Le Royal Hotels is official sponsor of OAG Airline of the Year Awards for third year running

In previous years the results have thrown up some interesting surprises as well as some perennial favourites. On behalf of OAG and its customers, we congratulate all the winners and nominees for representing the very best in global air travel.”
Lifetime Achievement Award EasyJet founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, was presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award by The Princess Royal. His Lifetime Achievement Award recognised the impact that EasyJet and the easyGroup had made on the European aviation and travel scene. Alan Glass praised Stelios for his remarkable entrepreneurial achievements in a comparatively short ‘lifetime’.
Outstanding Service Award The recipient of the Outstanding Service Award was Maria Sabbah, BMED sales manager in Lebanon . The award recognised her dedication and inspiring leadership during the aftermath of the air attacks on Beirut and its international airport. Maria, who received her award from BMED CEO, David Richardson, helped hundreds of stranded passengers from all airlines to find their way home safely from Lebanon .
During the award ceremony, which was hosted by sports broadcaster Steve Rider, the CEO of Visit London, James Bidwell, took the stage to welcome the gathered airline and travel industry executives to London. He told them that air travel was vital to the city and the UK’s continued prosperity, as well as its position as an international economic hub. He recognised, however, the need to balance the economic importance of tourism with measures to improve the sustainability of the city and looked forward to working with the airlines.
The annual “OAG Airline of the Year Awards” celebrates the very best in global air travel and publicly recognises the highest standards within the industry. The Awards are in association with TravelPlus; Le Royal Hotels was the Official Sponsor of the event, and Boeing was the champagne reception sponsor.
Le Royal Hotels, an exclusive chain of landmark hotels and resorts, is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It first opened its doors in the heart of Luxembourg’s financial centre in September 1984, just 2 years after the first OAG awards.
Le Royal Luxembourg, with its Five Star Diamond Award, remains the Group’s flagship hotel and has been named by Conde Naste Traveller Magazine the 31st best hotel in Europe in its top 50. Expansion has since seen the opening of hotels in Morocco, Tunisia, Beirut and Jordan and more openings are planned.
The Group prides itself on each property having its own dynamic character and special features, with its international award winning restaurants and exotic spa treatments.
Just as tonight is a Royal occasion, so Le Royal Hotels have also hosted Royalty, politicians and stars of screen and stage.
Perhaps what sets Le Royal apart is its mixture of European origin and expertise combining with Levantine luxury, Mediterranean hospitality and North African mystique. Le Royal highlights excellence and a commitment to service. This is why they sit so comfortably with the OAG Airline of the Year Awards.

Auchi funds ‘best and biggest’ dialysis centre in UK

Baroness Symons and Auchi among attendants of the opening ceremony

Iraqi businessman helps fund largest facility for renal services in Europe, further research on kidney disease.
London’s Hammersmith Hospital Wednesday celebrated the opening of a new centre that would help treat more kidney disease patients and help conduct further vital research on the subject.
The ‘Auchi Dialysis Unit’ was named after Iraqi businessman Nadhmi Auchi who funded the project.
Emphasising the importance of the new centre, Sir Tom Lang, chairman of the hospital’s trust, said that it is “the best and biggest centre in the UK, if not in the whole of Europe,” adding that there are cases in the UK that can only be treated in the new unit.







Baroness Symons thanks Auchi




“The West London Renal and Transplant Centre, of which the Auchi Dialysis Centre is a part, is the largest dedicated facility for renal services in Europe. We have improved survival rates by a quarter since opening and provide 10% of haemodialysis carried out in England. I am pleased that we are officially marking the achievements of the dialysis centre,” said Derek Smith, Chief Executive of the centre.
Adding her voice to the tone of appreciation of the project, Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean said that the patients she visited “spoke highly of the care they are getting.”
Addressing Auchi at the ceremony, the Baroness concluded, “Thank you very much for [providing] the ability to do more research into kidney disease. We owe you a very big debt.”
In conclusion, Auchi said: “I am impressed by the breadth of specialist treatment provided by the clinical staff on a daily basis and am delighted to be able to contribute to this world-class centre so that it can continue to provide excellent care to its patients.”
Auchi has also created a trust fund for the West London Renal and Transplant Centre that will give training fellowships for doctors wanting to specialise in transplantation or nephrology. The centre will also train Arab doctors on crucial treatments of such a disease.
Auchi also announced that he is sponsoring a charity hospital dedicated to help Iraqis living in Damascus, Syria as part of lifting the suffering of those who were forced to move there due to the current situation in his home country Iraq.
In addition to being a prominent businessman, Nadhmi Auch is also the President of the Anglo Arab Organisation, an NGO body set to attempt building economic and cultural bridges between the peoples of the Arab world and the West