KSA

  • Elaf Group ends tours to key countries in move to help promote Saudi tourism

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to experience a strong influx of visitors traveling to its holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. The number of religious tourists is even expected to surpass historical levels in the coming years. Recent news from Ministry of Hajj has shown that visiting hajj pilgrims are expected to increase to 5 million in the next five years, while Umrah performers are expected to reach 20 million in 5 years’ time.

  • Elaf Group expands presence in the KSA with coming opening of new 5-star hotel in Jeddah

    The Elaf Group of Companies, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has announced the coming opening of its latest five-star hotel in Jeddah. The latest addition to Elaf Group’s growing portfolio of hotels is part of its recent implementation of a strategic expansion initiative aimed at further reinforcing its leading presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s booming tourism and hospitality segment--in line with the goals and objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 to support the national economy and to promote tourism, particularly tourism for religious purposes, as a key contributor in the efforts to achieve a non-oil economy.

  • Elaf Group hosts Moroccan Food Festival at Elaf Jeddah Hotel Red Sea Mall

    Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company, has organized the Moroccan Food Festival at the Elaf Jeddah Hotel (Red Sea Mall) in Saudi Arabia. Launched under the theme ‘Food Festival that Brings You the Best & Diverse Moroccan Cuisine,’ the event was inaugurated by Abdullah Bakri VP Hotels, Elaf Group in the presence of Elaf’s senior officials like Mohammed Bin Mahfouz, VP Travel & Tourism and Mahfouz Husain CFO. Celebrity chefs Mohammed and Omar have specially been flown from Morocco to join the hotel’s kitchen team to serve a gastronomical feast of authentic, distinctive and flavoursome dishes to the guests.

  • Elaf Group looking to reinforce its position across foreign tourism market segment

    Recent industry reports have shown that more than 5.8 million tourists from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia travelled abroad in 2015, which reflects a 2.4 per cent increase as compared to 2014, with total expenses of around SAR 24.1 billion which indicate a growth rate of 11 per cent. According to these reports, the trips focused mainly on vacation travel, visits to relatives, business-related trips, study purposes, medical treatments and others.

  • Elaf Group optimistic about growth in KSA’s hospitality industry for 2016

    The Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has expressed key confidence in achieving strong growth for 2016 across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) thriving hospitality industry. The upbeat attitude of the company follows after a recent industry report showing that hotels in Makkah and Madinah witnessed strong growth in Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) in 2015. The full-year report states that Makkah experienced a seven per cent year-on year (Y-o-Y) increase in RevPAR while hotels in Madinah surged by eight per cent.

  • Elaf Group President cites key role of professional travel & tourism organizations in further developing Kingdom’s tourism industry

    Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President of the Elaf Group of Companies, cited the significant role played by local travel and tourism organizations and associations in the move to further develop the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) travel and tourism industry. Mahfouz pointed out that the presence of these organizations can largely contribute to many of the planned programs and initiatives aimed at bolstering the country’s tourism segment.

  • Elaf Group signs agreement to manage two new hotels in Madina al Munawara with AMAC Investment

    The Elaf Group of Companies, a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has announced the signing of an agreement with AMAC Investment. The agreement was signed between Mr. Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President, Elaf Group and Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin Mohammed AlMashal, Chairman, AMAC Investment. Also present during the signing ceremony were Mr. Abdullah Bakri, Vice President, Elaf Hotels and Mr. Mohammed Al Omran, Chief Executive Officer, AMAC Investment. Under the terms of the agreement, Elaf Group will manage and operate two new hotels, the Elaf Mashal Al Madina and the Elaf Mashal Al Salam.

  • Elaf Group successfully concludes strategic series of Hajj and Umrah marketing tours in key countries

    Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has announced the successful conclusion of its global Hajj and Umrah marketing tours. Elaf recently participated in the 19th International Forum for Religious Tourism in Egypt; the 19th Forum of Tourism Services and Hotels (Umrah Services) in Morocco and Turkey; and the 7th International Travel Mart in Indonesia to attract religious travelers to Saudi Arabia and help enrich the spiritual experience of all Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.

  • Elaf Group throws spotlight on India’s culinary tradition during Indian Food Festival 2016 in Jeddah

    Elaf Group has organized the Indian Food Festival 2016 which was held recently at the Elaf Jeddah Hotel Red Sea Mall. The festival was inaugurated by B. S. Mubarak, Consul General of India in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Bakri VP Hotels and Mohammed Bin Mahfouz VP Travel & Tourism for Elaf Group. Launched as “A food festival that brings you the best of Indian cuisine from diverse regions,” the event featured the celebrated Chef Gaurav Malhotra and his team to showcase a variety of unique and distinctive dishes in the celebration of the country’s refined culinary tradition.

  • Elaf Group to launch series of marketing tours to promote Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism sector

    The Elaf Group of Companies, a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, will launch its series of strategic marketing tours to select countries across continents in a bid to further boost Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism industry. During its stopovers in Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Indonesia, Tunis in Tunisia, and the United Kingdom starting October of this year, the Group is expected to unveil its new attractive packages for travelers planning to visit the Kingdom as well as highlight and promote popular local tourist attractions.

  • Elaf Group to showcase Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism sector across the world

    The Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, will be showcasing Saudi Arabia’s tourism opportunities through strategic marketing tours across different countries in the month of October 2016. The Group will be visiting Istanbul, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jakarta, Indonesia to highlight attractive tour packages and the wide range of cultural offerings that the Kingdom has to offer especially for religious tourism.

  • Elaf Group unveils new summer destination packages for families

    Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, has announced new key destinations for outbound travelers looking to take their families on summer holidays this year with an array of choices across the region including Turkey and Egypt, select countries in Far East and South Asia, and major theme parks in Europe and the United States. The packages also include cruising trips along the waters of Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, France, and Croatia, with accommodation, taxes and meals included.

  • Elaf highlights its hotels in the holy cities and Jeddah at ATM 2015

    The Elaf Group of Companies for Travel, Tourism and Hotels is participating at this year’s edition of the Arabian Travel Market, the Middle East region’s leading annual travel trade exhibition, which is being held from May 4 to May 7, 2015 in Dubai. During the show, Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President of the Elaf Group, is expected to throw the spotlight on its hotels located across major cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, particularly its hotels in Makkah, Madina and the upcoming property in Jeddah (Elaf Galleria).

  • Elaf hotel executive named as ‘Best Receptionist’ at 2016 Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards

    The Elaf Group, a SEDCO holding company, has revealed that Abdullah Al Sahli, working at the Elaf Al Mashaer Hotel in Makkah Al Mukarramah, has won the ‘Best Receptionist’ category of this year’s Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards (SETA 2016), which was held recently at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre (RICEC). The award was given in recognition of Al Sahli’s key contributions and exemplary performance as a hotel receptionist-besting out other executives from other noteworthy hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

  • Elaf inaugurates new all-female staffed call center in Jeddah

    The Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, recently opened a new all-female staffed call center in Jeddah as part of the group's continuing efforts to provide exceptional Shari'a compliant travel, tourism and hospitality services to all its customers. The new facility has been inaugurated to allow customers easy access to key services like hotel network e-booking, customized packages and exclusive offers & promotions. The move is seen as a key driver in helping address the needs of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims by helping them arrange for a fully planned pilgrimage--an end-to-end package that can help enhance the spiritual experience.

  • ELM reveals overwhelming response from its successful participation at GITEX 2017

    ELM, a leader in innovative solutions and owned by the Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), revealed its successful participation at the recently concluded 37th edition of GITEX Technology Week (GITEX 2017), which ran from October 8 to October 12, 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

  • ELM reveals successful participation at GITEX Technology Week 2016 with wide praise and attention received from visitors and business leaders

    ELM, a leader in innovative solutions and owned by the Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), revealed its successful participation at the recently concluded edition of GITEX Technology Week 2016, the leading ICT event for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, which ran from October 16 to October 20, 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). During their presence at the weeklong event, ELM showcased its newest range of electronic services and solutions for business and government segments, which received great praise and commendation from visitors and participating business leaders. The company’s move to cast the spotlight on its latest portfolio of offerings complements the KSA’s efforts to develop solutions that are in compliance with high quality and innovative standards while also aiming to achieve a knowledge-based economy.

  • ELM to participate in Gitex Technology Week 2015

    ELM, a leading Saudi provider of innovative IT, outsourcing, training and consultancy solutions owned by the Saudi Ministry of Finance’s Public Investment Fund, has successfully concluded all preparations for its participation in the 35th Gitex Technology Week. The 2015 edition of Gitex, the leading ICT business gateway in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, will be held from October 18 to 22, 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) under the slogan ‘The Internet: Future of Everything’. ELM will be unveiling cutting-edge e-services and innovative solutions in support of Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation.

  • Emerson's new Middle East training program welcomes Saudi graduates

    Emerson Automation Solutions has started their Beginners Integration Training (BIT) Program this month, recruiting 15 Saudi nationals who have recently graduated from top universities and institutes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States. The recruitment and training program, which is consistent with Emerson’s global commitment to invest in local resourcing and communities where its customers are, is planned to be conducted annually with a minimum of 15 graduates who will be hired to full-time positions with the company each year.

  • Emirates A380 lands in Riyadh for 88th National Day with one-off flight

    Emirates today operated a special one-off A380 service to Riyadh in celebration of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day. Upon landing at 1550hrs at King Khalid International Airport, the aircraft was met with a ceremonial water cannon salute.