Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
23 - 29 December 1999
Issue No. 461
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Charity fashion show

ALEXANDRIA's women's club recently organised a fashion show at the Sheraton Montazah hotel, where more than 50 evening dresses were shown. The show was one of many activities organised by the club in support of charities, which include orphanages and organisations that provide medical treatment for the underprivileged.

New hotel chain

"FOUR Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence", expected to open in the first quarter of the year 2000, will be the first Four Seasons hotel to operate in Egypt. Situated on the west bank of the Nile, the hotel is moments away from Cairo's city centre. It features a total of 273 guest rooms and 43 suites. According to John O'Sullivan, general manager, the hotel will be a sanctuary in the heart of the city: "an oasis to get you away from the hustle and bustle of the city".

O'Sullivan told Al-Ahram Weekly that Four Seasons has 45 hotels in 22 different countries and that this one is the first to operate in this part of the world. "When we thought of the Middle East, Cairo immediately came to mind. It is the capital of the Middle East. In the coming five years we will have other Four Seasons hotels in Egypt: one will be the Nile Plaza in Garden City, which will operate by the year 2002, another is at Sharm Al-Sheikh, which we will open by the end of the year 2000, and the third is San Stefano Hotel in Alexandria," he said.

Taba's new resort

STARWOOD has signed a management agreement for its first hotel in Taba in the Gulf of Aqaba. "We're excited about having a property in the area where development is rapidly taking place and which has outstanding potential as a tourist destination," said Sami Zoghbi, president of Starwood Hotels and Resorts for Africa, India and Middle East. The 250-room Sheraton Taba Hotel will be built on 81 feddans in Taba city and is scheduled for opening in the first quarter of 2002. The Starwood chain is expanding rapidly in Egypt. "We expect to have 21 hotels by the year 2002," Zoghbi said.

Oneworld initiative

ONEWORLD Global Airline, an alliance among seven of the world's leading airlines (American Airlines, British Airways, Canadian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia and Qantas), has unveiled a major initiative designed to raise millions of dollars for some of the most deprived children around the world. The airline has adopted UNICEF as Oneworld's global charity programme and expects to raise $25 million for the cause in the next five years. Future members of Oneworld will be required to participate in the "Change for Good" programme, the UN children's charity organisation, as one of the conditions for membership. Oneworld is aiming to increase awareness of UNICEF through their in-flight magazines and videos.

"We salute UNICEF for its many years of outstanding service on behalf of children, who are the key to our future, and today we ask our customers to join us in supporting those efforts," said Don Charty, chairman and chief executive officer of American Airlines, and current chairman of Oneworld's governing board.

Passengers are encouraged to empty their pockets of surplus coins and foreign currency collected on their travels; the money is used for life-saving materials and services for the world's neediest children.

Compiled by Rehab Saad

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