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Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait 2014


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The new face of the Radisson Blu Hotel

50 Wolfgang M. Neumann

Editor in Chief Abdul Ilah Marafie

52 Kurt Ritter 56 Tribute to Husain Marafie 66 The return of Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait 74 Anniversary celebrations

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Advertising & Correspondence Radisson blu Hotel Kuwait Sales & Marketing Department P.O. Box : 26199, 13122 Safat, Kuwait Tel : 2567 3000 Fax: 2565 2999 E mail: sales.kuwait@radissonblu.com www.radissonblu.com/hotel-kuwait Published for Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait

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THE NEW FACE OF THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL, KUWAIT C O N T I N U I N G

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The new outline of the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait with its recently added Sky Lounge enhances the existing maritime theme. The hotel viewed from the side is shaped like a modern cruise ship and appears to be following in the wake of the two traditional dhows, Al Mohammedi II and Al Hashemi II as they head out to sea. Mohammedi II, known as Al Boom, was the first of the dhows to take up her berth in dry dock next to the hotel in 1981. For more than thirty years, diners have enjoyed the experience of eating seafood and steak in a truly unique setting in the Al Boom

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Restaurant. Waiters are dressed in traditional clothing, and the bread is freshly baked in ovens outside. After the meal, coffee and dates are served upstairs in a room filled with memorabilia of a bygone era of sail.The next dhow to join the fleet was the Al Ghazeer which offers catered Gulf cruises. Now berthed in a port further up the coast, the Al Ghazeer can cater for up to 21 persons. The final addition to the fleet, Al Hashemi II, opened to the public in 2000. As with Al Boom, she is a seaworthy vessel, but is in dry dock too, positioned as if ready to set sail. Al Hashemi II is a major landmark for Kuwait,


and can be seen from a great distance due to her substantial proportions. Within her hull is the elegant Abdul Husain Marafie Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 1000 guests in a number of different configurations. The hand carved beams which form the skeleton of this great ship were all hand gilded, highlighting their fine hand carved patterns. Handmade giant brass lanterns hang from the ceiling, and shine down onto the parquet flooring. The combination of history, tradition and grandeur adds something very special to any event held in this unique setting.

CLOCKWISE FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Redeveloped Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait; the modern bright and welcoming lobby

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EXTERIOR The front of the hotel retains echoes of its former design though its new glass facade presents a more contemporary style. The entrance area has a large canopy with two water features providing a waterfall effect. Behind the water features are palm trees and a small garden.

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HOTEL RECEPTION As you step into the lobby and reception area, you will be welcomed by staff at satellite style desks in an informal and friendly setting.

THE WATER WALL The new lobby combines neutral, contemporary Scandinavian style with rich Arabic design. Marble floors, chandeliers and glass walls complemented by contemporary furnishings come together to provide comfort within a modern setting. As you pass through the lobby, the gentle and calming sound of water greets you from the six metre by three metre water wall. Taking up a sizeable area of wall space in the lobby next to the Eedam Cafe, it is a striking feature with its polished Indian black granite and dark marble base. Comprising of 2 pcs of granite with a total weight of 16 tons. The granite has been carved

Lobby Lounge

to create special reflections as the water runs over it. LED lights from below illuminate and enhance the beauty of the constantly flowing water. The water wall was manufactured in Germany and utilises specialist technology to produce a water flow rate of 150 – 200 litres per minute. Incorporated into the design are both a submersible pump and a water treatment system which controls the pureness of the water. The sound of running water has long been known to have beneficial effects, and guests will be able to relax and unwind while they have a coffee in the Cafe or meet friends in the lobby.

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ROOMS

And Relax “And Relax” is designed to de-stress and to soothe all the senses. The decor is soft and sensuous, chilled-out and inviting. Bright and uplifting shades of raspberry contrast against carved wood creating an atmosphere of calm and relaxation.

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Staying true to the Radisson Blu brand’s standards and commitment to providing the best possible stay, there are three distinctive styles of room decor; Naturally Cool, And Relax, and NY Mansion House. The hotel offers its guests 191 guest rooms including 6 Junior

Suites, 16 Executive Suites, 6 Deluxe Suites, one Admiral Suite, and one Presidential Suite. All rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, mini bar and in room safe,TV sets and free high speed WiFi internet access.


Naturally Cool Guests may choose from any of our 111 rooms in either “Naturally Cool” or “And Relax” which are located on the first and second floor. “Naturally Cool” is the embodiment of Nordic coolness in every sense of the word. A soft blue and neutral colour palette is enlivened by hints of vivid neon and metallic. Smooth blonde wood and touch-me textiles complete the sleek, clean and modern line features throughout.

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NY Mansion House “NY Mansion House�, a strong and indulgent modern update on the traditional but sophisticated uptown mansion house. Richly coloured fabrics inject opulence and energy, while earthly wood tones give depth. Tactile textured surfaces and faux fur accessories add warmth and individuality. The Business Class Rooms are located on the third floor, and are equipped with special amenities and extras including Nespresso machines with an assortment of coffees, daily newspapers, lifestyle magazines, and breakfast with room service option.

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The junior suites offer an elegant living room with sitting and working areas and an LED television. In the separate bedroom there is a king-sized bed with an ensuite bathroom featuring separate shower and bathtub with TV. In executive suites you will find an elegant living room with spacious sitting and working areas and an LED television. In the separate bedroom there is a king-sized bed with an ensuite bathroom featuring separate shower and bathtub with TV. Our deluxe suites on the second floor have an elegant living room with spacious sitting, dining and working areas and an LED television. In the separate bedroom there is a king-sized bed with an ensuite bathroom featuring separate shower and bathtub with TV. These suites have a beautiful sea view.


Situated on the third floor, the admiral suite has an elegant living room with spacious sitting, dining and working areas, an LED television, stereo, DVD and video player and it’s overlooking the sea. In the separate bedroom there is a king-sized bed with an ensuite bathroom featuring separate shower and bathtub with TV. The Presidential Suite offers 153 square metres of

sheer indulgence and luxury. Situated on the third floor, it has an elegant living and mini boardroom comprising of sitting and working areas, an LED television, stereo, DVD and video player. In the separate bedroom there is a king-sized bed with an ensuite bathroom featuring a tub and a shower.The suite has a stunning sea view from the living room and the bedroom.

CLOCKWISE FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Executive Suite; Bedroom, Bathroom, Living and Dining Room

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The Presidential suite The Presidential Suite, situated on the 3rd floor, with a stunning Sea View, offers 153 Square Meters of sheer indulgence and Luxury fit for Royalty. Elegantly furnished all around, the living room is aptly equipped with Bang & Olufsen’s uniquely crafted 3D TV, with a built-in DVD/CD & Bang & Olufsen’s iconic Speakers to complete an in house Cinematic experience.

The Mini Boardroom / Dining area is exquisitely designed and features seating for 8 at a uniquely crafted Marble table, with a Bang & Olufsen 46” LCD (LED) TV hanging beautifully on the wall. The separate Royal Bedroom features a king size bed with a Bang & Olufsen 40” LCD (LED) TV, an ensuite bathroom with a luxurious tub, shower, an LCD TV & of course Bang & Olufsen speakers. Truly fit for a King!

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE Presidential Suite; Bathroom, Guest Room, Dining and Living Room


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This is Kuwait’s ultimate rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf. This Executive Lounge will provide business executives and VIPs with a dedicated facility where they can relax in comfort, read the newspaper, or access the internet. Guests may choose to sit indoors or outdoors on the spacious terrace. Suite and business class guests can eat breakfast in the lounge, hold an informal business meeting, or just relax with a drink after a busy day. The staff offers a full range of concierge services including

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Sky lounge at Sunrise, Interior and exterior view


check-in and check-out, airline reservation reconfirmations, dinner reservations, taxis etc. A self-service counter for snacks is available all day and into the evening. With access to WIFI and two computer work stations, it offers a pleasant work environment too. The board/ meeting room accommodates six persons for meetings or other functions.

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Based in the hotel lobby, the Eedam Café is the place to sit, relax and meet friends and colleagues for both guests and visitors to the hotel. A high speed WiFi connection and power points make this a place where guests can also access information on their laptops or other communication devices. Comfortable sofas, soothing background music, and a calm ambience combine to make this the perfect place to spend time and enjoy a light snack or delicious cake or pastry along with an espresso or specialty coffee.

A pianist performs each evening. If you need some flowers for a special occasion, or perhaps some cakes and pastries, or freshly baked bread, the Eedam Café is a one-stop shop. You can even order your Chinese takeaway or other dishes from our extensive hotel menu from the café.

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Al Bustan Restaurant has a new design which retains its cozy and warm ambience, but adds a more contemporary style to its furnishings and atmosphere. Walls of glass overlook its terrace, and diners can sit in chairs or sofas in a variety of seating configurations. Elevated areas offer privacy for groups and families. A series of ‘food islands’ allow guests to browse and savour the international buffet. The display kitchen offers ‘a la minute’ production of dishes to order. From the a la carte menu guests can choose from a wide choice of fresh seafood, pasta and typical Arabic and Mediterranean dishes presented in a contemporary and innovative style. 20

Clockwise Al Bustan table set-up, Buffet counter


The Al Bustan Terrace is located outside the Al Bustan Restaurant, and stretches towards the Viking Club. With a view of Al Hashemi, the terrace is divided into two areas; the first is paved and landscaped with the special feature of the ‘Kugel’, and the second has date palms and is a slightly raised area. This versatile area has outdoor furniture and can be set up in many different ways as required for functions or day to day dining. In the cooler months, BBQ and other food stations are set up on the terrace for themed evenings.

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The award winning Peacock Restaurant has long been an institution in Kuwait, and is renowned for its exceptional food. Prior to the start of the renovation of the hotel, the Peacock won the 2010 Service Hero Award for Kuwait, despite competition from some 27 competitors in a range of industries from airlines to cars. It has now re-opened with a new look, and offers a mouthwatering range of dishes from mainland and coastal China. The atmosphere has been enhanced by wood, glass and cloth decorations along with paintings and framed Chinese artifacts. The new Peacock continues to amaze and delight its regulars and new guests alike.

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Although a relatively young nation, Kuwait has a distinguished maritime heritage. As far back as 1760, visitors to what was then a small town by the sea reported that the port was a busy hub. Historical accounts speak of the harbour having the capacity to accommodate up to 800 fishing, pearling and trading vessels. Kuwaiti ship owners had their own fleets of dhows, and there were shipwrights who could build and repair their ships in the harbour. Traders carried dates to Karachi, Bombay, Mangalore and the Malabar Coast. Their ships returned with rice, spices, cloth and materials such as wood, rope and tiles. The journey to India took between two and three weeks, and with time in port, a merchant could expect to make two or three trips a year.

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Kuwait’s dhows continued to ply the Gulf and the waters of the Arabian Sea until the start of the twentieth century when a number of factors signalled the demise of the trading and pearling dhow. The growth in modern large cargo ships and air freight along with other forms of transport coupled with the development of the cultured

pearl meant that the dhow was relegated to being used mainly for transporting cargo for short distances or for fishing. Fortunately for Kuwait, this coincided with the discovery of significant oil reserves below its desert sands. Abdul Husain Marafie was a man of vision who realised the importance of preserving

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and recording Kuwait’s past. Chairman of the owing company of the SAS Hotel, as the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait was called then; he decided to commission a dhow to be used as a restaurant for the hotel. He turned to his close friend a former sea captain, Mohammed Al Maskati, for advice on this project. Mohammed Al Maskati suggested that he should visit Beypore in India on the

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Malabar Coast as many Kuwaiti dhows had been built there. It was on this stretch of coast that Mohammedi I, the largest ever of all Kuwaiti dhows was built for Husain Marafie’s grandfather in 1916. He sought out the Barami family who owned the shipyard where this great vessel had been constructed. It was agreed that a new smaller dhow would be built using the original drawings for Mohammedi I.


In 1979, the keel was laid. Construction took a further two years during which time Husain Marafie and Mohammed Al Maskati paid 18 visits to the shipyard to supervise and oversee the project. Among those workers building the new dhow were descendants of those who had worked on Mohammedi II. When finally completed in 1981, Mohammedi II was towed by tug to Kuwait over a ten day period. In Kuwait, a team had constructed a dry dock in front of the hotel. A large group of chanting sailors hauled the dhow ashore using ropes and traditional methods. Once Mohammedi II was fixed into her berth, carpenters from the shipyard travelled to Kuwait to put the finishing touches to transform the vessel into the restaurant known by all as Al Boom.

Her masts were erected and her rigging was set while wood carvers fashioned designs on her interior beams. Lamps were brought from Syria, and carved tables, chairs and other furniture were sourced. A kitchen was added, and upstairs a comfortable diwaniya was furnished for diners to retire to after dinner for dates and coffee. Al Boom is the class of dhow that Mohammedi II belongs to, and so this was chosen as the name for the restaurant. Since opening, Al Boom has been a perennial favourite of residents and visitors alike. The restaurant has hosted State and government functions and welcomed Presidents, Prime Ministers, and members of royalty and continues to be one of Kuwait’s most popular and renowned restaurants.

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MEETINGS MADE EASY K U WA I T

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The hotel’s ballroom has undergone major renovation. With a capacity to comfortably accommodate 200 persons, this 360 square metre ballroom also offers a number of configurations using partitions. Guests can meet in the pre-function area before entering the ballroom. There are also three adjacent meeting rooms. All areas are equipped with modern audio visual and communications equipment. Both the ballroom and the lobby area outside it have double doors providing access for vehicles for car launch events.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Theatre and Wedding set-up in the Dasman Ballroom

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EXPERIENCE MEETINGS BY RADISSON BLU Radisson Blu hotels “EXPERIENCE MEETINGS” concept is your guarantee of 100% Guest Satisfaction for all meeting bookers, and delegates. It delivers a fresh approach to meetings and events bringing together and harmonizing every essential detail of each and every meeting or event. It includes an innovative approach to menus; “BRAIN FOOD” which ensures that when you meet with us, the chefs and nutritionists will take care of your mind. “BRAIN BOX” provides break out meeting rooms that touch all the senses with colours that inspire, walls that you can write on, and a flexible furniture layout that gives you the space to think, and helps stimulate ideas.

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Brain Food

Our “100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED” concept underlines our commitment that everything should work as it should, and means what it says. Naturally, you need to have WIFI connectivity which is reliable, fast, and free. Behind every successful meeting is excellent planning and experienced and engaged staff. “Yes I Can!” is more than just a motto; our team is trained to deliver a successful meeting from planning through to completion of the event. A final element is “THINK PLANET” which underscores our commitment to you and to our environment. By helping meetings to be paperless with free WIFI and communications equipment, we are taking a further green step to ensure carbon offset for your meetings.

Brain Box Room

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JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF RADISSON BLU HOTEL, KUWAIT The construction of Al Boom and Al Ghazeer firmly linked the name of Husain Marafie with dhow building. However, he had an altogether grander scheme forming in his mind which would provide additional facilities for the hotel whilst endowing Kuwait with a spectacular landmark. The scale of this new project was so vast that it would take 15 years to complete. He would build an enormous dhow capable of accommodating up to 1,000 guests which would provide the hotel with a vast banqueting hall. As he had done before, he would pay tribute to his forebears and name his new dhow, Al Hashemi II in recognition of Al Hashemi I, which was built by his great grandfather.

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The whole process took much longer than with the previous dhows as this was an altogether different project. Importantly for Kuwait, the construction took place on a site in front of the hotel. The first task was to reclaim 6000 square metres of land for this purpose, and then to collect the materials and tools required. The invasion and occupation of Kuwait brought a halt to this process, and machinery and plant were stolen. After the liberation of Kuwait, the rebuilding of the hotel took place before work could recommence on Al Hashemi II. For his third dhow project, Husain Marafie chose to build a ship of the baghlah or ‘mule’ class which was a substantial,

sturdy cargo carrying ship which sailed the seas in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was a traditional deep sea vessel which combined the qualities of an Arabian dhow with some of the features of the Portuguese man-o-war. Al Hashemi II would be built strictly to this original design with just a few deviations; however, the scale would be greatly increased to produce a ship bigger than any dhow ever seen in Gulf waters. The fully completed Al Hashemi II weighs around 2,500 tons as compared to the normal Baghlah with an average weight of 500 tons. Her overall length is 80.4 meters, amidships breadth 18.7 metres, and keel length 53.75 metres.

Abdul Hussain Marafie Grand Ballroom

In 1995, the land berth was ready with a basement below it for a car park, so work on the keel and ribs could begin. Sourcing the wood took Husain Marafie from West Africa to Oregon in USA to find the highest quality of wood from managed forests. Given the dimensions of Al Hashemi II, tall and sturdy trees needed to be found. The transactional main mast measures 54 metres and the mizzen mast, 40 metres. In all, 2,500 cubic metres of timber was needed. Specialist equipment also had to be located or built from scratch. A custom made saw was used to cut these huge logs, some of which weighed up to 15 tons.

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Initially, 30 specialists and 100 builders, carpenters and craftsmen from India and Kuwait were involved in the early stages, but numbers grew to up to 175 as the project progressed. Amongst the team was V.K. Narayanan, a master shipbuilder who had been involved in building the two earlier vessels. Husain Marafie wished to bring back traditional skills to Kuwait and to use these as much as possible during construction. To this end, he built his own forge to produce around 80,000 kg of nails, nuts and bolts. When it came to twisting the planks to make them into ‘U’ shapes for the ribs, a new technique,

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unique to the Gulf region of laminating had to be used on account of their dimensions. Apart from this, the workers relied mainly on tried and tested methods which had been in use for generations. Wood was caulked with cotton soaked in shark oil in the traditional manner. Although Al Hashemi II was never destined to set sail, she was built to seagoing specifications with no compromises. By May 1998, the framework was completed and six tons of copper sheeting was placed around the exterior of the hull up to the waterline. Interior structures took shape in the Banquet Hall inside the great

hull. A double circular staircase was put in to lead out of the hall up to a balcony and then up to a diwaniya on the top deck. In the spring of 1999, the main mast of Al Hashemi II has been erected along with its mast partner. Fine glass portholes, stained glass windows and many other hand made fittings were installed around the upper deck. Down in the Banquet Hall, 15 specially trained workers spent 15,000 hours gilding the carved beams with 24 carat gold leaf. The floor was laid with wood parquet with each piece a perfect fit so no glue or nails were required. Up on


the poop deck, a large capstan, and enormous steering wheel were fitted in place. On the spar deck, a parrot’s head of vast dimensions was fixed. By 1st January, 2000, Al Hashemi II was ready for preparations for her inauguration. Those visiting on that day were following in the footsteps of thousands of others who had followed the progress of the ship over the years and had visited the construction site. The visitors’ book has signatures of visitors from all over the world. This truly remarkable ship was officially inaugurated on 29th March 2000 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh

Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah. In 2002, Al Hashemi II was certified by Guinness World Records as the largest Arabic wooden dhow ever built. The aim of Husain Marafie to “Link the solemn past with the glorious present to leave a monumental legacy for a bright future” had surely been realised. He also wished to pay tribute to the courage and endurance of Kuwaiti sailors and dhow owners of the past. Al Hashemi II is a major landmark visible from all over Kuwait. The Banquet Hall which has been named in his honour as “Abdul Husain Mohammed Rafie Marafie Ballroom” is constantly in

demand for weddings, dinners, concerts and other functions. Jutting proudly out to sea on her dry dock, Al Hashemi II welcomes the ships passing up and down the Gulf. All who come aboard cannot fail to be reminded of Kuwait’s proud maritime past. For those who would like to know a little more about the amazing feat of building this record breaking wooden vessel, there is a maritime museum attached to Al Hashemi II where much of her story is transcribed onto film and slides and there is also a fully illustrated book detailing the construction process.

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MARITIME MUSEUM Within the Al Hashemi complex is a marine museum with a number of models of different dhows which plied the Arabian Gulf ’s waters during the age of seafaring in the Gulf region. Also in the museum are exhibits linked to the construction of Al Hashemi II. Mr. Husain Marafie was determined that future generations would learn and understand about Kuwait’s maritime past. Visitors can travel back in time as they browse around the museum, and the souvenir shop has a number of nautical themed gifts to take home.

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LASER HAIR REMOVAL How many types of Laser are used in Yiaco Apollo for hair removal? Mainly two types of Laser are used Nd YAG and Alexandrite. ND Yag laser works more efficiently on strong hair and all types of skin. Alexandrite works better on fair skin and light hair. Is there any difference in your hair removal techniques which makes you different from another clinic? We have the latest cooling technique which makes the hair removal laser virtually painless apart from this, we have the shortest pulse duration which gives better and faster results without any side effects . How many laser sessions for hair removal I will require for reducing my hair growth? Depending on the area, texture, distribution and growth of your hair, you may require multiple sessions. Is it necessary that I should do my laser session frequently? Yes it is important for you to schedule your laser session every 6-8 weeks period in order to reduce your hair growth. Are there any side effects of laser? Usually the Dermatologist will take a detailed history and prescribe medications and precautions in order to determine your skin sensitivity. To avoid and reduce the incidents of burns, post laser pigmentation, acne farm eruptions or rashes after the laser. These may occur immediately after laser or within 24-48 hours after the laser session. How can I avoid any side effects after the laser? • Avoid any direct sun exposure before and after 2 weeks of your laser session. • Shave the area to be treated 1 day before your laser session. • Avoid applying any cosmetic cream or lotion before laser session. • Inform your doctor if you are on any medicine like antibiotics. If there is hair growth, after 1 week of my laser session, what should I do? The hair will start growing after few days after the

laser. Some of the hairs will fall and some of them will remain .shave those hairs if you are uncomfortable with it. Do not do waxing, plucking, tweezing, bleaching after laser. What measures may be done after laser session? Do not use hot water or scrub for 48-72 hrs over the laser area, avoid rubbing, scratching that are. Apply a post laser cream or antibiotic cream after laser as advised by your doctor.

LASER TREATMENTS FOR AESTHETIC Which other aesthetic and cosmetic treatment you have in your clinic? Apart from laser, we have many skin remodeling and rejuvenation programmes for face and body. One of them is the Oxygen treatment and 3 Face skin rejuvenation programme What is new about this oxygen & 3 Face programme? The Oxysystem is a new oxygen therapy that combines a jet of oxygen with dermabrasion and massaging of connective tissues. The 3 face also includes dermabrasion with massage, but it also provides photherapy to the skin. What are the benefits of these programmes? The Oxygen treatment increases the blood supply to the tissue, improves cell metabolism and stimulates the production of collagen by fibroblasts. The 3 Face treatment is mainly useful for fine lines around eyes and mouth, sun damaged skin, acne scars and uneven texture of skin. Do you have any treatment for stretch marks? Yes, recently we have added a new device name Derma Pod which is very useful for the stretch marks. Do you have any laser treatment for pores or skin rejuvenation We have a new aesthetic laser treatment known as spectra peel for open pores, inflammatory acne, pigmented lesions and skin rejuvenation.

How does this Spectrapeel differs from ordinary laser treatment? Spectra peel is a two step rejuvenation treatment that dramatically reduces acne, improves your general skin tone and texture and even reduces large pores and some acne scars. Unlike other laser treatment, spectrapeel is virtually painless. You can return to your normal life, immediately after treatment without any risk of side effects. Do you have any treatment for wrinkles, skin rejuvenation, apart from spectra peel? We do have procedures like Botox, Derma fillers, Mesotherapy to meet the demand of enhancing facial contour by removing wrinkles & rejuvenating the skin without any surgery. What is this no needle Mesotherapy? This is a new concept in mesotherapy whereby aesthetic medicines for improving the skin elasticity & glow are infused with machine. It is totally painless, so patients prefer this procedure to enhance their looks. What is PRP? PRP is blood plasma enriched with platelets. It contains various growth factors and cytokines required for tissue regeneration. It is an excellent way to reduce the signs of ageing. Where is it used? PRP has been used to treat nerve injury, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, bone injury and in cardiac muscle regeneration. In aesthetic medicine it has a variety of applications which include treatment of wrinkles and skin aging, scars, pigmentation and hair regeneration . How it is done? The procedure includes drawing a small amount of blood from the patient. The blood is centrifuged to concentrate the platelets which are activated and reinjected in the treatment area by small needles where requires for example face, neck, scalp (hair roots) or hands. Three sessions are done at monthly intervals followed by a fourth session at 6 months and fifth session at one year. Results appear gradually and continue to improve over a long period of time. Is it safe? PRP is absolutely safe as patients own blood is used and is the natural way of skin regeneration.

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AL GHAZEER – 30 YEARS OF CRUISING THE GULF In 1980, Husain Marafie began to consider building a second dhow. It was the fulfilment of his long awaited dream, to sail from the Malabar Coast across the Arabia Sea to Kuwait following the traditional sea route of his forefathers. He would construct a smaller dhow of the boom class of about 175 tons in weight. This ship would be more manoeuvrable and would

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be fitted out with the option of cruising either under sail or motor power depending on the winds. Husain Marafie returned to the Barami Shipyard in Beypore, in South India and commissioned the new dhow. He named it Al Ghazeer, which means “the deep” and recognizes the generosity and depth of the


sea. In April 1983, Al Ghazeer was completed and ready for her maiden voyage. This time, Husain Marafie sailed his boat back to Kuwait. Mohammed Al Maskati took the helm as captain, and they had 32 persons on board for the journey. Tracing the same route that so many of his forebears had sailed, Husain Marafie was at sea for two weeks before Al Ghazeer reached Sur in Oman, where the dhow put into port briefly to refuel before heading to Muscat and a warm welcome there from well wishers. They were greeted by large crowds in Bahrain where they put into port again before heading to Kuwait. They made landfall on 6th May 1983. Those who travelled on this journey on Al Ghazeer described it as an emotional and exciting homecoming. Al Ghazeer became a regular sight as she carried her passengers along the coast of Kuwait. However, in 1990 Kuwait was invaded by Iraq, and during the months that followed, Al Ghazeer did not receive the regular maintenance and care that such ships require. She took on water and sank. After the liberation of the country, Al Ghazeer was raised and she underwent a lengthy process of renovation. During these works, Al Ghazeer was cut in two and given a five metre hull extension.

After 30 years, Al Ghazeer continues to offer the opportunity of spending time at sea on an authentic Kuwaiti dhow. However, guests enjoy luxuries which the sailors of the past could not have imagined with two diwaniya areas below the main and quarter decks which can seat up to 30 persons in air conditioned comfort. Up on her spacious decks the crew can offer a barbecue or sumptuous buffet meal catered by the hotel. If the winds are fair, the sight of her two huge lateen sails unfurled is especially evocative of an earlier era. As she sails the Gulf, Al Ghazeer keeps alive the seafaring traditions of past generations of Kuwaitis. The courage and vision of Abdul Husain Marafie and the young men who sailed with him to relive the experience of the early mariners of the country and to pay homage to them, will not be forgotten. Al Ghazeer and its voyage is now part of the maritime history of Kuwait. 45


THE KUGEL

The centrepiece of the Al Bustan Terrace is a 4772 kilogramme granite ball floating on a bed of water. It is so perfectly balanced that it can be rotated with the gentlest pressure. The granite was machined into a perfect sphere by Kusser Granitwerk in Germany. A pressure pump located in an underground water tank gives out a three bar pressure which in turn forces the water between two small jets in the base on which the ball sits. This raises it, and it rotates on its cushion of water according to how the jets are programmed. So when you visit the hotel, take a break to marvel at the ingenuity of modern physics and enjoy the soothing sound of the water.

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The Viking Club has expanded its facilities and recreational areas. Members enjoy the use of both indoor and outdoor pools, beach areas, outdoor Jacuzzi, gyms, aerobic studios, squash courts, water sports equipment, a children’s pool and playground, and much more. The newly opened Kontiki Clubhouse includes a dining area, relaxing lounge, entertainment area with electronic games, billiard table and two large television screens. Whether you wish to ‘chill out’ on the beach or by

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the pool, or work out in the gym, the highly trained Club team is on hand to ensure that you get maximum benefit out of the time you spend in the Club. Ease away the strains of a busy lifestyle with a relaxing massage or other treatments provided by trained therapists. The outdoor pool caters for serious swimmers who can take advantage of the 30 metre lap lane, or equally for those who enjoy a relaxing and refreshing dip in a temperature controlled pool. For our very youngest guests there is a paddling pool where they can develop their water skills and play in safety. On the beach, a wooden gazebo offers a perfect place for a children’s party. The gym has a full selection of fitness equipment, and our personal trainer is ready to offer assistance or to aid in developing an individual exercise plan. There is a wide variety of food and beverage choices from healthy options to mouth-watering pastries and cakes.

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WOLFGANG M. NEUMANN PRESIDENT & CEO, THE REZIDOR HOTEL GROUP

On 1st January, 2013, Wolfgang M. Neumann took up the post of President and CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group. Having served as the company’s COO, and worked closely with Kurt Ritter, the outgoing President and CEO, Wolfgang M. Neumann knows and understands the unique culture and strengths of Rezidor. Prior to joining Rezidor, he was CEO of Arabella Hospitality Group in Munich, Germany. He spent over 20 years with Hilton International holding a number of positions; Executive Assistant Manager and General Manager positions at Hilton hotels in Brussels, London, Paris and Frankfurt to Vice President Western & Northern Europe, Senior Vice President Scandic/Nordic Region, President UK & Ireland, and President, Hilton Europe & Africa. Wolfgang M. Neumann has set out his plans in the Carlson Rezidor group magazine, hotline. He admits that he is taking over at a testing time for the hotel industry, but views every challenge as offering an opportunity. He aims to focus on improving profitability, and to this end will continue to drive the Route 2015 programme forward. This programme seeks to improve EBITDA margins (an approximate measure of a company’s operating cash flow) by 6 8% in three years. Carlson, Rezidor’s major shareholder, supports this initiative, and the strategic partnership activities which the two companies share will be an important part of this process.There will also be a focus on new and emerging markets such as Africa, Russia and CIS along with asset management programmes to restructure unprofitable contracts and exit from non-value adding hotels. There are more than 100 hotels “in the pipeline” and an average of more than 30 new openings each year.The Rezidor Hotel Group shows no sign of slowing its pace, and the President and CEO is ready to lead the company to what he describes as “new horizons”.

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KURT RITTER

RETIREMENT FROM REZIDOR FOR A LEADER IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY He hands over to Wolfgang M. Neumann the stewardship of a hotel company which is still growing at a rapid pace, and has over 435 hotels with more than 93,000 rooms in operation and under development in 70 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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As Kurt Ritter steps down from the role of President and CEO of Rezidor Hotel Group after a 36 year career with the company, during which time he has been awarded three Lifetime Achievement Awards, he looks back on a period of great change and growth in the industry. His successor, the incoming President and CEO of Rezidor, is Wolfgang M. Neumann who will be moving from his role as COO of Rezidor. However, Kurt Ritter will not be severing all his links with Rezidor, as he will be taking on the role of Strategic Advisor to Trudy Rautio, President and CEO of Carlson, and Chairman of Rezidor’s Board of Directors. Among the many hotels in which he has worked, the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait, has a very special place in Kurt Ritter’s memories. In 1979, he was named General Manager of the hotel which was then known as the Radisson SAS Hotel Kuwait. He was the hotel’s first General Manager, and it was during this time that he met his wife. Kurt Ritter was born into the hotel business


as the child of hoteliers. A graduate of the prestigious Hotel Management College in Lausanne, he began his career at the Hotel Bellevue Palace in Bern Switzerland as Assistant Manager in 1970. He followed this with different posts with Ramada International Hotels in Belgium, France, Germany, and Sweden. In 1976, he was appointed General Manager of the SAS Lulea Hotel in the north of Sweden. Three years later, in 1979, he came to Kuwait. It was after his time at the Radisson SAS Hotel Kuwait that he was promoted to Vice President Middle East for SAS International Hotels (SIH) in 1984, a position which was based in Singapore. A further promotion in 1988 saw him take up the post of Vice President and COO before returning to Europe in 1989 to become the President and CEO of SIH. With a vision for global expansion, Kurt Ritter moved the SIH head office from Oslo to Brussels where it would be more strategically located for the next stage in its development. In 1994, Kurt Ritter signed an agreement between SIH

and Carlson Hotels Worldwide for the Radisson brand thus creating the new Radisson SAS brand. This brought rapid growth taking the number of hotels from 29 to 173 in 39 countries within ten years. In 2001, SIH was renamed as Rezidor SAS Hospitality. The

name is derived from the idea of ‘residence’, ‘door’ and ‘or’ which is French for gold. The following year saw Kurt Ritter signing another agreement with Carlson Hotels Worldwide. This led to Rezidor SAS Hospitality becoming a partner for Park Inn, Country Inn and

In 1979, he came to Kuwait. It was after his time at the Radisson SAS Hotel Kuwait that he was promoted to Vice President Middle East for SAS International Hotels 53


He received his first Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Hospitality Investment Forum in 2004.

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Kurt Ritter, former President and CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group with Husain Marafie

Regent brands in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He was named as ‘Corporate Hotelier of the World’, the first Swiss national to win this award. He received his first Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Hospitality Investment Forum in 2004. A year later, he signed a deal to develop the iconic Missoni Hotel brand. In November 2006, Kurt Ritter took the company through an IPO to a listing on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and changed its name to The Rezidor Hotel Group. Rezidor continued to be one of the fastest growing

hospitality groups in the world. It was no surprise that he was awarded a second Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 by the MKG Group. In 2010, a further re-branding took place, when Radisson SAS was renamed Radisson Blu. This hotel group was now Europe’s largest upscale brand. 2012 saw more change for Rezidor. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group was created. A long term Strategic Alliance Agreement was signed for the Regent brand. Rezidor will develop and operate new Regent hotels in Russia and CIS, the Baltics, the Middle


East and Africa. There were prestigious awards too; Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group received the ‘Best Hotel Group of the Year’ at the MKG Hospitality Awards in Paris, and Kurt Ritter was awarded his third Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Hospitality Awards as well as being admitted to the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame. This same year, Kurt Ritter announced his retirement as President and CEO of Rezidor. Reflecting on his time with the company in an article in the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Magazine, he explained that he felt confident that the company was on the right course, and the next generation of leaders were well equipped for the task

of steering Rezidor forwards. The company had achieved much over the years, but one of the things of which he was particularly proud, was the fact that Rezidor is recognised as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies”. This award was won for the third consecutive year in 2012. He hands over to Wolfgang M. Neumann the stewardship of a hotel company which is still growing at a rapid pace, and has over 435 hotels with more than 93,000 rooms in operation and under development in 70 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It has been an exciting journey over the 36 years as Kurt Ritter has shaped and developed Rezidor

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Kurt Ritter, Husain Marafie and Abdul Ilah Marafie

As he moves on to the next stage in his life, his progress will be watched keenly by many, especially at the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait. with his vision for growth, and uncompromising mission to offer the finest quality of hospitality. As he moves on to the next stage in his life, his progress will be watched keenly by many, especially at the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait. Kurt Ritter has visited Kuwait many times over the years, and without fail, greets each of his former colleagues by name, remembering details about their families from the time when they all worked together to open the hotel.

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ABDUL HUSAIN MOHAMMED RAFIE MARAFIE 1935 – 2012 A MAN OF COURAGE AND VISION Abdul Husain Mohammed Rafie Marafie was born into one of Kuwait’s leading merchant families. The Marafie family’s dhows traded between Kuwait and India. They had strong links in particular with Calicut on the Malabar Coast where their dhows were built. Husain Marafie had an idyllic childhood watching the activity in the port from his home on the seafront. As was the custom among the merchant families those days sending children abroad for education, Husain was sent to a School in India. In addition to learning to read and write in English, he also developed fluency in Hindi and Urdu. After 11 years schooling he returned to Kuwait in 1953. Later, he began to travel extensively in America and Europe. His hope was to learn as much as he could by working in different countries and observing their methods. 56


For Husain Marafie, his view was that “You must have willpower, and make your choices”.

Whilst in Germany, Husain Marafie worked as a coal miner in Essen. His fellow workers were curious about this man from a far off country few had heard of. Husain Marafie explained to them “I want to learn how things are done in Germany”. Later, whilst in America, he trained as a diver, gaining his PADI Dive Instructor Certificate, and becoming the first Kuwaiti to achieve this certification. The time came to return to Kuwait. The time came for his return to Kuwait. On his arrival back home, he noticed that things had changed in Kuwait. Sea trade had declined, but the country was beginning to reap the rewards of its oil wealth. The Marafie

family had diversified their business and moved into many different areas. Husain Marafie also noted that there was a boom in construction with the growing demand for housing for the rapidly expanding expatriate workforce which would service the oil and other industries. However there were only a few hotels. Husain Marafie chose a plot of land on the coast at Al Bida’a on which to build a hotel. To many it seemed a strange choice, as the location was surrounded by desert and just a few houses accessed by dirt tracks. For Husain Marafie, his view was that “You must have willpower, and make your choices”. Later, he would say.

FROM LEFT Husain Marafie with H.H. The Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al-Sabah

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Abdul Husain Mohammed Rafie Marafie was born into one of Kuwait’s leading merchant families. The Marafie family’s dhows traded between Kuwait and India. They had strong links in particular with Calicut on the Malabar Coast where their dhows were built. Husain Marafie had an idyllic childhood watching the activity in the port from his home on the seafront. As was the custom among the merchant families those days sending children abroad for education, Husain was sent to a School in India. In addition to learning to read and write in English, he also developed fluency in Hindi and Urdu. After 11

The historical arrival of Al Ghazeer at the Kuwait Shores

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years schooling he returned to Kuwait in 1953. Later, he began to travel extensively in America and Europe. His hope was to learn as much as he could by working in different countries and observing their methods. Whilst in Germany, Husain Marafie worked as a coal miner in Essen. His fellow workers were curious about this man from a far off country few had heard of. Husain Marafie explained to them “I want to learn how things are done in Germany”. Later, whilst in America, he trained as a diver, gaining his PADI Dive Instructor Certificate, and becoming the first Kuwaiti to achieve this certification.

The time came for his return to Kuwait. On his arrival back home, he noticed that things had changed in Kuwait. Sea trade had declined, but the country was beginning to reap the rewards of its oil wealth. The Marafie family had diversified their business and moved into many different areas. Husain Marafie also noted that there was a boom in construction with the growing demand for housing for the rapidly expanding expatriate workforce which would service the oil and other industries. However there were only a few hotels. Husain Marafie chose a plot of land on the coast at Al Bida’a.


Sharing moments with the former Amir of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah

Wood for the construction of the Baghlah Project from Ivory Coast

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Husain Marafie presenting a momento to Jimmy Carter, 39th President of United States

“Abdul Husain Marafie Grand Ballroom”. It is a fitting tribute to a man who had vision, courage, conviction, and a deep love for his country.

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Abdul Husain Mohammed Rafie Marafie was born into one of Kuwait’s leading merchant families. The Marafie family’s dhows traded between Kuwait and India. They had strong links in particular with Calicut on the Malabar Coast where their dhows were built. Husain Marafie had an idyllic childhood watching the activity in the port from his home on the seafront. As was the custom among the merchant families those days sending children abroad for education, Husain was sent to a School

in India. In addition to learning to read and write in English, he also developed fluency in Hindi and Urdu. After 11 years schooling he returned to Kuwait in 1953. Later, he began to travel extensively in America and Europe. His hope was to learn as much as he could by working in different countries and observing their methods. Whilst in Germany, Husain Marafie worked as a coal miner in Essen. His fellow workers were curious about this man from a far off country few had heard of. Husain


Marafie explained to them “I want to learn how things are done in Germany�. Later, whilst in America, he trained as a diver, gaining his PADI Dive Instructor Certificate, and becoming the first Kuwaiti to achieve this certification. The time came to return to Kuwait. The time came for his return to Kuwait. On his arrival back home, he noticed that things had changed in Kuwait. Sea trade had declined, but the country was beginning to reap the rewards of its oil wealth. The Marafie family had diversified their business and moved into many different areas. Husain Marafie also noted that there was a boom in construction with the growing demand for housing for the rapidly expanding expatriate

Husain Marafie with his friend and advisor in the Baghlaa construction Mr Mohammed Al Maskati

Husain Marafie sharing lighter moments with the kindergarten students

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workforce which would service the oil and other industries. However there were only a few hotels. Husain Marafie chose a plot of land on the coast at Al Bida’a on which to build a hotel. To many it seemed a strange choice, as the location was surrounded by desert and just a few houses accessed by dirt tracks. For Husain Marafie, his view was that “You must have willpower, and make your choices”. Later, he would say “People thought we were crazy to build here when there was nothing around the area”. More than thirty years on, the

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hotel remains one of Kuwait’s leading five star hotels. The Marafie family had close ties with Scandinavia through their many brand agencies, and as SAS Airlines was flying into Kuwait, Husain Marafie came to an agreement with SAS Hotel Group. Negotiations took some time, and the original plan of a 150 room hotel was increased to 210 rooms. In 1980, the SAS Hotel Kuwait opened in the presence of Prince Bertil of Sweden. However, for Husain Marafie, this was not the only project in progress. He wanted to buy a

Husain Marafie with H.E. Sheikh Nasser Al Sabah (center) and Mr. Khazem Marafie

traditional dhow to moor at the hotel to serve as a restaurant. His lifelong friend and former sea captain, Mohammed Al Maskati, persuaded him that he should have his own boat built in Calicut. This was where his grandfather had had Mohammedi I, the largest of all Kuwait’s trading dhows or booms, built in 1916. Work commenced in 1979, and two years later, Mohammedi II reached Kuwait and was docked next to the hotel. It was named Al Boom Restaurant, and today is still a popular restaurant offering


diners a glimpse into the past, and a chance to dine in a unique nautical setting. His next project was to commission a dhow which could take guests for catered cruises along the coast. In 1983, he sailed the 175 ton Al Ghazeer from India to Kuwait stopping at various Gulf ports along the way. Husain Marafie then began to plan for something on an even grander scale which would give the hotel a much needed large banqueting space for around 1000 guests. It would also be a reminder of Kuwait’s proud maritime heritage, and would provide the country with a very special landmark. He decided to build a new dhow of the Baghala class which would be named Al Hashemi II in recognition of Al Hashemi I, built by his great grandfather. The ship would be built to precise scale, but several times larger than any boom before her. It would take 15 years to finish this task, and would not be officially unveiled to the public until the start of the new millennium. In the intervening years, land was reclaimed, and plant and machinery made and ordered. Kuwait was invaded by Iraq, and the hotel was badly damaged by the invading forces. After the liberation of the country, efforts were initially directed to re-building the hotel. However, Husain Marafie was not daunted by his task, and his team overcame the odds and many challenges to complete

Welcoming Sir John Major, former British Prime Minister with H.E. Al Khandari (center)

the construction of what is officially the “World’s Largest Wooden Ship”. In the complex next to Al Hashemi, he built a maritime museum with scale models of the different ships which plied the Gulf ’s waters. His passion and patriotism was such that he wanted to leave a lasting legacy and means of educating future generations of Kuwaitis about the Golden Age of sea trade when Kuwait was a major seafaring nation with one of the largest fleets for trading and pearl diving in the region. As the hotel, now known as the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait, prepares to re-open following major renovations, one man will be in the thoughts of the staff and many guests alike. Husain Marafie passed away in October 2012. Although unwell for some time before his passing, he had been kept

informed on the many aspects of the renovations at the hotel, and had continued to provide his wisdom and unfailing enthusiasm for the latest of his many projects. The spectacular ballroom which fills the hull of Al Hashemi has been renamed as the “Abdul Husain Marafie Grand Ballroom”. It is a fitting tribute to a man who had vision, courage, conviction, and a deep love for his country.

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BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN KUWAIT AND SWEDEN THE POLAR STAR AWARD FOR ABDUL HUSAIN MARAFIE The close ties of the Marafie family with Scandinavia and SAS airlines, which resulted in the agreement with the SAS hotel Group and building the first SAS hotel outside Scandinavia, brought Mr. Marafie a valuable award. His Majesty the King of Sweden has awarded Mr. Marafie with the insignia of the Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in May 1997. The Polar Star was given to Mr. Marafie by Tommy Arwitz, the Ambassador of Sweden on June 9th, 1997. Mr. Marafie was very touched and honored to receive this prestigious Royal Order from His Majesty and has continued with his efforts to strengthen the relations between the Kingdom of Sweden and the state of Kuwait.

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CLOCKWISE ABOVE Husain Marafie (center) with H.E. Tommy Arwitz and the Marafie Family during the awarding of Polar Star Award to Mr. Husain Extreme right H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden


ABOUT THE ROYAL ORDER OF THE POLAR STAR The Order of the Polar Star was until 1975 intended as a reward for Swedish and foreign “civic merits, for devotion to duty, for science, literary, learned and useful works and for new and beneficial institutions”. The cross of the order is of the Maltese type and was originally worn in a black sash; since 1975 the sash is blue with yellow edges. The emblem bears the device of the order, “Nescit occasum” (It knows no decline.) This order also has a medal, “the Polar Star Medal”. As from 1975, the Order of the Polar Star is presented to foreign nationals or stateless persons.

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The return of Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait A glittering event heralded the return of the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait to the local hospitality scene on November 26th, 2013, the same date it was reopened in 1992. The hotel played host to over 700 guests as they gathered for the official launch at the hotel’s newly refurbished Al Bustan restaurant and terrace. The Blues Brothers band from Doha, finest delicacies, special lightning and LED furniture made the night a celebration for all senses and the party ended late at the Sky Lounge, with the hotel’s resident DJ.

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Abdul Ilah Marafie

FROM LEFT Philippe Pellaud, General Manager, Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait; Abdul Mutalib Marafie, General Manager First Hotels Co.; Mark Willis, Area Vice President; Wolfgang Neumann, President & CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group and Abdul Ilah Marafie, Chairman of First Hotels Company

The newly-improved Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait underwent KD 15 million of investment, which has transformed the property, both structurally and decoratively resulting in a thoroughly modern hotel. “The Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait re-opens as a local landmark – combining Arabian traditions and hospitality with the contemporary style and services of Radisson Blu. The outstanding result of the renovation allows us to re-position this 5-star property as one of the flagships in the Middle East. My sincere thanks goes to the hotel owners for the long term and trustful relationship, and to the hotel team for their great support during the renovation work”, said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor. “The re-launch of the hotel with its new modernized look and feel creates new opportunities in the market, as we strive to provide a product that has both local and international standards. This hotel has been very successful due to the close relationship we have with our owner”, said Philippe Pellaud the General Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait. 67


Glimpse of the Dignitaries, Diplomats, Friends and well wishers attended the re-launch ceremony

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Glimpse of the Dignitaries, Diplomats, Friends

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and well wishers attended the re-launch ceremony

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CLOCKWISE ABOVE AND ACROSS Media coverage for the Grand Opening on 26 November 2013


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Anniversary celebrations

11October1980 - 2010 On 06 December 2010, the Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait held a very special celebration for its 30th anniversary. Guests were greeted by Kurt Ritter, former CEO of Rezidor Hotel Group, and the first General Manager of what was then known as Kuwait SAS Hotel and his wife Lara, along with current General Manager, Philippe Pellaud and his wife Ida. Also present were the members of the Marafie Family, the founder owners of the Hotel, 74

and Abdul Ilah Marafie. A large number of guests, diplomats and dignitaries joined in the celebrations. The hotel has always believed that its most important asset is its staff, and over the years, it has been able to retain a loyal team who have remained with the hotel for many years. Six members of staff, Renato Molaco, Rajan George, Gregory Almeida, Leo D’Souza, Ponnapan Ramaian, and Achary Vijay were given special awards for working

FROM LEFT Abdul Ilah Marafie, Kurt Ritter and Philippe Pellaud

at the hotel for thirty years. During the evening, guests and staff were treated to a sumptuous buffet in the Al Bustan Restaurant.


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members of staff, were given special awards for working at the hotel for thirty years 75


Down The Memory Lane...

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Opening of SAS Hotel, Kuwait by Prince Bertil of Sweden

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We’re for a LIVING ROOM that Looks Great and Feels EVEN BETTER


LUMI Think Planet’s mascot Lumi, the firefly is Think Planet’s mascot. Think Planet is Rezidor’s ambitious energy saving initiative aimed at reducing 25% energy consumption by 2017.

Use your energy to save energy

RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS The Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait has always played an active role in the local community. It has served as a venue for many different exhibitions, concerts, celebrations and commemorative events. The hotel has also organised and launched a diverse range of community initiatives. Social responsibility and environmental issues are key to the ethos of the hotel, along with ensuring the wellbeing of all

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Beach Cleaning

guests, visitors and staff. Responsible Business is more than just a business concept; it is part of every aspect of all that the hotel does. Initiatives have included collecting donations from guests and staff for the World Childhood Foundation, and also organising events to raise funds such as a charity golf tournament and a bazaar. There is an annual Art Competition for children in local schools which is now in


its fifteenth year. There are several aims to this event; to help develop and encourage artistic skills, to provide a showcase for the work, and to raise funds for good causes. From time to time, the hotel works with the Ministry of Health and Kuwait Central Blood Bank to arrange an occasion when staff and management can give blood and raise awareness of the lifesaving nature of this act. During Ramadan, the hotel sponsors a Ramadan Girgian buffet for children in hospitals or those with special needs.

Art Competition

Fun Run

Culture is an important part of Responsible Business, and the hotel has hosted a number of jazz festivals attracting performers from all over the world. It also hosts visiting classical musicians and opera singers, and has been the venue for the prestigious the Gulf International Chopin Competition. It has developed a reputation both for arranging world class concerts in association with Kuwait Chamber Philharmonia, and for providing a location for others wishing to arrange cultural events.

Ramadan Activities

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BUSINESS TRAVELLER AWARD The Middle East’s leading travel and hospitality operators were honoured at the annual Business Traveller Middle East Awards in May 2014. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait shone in the Kuwait category; as the magazine’s premium-travelling readers voted Radisson Blu as the ‘Best Business Hotel in Kuwait’. Mr. Philippe Pellaud, General Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait received the award from Business Traveller Middle East at Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

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