Auchi receives Goias Governor, promotes business
Rodrigues Filho calls on Arab,
British businessmen to invest in Brazil’s Goias
LONDON 8 December 2006
Chairman of General Mediterranean
Holding Group, Nadhmi Auchi, held a reception
honouring Brazil’s Governor of Goias, Alcides
Rodrigues Filho, and the official trade
delegation accompanying him, at the Cavalry &
Guards Club in London.
In his address during the event, Auchi said,
“Our group is honoured to receive Mr Rodrigues
Filho in London to take a closer look at our
business activities, and to discuss potential
investment of the Group in the State of Goias.”
Auchi added, “Brazil’s fast growing economy is a
promising place for investment that we would not
like to miss out on. We equally encourage Arab
and British investors to pay attention to the
proposed projects there, which are worthy of
being studied ahead of investment.”
On his part, Governor Rodrigues Filho assured
that Brazil's economy is on the rise, and
investors are welcome to take part and profit
from such ventures.
"During a time when some areas in the world are
facing recession, our state, and Brazil in
general, is witnessing an increase in production
and export rates. And this increase is not
limited to the traditional agricultural sector,
but includes all other industrial and service
sectors as well," said Rodrigues.
Present at the reception, which also included an
exchange of gifts between the host and his wife,
and the guest of honour and his wife, were a
number of ministerial officials from the Goias
State, Arab Ambassadors to London, and Arab &
Le Royal Hammamet Celebrates 10th Anniversary
H E Tijani Haddad (right) with Mr & Mrs Auchi
Tunisia's Tourism Minister acknowledges
contribution of Nadhmi Auchi to success of
Yasmine Hammamet tourist city.
HAMMAMET, Tunisia 25 November 2006
Celebrations that were originally planned to
mark the tenth anniversary of the launch of Le
Royal Hammamet Hotel in Tunisia became a
symbolic ceremony marking the development of
Yasmine Hammamet tourist city, one of the
country's top tourist attractions and one of the
Mediterranean's notable sites.
Tunisian Minster of Tourism, Tijani Haddad, said
in a speech during the gala event, "Trust in
Tunisia's stable future was behind launching Le
Royal Hammamet Hotel."
Haddad praised the efforts of Nadhmi Auchi,
Chairman of General Mediterranean Holding Group
and founder of the Le Royal Hotels chain
(five-star hotels in many Arab and European
countries) acknowledging his role in making
Yasmine Hammamet tourist city what it is today.
During his speech at the ceremony, Auchi said
that the President of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine
Ben Ali, "had perceived early in the day the
exceptional importance of Southern Hammamet and
gave the go ahead to make the city a tourist
site of the first degree."
"However," Auchi continued, "such an ambitious
project, built on bare land, was in need of
adventurous investors who have great trust in
the people and stability of Tunisia, and I have
taken that risk, along with General
Mediterranean Holding Group, that I am honoured
Auchi added, "Le Royal Hammamet Hotel differs
from other hotels in the area; it is not just a
hotel, it is the 'founding stone' of Yasmine
Hammamet tourist city. This calm city can claim
to be the crown of Tunisia's tourism sites, and
it's not an exaggeration to say that it a
distinguishable jewel among other tourist sites
in the whole of the Mediterranean region."
Declaring the start of a new project by the Le
Royal Hammamet, Auchi said, "after ten years of
hard work and success, we are now renewing the
hotel with untraditional projects; we shall add
a health compound which includes a beauty
section and a centre for physiotherapy."
After investing millions of dollars, the new
project, which aims to attract tourists from all
over the world, bids to compete with leading
international health compounds.
Present at the ceremony were over 25 Arab and
foreign ambassadors to Tunisia, heads of tourism
companies, journalists and guests from around
the world - who enjoyed the gala of music and
The hotel's distinguished members of staff were
awarded prizes and gifts by Auchi.
The Tourism Minister Mr Haddad gave Mr Auchi a
present as a token of appreciation for his
efforts. Le Royal staff followed by presenting
Mr Auchi an emblem to thank him for his
A1 Team Lebanon participates in 2006/07 season
The new season
starts in Zandvoort, Netherlands
Beschir, Rahal, Shaaban
will be on driver line-up for 2006/07 A1GP season
joined by Khateeb.
BEIRUT, Lebanon 2 September 2006
A1 Team Lebanon will return to the A1GP
World Cup of Motorsport for its second season
of competition. Khalil Beschir, Graham Rahal and
Basil Shaaban will continue to represent Lebanon
in this international motor racing series, and
they will be joined by Alex Khateeb for the coming
Khateeb, 22, will participate in the new A1GP
rookie session at the start of each race weekend.
Beschir, Rahal and Shaaban are excluded from participating
in this session as the Series rules dictate that
participants must not have competed in more than
three A1GP races.
The A1 Team Lebanon driver for the first race
in Zandvoort will be chosen following final testing
this week which is being attended by Beschir,
Khateeb and Shaaban. Rahal will start his A1GP
season with Team Lebanon at Brno.
Tameem Auchi, Seatholder for A1 Team Lebanon,
says of his driver line-up, Weve retained
our drivers from the first year of A1GP which
gives us continuity and the scope to keep developing
the team over the course of the season. We welcome
Alex to the team and to give him the chance to
experience the power and performance of the A1GP
car in the rookie session. We have four young,
committed, talented drivers who will be proud
to represent Lebanon in the A1GP Series and were
looking forward to the first race in the Netherlands
A1 Team Lebanon is one of over 20 countries represented
in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. The Series,
in its second year of competition, will travel
the globe showcasing highly competitive, exciting
racing which pits nation against nation in identical
cars. The new season starts in Zandvoort, Netherlands
from 29 September 1 October this year.
For all the information
on the team visit
Le Royal Hotels sponsors
OAG Airline of the Year 2006
the award to General Manager Europe for Cathay
Cathay Pacific crowned
OAG Airline of the Year at dazzling
Oscars of the Airline Industry at
Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
LONDON 18 May 2006
Pacific was crowned OAG Airline of the Year
2006 at the annual OAG Airline of the Year
Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel in London sponsored
by Le Royal Hotels Group for the second year running.
a dazzling ceremony considered the Oscars
of the Airline Industry, Continental Airlines
took the title of Best Airline based
in North America for the third consecutive year
as well as Best Business/Executive Class
for the fourth year running.
was named Best Low Cost/No Frills Airline
for the first time beating heavyweights EasyJet,
Southwest airlines and 2005 winner Virgin Blue.
Bell, Chairman of OAG, honoured renowned travel
journalist and broadcaster Alan Whicker with a
Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable
career of almost 60 years.
Airline of the Year Awards celebrates the very
best in global air travel and publicly recognizes
the highest standards within the industry. OAG
provides the databases for the airlines industry
that includes the timetables for 300+ airlines
and covers over 3000 airports worldwide.
Abid, Chief Executive Officer of Le Royal Hotels,
was among an array of distinguished figures present
at the Le Royal- sponsored ceremony. Le Royal
is the hotel and leisure division of GMH Group
headed by Arab businessman Nadhmi Auchi.
Royal Luxembourg, which opened 21 years ago is
our flagship hotel and since then we have gradually
expanded with other five star hotels. Le Royal
also owns and operates Le Royal Hammamet, Tunisia;
Le Royal El-Minzah, Tangiers, Morocco, Le Royal
Beirut, Lebanon and Le Royal Amman, Jordan; both
considered landmarks in the Lebanese and Jordanian
capitals. The majority of them are members of
the Leading Hotels of the World and two are soon
to be affiliated with the Preferred Hotels Group.
The group also owns hotels in Madrid, Egypt and
South of France, Abid said in his speech.
noted that Le Royal Group has added close to 1500
extra rooms in Egypt and Lebanon, in the past
year, to further expand and strengthen its position
in the luxury hotel industry in the Middle East.
Group is currently refurbishing its hotels in
the French Riviera and will soon launch Le Royal
Boutique Hotel in Cannes, he added.
emphasized the need for cooperation between the
airline and the hotel industries in order to allow
a better integration between the two.
is currently in the planning stage of building
Le Royal London, a landmark complex that is set
to dominate the London landscape.