GHM debuts in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah with The Chedi Wadi Safar

GHM debuts in Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah with The Chedi Wadi Safar

General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM) has signed The Chedi Wadi Safar in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

In line with the kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals, Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) has added The Chedi brand to its impressive collection of the world’s most iconic hospitality brands in Wadi Safar. GHM will complement DGDA’s transformation of Diriyah into a prime destination for local and international visitors seeking world-class cultural and lifestyle experiences, accompanied by a plethora of leisure, retail and premier dining choices.

The Chedi Wadi Safar is strategically located in one of Saudi Arabia’s most important heritage and cultural destinations. The Chedi Wadi Safar and 15 other hotel brands — located across two of DGDA’s master plans: Diriyah and Wadi Safar — were unveiled in an announcement in late November 2022.

Jerry Inzerillo, group CEO of DGDA, ssaid: “We have chosen each hotel brand with care, ensuring our discerning guests are welcomed with their distinctive avant-garde design, world-class amenities and unmatched customer service standards. The Chedi Wadi Safar’s serene and tranquil environment will pay a fitting tribute to the majestic Wadi Safar by delivering its renowned authentic and unrivalled approach to hospitality. We are extremely happy to welcome The Chedi to Diriyah.”

“Through The Chedi Wadi Safar, we look forward to exhibiting elegance and timeless authenticity imbued with our signature hallmark of A Style to Remember to all who visit in Diriyah while staying respectful to the unique beauty of this sacred place,” said Tommy Lai, CEO of GHM.

Diriyah is currently in its first phase of construction, with the 14-square-kilometer project set to include a diverse collection of museums and galleries for cultural exploration and education. In its mandate to Vision 2030, DGDA aims to support the national tourism strategy of hosting 100 million tourists worldwide by 2030, of which Diriyah aims to attract more than 27 million visitors annually.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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