Le Royal Hotels is
official sponsor of OAG Airline of the Year Awards for third year
In previous years the
results have thrown up some interesting surprises as well as some
perennial favourites. On behalf of OAG and its customers, we
congratulate all the winners and nominees for representing the very best
in global air travel.”
Lifetime Achievement Award EasyJet founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou,
was presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award by The
Princess Royal. His Lifetime Achievement Award recognised the impact
that EasyJet and the easyGroup had made on the European aviation and
travel scene. Alan Glass praised Stelios for his remarkable
entrepreneurial achievements in a comparatively short ‘lifetime’.
Outstanding Service Award The recipient of the Outstanding Service Award
was Maria Sabbah, BMED sales manager in Lebanon . The award recognised
her dedication and inspiring leadership during the aftermath of the air
attacks on Beirut and its international airport. Maria, who received her
award from BMED CEO, David Richardson, helped hundreds of stranded
passengers from all airlines to find their way home safely from Lebanon
During the award ceremony, which was hosted by sports broadcaster Steve
Rider, the CEO of Visit London, James Bidwell, took the stage to welcome
the gathered airline and travel industry executives to London. He told
them that air travel was vital to the city and the UK’s continued
prosperity, as well as its position as an international economic hub. He
recognised, however, the need to balance the economic importance of
tourism with measures to improve the sustainability of the city and
looked forward to working with the airlines.
The annual “OAG Airline of the Year Awards” celebrates the very best in
global air travel and publicly recognises the highest standards within
the industry. The Awards are in association with TravelPlus; Le Royal
Hotels was the Official Sponsor of the event, and Boeing was the
champagne reception sponsor.
Le Royal Hotels, an exclusive chain of landmark hotels and resorts, is a
member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It first opened its doors in
the heart of Luxembourg’s financial centre in September 1984, just 2
years after the first OAG awards.
Le Royal Luxembourg, with its Five Star Diamond Award, remains the
Group’s flagship hotel and has been named by Conde Naste Traveller
Magazine the 31st best hotel in Europe in its top 50. Expansion has
since seen the opening of hotels in Morocco, Tunisia, Beirut and Jordan
and more openings are planned.
The Group prides itself on each property having its own dynamic
character and special features, with its international award winning
restaurants and exotic spa treatments.
Just as tonight is a Royal occasion, so Le Royal Hotels have also hosted
Royalty, politicians and stars of screen and stage.
Perhaps what sets Le Royal apart is its mixture of European origin and
expertise combining with Levantine luxury, Mediterranean hospitality and
North African mystique. Le Royal highlights excellence and a commitment
to service. This is why they sit so comfortably with the OAG Airline of
the Year Awards.
Auchi funds ‘best and
biggest’ dialysis centre in UK
Baroness Symons and Auchi among attendants of the opening ceremony
Iraqi businessman helps fund largest facility for renal services in
Europe, further research on kidney disease.
London’s Hammersmith Hospital Wednesday celebrated the opening of a new
centre that would help treat more kidney disease patients and help
conduct further vital research on the subject.
The ‘Auchi Dialysis Unit’ was named after Iraqi businessman Nadhmi Auchi
who funded the project.
Emphasising the importance of the new centre, Sir Tom Lang, chairman of
the hospital’s trust, said that it is “the best and biggest centre in
the UK, if not in the whole of Europe,” adding that there are cases in
the UK that can only be treated in the new unit.
“The West London Renal and
Transplant Centre, of which the Auchi Dialysis Centre is a part, is the
largest dedicated facility for renal services in Europe. We have
improved survival rates by a quarter since opening and provide 10% of
haemodialysis carried out in England. I am pleased that we are
officially marking the achievements of the dialysis centre,” said Derek
Smith, Chief Executive of the centre.
Adding her voice to the tone of appreciation of the project, Baroness
Symons of Vernham Dean said that the patients she visited “spoke highly
of the care they are getting.”
Addressing Auchi at the ceremony, the Baroness concluded, “Thank you
very much for [providing] the ability to do more research into kidney
disease. We owe you a very big debt.”
In conclusion, Auchi said: “I am impressed by the breadth of specialist
treatment provided by the clinical staff on a daily basis and am
delighted to be able to contribute to this world-class centre so that it
can continue to provide excellent care to its patients.”
Auchi has also created a trust fund for the West London Renal and
Transplant Centre that will give training fellowships for doctors
wanting to specialise in transplantation or nephrology. The centre will
also train Arab doctors on crucial treatments of such a disease.
Auchi also announced that he is sponsoring a charity hospital dedicated
to help Iraqis living in Damascus, Syria as part of lifting the
suffering of those who were forced to move there due to the current
situation in his home country Iraq.
In addition to being a prominent businessman, Nadhmi Auch is also the
President of the Anglo Arab Organisation, an NGO body set to attempt
building economic and cultural bridges between the peoples of the Arab
world and the West