is a statement of intent and a symbol of a bright, bold future as Rolls-Royce progresses into an all-electric era. This commitment to an all-electric powertrain will only enhance the Rolls-Royce experience – instant torque, silent running and the sense of one imperceptible gear have defined the characteristics of an extraordinary canon of products dating back to the very first Rolls-Royce, the 1904 10 H.P..

With Spectre, Rolls-Royce has harnessed a revolutionary ‘Decentralised Intelligence’ system that allows for the free and direct exchange of information between more than 1,000 vehicle functions, further elevating the marque’s celebrated quality of ride. Its designers have captured a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic that significantly progresses the brand’s iconography as it embarks on its electric age. Its craftspeople have created a suite of contemporary prêt-à-porter personalisation possibilities, including Starlight Doors and Illuminated Fascia, inspiring clients to realise their own Bespoke visions.

DESIGN

In unveiling Spectre, Rolls-Royce sets a new precedent in the creation of an entirely original class of motor car; the Ultra-Luxury Electric Super Coupé. This designation refers to Spectre’s indulgent proportions, specified in response to a commitment that there is no greater luxury than that of space.

The marque’s designers are deeply rooted in the context occupied by their motor cars. Therefore, their inspiration is drawn from worlds far beyond automotive, including haute couture, modernist sculpture, nautical design, tailoring and contemporary art. In conceiving the principal sketches for Spectre, the marque’s creatives were drawn to modern yacht concepts, specifically the clarity and precision of line, intelligent use of reflection and application of taper to emotionalise silhouettes.

From the front, Spectre’s split headlight treatment is intersected by the widest grille ever bestowed on a Rolls-Royce. The vanes of the Pantheon grille are now smoother in section and a flusher fit, designed to help guide the air around the motor car’s front.

The relaxed angle and polished stainless steel finish of the grille does much to enhance Spectre’s presence using environmental reflection. Along with an aero-tuned Spirit of Ecstasy figurine – itself the product of 830 combined hours of design modelling and wind tunnel testing – the grille enhances the motor car’s unprecedented drag coefficient, which at just 0.25cd makes Spectre Rolls-Royce’s most aerodynamic motor car, ever.

This intelligent treatment has been married to the iconography of Spectre’s spiritual predecessor, the Phantom Coupé. Spectre clearly acknowledges its forebear with its generous proportions and split headlight treatment – a contemporary Rolls-Royce design tenet. Spectre’s sharp daylight running lights emphasise the motor car’s imperious two-metre width and are offset with lower lamp clusters that appear darkened, at first glance, but hide jewellery box-like darkened chromium housings for the headlights. To affirm Spectre’s expression after dark, the grille is softly illuminated, with 22 LEDs lighting up the sandblasted rear side of each of the vanes, their gentle glow reflected in the polished front surfaces for a subtle and three-dimensional night signature.

In profile, the sharp, vertical bow line at the front of Spectre draws the eye rearward to its monolithic flanks. The lower line – known as the ‘waft line’ – borrows directly from yacht design. Instead of exaggerating movement with busy detailing or appliqués, Spectre’s coachwork gently tucks into the sill, lightening the surfacing and creating an uncomplicated sense of motion by reflecting the road passing beneath it, much as the hull of a racing yacht reflects the ocean as it cuts through water. This ‘waft line’ is the visual representation of the ‘magic carpet ride’ and its upwards sweep toward the front is inspired by the gently lifting bow of an accelerating power boat.

The silhouette’s most dramatic feature is Spectre’s fastback, which recalls the most evocative motor cars and watercraft in history. The seamlessness of the greenhouse surfacing significantly contributes to achieving the lowest drag coefficient ever for a Rolls-Royce. Following the roofline back, the tail lamps are set into the largest single body panel ever produced for a Rolls-Royce, which extends from the A-pillar to the luggage compartment. The jewel-like vertical tail lamps themselves are colourless for neutrality, in anticipation of the myriad of colourways selected by clients during the commissioning process. Their precision and reduced dimension complement the generous flow of the bodywork from the muscular shoulders backwards into the tail section with its characteristic tapering plan view.

The proportional demands of Spectre’s scale required Rolls-Royce to embolden its wheel strategy. Spectre is the first production two-door coupé to be equipped with 23-inch wheels in almost one hundred years.

Inside, Spectre is provisioned with the most technologically advanced Bespoke features yet, drawing inspiration from the timeless mystique of the night’s sky. For the first time on a series production Rolls-Royce, Spectre is available with Starlight Doors, which incorporate 4,796 softly illuminated ‘stars’. The coach doors can also be commissioned with a backdrop of wood Canadel Panelling, which takes its name from the cove in the South of France where Sir Henry Royce and his design team spent their winters.

The ethereal night-time theme continues with Spectre’s Illuminated Fascia. Developed over the course of two years and more than 10,000 collective hours, it incorporates the Spectre nameplate surrounded by a cluster of over 5,500 stars. Located on the passenger side of the dashboard, the illuminations are completely invisible when the motor car is not in operation.

Alongside the extraordinary, illuminated surfaces, Spectre is equipped with a completely redesigned digital architecture of luxury named SPIRIT, presented in quintessential Rolls-Royce style. Not only will SPIRIT manage the motor car’s functions, but it is seamlessly integrated into the marque’s Whispers application, allowing clients to interact with their car remotely, and receive live information curated by the marque’s luxury intelligence specialists.

For the first time ever, clients are now able to extend their Bespoke commission beyond the physical world and into the digital architecture that underpins SPIRIT. Inspired by the marque’s clients’ love of bespoke timepieces, the colour of the dials can now compliment the interior hue of the motor car.

As with all Rolls-Royce motor cars, Spectre’s interior suite offers clients near-infinite Bespoke possibilities. The all-new front seat design has been inspired by British tailoring, with lapel sections that can be rendered in contrasting or matching colours to the main base. Bespoke stitching, embroidery and intricate piping has, as ever, been considered in their inception.

ALL-ALUMINIUM ARCHITECTURE OF LUXURY

2003 saw the first Goodwood-era Phantom, built upon its own Bespoke architecture. This renaissance of the brand was Rolls-Royce 1.0. Following this, the ‘Architecture of Luxury’ was conceived – a new, highly flexible all-aluminium spaceframe architecture, and visionary feat of engineering, that could be tailored for electric drive, as well as today’s Phantom, Cullinan and Ghost models, and Coachbuild projects. This expansion of the marque’s offering was          Rolls-Royce 2.0. The ability to tailor the Architecture of Luxury for electric drive was a fundamental consideration when it was first conceived. However, it is only now that electric drive technology is advanced enough to fulfil the Rolls-Royce experience. The introduction of a fully-electric powertrain and Decentralised Intelligence into the marque’s portfolio represents Rolls-Royce 3.0 and the beginning of the bold new all-electric era.

By ensuring from the outset that the Architecture of Luxury could be tailored to the requirements of an all-electric Rolls-Royce, the marque’s engineers ensured the continuity of experience from its current portfolio, each evolution of which has done much to secure the brand’s ongoing global success. Indeed, the inherent flexibility of the architecture and ease of integration of an electric powertrain has freed engineers, designers and craftspeople to focus on the quality of experience, authenticity of design and innovation in Bespoke.

For Spectre, Rolls-Royce engineers have unlocked further benefits. The sophisticated extruded aluminium sections and integration of the battery into the structure of the motor car enable it to be 30% stiffer than any previous Rolls-Royce. The flexibility of the architecture has also allowed engineers to place the floor halfway between the sill structures rather than on top or underneath them. A channel has been created for wiring and climate control pipework between the battery and the floor, with the battery mounted underneath, providing a perfectly smooth underfloor profile. This not only creates a low seating position and enveloping cabin but realises a secondary function for the battery – almost 700kg of sound deadening.

DIGITAL ENGINEERING

For Spectre, Rolls-Royce’s engineers have seen much of their discipline pivot from the workshop to the digital space. Spectre is the most connected Rolls-Royce in history, and in harnessing the power of the motor car’s remarkable Decentralised Intelligence processing capabilities there is more requirement than ever for expert human experience.

To ensure the continuity of the Rolls-Royce experience, as well as its progression, the marque selected the most experienced test and development engineers to lead the project, some of whom have been with the marque for more than two decades and were responsible for creating the first ‘Goodwood-era’ Phantom. These engineers describe the experience offered by Spectre as akin to “Rolls-Royce in high definition” on account of the speed and accuracy of the motor car’s response to a worldwide spread of road and weather conditions.

For this to be realised, a dedicated control has been handmade for each of the 141,200 sender-receiver variables, and in nearly all cases engineers have designed several more sub-variables for variations in climate, ground speed, road type, vehicle status and driving style. These have been crafted over the course of Spectre’s 2.5 million kilometre testing programme both on advanced proving grounds and on real roads around the world.

PLANAR SUSPENSION

In testing Spectre, the process includes extreme driving conditions – development of the motor car began just 55km from the arctic circle in Arjeplog, Sweden, at temperatures as low as -40 degrees centigrade, and it will continue across Southern Africa, in temperatures of up to 55 degrees centigrade. Yet, 55% of testing is taking place on the very roads that many production Spectres will be driven on. Of particular significance was the French Riviera. It was on the Côte d’Azur that Spectre’s digitally integrated evolution of the renowned Planar suspension system was finalised.

Planar suspension is an orchestra of systems with precisely defined responses to driver inputs and road conditions, made possible by the latest software and hardware developments, delivering Rolls-Royce’s hallmark ‘magic carpet ride’.

Using a suite of new hardware components and leveraging Spectre’s high-speed processing capabilities, the Planar system can decouple the car’s anti-roll bars allowing each wheel to act independently, preventing the rocking motion that occurs when one side of a vehicle hits an undulation in the road. This also reduces high-frequency ride imperfections caused by shortcomings in road surface quality.

Once a corner is identified as imminent, the Planar system recouples the components and stiffens the dampers, the four-wheel steering system is then prepared for activation to ensure effortless entry and exit. Under cornering, 18 sensors are monitored, and steering, braking, power delivery and suspension parameters are adjusted so that Spectre remains stable. The result is effortless control.

POWER, RANGE AND DIMENSIONS

The final power, acceleration and range figures are still being refined, as the extraordinary undertaking of finessing Spectre enters its final phase before concluding in the second quarter of 2023. Preliminary data shows that Spectre is expected to have an all-electric range of 320 miles/520 kilometres WLTP and offer 900Nm of torque from its 430kW powertrain. It is anticipated to achieve 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds (0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds).

With many months of testing and optimisation of Spectre still ahead, these figures are subject to change ahead of official confirmation prior to market launch in Q4 2023.

SPECTRE DIMENSIONS:  

  • Number of doors / seats 2 doors / 4 seats
  • Vehicle length 5453 mm / 214.685 in
  • Vehicle width 2080 mm / 81.889 in
  • Vehicle height (unladen) 1559 mm / 61.377 in
  • Wheelbase 3210 mm / 126.378 in
  • Turning circle 12.7 m
  • Kerb weight 2975 kg

MARKET DEBUT

Spectre is available for commission immediately, with first client deliveries commencing in Q4 2023. Spectre pricing will be positioned between Cullinan and Phantom.

 

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Assila, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Jeddah, Recently Appoints Nader Ibrahim Elevates the Assila Experience and Leads it to New Heights

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Assila, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Jeddah, recently welcomed Nader Ibrahim as General Manager, where he introduced a new strategic vision and upgraded both the guest experience and the working environment.


The appointment of a strong, idea-driven leader introduces innovations that upgraded the luxury property during his tenure. A seasoned professional, Nader brings with him over 20 years of hospitality experience and property management of luxury, award-winning hotels across the UK, USA, and the Middle East.

Prior to taking on his current role, Nader enjoyed a four-year tenure as Senior Director of Operations across Europe, the Middle East & Africa for Marriott International. His long-standing relationship with Marriott began back in 2000 in Atlanta, USA, where under a variety of management training he developed and honed new skills that would pave the way to a prosperous professional journey. Following this, Nader went on to hold several F&B roles within the brand, taking him from Egypt to the UK, where he then took up senior posts within other leading hospitality brands throughout the UK.

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Commenting on his new venture, Nader said, “I am elated to be part of such an enchanting and enigmatic property that is redefining the luxury hospitality experience for discerning guests. Given the Kingdom’s current surge in tourism and hospitality, in line with Vision2030, the opportunity presents an exciting challenge to elevate the already superior service and facilities.  Together with the team, we strive to uphold and raise the bar for luxury hospitality in Jeddah.”

With global, multi-brand experience, Nader’s wealth of industry know-how and fresh insights will be pivotal in leading the dynamic team to achieve new levels of success and enhanced guest satisfaction, ensuring Assila, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Jeddah, continues to provide world-class service and memorable experiences across its operations.

For more information about the hotel, please visit marriott.com

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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Unveils its New Vision in Saudi Arabia with Reimagined Spaces at Sheraton Jeddah Hotel

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Located on Jeddah’s waterfront, the transformed hotel is set to be a new hub for locals and travellers to connect and collaborate.


Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, has unveiled Sheraton Jeddah Hotel. The newly renovated hotel exemplifies the brand’s worldwide elevation of the guest experience, showcasing signature key elements from the new concept that create an environment where guests are truly at ease, whether working, meeting, or relaxing. Drawing on its roots as a community hub for locals and guests at flagship locations, the new approach for Sheraton creates an intuitive and holistic experience with places to connect and be productive.

“We are delighted to introduce Sheraton’s new design vision in Saudi Arabia and look forward to welcoming guests to discover the modernised look,” said Ahmed Hozaien, Area Vice President – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Egypt, Marriott International. “Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has a long-standing history in this market, and we are proud to build on this legacy showcasing the brand’s contemporary updates as part of its global transformation. The reimagining of Sheraton Jeddah Hotel reinforces our commitment to offering premium accommodation for leisure and business travellers who are seeking an elevated experience, while enjoying all the familiar comforts of the Sheraton brand.”

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Following extensive renovations, Sheraton Jeddah Hotel offers 172 redesigned guestrooms and suites. Guests are welcomed into a natural light-filled space with warm, residential appeal, along with new tools for productivity including a height-adjustable worktable with integrated power and charging stations, while still retaining some of the classic Sheraton signature amenities such as the iconic Sheraton Sleep Experience bed. Enhanced technology in the guestrooms include upgraded internet connectivity and 55-inch TVs with built-in Chromecast and live streaming. Flooded with natural light and featuring soft finishes and light wood tones, the guestrooms offer expansive views of the Red Sea.

The new lobby serves as the heart of the guest experience featuring a refreshed and contemporary aesthetic. Reimagined as a holistic, open space the elevated lobby features Sheraton’s signature design elements aimed to foster a sense of community and ignite productivity including the brand’s signature Community Tables, tech-enabled Studios, and purpose-built workspaces. In line with Sheraton’s elevated food and beverage philosophy, Thrive Café is the anchor of the public space, serving international and local flavours from morning to evening.

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The Sheraton Club offers break-taking views across the Red Sea. True to the brand’s vision, the exclusive space available to Marriott Bonvoy Elite members and guests who upgrade their stay, is welcoming, stylish, and purposefully designed for an engaging experience. Here guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast, evening appetisers, and a selection of refreshments.

Three elevated dining venues offer international and local cuisine, all-day dining and outdoor BBQ grills overlooking the Red Sea. Surrounded by local attractions, the hotel is located in a popular leisure destination for residents and travellers alike with direct access to explore the Red Sea’s coral reefs either snorkelling or diving. For guests seeking adventure, there is a vast range of entertainment facilities and cultural attractions nearby including the Fakieh Aquarium, Red Sea Mall, the old town of Al Balad, and The Royal Greens Golf and Country Club – with an 18-hole championship golf course.

Additional facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, Sheraton Fitness Centre for men and women, tennis and squash courts, five meeting rooms, and a ballroom with private access.

The iconic Sheraton Jeddah Hotel has been a landmark of the city’s waterfront for more than 30 years, with an exclusive location on the North Corniche, just 10-minutes’ walk from the Jeddah Corniche Circuit, home of Formula One in the country.

For more information and to book, please visit www.sheratonjeddah.com

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Marriott Executive Apartments Opens in the Heart of Al Khobar

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Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar brings sophisticated longer stays to Saudi Arabia’s Gulf coast.


Marriott Executive Apartments, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, announces the opening of Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar. Located within close proximity to the city’s premier shopping malls and business district, the upscale residential apartments cater to the rapidly growing demand for longer stay accommodations that offer home comforts for both business and leisure travelers.

Commenting on behalf of the owning company of Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Jumah, Chairman, Mansour bin Jumah Holding said: “We are delighted to introduce these elevated serviced apartments which will cater to travelers who seek short and long stay accommodation in a central city location. Suitable for a business trip, city escape, or family holiday, Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar will embrace new ways of living, offering travelers premium accommodation and comfort, combined with world-class service. We are also proud to contribute to the Kingdom’s thriving tourism sector and support Vision 2030.”

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Ahmed Hozaien, Area Vice President – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Egypt at Marriott International said: “We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of Marriott Executive Apartments in the vibrant city of Al Khobar. This opening offers the ideal fit for business and leisure guests who seek a sophisticated experience with amenities and services that mirror the comforts of home.”

Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar features  268 modern residential apartments. The spacious one, two, and three-bedroom apartments offer separate living, sleeping, and working areas so guests can enjoy a home-from-home experience during their stay. The property embodies the notion of sophisticated living combined with modern comforts, fulfilling its commitment to providing a full range of accommodations with the highest quality service standards.

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Guests can experience a variety of culinary options at the all-day dining restaurant, which is a meeting point for personal and professional get-togethers, with a bright, modern, and cozy ambiance. The casual, urban venue offers a delicious range of breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Guests also have the option to cook for themselves, with all apartments featuring a fully equipped kitchen, complete with a refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine, and cookware.

Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar features an array of wellness facilities for men and women. The dedicated space includes a state-of-the-art gym, a spa with six treatment rooms, each providing a variety of services to revitalize and rejuvenate the mind and soul, an indoor pool, and a female beauty salon.

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Catering to the needs of business professionals, Marriott Executive Apartments Al Khobar also offers an executive lounge with access to business facilities as well as a dedicated conference center with six meeting rooms.

For reservations, please visit  www.marriottexecutiveapartmentsalkhobar.com or call +9668481400

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Marriott Hotels Unveils Jeddah Marriott Hotel Madinah Road Nestled Between Saudi Arabia’s Two Holy Cities

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The Red Sea city welcomes new Marriott Hotel in the heart of the business district.


Marriott Hotels, the signature flag of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, announce the opening of Jeddah Marriott Hotel Madinah Road nestled between the Kingdom’s two Holy cities, Mecca and Madinah. Located in the central business district of Jeddah, the new hotel made up of two tower buildings is within close proximity to the city’s picturesque Corniche Waterfront, Jeddah International Exhibition & Conference Center and the King Abdulaziz International Airport.

The hotel is designed to reflect the newest global design vision for Marriott Hotels, featuring sophisticated and intuitively designed spaces for modern traveller, enabling guests to relax, work and find inspiration during their stay.

On behalf of the owners of the Jeddah Marriott Hotel Madinah Road, Engineer Faisal Mohammed Al Malik, Chief Executive Officer of Abdulmohsin Al Hokair Holding Group commented, We have always been pioneers in the tourism industry by investing in developments in key growth markets.  We are proud to contribute to the Kingdom’s tourism industry which is experiencing unprecedented growth and attracting investors and travellers from across the globe.   Through this collaboration with the Marriott International, we aspire to achieve success and believe that this hotel is a high-value addition to the hospitality landscape in Jeddah and the Kingdom overall.”

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Sandeep Walia, Chief Operating Officer, Middle East, Marriott International added, “We are excited to further expand the presence of our signature brand, Marriott Hotels, in Saudi Arabia.  The brand is an ideal fit in Jeddah with its thoughtful service and intuitive spaces that enable guests to be inspired during their stay.”

Setting the scene on arrival, guests are welcomed into a bright lobby surrounded by expansive glass windows and lined with flourishing olive trees. This sophisticated and serene space offers a place for guests to relax and connect. The theme of illumination continues from the lobby to the 274 thoughtfully designed guestrooms. Bathed with abundant natural light, each spacious guestroom features floor-to-ceiling windows and offer contemporary décor. Designed with comfort and flexibility in mind, the guestrooms offer space to work and relax, intuitive in-room amenities, deep soaking bathtubs and walk-in showers.

The hotel features M Club, an exclusive space reserved for Platinum, Titanium, and Ambassador Elite Marriott Bonvoy members and Club guests offering complimentary breakfast, beverages and hors d’oeuvres throughout the day. The M Club also offers the brand’s signature Mind Menu, a selection of delicious snacks and beverages with active ingredients to enhance mind and body. Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the M Club provides free Wi-Fi, printing services and power supplies to ensure uninterrupted productivity for business travellers.

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Guest are invited to enjoy three culinary experiences at the hotel including Sky View, a place to relax and unwind with friends from morning to evening over coffee and signature dishes while taking in panoramic views of the city. In the lobby, all-day dining venue, Olive Tree, offers an array of International and Arabic favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while Olive Terrace has a vibrant al fresco ambiance, with live cooking stations, light snacks, fresh juices and a variety of desserts.

The hotel sparks new ways of thinking and fosters collaboration across six state-of-the-art flexible meeting spaces and a Grand Venue, ideal for large conferences and lavish occasions of up to 600 guests. More than 690 square metres of event space is available, featuring contemporary styling and state-of-the-art technology, and an abundance of natural light, making it the ideal venue for business and social events. The hotel’s highly talented event and culinary team is available to curate unforgettable experiences catering to the needs of all types of events and meetings.

“We are delighted to arrive in the city known as the Bride of the Red Sea, with a premium hotel that sits in a coveted position within Jeddah’s business district. This is already an iconic hotel, with incredibly modern design elements both inside and out, beautifully contrasting the historic character of the city,” said Muntaser Allaf, General Manager, Jeddah Marriott Hotel Madinah Road.

Other facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre open 24 hours a day, an outdoor swimming pool and children’s pool. Guests seeking utmost relaxation can retreat to the hotel’s tranquil Saray Spa offering transformative and rejuvenating experiences. The hotel also offers a ladies-only salon, perfect for extended pampering.

Nearby retail highlights include Mall of Arabia and Red Sea Mall, two of the city’s most popular shopping destinations, and the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium is also within close proximity to the hotel.

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit our website, here

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Award-Winning Shang Palace Enters the Vibrant Jeddah Dining Scene

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The specialty restaurant arrives in the Kingdom bringing soulful, modern Chinese cuisine and master mixology into the city.


Jeddah is the chosen destination for the first Shang Palace restaurant in Saudi Arabia, joining a roster of 38 award-winning venues across the globe. The new venue combines traditional techniques with new generation energy and creativity to deliver the best Chinese food in the city and an experience like no other.

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Designed to feel like a sophisticated Chinese home, the décor infuses traditional Chinese motifs and Arabesque patterns, creating a see-and-be-seen space inspired by courtyard siheyuan houses where the service and ambiance are as exciting as the food.

Shang Palace takes diners on a multi-sensory journey through Sichuan, Yunnan, and Cantonese cuisines. Guests can enjoy a curated sound experience of the pinnacle of Asian heartfelt hospitality, whilst they indulge in an unforgettable Chinese meal.

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Set to become one of the restaurant’s key highlights, the crispy-skin Peking duck is roasted over fragrant plum wood chips in a glass-encased oven, one of the venue’s key aesthetic focal points. Other signature dishes include the colorful Wagyu Pastry Puff Dim Sums, Shang Palace Signature Camel Xiao Long Bao, Crispy Black Truffle Spring Rolls, the BBQ Lamb Ribs and many more.

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Shang Palace’s talented culinary team hails primarily from across China, bringing with them a wealth of experience, techniques, and skills. The team is helmed by Executive Chef Keith Yeap, the Malaysian Chinese national who boasts a distinguished career that includes several leading Chinese restaurants across Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, and Phnom Penh.

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“My cooking philosophy includes instilling innovation and passion into every dish,” said Chef Keith. “The Shang Palace Jeddah experience will bring a unique and fresh experience into the city presenting a variety of bold dishes and a relentless high standard for quality ingredients and heartfelt hospitality.”

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The Restaurant’s General Manager and Award-Winning Mixologist, Sanjin Dilaver, along with his team are always on hand to shake things up through the unique selection of zero-proof cocktails served at your table or at the bar whilst enjoying magical views of the Red Sea.

Asian-inspired mocktails featuring innovative presentations to delight the eyes as well as the tastebuds include The Forbidden Pearl and Lost in Time amongst one of Jeddah’s most inventive drinks menu.

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“It is the perfect time to enter the growing and vibrant Jeddah dining scene with the Shang Palace brand,” says Dilaver. “We hope that guests will enjoy not only our unique food and beverage experience, and the stunning environment, but also an unforgettable journey that reflects the vitality and energy of this city”.

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Alongside Chef Keith, the passionate duo plan to successfully position Shang Palace as the Kingdom’s most sought-after Chinese restaurant.

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Infinix Brings the Latest Mobile Technology to Saudi Arabia with the Launch of the Note 10

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Infinix mobiles enter the KSA market with the launch of the all-new premium smartphone, NOTE 10 on 7th July 2021.


Manufactured in China, Infinix mobiles are committed to building cutting-edge technology and fashionably designed dynamic mobile devices to create globally-focused intelligent life experiences through a combination of lifestyle and technology.

Showcasing a superfluid display, powerful MediaTek gaming processors, cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI)-powered camera and optimized 5000mAh battery with fast-charge technology, the NOTE 10 is crafted to enhance and optimize work and entertainment experiences for everyone.

“We know today’s smartphone enthusiasts want a device that balances style with the latest innovative technology for a truly immersive experience,” said Manfred Hong, Senior Product Director at Infinix. “There is a real demand for sleek mobiles backed by powerful technology, that also cater to the thriving gaming culture of the region in KSA, making it the ideal time to introduce Infinix through the Note 10. The NOTE 10 perfectly balances functionality; aesthetics, style, innovation, texture, and color functionality, to create the ideal, all-around device for professionals, entertainment lovers, everyday users alike.”infinix-note10-6-copy

A Stunning Visual Experience

The NOTE 10 creates the perfect viewing experience with a 6.95” full high definition (FHD+) display, and a 91% screen-to-body ratio with 480 nits of peak brightness and 1500:1 color contrast ratio for sharp, crystal clear visuals. Graphics and images seamlessness glide making it perfect for watching movies, scrolling content, or gaming. Certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue light, users will enjoy hours of use without suffering from eye fatigue and discomfort.

The NOTE 10 delivers stunning professional-quality images and beautiful nightscape imagery, both in daylight and at night. To capture amazing selfies, the NOTE 10 is equipped with a 16MP AI Beautify Selfie front-facing camera with two frontal flashes.

For ultra-smooth and effortless filming, the NOTE 10 offers 2K resolution shooting capabilities in both the front and rear cameras using leading video-enhancement algorithms from Imint’s Vidhance Video Stabilization solution and auto-blur video shooting. Now, users can capture their breathtaking moments with confidence.infinix-note10-3-copy

Packed with Power & Performance

MediaTek Helio G85 gaming processor for the NOTE 10, contains:

  • A 64-bit octa-core processor with two performance core ARM Cortex-A75 and six power-efficient core Cortex-A55 CPUs clocked at 2.0GHz and 1.8GHz respectively
  • One of the fastest GPUs, the ARM Mali-G52 MC2 GPU, clocking at 1GHz
  • Memory storage of 128 GB, 64 GB ROM, and 6 GB, 4 GB RAM

The Note 10 features a range of upgraded and new innovative technologies and features, such as:

  • A 5000mAh Battery and 18W Fast Charge Technology: The NOTE 10 offers users a 5000mAh battery with 18W quick charge. The batteries are integrated with Ultra Power Mode, providing an extra 38 hours of calling time when the battery reaches 5% capacity, 25% of battery backup with the Power Marathon Technology, and safe fast-charge technology.
  • Dar-link Ultimate Game Booster: The NOTE 10 incorporates Infinix’s Dar-link Ultimate Game Booster optimization engine software, which works with the smartphone’s hardware to improve graphic image stability and screen sensitivity. The software intelligently adjusts the operating speed of the CPUs and GPUs and allocates resources to improve images and movements in different gaming scenarios.
  • DTS Audio and AI Noise Cancelling: Providing a surround sound quality with support for high-frequency game scenes, the NOTE 10 are embedded with dual speakers, AI noise reduction sound technology, DTS audio processing, and sound localization.
  • Secure and Convenient Access Points: Users are able to access the NOTE 10 with a side-mounted fingerprint and 3D face unlock capabilities.
  • XOS 7.6: The XOS 7.6 software incorporated into the NOTE 10 provides users with tools such as Xnote 5.0 to take notes and write down ideas, X-Proof to obscure the screen when using the phone in public and Thunder Back Mode 2.0 easily accommodates two apps simultaneously on the same screen

infinix-note10-2-copyAvailability

The NOTE 10 will be priced at SAR 659. The series will be available from 7th July onwards and include variations based on customer and market demands. The Infinix Note 10 mobiles will be available in Al Haddad Stores, and online on AlHaddadShop.com and Noon.com

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Seven Restaurant Upgrades Seafood Night Offering with Marvelous, Family-Style, Meals

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Courtyard Riyadh Northern Ring Road.


Courtyard Riyadh Northern Ring Road takes guests on a culinary adventure from under the sea as Seven Restaurant upgrades its seafood night offer to an abundance of flavors with a refreshed service style and menu.

Available every Thursday from 7 pm to 11 pm, dining starts from SAR 170 per person with bountiful plates of fresh seafood served to the table to enjoy with those near and dear in a comfortable, family-friendly setting. Head Chef, Sofyan Alasmi, curates the menu to ensure each bite is bursting with extraordinary flavors, including hearty appetizers like cold mezzeh, seafood soup, and caesar salad along with four main course meals so that palates can enjoy the freshest and most succulent seafood in the city. A feast for the eyes and mouth, the dishes are set to change on rotation so loyal guests have something new to look forward to. Kids under 6 years can take delight in the Seafood Night at Seven Restaurant and dine for free and 50% off dining for kids up to 12 years.

Seven is highly symbolic across cultures. Embodying completion and perfection, Seven Restaurant has been designed with this in mind. Featuring striking décor, the open kitchen concept ensures guests seated indoors can immerse themselves in an unrivaled culinary show. Those seated on the outdoor terrace can enjoy sweeping views of the stunning Riyadh city skyline.

Courtyard Riyadh Northern Ring Road offers a truly pleasant getaway for business and leisure travelers to Riyadh, with seamless service, easy access to the city’s top tourist attractions, and exciting dining experiences to choose from, the new property is a must-visit hotel when traveling to the Kingdom.

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Glamorous European Flair Lands in Paradise this Summer with Debut of Le Merdien Maldives Resort & Spa

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Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, a 154-villa resort on the island of Thilamaafushi, welcomes creative-minded travellers to experience chic island living from 01 August 2021, when the stylish European-inspired brand is expected to make its debut in one of the world’s most captivating destinations.


Secluded in a southeastern pocket of Lhaviyani Atoll, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is located on Thilamaafushi, a natural island defined as “island surrounded by vast lagoon” in Dhivehi, the local parlance of the Maldives. Spanning nine hectares, the island is an eco-conscious haven abundant with indigenous flora and fauna, enveloped by a shimmering lagoon and coral reefs bursting with vibrant marine life, including pods of Manta Rays and turtles. The resort is accessible by a 35-minute seaplane journey north of Velana (MLE) International Airport, Malé.le-meridien-maldives-resort-spa_main-pool_beach-copy

Guests at Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa are invited to step out of their daily routine and into a glamorous getaway with notes of nostalgia. Every aspect of the resort’s design takes cues from the Paris-born brand’s mid-century design aesthetic and European heritage inspired by the era of glamorous travel, presented through a Maldivian lens. Enveloped by a shimmering lagoon with vast hues of Maldivian blues and fringing reefs abound with marine life, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa unlocks the charm of the Maldives in style, celebrating the destination’s iconic flat lagoons, endless blues, and pristine beaches through the distinctly European spirit of savouring the good life. At Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, guests can feel free to indulge in the simple pleasures of life – where wandering sans agenda and lingering longer is encouraged.le-meridien-maldives-resort-spa_private-sandbank-a-copy

The resort’s distinct timeless chic design is inspired by the formation of the Maldives Archipelago, emulating the Atoll’s unique topography, its bordering reefs, coral gardens, marine life, and underwater pinnacles known as “Thilas”. Interior and exterior design celebrate the Maldives’ distinct life and culture and vibrant landscape, fused with mid-century modern and Bauhaus aesthetics to present a resort that sits in harmony with the natural environment.

Each villa’s design evokes mid-century philosophies and unites the concept of art and industrial design with clean lines, a muted color palette, and a juxtaposition of renewable materials that foster simplicity, openness, and functionality. A selection of one and two-bedroom villas are tucked amongst the tropical landscape and dotted over the Indian Ocean and feature unparalleled views across the whitewashed beaches, the Indian Ocean, or turquoise lagoon. Families and groups will enjoy the Thilamaafushi Villa, a three-bedroom villa set in its own alcove of the island on the beach.le-meridien-maldives-resort-spa_overwater-villa-aerial-copy

Guests will be able to dine at six restaurants and bars showcasing global tastes and locally harvested produce, as well as enjoy treatments from sustainable international brands at Explore Spa by Le Méridien. The hotel will also take part in Le Méridien’s signature brand programs that evoke the glamour of a summer spent on the French Riviera. This includes “Au Soleil”, which encourages a summer state of mind with activations at “Golden Hour”, the magical hour at the end of a day under the sun; and Le Scoop by Le Méridien, which invites guests to pair a glass of rosé with a refreshing scoop of gelato or sorbet.

Families can take advantage of the Le Méridien Family and Kids’ Hub, with programming that ranges from day and night nature trails, a mini marine conservation program, folklore storytelling, sustainable art classes, and micro-green planting in The Greenhouse.  Families can also explore a purposefully curated menu of expeditions that include a nature safari, marine talks and coral restoration, family foraging and cooking classes in The Greenhouse, and expeditions to the resort’s wholly-owned private island, Bodu Finolhu as well as, a range of resort-wide experiences that nurtures discovery and conservation of the surrounding environment. The resort also presents a boutique lifestyle space that features an ocean-facing fitness studio and yoga pavilion as well as an interactive creative art studio for guests to stay balanced and inspired during their travel.

Rates start from USD 600 per night in a Sunrise Overwater Villa inclusive of breakfast and dinner*. Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is a participant of the Marriott Bonvoy™ program as a category five hotel. Members can redeem 35,000 points per night for a stay in the tropical isles.  For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.lemeridien-maldives.com.

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Savour the Good Life at Le Meridien Resort & Spa this Summer

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The summer is made for leisure, granting absolute freedom to create memories that last a lifetime.


Serendipitously in time for the holiday season, the renowned European-inspired brand Le Méridien makes its highly anticipated debut on the paradisical island of Thilamaafushi, Maldives. Opening its doors in August 2021, the property invites creative-minded travellers to unlock the astounding beauty of one of the most enchanting destinations in the world.

le-meridien-maldives-resort-spa_beach-copyNine hectares of the natural island with unique flora and fauna await visitors, as they are welcomed by lush greenery as far as the eye can see. The eco-conscious island is embraced by stunning coral reefs brimming with marine life, such as various species of turtles and Manta Rays. Pristine beaches kiss the Indian Ocean in this secluded pocket of harmony, inviting exploration and relaxation.

le-meridien-maldives-resort-spa_overwater-villa-h-copyAmidst turquoise clear waters lie 154 mid-century villas, lined up perfectly in a formation inspired by the formation of the Maldives Archipelago. An array of one, two, and three-bedroom villas designed with modern and Bauhaus aesthetics. Every aspect of the resort’s design takes cues from the Paris-born brand’s mid-century design aesthetic and European heritage inspired by the era of glamorous travel, presented through a Maldivian lens. Its distinct timeless chic design emulates the Atoll’s unique topography, its bordering reefs, coral gardens, marine life, and underwater pinnacles known as “Thilas”. To accompany the villas are six irresistible restaurants and bars, offering global cuisine and locally harvested produce.

le-meridien-maldives-resort-spa_arrival-platform_sunset-copyNature comes alive at Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, with endless discovery moments waiting to be uncovered. Explore the tropical haven in the day and immerse in the rich natural wonders, only to end the day under the glittering night sky. Continue the adventure with unforgettable expeditions like a nature safari, marine talks, coral restoration, and family foraging in one of the Maldives largest state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse.

le-meridien-maldives-resort-spa_main-pool_beach-a-copyThe resort lives in peaceful harmony with the natural beauty of the island. Without disruption, the resort sits visitors among the bustling marine life, witnessing nature at its finest. The range of experiences across the resort supports the sustainability values of Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, with educational talks on the wildlife and restoration expeditions. Guests can not only admire the unique environment but aid preservation of the delicate ecosystem.

Those in search of adventure, leisure, or a combination of both this summer are invited to experience Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa and its natural splendor. Rates start from USD 600 per night in a Sunrise Overwater Villa inclusive of breakfast and dinner*.

For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.lemeridien-maldives.com

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