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Regency Travel and Tours Named as Qatar and Middle East’s Leading Travel Agency For Ninth Year In a Row

May 9th, 2015

In the presence of the travel and tourism industry elite, Regency Travel and Tours was honoured for its outstanding achievements in the sector. Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry”, the awards are widely acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate accolades in the travel industry.

Regency Travel & Tours’ CEO Tareq Abdullatif Taha, received the awards from Graham Cooke, President and Founder of WTA. Elated at the achievement, Taha stated, “It is an honour for me to represent Qatar, and to win Qatar and Middle East Leading Travel Agency Award for the ninth time in a row. It is a proud moment for us, and these awards are a testament to Regency’s high standards of customer service, unique travel concepts, and our ability to remain forward thinking in a constantly evolving industry “.

Taha attributed this year’s success to his customers, thanking them for their trust and loyalty to the Regency Travel and Tours brand. He also thanked his team for the quality of service that they provide. Taha added, “We would like to dedicate this award to the people of Qatar and thank Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani for bestowing their blessings and extending their support for Qatari Companies enabling them to grow and be counted amongst the best in the world.”

Founded in 1987, Regency Travel & Tours is the leading IATA travel agency in Qatar staffed with highly-trained multilingual professionals. Regency Travel & Tours is a fully-owned subsidiary of one of Qatar's largest companies - the prestigious Regency Group. Owned by Mr. Ibrahim Al -Asmakh, Regency Group Holding’s interests include IT, construction, real estate, luxury hotels, travel, hospitality to name but a few.

Regency Fleets Named as Qatar’s Leading Car Rental Company

May 9th, 2015

Regency Fleets, part of Regency Group Holding, is proud to have been named as ‘Qatar’s Leading Car Rental Company’ at the prestigious ‘World Travel Awards’.

The award was presented to Regency Fleets’ General Manager Mr. Kallai Aboosabil during a ceremony held in Dubai and attended by key travel, tourism and hospitality executives from around the world.

The World Travel Awards is seen as the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought after awards programme in the global travel and tourism industry.

Regency Fleets General Manager Mr. Kallai Aboosabil was delighted with the company’s achievement, saying: “We are more than pleased to be recognised by the ‘World Travel Awards’ in the category “Qatar’s Leading Car Rental Company”.

At Regency Fleets, we are constantly making efforts to offer our customers the best and most efficient car rental experience. It is an honor to earn this award and we hope to ensure that Regency Fleets remains the ‘Leading Car Rental Company in Qatar’ for many more years to come.”

Mr Kallai Aboosabil added: “We would also like to thank our customers for their valuable support. We value their patronage and appreciate their confidence in us.”

Regency Fleets is a subsidiary of Regency Group Holding – one of Qatar’s largest and oldest business entities, with several divisions across a wide range of industries including real estate, travel and tourism, hotels and hospitality, construction, and medical services, to name but a few. Regency Fleets was established in 2006 and has 1200 cars. The company offers short and long term car rental services and chauffeur service.

Regency Fleets is committed to providing a world class service to all of its customers, combining cost effectiveness with comfort and style.


Regency Holidays Launches New Desert Camp

April 16th, 2015

Regency Holidays desert camp has started a new trend for ‘glamping’ in Qatar under the motto ‘Escape, Explore and Enjoy’. Regency Holidays held a reception for corporate partners and media representatives this weekend to mark the official launch of “Regency Holidays Desert Camp”, a luxurious five-star camp in Sealine in the south of Qatar.

Guests were met at Sealine by Regency representatives before being escorted to the campsite, where they were greeted by a live jazz band. Guests relaxed in 15 luxuriously designed gazebos where they enjoyed a barbeque, traditional Qatari dishes and a wide selection of drinks and deserts. A henna tent and falcon show ensured guests were given a true Qatari experience

Tareq Abdullatif Taha, CEO of Regency Travels and Tours said: “One of the main attractions in Qatar is our serene desert; we wanted to give people something new and different, a one of a kind experience. Creating this blend of five-star luxury facilities and camping will most definitely be a new trend for camping in Doha.” Regency Holiday Camp is located in Sealine Desert, which is just one hour away from Doha. The camp is a blend of traditional Arabian design coupled with modern comfort. The camp provides full serviced tents equipped with five star amenities.


Vendome Mall, Lusail City

Place Vendome is an upcoming QR5 billion mixed-use development underway in Qatar’s emerging Lusail City. Place Vendome is a project of United Developers, a group of four Qatari investors who partnered to align their expertise in retail, real estate, construction and contracting. United Developers envision Place Vendome as a groundbreaking example of the entrepreneurship, vision and energy of Qatari commitment to the nation’s development.

The project broke ground on March 17th, 2014 and is slated for opening in the third quarter of 2017. The 800,000m² development will host two five-star luxury hotels, serviced apartments, a mall featuring up to 400 different retail outlets with an exclusively luxurious wing dedicated to top designer labels, and a central entertainment component showcasing constant attractions.

The Parisian-inspired development will be reminiscent of the famous high-end shopping street in Paris, Rue de la Paix, of which Place Vendome is the starting point. The architecture is intended to radiate luxury and extravagance while conveying a touch of cultural and artistic feel, setting the tone for the entire shopping experience. Place Vendome will also feature a canal running through it directly from the sea, making for a gorgeous open plaza experience with cafes and restaurants overlooking the water.

Strategically placed at the heart of Lusail, Place Vendome aims to become the new center of attraction for regional and international residents and visitors seeking a combination of varied entertainment and retail choices in one place. Rising in parallel with the infrastructure in Lusail City, it will be served by new roads, public transportation, parks and marinas by the date of completion.

Place Vendome adheres to and supports the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030. The project reflects United Developers’ commitment to Qatar’s economic diversification as well as human and social development through the opportunities and jobs that the project will create during construction and upon completion.

Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Hails Al Asmakh’s Contribution

March 3rd, 2015

Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari has hailed the role of the private sector in promoting culture and arts in Qatar.

Speaking at the third annual Al Asmakh International Symposium of Art yesterday at the Wyndham Grand Regency Doha Hotel, Dr Al Kuwari said, “The private sector can play an important role in cultural events if they have the desire and willingness to support such activities as one of the vital elements of society and this is what Al Asmakh has done by organising the symposium for the third year.”

The yearly symposium is one of the events Regency Art, a non-profit private art entity, organises to support artists and promote culture. Regency Arts also collects new artworks which will be part of a permanent collection to be displayed in a planned museum. The Minister said the symposium was “one of the important art events being held regularly in Qatar.

“Every year we see development and this year participants are not only from the GCC but also from other countries in different continents. This shows that Doha has become a cultural capital by hosting such an important event. The huge attendance and the variety of paintings and diversity of issues they address reflect this fact,” he said.

Hassan Ibrahim Al Asmakh, Vice President, Regency Group Holding, said the symposium is organised to promote the art and culture sector in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.

He thanked sponsors and participants for their contribution to the success of the symposium in its third year.

Yesterday’s event saw the unveiling of 100 paintings by 48 artists from 28 countries who worked for a week at Sealine. Artists used a wide range of media and dealt with a number of diverse subjects.

Saudi artist Nouf Al Ibrahim’s mixed media artworks depict Arab women in abaya, which she refers to as metaphor for the physical and mental covering of women. This was the second time she participated in the symposium and said it was “a great experience meeting artists from all over the world sharing experiences”.

Gala Caki from Serbia was of the same view. “The symposium was well organised and one of the best I have attended. It is good for a young artist like me to learn from other artists. I’m lucky to be here.”

Minister of Education and Higher Education H E Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi, Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al Sada and Qatar Tourism Authority Chairman Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi were amongst the guests at the event attended by prominent Qatari artists.

The exhibition is open to the public today from 10am to 8pm at Wyndham Grand Regency Doha’s Al Qasr ballroom.


QRC Signs New Partnership Deal With Al Asmakh Charity Foundation to Build New Hospital in West Bank

January 21st, 2015

Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has signed a three-year partnership agreement with Al Asmakh Charity Foundation to establish a $21.7m hospital in Dura in Hebron Governorate, West Bank, in coordination with the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The hospital is estimated to cost $21,702,750 (QR78,976,300), with Al Asmakh Charity contributing $3,000,000 and pledging more donations during the three-year project. QRC will undertake field work in three construction phases and four furnishing and operation phases.

The agreement was signed by Saleh bin Ali Al Mohannadi, QRC Secretary-General and Dr Ghanem bin Mohamed Al Hamadi, Chairman of Al Asmakh Charity, who was accompanied by Jassem Salem Al Ansari, Board Adviser, and Ibrahim Mohamed, Programme Director.

The hospital aims to provide services in the southern West Bank where there are currently no hospitals to serve the 500,000 population. Every day, tens of patients die, unable to reach Hebron for emergency care.

A 21,000sqm plot has been allocated for the project by a Palestinian donor. The 200-bed project will serve the towns of Hebron, As Samu’, Dura, Dhahiriya and Yatta and the Fawwar refugee camp.

“Signing the agreement with Al Asmakh Charity is a new milestone of cooperation between both organisations in pursuit of their common humanitarian mission. This is in light of Al Asmakh’s efforts to mobilise the community and support Palestine and QRC’s many relief and development projects for Palestinians,” Al Mohannadi said. He stressed that Qatar continues to support the people of Palestine through its government and NGOs, standing by them at times of peace and war as was the case during and following the latest war on Gaza.

“Palestine is the Arab world’s major cause. We have sought to adopt a plan to support the Palestinian people, with a practical approach to improve all aspects of their life, mainly education, healthcare, and development,” Dr Al Hamadi said.

This is not the first instance of cooperation between QRC and Al Asmakh Charity: They’ve worked together on humanitarian projects in several countries, the newest of which was providing Gaza government hospitals with materials for cardiovascular surgeries and medicines worth QR500,000 which helped treat hundreds of cardiovascular patients.


Wyndham wins prestigious award

The Wyndham Grand Regency Doha was a winner once again at the World Travel Awards after it was crowned “Qatar’s Leading Meetings and Conference Hotel,” reflecting the extensive meetings and events facilities offered at the property.

The Doha property is the brand’s flagship hotel in the Middle East, a spokesperson explained, adding: “The World Travel Awards are acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade and celebrate those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence.”


The Al Asmakh Art Symposium,

The Al Asmakh Art Symposium, sponsored by businessman Mr. Ibrahim Al-Asmakh, was one of the most important Arabic art events in 2013 according to the Al-Arab London Newspaper. The Symposium hosted multiple artists from all over the world bringing together different cultures and generations.

Tents were set up in the middle of the desert and artists were brought to the designated site to camp and conduct their artistry. They were disconnected from the world with no telephones or internet. The secluded scenery enabled the artists to clear their minds while being tentative to the natural surroundings.

The experience connected generations of artists from around the world where they were able to share with one another their expertise and culture. The unique circumstances allowed the artists to clear their minds of cultural and ethnic differences to focus on art. The language of art is one that is understood by everyone. The Al Asmakh Art Symposium proved that very notion with the collection of art that was produced during the event.

Celebrating 25 Years' Success

The travel landscape of Qatar looks very different today than it did when Regency Travel & Tours (RTT) first opened its doors in Doha more than 25 years ago. Now the country’s leading travel agency, with more than 40 offices and 400 plus colleagues, the company is eyeing up regional expansion. RTT’s success over the last two and a half decades would not have been possible without the passion and dedication of its colleagues as Arabian Travel News finds out. The company’s now chief executive officer (CEO), Tareq Abdullatif Taha, started in the bottom ranks himself when he became associated with the Qatar-based company during its foundation in the late 1980s.

“I started with level zero, on the counter,” he explains. “I was issuing tickets and booking hotels and doing services for my clients. It is a great advantage when you know all of the ins and outs of the business, you know how to develop your company more and what the costumer expects from you.”

Taha explains that the five original members of the company are still part of the organization and remain a vital part in its growth story. Together with the company’s founder and owner, Ibrahim Hassan Al Asmakh, they all joined with the same passion for travel and ambition to drive the industry as the company exhibits today.