Desert Palm Retreat Dubai 005Albwardy Investment-owned Desert Palm rebrands

Desert Palm, a luxury boutique hotel in Dubai which was owned by Albwardy Investment, is being rebranded as Desert Palm Dubai and will be independantly operated.

Since opening its doors in 2008, Desert Palm has been Dubai’s little oasis of calm on the edge of the city.

The 160-acre private estate was formally opened by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Originally created as a haven for owner Ali Albwardy’s personal enjoyment of polo, Desert Palm Dubai is set in the graceful, serene, manicured surrounds as a private polo estate. The retreat boasts four polo fields, a riding school and stabling facilities for over 300 horses.

As part of Albwardy LLC’s portfolio, Desert Palm Dubai has become a firmly established retreat, spa and fitness destination within the UAE community and stylish society.

James Reeves, general manager said: “The future of luxury hospitality will be to celebrate guest’s individuality, imagination and to redefine the code of unpretentious service. Our retreat focuses on continuously improving services using the ease of technology for in-house guests, enabling them to book experiences around the city from the privacy of their suites and villas, or simply reserving dinner at Rare to booking a spa treatment."

"Although we recognise that technology should not be seen as a ‘replacement’ for guest services, rather we believe it should enhance it. At Desert Palm Dubai, we focus on you so you can decide when you want something and how you want it as opposed to your stay being defined by breakfast, lunch, dinner," Reeves said.

The hotel focuses on the elements that makes the guest’s experience truly private - from the surrounding appeal of a boutique property to the sense of intimacy in certain spaces. "It is always important to keep some things classic and personal,” he said.

Situated as an oasis opposite the new Dubai Safari Park, which is slated to open later this year, and near IMG Worlds of Adventure, Desert Palm Dubai features 38 guest suites and villas, an infinity swimming pool, organic-specialised treatments at Lime spa, Rare as the fine dining restaurant that masters Argentine-style Grill, a relaxed poolside brasserie, the chic lounge Red bar or the outdoor Polo bar.

Desert Palm Dubai is an elegant, equestrian-themed boutique hotel and basks in the lush landscape to provide a refreshing, avant-garde contrast to the conventional flamboyance of the city’s sky-scraping image. The hotel’s culture is providing guests with everything they need for a relaxing and timeless experience from the fast-paced business hub’s lifestyle.

Taking cues from its rebranding celebration, guests will receive beautiful benefits when reserving directly from their new website on

pacman CCLCCL enters India through Super Label stake

CCL Industries has moved into India with its Pacman-CCL joint venture signing a binding agreement to acquire a 70 percent stake in Mumbai-based Super Label.

Super Label focuses on pressure-sensitive labels for large consumer products and healthcare customers with operations in India. Pacman-CCL will invest 3.75 million CAD (2.9 million USD) in the venture to acquire its stake, reduce debt and provide funding for future expansion.

After the investment, Super Label will continue to be headed by its founder, Bharat Mehta, and becomes part of Pacman-CCL, trading under the CCL corporate identity system with immediate effect.

Geoffrey T. Martin, CCL president and CEO, commented: ‘Over the last decade, we looked many times at entering India through acquiring a local business. Super Label is one of the best managed we have seen, I believe this is the best way forward given Pacman-CCL's proximity to the region.

‘Our Indian Checkpoint subsidiaries remain separate to this venture, entirely under CCL control, focusing exclusively on retail and apparel markets.’

The Pacman-CCL joint venture, headquartered in Dubai, is jointly owned by CCL and Albwardy Investment, and is headed by John Dawson, managing director. Pacman-CCL now has plants in Dubai, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt and India. 2016 sales were approximately 38 million USD.

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles on Desroches Island to Reopen in 2017

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles to Reopen in 2017Four Seasons Resort Seychelles on Desroches will reopen late this year. The island is one of the Amirantes Islands and is a 35-minute flight from Mahé.

The resort, previously known as Desroches Island Resort, is undergoing a transformation and will feature 40 exclusive beach suites as well as 11 private villas with direct access to the beach. The suites will feature private plunge pools, tropical gardens and outdoor living spaces.

Facilities will include two restaurants, a lounge bar and a six-suite spa offering locally inspired treatments and wellness classes. Activities include diving, fishing, snorkelling, water sports, cycling and hiking. The island has a Marine Conservation Discovery Centre and Giant Tortoise Sanctuary.

Albwardy Damen name change announced

New name, same values as venture continues to put safety & quality first

Albwardy Damen news

Albwardy Marine Engineering and Damen Shipyards Sharjah have officially brought both brands together under one umbrella – Albwardy Damen. The newly-named venture will continue to provide its services with the same values as before – putting safety, quality and reliability at the forefront of its offering. The change represents the venture’s drive to maximise the efficiency of its operations and enhance its leading position during these challenging times for the maritime industry. The United Arab Emirates-based shipyard will continue to construct newbuild steel and aluminium vessels as well as provide the same trusted ship repair services to its marine and oil & gas customers in the Middle East. The announcement coincides with the 3 year anniversary of Damen Shipyards Sharjah.

International recognition

Albwardy Marine Engineering was founded back in 1978 and has been a joint venture with Damen Shipyards Group since 2008. In 2014 the official opening of Damen Shipyards Sharjah took place. Albwardy Damen has facilities in three UAE locations: Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah. In addition to shipbuilding and repair, the company also provides floating repair and diving services.

Damen shipyards Sharjah and its state-of-the-art facilities has been successful in supporting clients in these challenging times by providing safe, efficient and high quality drydocking and repair services. In May last year, the yard’s efforts were recognised when Damen Shipyards Sharjah won the Best New Building Yard prize at Shiptek 2016 International Maritime Awards in Dubai.

New office and workshop planned in Dubai Maritime City for 2017

This year, to further strengthen its position as a high quality provider of ship repair services, Albwardy Damen will construct a new office and workshop facility in Dubai Maritime City. This expansion will enable Albwardy Damen to offer our full portfolio of ship repair activities to customers in Dubai Maritime City and will seamlessly integrate with the existing business units in Al Jadaf, Sharjah and Fujairah.

Strong service

“Bringing both brands together is a logical next step for us,” comments Lars Seistrup, Managing Director of Albwardy Damen “We aim to be the best regional shipyard for building and repairing niche tonnage, and with our expansion in Dubai we are positioning ourselves in the best possible way to serve our clients in the region during these challenging times.”

Further information about Albwardy Damen’s facilities, services and skills can be found at the company’s new website:

Four Seasons marks its highly anticipated entry into Vietnam

Four seasons vietnamFour Seasons marks its highly anticipated entry into Vietnam with Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam – scheduled to open in late December. The Nam Hai is a conversion of an existing luxury property in Vietnam’s top resort destination. The property was recently ranked the #2 Resort Hotel in Southeast Asia by Travel and Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards. It offers an exceptional beachfront location and a product that requires very little investment to begin operation as a Four Seasons and meet the expectations of luxury guests.

Jointly owned by HPL and ASB Development Limited (part of Albwardy Investment), the Resort will feature 40 private residence villas and 60 newly-renovated resort villas, all with outdoor showers, terraces, and expansive indoor and outdoor living spaces.

General Manager Anthony James Gill, who has been at the helm of The Nam Hai for the past four years will continue on in this role.