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Jul 2021

GILGIT SERENA HOTEL MAINTAINS ITS NR. 1 RANKING ON TRIPADVISOR

GILGIT, 19th July 2021 – Gilgit Serena Hotel has maintained its top ranking by receiving the Number 1 Travelers Choice Award for 2021 on TripAdvisor, a leading online platform for travel around the world.  Gilgit Serena Hotel aims to expose travelers to the region to the captivating natural beauty of region. It has been facilitating leisure and business travelers as well as adventure seekers to enjoy delightful local cuisine, heritage-style accommodations and personalized service for the past 35 years, during which it has maintained the top local...

GILGIT, 19th July 2021 – Gilgit Serena Hotel has maintained its top ranking by receiving the Number 1 Travelers Choice Award for 2021 on TripAdvisor, a leading online platform for travel around the world.  

Gilgit Serena Hotel aims to expose travelers to the region to the captivating natural beauty of region. It has been facilitating leisure and business travelers as well as adventure seekers to enjoy delightful local cuisine, heritage-style accommodations and personalized service for the past 35 years, during which it has maintained the top local hotel ranking.

The hotel features amenities like meeting and conference rooms, 24-hour front desk and room service, walking trail, helipads and free WiFi, as well as sprawling acres of fruit-laden orchards and gardens with running streams that were rated highly by visitors. 

Gilgit Serena Hotel forms a part of Serena Hotels’ Gilgit-Baltistan Collection of Hotels, Palaces and Forts that aim to protect and promote local culture and heritage of the region in an environmentally sensitive manner. The General Manager of the Serena Hotels in the Northern Areas, Sarwat Majeed, while commenting on the ranking, said that the hotel has stepped up its health and safety SOPs according to internationally approved hospitality standards, and has consistently been focused on providing guests with “a beautiful and memorable experience” during their stay.

Jul 2021

SERENA HOTELS CAMPS IN KENYA RETAIN ECO-TOURISM GOLD CERTIFICATION

30th June, Nairobi, Kenya…the Serena Hotels’ Camp portfolio in Kenya that includes, Sweetwaters Serena Camp and Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp have retained their Gold Eco-Rating Certification by the Eco-Tourism Society of Kenya since year 2013 and 2015 respectively.The Certification program is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council since 2016 and is at the samelevel with other international standards across the globe. Sweetwaters Serena Camp and Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp went through an in-depth biennial on-site audit that resulted...

30th June, Nairobi, Kenya…the Serena Hotels’ Camp portfolio in Kenya that includes, Sweetwaters Serena Camp and Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp have retained their Gold Eco-Rating Certification by the Eco-Tourism Society of Kenya since year 2013 and 2015 respectively.

The Certification program is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council since 2016 and is at the same
level with other international standards across the globe. Sweetwaters Serena Camp and Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp went through an in-depth biennial on-site audit that resulted in the Gold Eco-rating Certification. A ‘Gold Eco-rating’ is awarded to facilities that have shown innovation in responsible resource use, environmental conservation,
community empowerment, cultural preservation and promotion and holistic business practices.

Some of the notable projects both Camps were commended for but not limited to includes:

  • Trees planted by our guests, staff and the local community school children. Both camps have their own seedling nursery with efforts focused on reforestation while in the recent past, on agroforestry which includes the planting of fruit and herb trees. Whilst contributing towards reducing our carbon footprint, it is hoped that this will enhance food security in the long run.
  • Has made conscious efforts to reduce ‘single-use plastic’ through initiatives such as: transitioning to a replenishable large format of guest amenities that replaces the traditional single-use miniature bottled shampoo, shower gel and lotion; elimination of plastic straws; and transitioning to the use of glass mineral water bottles from single-use plastic mineral water bottles. 
  • Lake Elmenteita Serena and Sweetwaters Serena both run on a grid-tied solar system and have solar water heating systems.
  • Supports and empowers the local community through the provision of employment, training, internships, priority towards sourcing of fresh food produce, sale of artefacts and handicrafts from the local community groups at the gift shops amongst others.
  • Water conservation is achieved through efficient laundry and kitchen washing process formulations and waste water recycling. Treated effluent water is re-used for irrigation and the excess effluent is let back into the environment.
  • Serena Clinics are in place at each property and accessible to guests, staff and the local community who receive free medical and wellness consultation.

Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing Director, Serena Hotels, says, “It is an honor to have our camps in Kenya retain this top-tier eco-rating certification that is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Despite the adverse effects of the pandemic, our daily interactions and business processes continue to be guided by various policies that focus on responsible business along our value chain so as to create shared value between our business and the eco-system within which we operate.”

The Eco-Tourism Kenya Certification places emphasis on standards for running sustainable travel and tourism businesses. The Gold Certification represents the highest level of standard that can be attained by a business as a result of the adoption of best practices in the use of tourism resources, working with local communities, and managing waste and emissions.

Grace Nderitu, CEO Eco-Tourism Kenya, says, “We applaud Serena Hotels for meeting eco-tourism standards to achieve the Gold Certification Rating. This certification is a true testament of how Serena Hotels is making remarkable continuous improvements to uphold sustainable tourism business practices.”

May 2021

PAKISTAN'S SIRBAZ MAKES HISTORY BY SUMMITING MT. EVEREST WITHOUT OXYGEN

Pakistani Mountaineer Sirbaz Khan has reached the basecamp back safely after successfully summiting Mt Everest on 12th May 2021 as part of “Mission 14”, a quest to scale all 14 peaks over 8000 m around the world.Sirbaz achieved this feat just 26 days after his perilous summit of the tenth highest peak in the world, the Mt. Annapurna in Nepal. He, along with fellow mountaineer Abdul Joshi, become the first Pakistanis to scale the treacherous peak on 16th April 2021.For Sirbaz, who hails from Hunza, this was the seventh over 8,000m mountain...

Pakistani Mountaineer Sirbaz Khan has reached the basecamp back safely after successfully summiting Mt Everest on 12th May 2021 as part of “Mission 14”, a quest to scale all 14 peaks over 8000 m around the world.

 

Sirbaz achieved this feat just 26 days after his perilous summit of the tenth highest peak in the world, the Mt. Annapurna in Nepal. He, along with fellow mountaineer Abdul Joshi, become the first Pakistanis to scale the treacherous peak on 16th April 2021.

 

For Sirbaz, who hails from Hunza, this was the seventh over 8,000m mountain that he has scaled so far. His previous summits, apart from Mt. Annapurna, include Lhotse (8,516m) and Manaslu (8,163m) in Nepal and K2, Nanga Parbat (8,126m) and Broad Peak (8,051m) in Pakistan. Sirbaz began climbing as a mountain guide, and was part of the kitchen crew of international climbing expeditions for over 11 years before becoming a professional mountaineer. The most remarkable thing about his expeditions is that he tends to use no supplemental oxygen which is a further testament to his grit and talent.

 

Sirbaz has dedicated his summit to his fellow mountaineer friend and mentor, Ali Sadpara who lost his life during a K2 expedition in February this year.

 

“I am back at the basecamp after raising Pakistan's flag on top of the world. My dear Pakistanis.. this is the best gift I could give you for this Eid. Please accept it as "Eidi" from my side,” he said in a statement. “I thank Allah SWT for these great successes. This is not the success of one individual. I share this success with all of you, especially, with the High Altitude Porters, Low porters, Cooks, Helpers and everyone from the unsung and underprivileged mountaineering community of Pakistan.”

 

“Once again, I dedicate this summit to our elder brother and hero of the Pakistani mountaineering family - Muhammad Ali Sadpara. Ali bhai, you are going to complete your dream - the 14 summits, very soon. Inshallah!”

 

Sirbaz also appreciated his fellow climber, young Pakistani mountaineer Shehroze Kashif who became the youngest Pakistani to scale Mt. Everest at 19 years of age.

 

Serena Hotels has been sponsoring Sirbaz on his expeditions under its Adventure Diplomacy community initiative that aims to encourage adventure sports in the Pakistan. Under this banner, Serena Hotels regularly sponsors a number of adventure sports including high altitude marathons, jeep rallies, skiing and mountaineering activities.

 

 “It is a moment of immense pride and triumph for Pakistan and for Serena Hotels Adventure Diplomacy which has sponsored Sirbaz through his expeditions. Pakistanis have tremendous grit and talent, however in order to achieve their lofty ambitions they need a supportive environment, for which we all must play our role,” commented Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels South and Central Asia.

May 2021

SERENA HOTELS WINS 2021 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARD.

Serena Hotel Properties Recognized Among Best in Africa, based on Outstanding 2021 Traveler/Diner Reviews.Nairobi, Kenya – May 27th, 2021 – Serena Hotels today announced it has been recognized as a Travelers’ Choice award-winner for Africa based on a full year of TripAdvisor reviews, over the last 12 months. Award winners are known for consistently receiving great travelers’/diners feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe.Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, the Group Managing Director reiterated, “The guest's ...

Serena Hotel Properties Recognized Among Best in Africa, based on Outstanding 2021 Traveler/Diner Reviews.

Nairobi, Kenya – May 27th, 2021 – Serena Hotels today announced it has been recognized as a Travelers’ Choice award-winner for Africa based on a full year of TripAdvisor reviews, over the last 12 months. Award winners are known for consistently receiving great travelers’/diners feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe.

Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, the Group Managing Director reiterated, “The guest's recognition via Trip Advisor is a great honor. We thank our guests for showing confidence in us and promise to continuously improve our product and service. We are also grateful to all our staff for working tirelessly to make our brand remain a premier hospitality brand in Africa.”

The recognized properties are as below:

Tanzania

  • Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
  • Zanzibar Serena Hotel
  • Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
  • Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa
  • Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
  • Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel

Kenya

  • Mara Serena Safari Lodge
  • Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp
  • Sweetwaters Serena Camp
  • Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
  • Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Rwanda

  • Kigali Serena Hotel
  • Lake Kivu Serena Hotel

 

 

“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at TripAdvisor. “The past year has been extremely challenging for tourism businesses. However, I have been impressed by how businesses have adapted to these challenges, implementing new safety and hygiene measures and utilizing technology to prioritize guest safety. The Travelers’ Choice Awards highlights the places that are consistently excellent - delivering quality experiences with the changing customer expectations. Based on a full year of reviews from customers, this award speaks to the great service and experience you provided guests amid a pandemic.”

About Tourism Promotion Services (TPS), Serena Hotels

Serena Hotels offers quality accommodation in a collection of 22 up-market hotels, safari lodges, camps and resorts within 6 countries in the Eastern Africa region (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Mozambique) and 11 properties in Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan). These properties are strategically located to offer exciting circuits for guests in some of the most exquisite and prime locations in Eastern Africa and Asia. With a focus on product, service standards and guest satisfaction, Serena Hotels continues in its quest to be the hotel of choice for the discerning traveler providing guests with quality accommodation, conference and holiday solutions.

Serena takes pride in the level of personal care and warmth of welcome that it extends to its guests. Each Serena property is designed to complement its environment, while nurturing the landscape, culture and community that surrounds it. The Serena Group leads the industry in East African eco-awareness and eco-policy implementation.

 About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel platform*, helps 463 million travelers each month** make every trip their best trip. Travelers across the globe use the TripAdvisor site and app to browse more than 860 million reviews and opinions of 8.7 million accommodations, restaurants, experiences, airlines and cruises. Whether planning or on a trip, travelers turn to TripAdvisor to compare low prices on hotels, flights and cruises, book popular tours and attractions, as well as reserve tables at great restaurants. TripAdvisor, the ultimate travel companion, is available in 49 markets and 28 languages.

The subsidiaries and affiliates of TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) own and operate a portfolio of websites and businesses, including the following travel media brands:

For press inquiries please contact Sharon Kibwage, Corporate Communications Executive: Sharon.Kibwage@serenahotels.com,  0734699277

Mar 2021

SERENA HOTELS REMAINS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

We would like to inform our esteemed clients that all our properties Nairobi Serena Hotel; Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel; Amboseli, Mara, Kilaguni Serena Lodges, Sweetwaters and Lake Elmenteita Camps; remain open for business.  Access to the properties within the zone that include: Nairobi, Nakuru, Kajiado, Kiambu and Machakos is as follows: -   Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp is accessible through the Naivasha – Nakuru Highway.  Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge is accessible through the Nairobi –Isinya-Imaroro-Mashuru –Isaara –Simba Cement road*. Access…

We would like to inform our esteemed clients that all our properties Nairobi Serena Hotel; Mombasa Serena Beach Hotel; Amboseli, Mara, Kilaguni Serena Lodges, Sweetwaters and Lake Elmenteita Camps; remain open for business.
 
Access to the properties within the zone that include: Nairobi, Nakuru, Kajiado, Kiambu and Machakos is as follows: -

  • Elmenteita Serena Camp is accessible through the Naivasha – Nakuru Highway.
  • Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge is accessible through the Nairobi –Isinya-Imaroro-Mashuru –Isaara –Simba Cement road*.

 Access to properties outside the zone will be from counties not mentioned above.
 
 Travelers are required to observe the following precautionary measures:

  • Wear a mask in all public areas
  • Wash your hands/ sanitize
  • Maintain social distance while interacting with others

 Please click on this link to access our Covid-19 Safety Protocols.
 
Our reservation team is at your disposal to assist with all your queries regarding your stay and navigation to and fro these properties.
 
 
For more information, please contact:
Serena Hotels Sales Centre                                                                                 
Tel: +254 732 123 333            / +254 709 998 333    
E-Mail: reservations.kenya@serenahotels.com

Mar 2021

SERENA COLLECTS WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVES UNDER ONE PLATFORM ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

 Serena Hotels hosted a Women’s Day Breakfast and Crafts Bazaar to acknowledge the trailblazing women of society and to provide support and representation to women social enterprises.  The First Lady Mrs. Samina Arif Alvi was the Chief Guest at the occasion which was attended by prominent women leaders from politics, sports, healthcare and charities as well as other segments of society including journalists and members of the Diplomatic corps and their spouses.  An exhibition of social enterprises for women empowerment as well as organisations working…

Serena Hotels hosted a Women’s Day Breakfast and Crafts Bazaar to acknowledge the trailblazing women of society and to provide support and representation to women social enterprises.

The First Lady Mrs. Samina Arif Alvi was the Chief Guest at the occasion which was attended by prominent women leaders from politics, sports, healthcare and charities as well as other segments of society including journalists and members of the Diplomatic corps and their spouses.

An exhibition of social enterprises for women empowerment as well as organisations working to support persons with disabilities and social justice was set up which included a colourful crafts bazaar. The exhibitors included the Pakistan Foreign Office Women Association (PFOWA), Behbud Crafts, Indus Heritage Trust, Mashal Association, Andaaz, Rozan, Nomad Gallery, Care for Special Persons Foundation, Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Pakistan and Pakistan Air Force Women’s Association (PAFWA).

CEO Serena Hotels South and Central Asia Mr. Aziz Boolani said that Serena Hotels is working to create a workplace where everyone can advance, and a culture of equality that unlocks human potential. “We are proud to be the first EDGE (Economic Dividends for Gender Equality) certified hospitality company in Pakistan. Today we celebrate the achievements of women and pledge to collectively create an inclusive world.” 

Mar 2021

NOWRUZ CELEBRATED AT SERENA HOTELS

Serena Hotels held a colorful Nowruz celebration event with the collaboration of the diplomatic missions of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan under the banner of its Cultural Diplomacy community initiative.Nowruz – which means ‘new day’ – is an ancient celebration of spring dating back to around 3000 years; today it celebrated by around 300 million people belonging to different faiths and ethnicities across the world. In 2010 the United Nations adopted a resolution to officially recognize the International...

Serena Hotels held a colorful Nowruz celebration event with the collaboration of the diplomatic missions of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan under the banner of its Cultural Diplomacy community initiative.

Nowruz – which means ‘new day’ – is an ancient celebration of spring dating back to around 3000 years; today it celebrated by around 300 million people belonging to different faiths and ethnicities across the world. In 2010 the United Nations adopted a resolution to officially recognize the International Day of Nowruz. The event included beautiful cultural performances including cultural dances and musical performances as well as stalls by the participating countries featuring their local handicrafts and heritage products.

Wife of the President of Pakistan Mrs. Samina Arif Alvi was the Chief Guest at the event which was also graced by the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Aftab Jehangir, heads of missions of the participating countries, and a number of notable dignitaries from the diplomatic corps, corporate sector and the Government.

CEO Serena Hotels South and Central Asia Mr. Aziz Boolani thanked the First Lady and the collaborating countries as well as the attendees for their participation in the event.  

“At Serena Hotels, we believe in creating positive linkages that can bring value to the society, and our various Diplomacy initiatives follow this overarching mission. The Nowruz event at Serena Hotels has become a yearly feature and a unique platform for the Nowruz celebrating countries to come together to celebrate this UN-recognized festival collectively,” he said.

“Nowruz, a spring festival that has been celebrated across different regions since centuries, reminds us of what we have in common,” said  H.E. Atadjan Movlamov, Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Turkmenistan, thanking the First Lady Mrs. Samina Arif Alvi for her participation. “Today’s event shows that Pakistan stands for peace, development and progress.”

Mar 2021

SERENA HOTELS AND MARGALLA GREENS HOST HIGH-PROFILE GOLF TOURNAMENT

administration of the Margalla Greens Golf Club (MGGC) at the Naval Complex in E-8 on Saturday morning.It was a colorful event and featured the participation of a large number of senior diplomats, corporate heads and high-ranking officials from the Pakistan Armed Forces alongwith their spouses on a beautiful spring day.Serena Hotels regularly organize and sponsor sporting events under the banner of Sports Diplomacy to provide a platform for sports lovers to network and build positive relationships while sharing the joy of sports.CEO...

administration of the Margalla Greens Golf Club (MGGC) at the Naval Complex in E-8 on Saturday morning.

 

It was a colorful event and featured the participation of a large number of senior diplomats, corporate heads and high-ranking officials from the Pakistan Armed Forces alongwith their spouses on a beautiful spring day.

 

Serena Hotels regularly organize and sponsor sporting events under the banner of Sports Diplomacy to provide a platform for sports lovers to network and build positive relationships while sharing the joy of sports.

 

CEO Serena Hotels South and Central Asia Mr. Aziz Boolani said that it was the endeavor of Serena Hotels to allow people to continue enjoying healthy activities whilst fully following the Covid-19 SOPs for their safety. He also thanked the MGGC and the participants for their participation and excellent turnout, especially the enthusiastic participation of a large number of female golfers.

 

The prizes were distributed amongst the winners by the Ambassadors and corporate heads and included the following winners in various categories:

H.E. Dato Mahmud Saidin (1st Net) and Sen. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary (1st Gross) in Diplomatic Category, Mr. Taimur Abbasi (1st Net) and Mr. Imran Janjua (1st Gross) in Corporate Category, R. Adm. Imran Ahmed (1st Net) and Capt. Atif Sultan (1st Gross) in Armed Forces Category, Mrs. AM Amir Masood (1st Net) and Ms. Ami Qin (1st Gross) in Ladies Category. The subsidiary prizes included Col. Faisal Javed and Mrs. Farnaz Bajwa (Closest to Pin), Brig. Irfan Khan and Mrs. Tehmina Rashid (Longest Drive).

Jan 2021

SERENA HOSTS 35 WOMEN FOOTBALLERS FROM CHITRAL

ISLAMABAD, 26th January 2021 – Serena Hotels hosted 35 women footballers from the Chitral Women Sports Club (CWSC) who are currently visiting Islamabad for a sports camp and sporting exchange. Serena Hotels, under its Sports Diplomacy banner, propagates local sports and sponsors a number of initiatives to promote sportspeople in the country and propel them onto the international area. The CWSC was set up in 2018 by Karishma Ali, a remarkable young woman hailing from the remote region, who has represented Pakistan in international footballing…

ISLAMABAD, 26th January 2021 – Serena Hotels hosted 35 women footballers from the Chitral Women Sports Club (CWSC) who are currently visiting Islamabad for a sports camp and sporting exchange. Serena Hotels, under its Sports Diplomacy banner, propagates local sports and sponsors a number of initiatives to promote sportspeople in the country and propel them onto the international area.

The CWSC was set up in 2018 by Karishma Ali, a remarkable young woman hailing from the remote region, who has represented Pakistan in international footballing events and has won global accolades for her efforts to propagate women’s football in Chitral.

The 23-year-old said that the idea behind bringing these girls from Chitral to Islamabad was to provide them with opportunities to learn under guidance of professional coaches, and gain game exposure in a professional environment. They are being coached by coach Jose Alonso from Spain and Waleed Javed, an FA level 1 and AFC C licensed coach, who are training the girls for a seven-day camp at the Jinnah Sports Stadium in Islamabad.

“I see tremendous potential in these girls. I am sure that the learning and exposure that they are getting by interacting with the coaches and fellow footballers from Islamabad and Rawalpindi sports clubs will be a game-changer for them,” enthused Karishma.


Mr Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels South and Central Asia, said that he was delighted to see the girls display such passion and enthusiasm for the sport, despite the barriers to entry in traditional societies where they hail from. “Sports is a healthy pursuit and has the potential to be a harbinger of peace and social development, especially for remote areas like Chitral.”


“Serena has always taken the lead in supporting women’s empowerment through economic opportunities and sports ventures. We are ever ready to encourage such sportswomen in their quest to reach for the stars.”

Nov 2020

AMBOSELI SERENA SAFARI LODGE WINS GLOBAL BEST PRACTICE AWARD

Nairobi, Kenya, November 12th, 2020 Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Kenya has won the CSR Award 2020 at the ‘CINET Global Best Practices Awards’ that was organized online in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge won the award because of its outstanding focus on supporting the community, as well as for applying eco-friendly laundry practices through sustainable and efficient solar power in the Kenyan safari region.  The CINET awards function is a platform to highlight best practices in Professional Textile Care (PTC) and demonstrates…

Nairobi, Kenya, November 12th, 2020

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Kenya has won the CSR Award 2020 at the ‘CINET Global Best Practices Awards’ that was organized online in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge won the award because of its outstanding focus on supporting the community, as well as for applying eco-friendly laundry practices through sustainable and efficient solar power in the Kenyan safari region.

The CINET awards function is a platform to highlight best practices in Professional Textile Care (PTC) and demonstrates the industry’s focus on a high standard of quality, new business models, innovation, and sustainability. The independent International Jury from 20 countries within the PTC industry appreciated Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge for their servicing concept focused on social responsibility.

Abdulkadir Rahim, Group Engineer, Serena Hotels, says, “We are humbled to receive the Global Best Practices Award. This award demonstrates how our journey and efforts to move from fossil-based energy to renewable energy sources and effective energy and wastewater management has evolved over the years.  Incorporating historic energy data insights into our business strategy is one of the key drivers that led us to transform our largest property into a fully solar powered lodge in July 2018, which has enhanced our environmental sustainability.”

As part of its day-to-day operations, Serena Hotels focus on innovative programs that respond to the needs of the environment, economy, and communities within which it operates. Kilaguni Serena, Amboseli Serena and Mara Serena, all built in the 1970s within National Parks/Game Reserves are not only a ‘one-of-a-kind getaways’, but a leading-edge example of how clean, renewable energy independence can be successfully achieved through the installation of off-grid Solar PV systems, even in such challenging safari locations. Lake Elmenteita and Sweetwaters Serena Camps have a grid-tied hybrid solar plants in place whilst four of our properties in East Africa have Solar Water Heating Systems in place.  

An enormous amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions has been avoided since installation of the five Serena solar power plants in a phased manner since July 2017. As an indication, without this investment, more than 200,000 trees would have to be planted in the next 10 years as CO2 compensation. The solar power plants complement the Serena East Africa reafforestation initiative that has taken place for over two decades which particularly aligns with the Sustainable Development Goal 13 Climate Action as set out by the United Nations Development Program.

Kathurima Mburugu, Lodge Manager at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge says, “The in-house laundry plays an important role in the well-being of the guests and staff, since it resupplies clean and hygienic operational textile and staff uniforms. Our guests are predominantly nature lovers with a great affinity for the environment. My team and I are therefore committed to operating the laundry as well as the rest of the lodge in a sustainable manner.”

Amboseli Serena’s attention to the environment is unlimited. It uses biodegradable cleaning solutions and detergents for its laundry and other lodge operations. The Lodge is connected to waste water treatment ponds before the clean water is discharged into the environment via a reed swamp which even further purifies the water. This goes a long way in preserving  the natural environment which is part of Serena’s philosophy.

Notes to the Editor:

About Tourism Promotion Services (TPS), Serena Hotels

Serena Hotels offers quality accommodation in a collection of 24 up-market hotels, safari lodges, camps and resorts within 7 countries in the Eastern Africa region (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo and Mozambique) and 11 properties in Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan). These properties are strategically located to offer exciting circuits for guests in some of the most exquisite and prime locations in Eastern Africa and Asia. With a focus on product, service standards and guest satisfaction, Serena Hotels continues in its quest to be the hotel of choice for the discerning traveller providing guests with quality accommodation, conference and holiday solutions.

Serena takes pride in the level of personal care and warmth of welcome that it extends to its guests. Each Serena property is designed to complement its environment, while nurturing the landscape, culture and community that surrounds it. The Serena Group leads the industry in East African eco-awareness and eco-policy implementation.

About Global Best Practices Award

The Global Best Practices Award is an initiative of CINET, a Professional Textile Care Company founded 35 years ago and has a mission “To be a well-structured, strong and reputed international umbrella organization for the global professional textile care industry to both consumer and business-to-business applications”.

The Global Best Practices Award Program stimulates the implementation of best practice measures, service aspects, marketing and quality of the professional textile care industry and demonstrates its capabilities. For professional textile care (PTC) operations quality, service, innovation, and sustainability are the key issues to meet customer demands. By stimulating the best practices approach, CINET intends to contribute to a modern and sustainable textile care sector.

Winners of the Global Best Practices Award 2020 were announced at an award ceremony in Amsterdam, Netherlands on the 5th November 2020.

For press inquiries please contact Sharon Kibwage, Corporate Communications Executive: Sharon.Kibwage@serenahotels.com, 0734699277

Oct 2020

SERENA HOSTS HIGH PROFILE AWARENESS EVENT ON BREAST CANCER

“A consolidated advocacy effort involving health care officials, the Government, the media and civil society can bring about the synergy that can reverse the breast cancer crisis in Pakistan.”    These remarks were expressed by the Mrs. Arif Alvi, wife of the President of Pakistan during her keynote address at a high-profile panel discussion on Breast Cancer Awareness hosted by Serena Hotels under the banner of Raabta Public Diplomacy initiative. Raabta is curated by broadcast journalist Sidra Iqbal and uses the convening power of Serena to bring…

“A consolidated advocacy effort involving health care officials, the Government, the media and civil society can bring about the synergy that can reverse the breast cancer crisis in Pakistan.”

These remarks were expressed by the Mrs. Arif Alvi, wife of the President of Pakistan during her keynote address at a high-profile panel discussion on Breast Cancer Awareness hosted by Serena Hotels under the banner of Raabta Public Diplomacy initiative. Raabta is curated by broadcast journalist Sidra Iqbal and uses the convening power of Serena to bring together thought leaders, policymakers, experts and the civil society together to advance debate and curate knowledge about important socio-economic topics.

The other experts on the panel included Dr. Ayesha Isani Majeed, Head of Radiology Department and Incharge Federal Breast Cancer Screening Center at Pakistan Institute for Medical Sciences (PIMS), and Dr. Abida K. Sattar, Head of Breast Surgery at Aga Khan University. Senator Aizaz Chaudary, Director of Institute of Strategic Studies also shared his experience as a male survivor of breast cancer.

With 1.3 million cases daily, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women worldwide. Pakistan has the highest prevalence of breast cancer in Asia, with one out of nine women expected to be diagnosed with the disease at some point.

Mrs. Arif Alvi said that breast cancer is preventable and treatable if detected early, hence spreading information was the key to disease eradication. She said that she had requested support from parliamentarians and from the Federal Minister for Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan to help initiate a door to door information campaign in every district, city, tehsil and village by utilizing the network of Lady Health Workers and NGO groups like the Green Star Clinics. She announced that a call center facility was also being set up for facilitation of public information.

Sidra Iqbal said that with 90,000 women being diagnosed with breast cancer every year and the high death rate from the disease, there was a dire need to break the cultural and traditional barriers to disease prevention and cure. She thanked the First Lady Mrs. Arif Alvi for taking up this important public information campaign due to which people have atleast started a conversation around this disease which is the first step towards its prevention.

Dr. Ayesha Isani Majeed stressed that yearly mammograms for women over 40 and regular breast self-examinations should become a part of women’s self-care routine. She informed that the Federal Breast Cancer Screening Center at PIMS is the first public sector facility in Islamabad which offers initial screening and detection, biopsy, ultrasound and mammography to patients under one ceiling, and was built to facilitate the growing demand of patients especially those unable to afford the costs of private hospitals. Dr. Isani also spoke of the need to create support groups for those suffering from the disease as the willpower to fight the disease played a major role in recovery.

Senator Aizaz Chaudhary said that there was a need to target men in awareness campaign by distributing pamphlets and informational material. Sharing his personal experience, he said he faced a delay in diagnosis due to the ignorance related to the prevalence of male breast cancer. Due to non-presence of breast tissue, it is even more likely for the cancer to spread to other areas hence it is very important to be diagnosed early to avoid the rapid spread of the cancer.

Dr. Arifa from Aga Khan Hospital said that the disease is often hereditary, and it has nothing to do with the character of a women as surmised by some ignorant segments. She urged measures for early detection, as it was the biggest weapon towards the eradication of the disease. Dr. Arifa shared that there is fertility treatment now available for young women who have been diagnosed with this and other cancers, to make sure there are viable fertility options via IVF for women whose fertility might be adversely affected by chemotherapy.

The panelists agreed that the “Be aware Be Safe” breast cancer awareness campaign spearheaded by Mrs. Arif Alvi especially the measures like the recorded public information messages on ringtones by the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) was playing a positive role in bringing people into clinics for checkups and timely interventions.

The event was streamed live on Serena Hotels social media channels and is part of a series of multi-platform initiatives by Serena Hotels continuing all this month at its units countrywide to mark “Pinktober”. Serena Hotel  

Sep 2020

SERENA, RGC INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Serena Hotels and Rawalpindi Golf Club (RGC) hosted the Annual Invitational Golf Tournament at Rawalpindi Golf Club on Sunday as part of its Sports Diplomacy initiative, marking the welcome resumption of events after a long hiatus due to lockdown. Chief of Logistics Staff (CLS) Lt. Gen. Azhar Saleh Abbasi graced the event as Chief Guest. The tournament drew more than 80 golf enthusiasts from the military high command, diplomatic corps, foreign dignitaries, corporate and business sectors which included women golfers. CEO Serena Hotels South and…

Serena Hotels and Rawalpindi Golf Club (RGC) hosted the Annual Invitational Golf Tournament at Rawalpindi Golf Club on Sunday as part of its Sports Diplomacy initiative, marking the welcome resumption of events after a long hiatus due to lockdown. Chief of Logistics Staff (CLS) Lt. Gen. Azhar Saleh Abbasi graced the event as Chief Guest.

The tournament drew more than 80 golf enthusiasts from the military high command, diplomatic corps, foreign dignitaries, corporate and business sectors which included women golfers.

CEO Serena Hotels South and Central Asia Mr. Aziz Boolani said that this was the first event to be organized after the Covid-19 lockdown period, and many more were being planned. He also thanked the RGC and the participants for their enthusiastic participation and excellent turnout.

The dignitaries and participants expressed their pleasure at the chance of competing in pleasant environs of the Rawalpindi Golf Club where the organizers were fully compliant with COVID-19 protocols.

The winners in various categories were:

Maj. Gen. Tariq Qaddus and Maj. Haider Amjad (Ist Net), Maj. Gen. (r) Tariq Saleem Malik and Lt. Col. Tariq Yaqoob (1st Gross) in the Amateur Category, H.E. Dato Mahmud Saidin (1st Gross) and Mr. Aamir Shaukat (1st Net) in Diplomatic Category, Mrs. Tahira Nazir (1st Gross) and Mrs. Hussain Bano (1st Net) in Ladies Category, Mr. Aftab Ahmed (1st Gross) and Mr. Alamgir Shah (1st Net) in Corporate Category while the longest drive award went to Imran Janjua and closet to pin Mr. Haseeb Sultan. Mr. Aamir Shaukat was also awarded for a Hole in One.

Serena Hotels routinely organizes and sponsors sports activities like squash, tennis, hiking, polo, skiing etc. under its sports and adventure diplomacy banners to enhance well-being and enable sharing of the joys of sports.

Jul 2020

SERENA HOTELS COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Serena Hotels has a long tradition of emphasizing cleanliness, safety and comfort in our guest rooms, public spaces and back of house operations as we understand that the health, safety and comfort of our guests, staff and partners remains of utmost importance.  This principle accompanies us in this period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic and we want to assure our guests that as we re-open our properties during this period, we have added to our already rigorous cleaning and safety protocols, the appropriate recommendations and compliance…

Serena Hotels has a long tradition of emphasizing cleanliness, safety and comfort in our guest rooms, public spaces and back of house operations as we understand that the health, safety and comfort of our guests, staff and partners remains of utmost importance.

This principle accompanies us in this period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic and we want to assure our guests that as we re-open our properties during this period, we have added to our already rigorous cleaning and safety protocols, the appropriate recommendations and compliance measures in line with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization requirements to prevent the spread of this virus.

 Management engaged Polucon, a leading inspection, certification and pest control company for preparation and implementation of an in-depth training program on general hygiene, safety requirements and disinfection processes for the ‘front of house’ and ‘back of house’ areas for all Serena properties. This training process is being carried out at all Serena properties across the region.

The hygiene and safety measures that have been put in place at our properties are:

  •  Cleaning of Surface areas: We have added the appropriate cleaning and sanitization products for high-touch surface cleanliness in all public spaces with increased frequency and these include disinfectants and sanitizing sprayers that rapidly clean and disinfect the guest rooms, public areas, restaurants, function and banqueting areas.
  •  Equipment: Automated hand sanitizers, non-contact infrared thermometers, hand wash sinks in the appropriate touch points for guests and staff are in place. Other equipment that is to be added in due course to enhance the sanitizing measures already in place are: Ultraviolet disinfection wands for restaurant table tops and Spa equipment, Electrostatic disinfectant Spray machines for guest rooms, public areas and guest luggage and key card/keys sanitizing kits
  • Guest Interaction: To help alleviate the risk of transmission, clear   signage is availed in the public areas to remind guests to maintain social-distancing protocols. Floor markers have been put in appropriate areas and furniture has been re –arranged to allow more space for distancing in all guest areas.
  • Guest transport:  Guest transport vehicles for transfers, game drives and other guest activities mounted sanitizers and must be cleaned and sanitized after every trip.
  • Food safety: All food handlers have been trained on safe food preparation, preparation and service practices.  All suppliers have been advised of the new operating standards for purchasing and delivery that must be adhered to.
  • Food and Beverage Areas:  Furniture in the restaurants and bars have been re-configured in order to comply with the social distancing measures of 1.5metres between tables.

 The company has modified its operational practices for buffet service for the safety and well–being of our guests.

Two sittings for dinning may be arranged if necessary and clients shall be informed when making reservations, upon check in.

Guests can access restaurant menus through their phones. 

Payments: Cash free payment options are encouraged. Disinfectant wipes for credit/debit cards are available.

Staff: All staff must have the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when on duty. Whilst on duty, staff are required to have their temperatures checked on daily basis by the nurse before reporting on duty and should any staff feel unwell they must stay away from work and report immediately to the Nurse. Staff are advised to have minimal interaction with guests and amongst themselves.

Property Certification: Properties have been inspected and certified as having complied with the required COVID-19 protocols by respective Health authorities.

For more information on Serena Hotels COVID-19 Safety Protocols, please click here.

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ON-SITE PCR TESTS

 

Nairobi Serena Hotel and Kampala Serena Hotel in partnership with accredited laboratories recommended by WHO are offering its guests on-site PCR tests. This service is also available for clients completing their safari before departure. The on-site PCR tests can be scheduled through the Concierge upon arrival after guests have received a briefing on all safety measures to be observed.

 

Costs

 

Nairobi Serena Hotel

Lancet Laboratories

1. Normal Testing at the hotel- KES 10,250/ USD 100 (24hours)

2. Normal Testing at the lab- KES 7,750/ USD 71 (24hours)

 

Kampala Serena Hotel

Test and Fly Laboratories

1. Emergency Testing - UGX 500,000 / USD 135.2 (6 hours)

2. General Testing - UGX 245,000 / USD 65 (12 hours)

 

Ruby Medical Centre

1. Express Testing - UGX 450,000 / USD 121.94 (12 hours)

2. Normal Testing - UGX 350,000 / USD 94.84 (48 hours)

Jul 2020

HBL, SERENA PROVIDE OVER 85,000 COMPLIMENTARY MEALS TO COVID-19 FRONTLINERS

Habib Bank Limited (HBL) and Serena Hotels have successfully concluded their almost 4 month-long joint initiative “Jazba-e-Khidmat” for delivering high-quality meals to frontline medical professionals in the COVID-19 designated hospitals in the cities where Serena Hotels are located. HBL and Serena had launched the joint initiative “Jazba e Khidmat” in early April to pay tribute to the medical professionals including doctors, paramedics and nurses who have been serving at the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. The meal boxes have been delivered…

Habib Bank Limited (HBL) and Serena Hotels have successfully concluded their almost 4 month-long joint initiative “Jazba-e-Khidmat” for delivering high-quality meals to frontline medical professionals in the COVID-19 designated hospitals in the cities where Serena Hotels are located.

 

HBL and Serena had launched the joint initiative “Jazba e Khidmat” in early April to pay tribute to the medical professionals including doctors, paramedics and nurses who have been serving at the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. The meal boxes have been delivered daily for lunch and dinner to more than 27 hospitals and health camps in the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Swat, Quetta, Gilgit and Khaplu. At the conclusion of the initiative over 85,000 meal boxes have been delivered as a goodwill gesture to the medical frontliners until 30th July 2020.

 

CEO Serena Hotels Aziz Boolani thanked HBL for joining hands with Serena Hotels in this initiative, and also lauded the medical professionals for their unwavering duty in saving lives of the people during the pandemic. Furthermore, he thanked the Serena kitchen teams all over to the country and applauded their commitment of preparing the meals daily throughout the peak period of the Covid-19 crisis.

 

The idea behind Jazba-e-Khidmat was to recognize and salute the services of medical staff who are battling to keep the society safe during the pandemic by serving them quality nutritious meals. Federal Health Minister Zafar Mirza had announced the initiative in April and appreciated “the admirable thought by Serena Hotels and HBL for the medical workers”.

 

Being Pakistan’s largest bank and leading hotel chain respectively, HBL and Serena Hotels are playing their role as responsible corporate citizens, and have undertaken a range of positive initiatives in light of COVID-19 pandemic to support the Government and society.

Jun 2020

SERENA’S SARANGI SEASON 4 CONCLUDES

Despite COVID-19 challenges, Serena Hotels continue to use the digital platform in engaging the community through their various initiatives. It  has recently concluded Season 4 of its nationwide music talent hunt platform “Sarangi”, whose theme this year was “Hamd-O-Naat”, with the jury announcing the winners of the competition online.Hamd is exclusive praise to Allah and Allah Alone whereas Naat is praises to the last Prophet Hazart Muhammad P.B.U.H.Sarangi is one of Serena Hotels’ cultural diplomacy initiatives that aims to foster the...

Despite COVID-19 challenges, Serena Hotels continue to use the digital platform in engaging the community through their various initiatives. It  has recently concluded Season 4 of its nationwide music talent hunt platform “Sarangi”, whose theme this year was “Hamd-O-Naat”, with the jury announcing the winners of the competition online.

 

  • Hamd is exclusive praise to Allah and Allah Alone whereas Naat is praises to the last Prophet Hazart Muhammad P.B.U.H.

 

Sarangi is one of Serena Hotels’ cultural diplomacy initiatives that aims to foster the rich cultural heritage of the country and promote arts and activities that inspire peace and hope. Over the years it has become a powerful platform that gives hitherto undiscovered musical talent from around the country the chance to step forward by sending a sample of their performance online, to be discovered and polished by the professionals in the music industry.

 

This year’s competition, which kicked off at the beginning of Ramadan, received more than 150 submissions from promising vocal talent in the art of Hamd and Naat from all over the country.

 

The end of season judging event for Serena Sarangi Competition is usually a star-studded affair, however due to Covid-19 the event had to be held in a limited setting with the participants showcasing their talent via video link. However, the quality of the competitors made up for this and the jury consisting of Sufi folk maestro Arieb Azhar, legendary Qawwal Asif Ali Santoo and leading music producer Sarmad Ghafoor, found it difficult to pick a single winner.

 

Osaid Alam, an FSc. from Punjab College of IT, was picked as one of the winners. Inspired by world renowned Naatkhwan Syed Zabeeb Masood Shah, Osaid started reciting Naats from a young age. He was mentored by his teacher Syed Manzoor Ul Konain Shah who helped him polish his talent and passion and won a number of Provincial and National Naat competitions to-date.

 

Another winner was Ayesha Rasheed, a doctorate student from University of Punjab who said her powerful vocals and Sufi singing style are inspired by Abida Shaheen. Ayesha has already won a number district and national level accolades since her young age for Sufi Singing and Kalaam, including Kalam e Iqbal competition held by Iqbal Academy and Unique Drama Festival Lahore.

 

The third winner was Ayesha Tariq, a 17-year-old second year student from Lahore passionate about Hamd-o-Naat and Sufi Ghazals.

 

“It would be unfair for us to single out one winner as three of the finalists were at par with their skills, hence we have decided to award all three as co-winners,” said Asif Ali Santoo, while extending warm congrats to the winners.

 

The winners received a certificate and cash prize which will be divided equally. They will also each receive a recording session on Serena Sarangi Nights, an online live music initiative by Serena Hotels which is broadcast around the world.

Jun 2020

HBL, SERENA EXTENDES IT’S MEALS OFFERING TO FRONTLINERS

Habib Bank Limited (HBL) and Serena Hotels have pledged to continue providing high-quality meals to frontline medical professionals in the COVID-19 designated hospitals in seven cities where Serena Hotels are located. HBL and Serena had launched the joint initiative “Jazba e Khidmat” in early April to pay tribute to the medical professionals including doctors, paramedics and nurses actively playing a role in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The meal boxes are delivered daily for lunch and dinner to almost 20 hospitals and health camps in the…

Habib Bank Limited (HBL) and Serena Hotels have pledged to continue providing high-quality meals to frontline medical professionals in the COVID-19 designated hospitals in seven cities where Serena Hotels are located.


HBL and Serena had launched the joint initiative “Jazba e Khidmat” in early April to pay tribute to the medical professionals including doctors, paramedics and nurses actively playing a role in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The meal boxes are delivered daily for lunch and dinner to almost 20 hospitals and health camps in the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Swat, Quetta, Gilgit and Khaplu. The extension of the initiative, which was decided upon in light of the continuation of the COVID-19 crisis, will lead to 80,000 meal boxes being delivered as a goodwill gesture to the frontliners till end of June.


The idea behind Jazba-e-Khidmat is to recognize and salute the services of medical staff who are battling to keep the society safe during the pandemic by serving them quality nutritious meal. Federal Health Minister Zafar Mirza, while announcing the initiative in April, stated that the Ministry appreciated “this admirable thought by Serena Hotels and HBL for the medical workers”.


Being Pakistan’s largest bank and leading hotel chain respectively, HBL and Serena Hotels are playing their role as responsible corporate citizens, and have undertaken a range of positive initiatives in light of COVID-19 pandemic to support the Government and society.

Jun 2020

DIAMOND TRUST BANK AND SERENA HOTELS PROVIDE FRONTLINE WORKERS WITH HOT MEALS

Nairobi, June 03, 2020 Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) and Serena Hotels will jointly provide 200 hot meals daily during the month of June 2020 for the frontline COVID-19 health workers at the government designated Kenyatta National Hospital and the Mbagathi District Hospital in Nairobi. Speaking after the handover of the first lunch packs at Kenyatta National Hospital, DTB Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Nasim Devji said, “the programme is part of the Bank’s commitment to the society during the COVID-19 pandemic”. “This…

Nairobi, June 03, 2020

Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) and Serena Hotels will jointly provide 200 hot meals daily during the month of June 2020 for the frontline COVID-19 health workers at the government designated Kenyatta National Hospital and the Mbagathi District Hospital in Nairobi.

 

Speaking after the handover of the first lunch packs at Kenyatta National Hospital, DTB Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Nasim Devji said, “the programme is part of the Bank’s commitment to the society during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

 

“This is a small way to appreciate the efforts of the frontline health workers who have committed themselves to help deal with this unprecedented time. We celebrate their dedication and commitment as they go about this daunting task,” said Ms Devji.

 

The meals will be prepared at Nairobi Serena Hotel and DTB’s contribution towards the joint initiative will come from the recently announced KShs. 100 million kitty approved by the DTB Board of Directors for interventions to cushion Kenyans against the effects of the pandemic.

 

Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Group Managing Director, Serena Hotels said, “at this time of crisis it is heart-warming and inspiring to hear of the incredible work that the brave front line workers are dedicated towards, with resilience to help and give dignity to the people with severe COVID-19. We as Kenyans couldn’t be prouder and truly appreciative of your amazing efforts…God Bless.”

 

Kenyatta National Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr. Evanson Kamuri thanked DTB and Serena Hotels for the support.

 

“We welcome with a lot of appreciation the kind gesture from Serena Hotels and DTB to provide hot meals to our frontline workers. This will reduce our food cost, time spent on food preparation and the health workers will concentrate on providing healthcare for our patients,” said Dr. Kamuri.

 

About Diamond Trust Bank (DTB)

 

Diamond Trust Bank Kenya Limited (DTB) is a leading regional bank listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). An affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), DTB has operated in East Africa for more than 70 years.

 

DTB’s focus on the Small and Medium Enterprises sector and commitment to enhancing convenience for customers through innovative digital solutions has driven the Bank’s growth in recent years.

 

DTB has been ranked among the top 100 banks in the world and top 250 businesses in Africa.

 

For more information, please e-mail: mkt@dtbafrica.com

 

About Tourism Promotion Services (TPS), Serena Hotels

 

Serena Hotels offers quality accommodation in a collection of 24 up-market hotels, safari lodges, camps and resorts within 6 countries in the Eastern Africa region (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo and Mozambique) and 11 properties in Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan). These properties are strategically located to offer exciting circuits for guests in some of the most exquisite and prime locations in Eastern Africa and Asia. With a focus on product, service standards and guest satisfaction, Serena Hotels continues in its quest to be the hotel of choice for the discerning traveller providing guests with quality accommodation, conference and holiday solutions. Serena takes pride in the level of personal care and warmth of welcome that it extends to its guests. Each Serena property is designed to complement its environment, while nurturing the landscape, culture and community that surrounds it. The Serena Group leads the industry in environmental sustainability.

 

For more information, please e-mail: skibwage@serena.co.ke

Jun 2020

2019 TPSEAP SIGNED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Kindly click on the links below to download the documents: 2019 TPSEAP Signed Financial Statements High Court Order - Misc. Application No. E680 of 2020 TPS No Objection letter TPSEAP Abridged Financial Statements TPSEAP AGM Minutes- 25.06.2019 TPSEAP Notice of AGM TPSEAP Proxy Form

Jun 2020

HAPPY WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2020

Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay!   Almost overnight we saw a new scientific concept of "flattening the curve" embraced as necessary in curbing a global health crisis. We at Serena Hotels believe that the same kind of thinking and action could be used in addressing climate change - Flattening the curve of carbon emissions to ensure that we don't overload our natural systems needed to sustain life on earth. In a film created in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network, here's how Serena Hotels does it...   (Click on any of the links below) …

Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay!

Almost overnight we saw a new scientific concept of "flattening the curve" embraced as necessary in curbing a global health crisis. We at Serena Hotels believe that the same kind of thinking and action could be used in addressing climate change - Flattening the curve of carbon emissions to ensure that we don't overload our natural systems needed to sustain life on earth. In a film created in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network, here's how Serena Hotels does it... 

(Click on any of the links below)

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Hope we are all #stayingsafe and #stayinghealthy

Apr 2020

HBL, SERENA PLEDGE 30,000 MEALS FOR FRONTLINE MEDICS

HBL and Serena Hotels have joined hands to provides 30,000 mealboxes over a period of one monthin seven cities to medical professionals battling at the frontline of coronavirus pandemic. The collaboration, ‘Jazba-e-Khidmat’, is a joint initiative of HBL and Serena Hotels and aims to provide specially prepared mealboxes to the medical teams at the COVID-19 designated hospitals and health camps in seven cities: Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Swat, Quetta, Gilgit and Khaplu. The mealboxes will be provided twice a day to all the medical team members…

HBL and Serena Hotels have joined hands to provides 30,000 mealboxes over a period of one monthin seven cities to medical professionals battling at the frontline of coronavirus pandemic. The collaboration, ‘Jazba-e-Khidmat’, is a joint initiative of HBL and Serena Hotels and aims to provide specially prepared mealboxes to the medical teams at the COVID-19 designated hospitals and health camps in seven cities: Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Swat, Quetta, Gilgit and Khaplu. The mealboxes will be provided twice a day to all the medical team members in 20 hospitals countrywide for a month. Medical professionals are doing a tremendous service to society by battling on the frontlines against the Coronavirus pandemic. Efforts should be undertaken to ensure the health and safety of these medical professionals. Only then will they be able to save the society from this pandemic, a press release issue dby Serena Hotels said. “HBL, Pakistan’s largest bank and a responsible corporate citizen, is keenly aware of its duty to support Pakistan at this difficult time. The Bank enjoys presence in all those cities where Serena Hotels have presence in. The Bank’s role in financing these mealboxes is part of its larger effort to assist the society combat coronavirus. Serena Hotels, Pakistan’s leading Hotel chain, will provide quality mealboxes with nutritious food to keep the medical professionals energized,” it concluded.

Mar 2020

MESSAGE FROM GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF OPERATIONS UPTO 15 JUNE 2020    LODGES AND CAMPS IN KENYA AND TANZANIA       Never in the 40-year history of Serena Hotels has any event of this breadth and scale impacted the global hospitality industry, than COVID-19.    We have been following the COVID-19 situation very closely and its emerging impact on our business model and portfolio in Africa. It is ndeed impossible today to calculate the human and financial impact that COVID-19 will have on the global hospitality industry In anticipation of reduced business levels...

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF OPERATIONS UPTO 15 JUNE 2020

LODGES AND CAMPS IN KENYA AND TANZANIA

 

Never in the 40-year history of Serena Hotels has any event of this breadth and scale impacted the global hospitality industry, than COVID-19.

 

We have been following the COVID-19 situation very closely and its emerging impact on our business model and portfolio in Africa. It is indeed impossible today to calculate the human and financial impact that COVID-19 will have on the global hospitality industry.

 

In anticipation of reduced business levels during 2020 and in line with government directives and protocols, Management observe with priority that:

  • Taking care of our staff, their dependents and their quality of life to the extent possible is critical.
  • Liquidity risk management is key.

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As we navigate this unprecedented crisis and build on the Company’s resilience and adaptability, whilst keeping destination Kenya and Tanzania in the minds of the business and leisure source markets, it is with a ‘heavy heart’ that we advise that the Serena Lodges and Camps below will temporarily cease operations until 15 June 2020:

Serena Lodges & Camp in Kenya

Serena Lodges & Camps in Tanzania

Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Mara Serena Safari Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Serena Mountain Lodge

Kirawira Serena Camp

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp

Mbuzi Mawe Serena Camp

The above decision will be reviewed once the countries re-open their borders and market confidence returns; a situation that we are definitely looking forward to.

 

All other properties under the Serena Hotels portfolio remain in operation as they continue to observe the health and safety protocols in line with the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control. As announced last year, Serena Beach Resort & Spa is planned to temporarily close.

 

Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this unprecedented event and our heartfelt gratitude and admiration is extended to the healthcare workers, local communities, and governments in Africa and globally working on the front line to contain this pandemic.

 

As we refine our business model to anticipate, connect and respond through these troubling times, Management expresses its appreciation to all our staff, customers, shareholders, various stakeholders and Board of Directors, for their continuous support, understanding, trust and confidence in Serena Hotels.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Mahmud Jan Mohamed

Managing Director, Serena Hotels Africa

 

Serena Hotels Helpline: Kenya: +254 732123000/333 0709998000/333; Tanzania: +255 786999035

E-Mail: Kenya: reservation.kenya@serenahotels.com; Tanzania: reservations@serena.co.tz

www.serenahotels.com

Mar 2020

IN THIS TOGETHER

Dear Guest/ Travel Partner, Serena Hotels is renowned for pioneering exceptional business and holiday experiences in Africa’s most exotic destinations across 24 properties in East Africa and Mozambique. The world currently is facing a global pandemic of Coronavirus, and it is unfortunate that the health and safety of the global traveler is compromised, causing apprehension about Our thoughts go out to those who have been affected in whichever way and we applaud the sterling efforts all those who have been and continue...

Dear Guest/ Travel Partner,

Serena Hotels is renowned for pioneering exceptional business and holiday experiences in Africa’s most exotic destinations across 24 properties in East Africa and Mozambique.

The world currently is facing a global pandemic of Coronavirus, and it is unfortunate that the health and safety of the global traveler is compromised, causing apprehension about travel in our minds.

Our thoughts go out to those who have been affected in whichever way and we applaud the sterling efforts all those who have been and continue to be on the front line in the battle to contain the spread of this virus.

Serena Hotels wishes to advise that the company is closely monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis and has taken the necessary steps to have precautionary measures put in place at all our properties. As you think of travel possibilities during this time, we want to emphasize that your safety as our client and that of our staff is a priority to us and whilst you may be considering to postpone your travel plans, we invite you to note the below:

When you book

Be advised that we are complying with all the hygiene precautions at all our properties as per the guidelines set by the World Health Organization and the government.

During your stay

Be assured that all precautions are being taken, including increased cleaning of all areas of the property, the restaurant and public areas, particularly high touch point areas, while our teams are following all recommended personal hygiene practices. In the restaurants, we are providing ample social distance between tables.

 

MANAGEMENT

SERENA HOTELS

Feb 2020

SERENA HOTEL BECOMES FIRST PAKISTAN COMPANY TO OBTAIN GLOBAL GENDER EQUALITY CERTIFICATION

Serena Hotels, one of Pakistan’s leading hospitality companies, is now the first Company in Pakistan and the second hospitality company globally to obtain the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) C ertification. As an EDGE certified company, Serena Hotels is now part of a group of almost 200 companies that are paving the way for gender equality in their workforce across five continents and representing 24 different industries. EDGE is the leading global standard for gender equality, and the certification recognizes Serena Hotels’...

Serena Hotels, one of Pakistan’s leading hospitality companies, is now the first Company in Pakistan and the second hospitality company globally to obtain the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) Certification. As an EDGE certified company, Serena Hotels is now part of a group of almost 200 companies that are paving the way for gender equality in their workforce across five continents and representing 24 different industries.

 

EDGE is the leading global standard for gender equality, and the certification recognizes Serena Hotels’ global commitments to creating a workplace where men and women are respected and have equal opportunities to thrive and grow professionally.

 

Globally, women make up half of the workforce in the tourism sector but are overrepresented in low-rank jobs, often get underpaid and also carry out the bulk of unpaid work in small-scale family run tourism enterprises. In Pakistan these challenges are more severe as companies in the tourism sector operate in a culturally and legally conservative context for women. Social norms governing women’s roles in families, their access to public spaces and about what are considered ‘appropriate’ professions for women prevent women from accessing education, trainings and resources to get jobs or to grow in their professions. As the only EDGE certified company in Pakistan and one of the few in the tourism sector globally, Serena Hotels Pakistan is leading the way towards gender equality in the workplace for companies in Pakistan as well as in the tourism sector worldwide. 

 

“Women make up 12% of our overall workforce despite many social and cultural challenges,” said Aziz Boolani, Serena Hotels’ Chief Executive Officer. “As a leading hotel chain, Serena Hotels makes every effort to encourage women for their professional development for assuming higher positions including the leadership role.”


Additionally, a growing body of research now supports the strong links between gender equality in private sector organizations and increased profits, growth and innovation for companies that invest in closing gender gaps in their organization. 


As a responsible corporate body, Serena Hotels has consistently focused on sustainability in their business practices. In 2018, Serena Hotels was recognized as a top performer at the Employer of Choice for Gender Balance awards organized by the International Finance Corporation for companies in the Pakistan Business Council. Additionally, several of Serena Hotels’ initiatives focus on the empowerment of women through capacity building and employment. One such CSR initiative is the “Karighar” program launched by Serena Hotels, that makes an impact by providing entrepreneurship training to various segments of women to engender sustainable growth for their ventures and to improve their quality of life overall.  

 

The EDGE assessment and certification process follows a strict and methodologically rigorous process and focuses on five key workplace areas: recruitment and promotion, leadership development, equal pay, flexible work arrangements, and overall company culture. The assessment reviewed Serena Hotel’s company statistics, HR policies and practices, and included a survey of the over 1800 strong workforce. Following in-depth interviews and discussions, including with Serena Hotel’s HR professionals, Serena Hotels has developed a set of follow-up actions that will continue to promote gender parity in their workforce. 

Feb 2020

SERENA HOSTS HIGH-PROFILE DISCUSSION ON PAKISTAN’S DIGITAL ECONOMY

ISLAMABAD, 27 th February 2020 – A high-profile panel discussion on Pakistan’s digital future attended by prominent players in the local digital industry was hosted on Thursday evening by Serena hotels as part of its Public Diplomacy Initiative called “Raabta”. The event titled “Reimagine our Digital Future – Preparing to thrive or survive?” was hosted by Raabta curator and prominent journalist Sidra Iqbal. Raabta is a nonpartisan public initiative by Serena hotels to initiate dialogue aimed at creating awareness amongst diverse groups and networks...

 

ISLAMABAD, 27th February 2020 – A high-profile panel discussion on Pakistan’s digital future attended by prominent players in the local digital industry was hosted on Thursday evening by Serena hotels as part of its Public Diplomacy Initiative called “Raabta”.


The event titled “Reimagine our Digital Future – Preparing to thrive or survive?” was hosted by Raabta curator and prominent journalist Sidra Iqbal. Raabta is a nonpartisan public initiative by Serena hotels to initiate dialogue aimed at creating awareness amongst diverse groups and networks on critical aspects of socially significant fields such as the economy, health and education. 


A lively and thought-provoking discussion was held about the challenges facing the local digital economy in face of its rapid expansion, and the challenges and opportunities this brings in terms of innovation, governance, job market, cyber risks, regulation and ease of doing business.


“The focus of today’s event is to discuss the potential benefits and costs arising from global digital technology changes and, importantly, anticipate public policy solutions to emerging problems that will shape the future of society and the economy for generations to come,” said Sidra Iqbal. “Change can come within a generation if managed properly, rather than waiting for millennia. We are asking if the policymakers going to be reactive to the digital revolution or take the bull by the horn and prepare an environment for the digital economy to thrive?”


The keynote speaker at the event was Chief of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “Digital Pakistan” initiative Tania Aidrus, who spoke about the 5 pillars that form the cornerstone of the Government’s digital policy which include access and connectivity, digital infrastructure, eGovernment and digital skilling. Tania said the response to the PM’s digital initiative was overwhelmingly good and it felt like a movement already.


Tania said a lot was happening in the digital arena but it’s important to keep an end view in sight and take a strategic approach. She said the efforts at provincial and federal level have to be synchronized to achieve the objectives on a broader scale. She said the internet is a democratizing force and digital allows equitable access to knowledge provided the affordability of digital infrastructure was enabled and commodities like the internet are not taxed as a luxury item. She made comparisons between 35% internet penetration in Pakistan to developing countries like Myanmar where it stands at 80% hence policymakers need to start making smartphones and internet access especially in rural areas more affordable and accessible. She further said the AI and the internet of things is improving decision making in multiple areas like affordable healthcare, distance learning and transportation.


The panel included prominent figures of the local digital landscape including GM of Careem Zeeshan Hasib Baig, MD Daraz.pk Ehsan Saya, CEO Foodpanda Nauman Sikandar Mirza, Chief Corporate and Enterprise Officer Jazz Ali Naseer, MD KPITB Dr. Shahbaz Khan and Chief Business Support Officer U Microfinance Bank Sharmeen Niaz.


GM of Careem Pakistan, Zeeshan Hasib Baig said that Careem had enabled 500,000 jobs which shows that going digital will not take away jobs as some fear, however it will change the way we work and make it more efficient so the focus can be on better quality leading to productivity gains. He said digital companies like Careem are improving livelihoods, moreover they are allowing females much better mobility for work and leisure.


Speaking of challenges facing the digital sector, he said the industry growth rates are encouraging but the will of execution needs to be there including from the bureaucracy and regulatory authorities. He said that decentralization of provinces brings its own challenges for countrywide businesses like Careem, so the Government needs to improve ease of doing business and regulatory policies.


Ali Naseer from Jazz said we need to change the lens of how we look at things and there needs to be a paradigm shift in our traditional processes to allow for digital to be effective lest we become redundant. “Whilst we have 3G/4G broadband license since 2014 but less than 40% of the population is connected on broadband currently which is a travesty. Out of the 76 million people who do use it, more than 96% do so on their cellphones. This number could have been 170 million plus if all registered cellphones were subscribed to the network but due to weaknesses in the licensing regime and internal challenges this has not happened.” He said if cost of handsets were reduced, especially the entry level smartphones then we could see a rapid expansion of mobile broadband networks. 


Nauman Sikander Mirza of food delivery service Foodpanda Pakistan said that Pakistan’s digital economy was in very early stages with no e-commerce companies operating in the country and very few government entities using automation. He lamented the dearth of restaurant outlets in the country but said he saw a great opportunity in home chefs who have the ability to become agents of change in the industry.


MD of online selling platform Daraz.pk Ehsan Saya spoke about digitization boosting the trade industry like never before despite the fact that the majority of the population is not accustomed to buying online. He said the e-commerce will pick up eventually when the Government improves regulation but also as companies like Daraz and Foodpanda and Careem are slowly winning the trust of the people through quality assurance and good service that will decrease the reluctance of customers to pay through credit cards.


The digital gurus mentioned the measures they had undertaken for quality assurance and training of skill-sets to match the demands of the growing sector.

CEO Serena Aziz Boolani thanked the esteemed panelists for making themselves available for the event and said, “At Serena we promote and support sports, adventure tourism, culture and dialogue through our various diplomacy initiatives. Raabta is our Public Diplomacy Initiative that uses the convening power of Serena to bring together experts, policy makers and the interested citizenry to inform and engage individuals and organizations in advancing debate and creating knowledge. The idea is to foster inclusive dialogue with the aspiration of building a sustainable future.”

Feb 2020

SERENA BRINGS SWISS HOSPITALITY EXECUTIVE EDUCATION TO PAKISTAN

Serena Hotels have partnered with one of the world’s leading hospitality management schools, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) Switzerland, to launch a premium hospitality executive education programme for the capacity building of senior to mid-level executives of Pakistan’s tourism and services sector. An exclusive gathering to launch the executive education programme was held at Islamabad Serena Hotel, also attended by President Dr Arif Alvi. The event was attended by diplomats, government functionaries, corporate heads, academia and representatives...

Serena Hotels have partnered with one of the world’s leading hospitality management schools, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) Switzerland, to launch a premium hospitality executive education programme for the capacity building of senior to mid-level executives of Pakistan’s tourism and services sector.


An exclusive gathering to launch the executive education programme was held at Islamabad Serena Hotel, also attended by President Dr Arif Alvi. The event was attended by diplomats, government functionaries, corporate heads, academia and representatives from services sector including tourism industry.


The executive education programme ‘Proficiency of Hospitality Management’ will consist of seven modules starting February and ending in December 2020. The participants to the programme include representatives from diverse service sector organizations, like hospitality, healthcare, banking, customer services, government and academia.


Specialised faculty from the world-renowned Swiss hospitality school, the EHL Advisory Services, will deliver the course modules covering a comprehensive range of topics from people to revenue management, service operations, marketing communication, strategic hospitality and asset management – culminating in a globally accredited certificate ‘Proficiency of Hospitality Management’ for the participants.


President Arif Alvi appreciated Serena Hotels for enabling the initiative and making an effort to bridge the gap which exists in providing service excellence. “The data shows that tourism in places like the beautiful northern areas of Pakistan has welled into millions in past few years due to efforts of the government and improvement in the security situation. Pakistan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and our hospitality industry needs to showcase this diversity and rich cultural heritage,” he said.


“We are delighted to take the first significant step in our partnership with Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland, by bringing international executive education grounded in cutting edge knowledge, experience and innovation to Pakistan. “These best practices will allow us to reach and exceed global standards of excellence in Pakistan,” said CEO Serena Hotels Aziz Boolani. Due to the country’s immense potential in tourism, these sectors have been identified as priority areas for youth engagement, investment and skill-building by the government of Pakistan, he said. “The versatility and timely implementation of this programme will expose managerial and executive professionals to world-class standards so that they can lead Pakistan’s traditional hospitality with a detailed and courteous approach required to promote government’s vision,” he said.


On the sidelines of the executive education programme, the Serena Hotels will also conduct specialised workshops on avant-garde and innovative topics in digital tourism, service leadership for hospitality, tourism and service sector in Pakistan, alongside the modules ranging from people management, entrepreneurship to specific audiences.

Feb 2020

SERENA HOTELS SPONSORED A FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR DIL FOUNDATION

In an effort to raise funds to provide a quality education for underprivileged children, Serena Hotels organised a fundraiser in collaboration with Developments in Literacy (DIL) for children living in remote areas of Pakistan. The fundraiser included a musical evening at Islamabad Serena Hotel on 15th February 2020. DIL is a not-for-profit NGO established in 1997 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.The initiative has opened up a world of opportunity for 25,557 students (64% of whom are girls) at 134 campuses across Pakistan...

In an effort to raise funds to provide a quality education for underprivileged children, Serena Hotels organised a fundraiser in collaboration with Developments in Literacy (DIL) for children living in remote areas of Pakistan.


The fundraiser included a musical evening at Islamabad Serena Hotel on 15th February 2020. DIL is a not-for-profit NGO established in 1997 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.


The initiative has opened up a world of opportunity for 25,557 students (64% of whom are girls) at 134 campuses across Pakistan by developing an institution which inspires a love of learning and teaches the students skills necessary to live a stable life.

Feb 2020

DIPLOMATS’ SPOUSES LAUNCH COOKBOOK

The Heads of Diplomatic Mission’s Spouses Group launched Culinary Diplomacy: Sharing Recipes, Building Bridgesin collaboration with Serena Hotels. Samina Arif Alvi was invited to the event as chief guest.The spouses of some 50 foreign envoys in Islamabad launched the cookbook, which uses 144 recipes from 50 countries across six continents to introduce culture through cuisine. Ghada Ahmed, the spouse of the Egyptian ambassador, said: “This marks the culmination of my tenure of two years as President of the Spouses’ Group since March 2018 and...

The Heads of Diplomatic Mission’s Spouses Group launched Culinary Diplomacy: Sharing Recipes, Building Bridgesin collaboration with Serena Hotels.

 

Samina Arif Alvi was invited to the event as chief guest.The spouses of some 50 foreign envoys in Islamabad launched the cookbook, which uses 144 recipes from 50 countries across six continents to introduce culture through cuisine.

 

Ghada Ahmed, the spouse of the Egyptian ambassador, said: “This marks the culmination of my tenure of two years as President of the Spouses’ Group since March 2018 and also the end of mine and husband’s term in Pakistan, so this is my farewell to you all. The book that we are launching today is the jewel of the crown of our activities over the past two years.”

 

She added: “This project aims to promote our cultures among the Pakistani people by introducing our cuisines and the stories that lie behind the dishes we prepare every day. It also aims to generate revenues by the sale of the book that will all go to a charity organisation in Pakistan to improve the wellbeing of Pakistani individuals and give them better chances in life.”

 

Ms Alvi, who also wrote the foreword of the book, said: “It is an honour for me to take the responsibility to commit the proceeds from the sale of the book to a charitable cause. I am pleased to say that I will be committing the proceeds to Ehsaas, the government’s poverty alleviation programme to promote vocational training of the disabled.” Five books signed by Ms Alvi were auctioned during the event.

Feb 2020

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY FOR TWO INTERNATIONAL SKI EVENTS HELD AT SERENA HOTELS

Prize distribution ceremony of 4th CAS Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup, 3rd Malam Jabba International Alpine Ski Cup and 27th National Ski Championship was held at Serena Hotel Islamabad. President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi was the chief guest at the occasion. Air Marshal Ahmer Shehzad, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, who is also President Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan,was also present. Aziz Bolani, CEO Serena Hotels, ambassadors, high ranking defence & civil officials also attended the ceremony.The President thanked the international...

Prize distribution ceremony of 4th CAS Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup, 3rd Malam Jabba International Alpine Ski Cup and 27th National Ski Championship was held at Serena Hotel Islamabad.


President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi was the chief guest at the occasion. Air Marshal Ahmer Shehzad, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, who is also President Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan, was also present. Aziz Bolani, CEO Serena Hotels, ambassadors, high ranking defence & civil officials also attended the ceremony.


The President thanked the international players for their participation in these events and hoped that they would take along cherished memories of Pakistan’s magnificent beauty and traditional hospitality.


He urged the foreign players to act as the ambassadors of Pakistan and portray the true picture of this land of wonders in their respective countries. He lauded the efforts of Pakistan Air Force and Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan in the promotion of winter sports in the country and added that it would not only help in finding new talent but also promote tourism industry in the country.


The chief guest awarded souvenirs to the winning players. Total 36 International Skiers along with Pakistani skiers participated in both men and women categories of these events.

Feb 2020

FUNDRAISING DINNER & QAWWALI NIGHT FOR PAKISTAN SWEET HOME

Serena Hotels hosted a fundraising gala Dinner and Qawwali Night featuring a performance by renowned Qawwal Imran Aziz Mian.  

 All the proceeds from the event went towards Pakistan Sweet Home, a welfare Non-Profit registered Organization, striving to support the poor Little Angles who have lost their parents particularly in the wake of acts of terrorism,  

Serena Hotels hosted a fundraising gala Dinner and Qawwali Night featuring a performance by renowned Qawwal Imran Aziz Mian.


All the proceeds from the event went towards Pakistan Sweet Home, a welfare Non-Profit registered Organization, striving to support the poor Little Angles who have lost their parents particularly in the wake of acts of terrorism, due to the onslaught of floods and other natural disasters/causes.

Jan 2020

AQEEL CLINCHES SINGLES TITLE IN RANKING TENNIS

Pakistan’s longest serving No 1 Aqeel Khan took sweet revenge from his nemesis as he outplayed Muzammil Murtaza in men’s singles final to clinch the 5th Serena Hotels National Ranking Tennis Tournament trophy here at Senator Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex on Sunday. Serena Hotels Manager Marketing Hussain Odhwani graced the occasion as chief guest and Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) President Salim Saifullah Khan was the guest of honour while dignitaries, tennis lovers and parents also came in huge numbers to witness the quality tennis on…

Pakistan’s longest serving No 1 Aqeel Khan took sweet revenge from his nemesis as he outplayed Muzammil Murtaza in men’s singles final to clinch the 5th Serena Hotels National Ranking Tennis Tournament trophy here at Senator Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex on Sunday.


Serena Hotels Manager Marketing Hussain Odhwani graced the occasion as chief guest and Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) President Salim Saifullah Khan was the guest of honour while dignitaries, tennis lovers and parents also came in huge numbers to witness the quality tennis on offer.


Salim Saifullah appreciated the role of Serena Hotels in promotion of tennis in collaboration with the PTF and also lauded both the sponsors and the organisers for conducting such an excellent event. He also praised the role of media for promotion of sports in Pakistan and especially tennis and hoped that the joint efforts will continue to further uplift the game.


It was pried on stake for tennis king, Aqeel Khan, who had lost two back-to-back finals against No 2 Muzammil Murtaza, and in the end, Aqeel succeeded in proving the point that he is still by far the best in the country. In the first set, Aqeel looked more aggressive and composed than Muzammil and played superb shots, powerful hits and back hands to put immense pressure on his opponent, which helped him take the first set 6-3 in 32 minutes.


In the second set, Muzammil was looking more agile and determined but Aqeel was fully focussed on the task ahead. Both the players displayed world class tennis during the entire second set and matched fire-with-fire till the end as both managed to hold onto their respective serves. Muzammil had twice chances of breaking Aqeel in the 12th game, but Aqeel somehow managed to hold his serve to force the second set into the tie break, where he broke both Muzammil’s serve to win the second set 7-6 (4) to land the title. Soon after title triumph against Muzammil, Aqeel celebrated his victory like a lion and received a huge round of applause from the entire crowd.


In boys U-18 final, top seed and Davis Cupper Muhammad Shoaib simply outclassed Zalan Khan in straight sets, winning the final and title by 6-3, 6-2. Bilal Asim won the boys U-14 singles title after edging out Ahmed Nail in tough battle, which he won 6-4, 7-6(4). M Huzaifa Khan/Hamid Israr won the boys U-14 doubles title after beating Haider Ali Rizwan/Hussnain Ali Rizwan 4-1, 4-1. Hussnain Ali Rizwan (LGS Paragon) won the boys & girls U-12 title by beating Hamza Roman 2-4, 4-2, 4-2. Hamza Ali Rizwan (LGS Paragon) clinched the U-10 boys & girls singles title by beating Haniya Minhas 5-4(2), 4-2.

Dec 2019

TELENOR PAKISTAN AND SERENA HOTELS BRING BREAKTHROUGH HOSPITALITY SOLUTION

To ensure seamless connectivity for tourists and guests, Telenor Pakistan, in partnership with Serena Hotels Pakistan, has launched a revolutionary, first-of-its-kind digital platform. This solution, called ‘S TEL,’ will be a complimentary service for Serena Hotel guests allowing them to enjoy free international and local calls along with 4G internet and hotspot options, all packed in a dedicated smartphone placed in their rooms. S Tel was unveiled at an event held at Serena Hotel in Islamabad where management of both organizations was present…

To ensure seamless connectivity for tourists and guests, Telenor Pakistan, in partnership with Serena Hotels Pakistan, has launched a revolutionary, first-of-its-kind digital platform. This solution, called ‘S TEL,’ will be a complimentary service for Serena Hotel guests allowing them to enjoy free international and local calls along with 4G internet and hotspot options, all packed in a dedicated smartphone placed in their rooms. S Tel was unveiled at an event held at Serena Hotel in Islamabad where management of both organizations was present alongside their teams.


Telenor’s ‘S TEL’ works as seamlessly as it meets the connectivity challenges of travellers while on the move. Through this platform, the guests will be able to stay in touch with the hotel for their basic amenities and also connect with their friends and family around the world.


said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO Telenor Pakistan and Head of Emerging Asia Cluster Telenor Group, while sharing his thoughts on the development.


“Telenor Pakistan’s ‘S TEL’ is an innovative breakthrough not only in Pakistan’s but the region’s hospitality industry. We pride in being industry leaders in introducing technological innovations and after our digital interventions on agriculture and social inclusion fronts, we are now aiming to transform businesses by providing them state of the art solutions that makes their processes more efficient. I’m pleased to partner with Serena Hotel for this solution and hopeful that this partnership will go a long way in setting new trends that are necessary to boost the tourism and hospitality industry in Pakistan.”


said Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels – South & Central Asia.


“We are ecstatic to have partnered with Telenor Pakistan for making this digital platform a reality. Being the country’s hospitality leaders, we want to deliver our guests a wholesome digital and connectivity experience that is hard to match. With ‘S Tel’ we have come closer to achieving our goal as it offers guests a robust connectivity solution that makes their stay comfortable, safe, and memorable. This feature-rich application not only makes roaming charges and connectivity issues a thing of the past for our guests, but also works to lift tourism in the country with features such as the city guide. We trust that our guests will further enjoy their experience at Islamabad Serena Hotel with ‘S TEL’ being at their disposal.”


As the guests check in to their room, the smartphone already has their basic details on ‘S TEL’ that can be accessed and used instantly. The smartphone is removable and the guest may take it with them to anywhere in the city. This means that the guests may place an order for their favourite meal or request for laundry pickup remotely, even before reaching back to the hotel. ‘S TEL’ also works as an absolute virtual local city guide which includes tourist attractions and sightseeing spots.


Both organizations have ensured that this platform keeps user privacy a priority. To keep the user data secure, the device operates in Kiosk mode only allowing guests to stay connected to their friends, family and hotel management. Upon check-out, it ensures privacy and protection of guest information by wiping all usage and communications data.

Dec 2019

SERENA HUAWEI PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL SQUASH TOURNAMENT 2019

Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) in collaboration with Serena Hotel and Huawei hosted the Serena Huawei Pakistan International Squash Tournament 2019 for Men & Women under the supervision of Professional Squash Association (PSA) from 15 - 19 December at the Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad. The 5-day long championship carried a total prize money of $32,000 of which $20,000 were reserved for Men and $12,000 were for women. World rank number 43 Youssef Ibrahim of Egypt and world number 51 Mohamed ElSherbini of Egypt were top seeds of the…

Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) in collaboration with Serena Hotel and Huawei hosted the Serena Huawei Pakistan International Squash Tournament 2019 for Men & Women under the supervision of Professional Squash Association (PSA) from 15 - 19 December at the Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad.  


The 5-day long championship carried a total prize money of $32,000 of which $20,000 were reserved for Men and $12,000 were for women. World rank number 43 Youssef Ibrahim of Egypt and world number 51 Mohamed ElSherbini of Egypt were top seeds of the mega tournament.  


Following were the renowned  player who got byes in the men's singles first round: (1) Youssef Ibrahim (EGY), (5)  Asim Khan (PAK), (8) Farhan Mehboob (PAK), (4)Mazen Gamal (EGY), (3) Tayyab Aslam (PAK), (7) Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG), (6) Rui Soares (POR) and (2) Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)


Besides Pakistan, world ranking Men & women players from Austria, Egypt, Hong Kong, Jordan, England, Malaysia, Portugal and Germany participated in the mega event. 


Asim Khan, Farhan Mehboob, Tayyab Aslam, Israr Ahmed, Amaad Fareed, Farhan Zaman, Zeeshan Zeb and Noor Zaman were represented the hosts.

Dec 2019

MARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE LAUNCHES ITS SOLAR POWER PLANT

Serena Hotels in partnership with Mettle Solar OFGEN have transformed a third property, Mara Serena Safari Lodge in Kenya, into a fully solar powered property. The inauguration of the Mara Serena solar power plant demonstrates Serena Hotels commitment to be the ‘Full Scale Solar Pioneers’ in the East African hospitality sector.The solar power plant constructed by Mettle Solar OFGEN has an output of 640kWp with 1400kWh of storage utilising TESLA Lithium-ion batteries. This provides capacity to supply Mara Serena Safari Lodge’s total energy requirements...

Serena Hotels in partnership with Mettle Solar OFGEN have transformed a third property, Mara Serena Safari Lodge in Kenya, into a fully solar powered property. The inauguration of the Mara Serena solar power plant demonstrates Serena Hotels commitment to be the ‘Full Scale Solar Pioneers’ in the East African hospitality sector.

 

The solar power plant constructed by Mettle Solar OFGEN has an output of 640kWp with 1400kWh of storage utilising TESLA Lithium-ion batteries. This provides capacity to supply Mara Serena Safari Lodge’s total energy requirements.

 

Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing Director, Serena Hotels says, “This is an exciting and sustainable approach to addressing our energy needs, aligning our established dedication in environmental stewardship that has been in existence for over four decades.”

 

Mettle Solar OFGEN has implemented similar off-grid solar systems in other Serena properties including Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge (2017) and Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (2018). Additionally, the firm commissioned two grid-tied hybrid solar systems in early 2018 at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp and Sweetwaters Serena Camp. The approximate cumulative environmental impact of these initiatives is as follows:

  • Total installed capacity: 1,760kWp with 3,900kWh of storage.
  • Total green energy produced to date: 2,771 MWh.
  • CO2 avoided: 1,949 tons.
  • Trees that would need to be planted to extract the said CO2 within 10 years: 155,950 trees.

Kilaguni Serena, Amboseli Serena and now Mara Serena, all built in the 1970s within National Parks/Game Reserves are not only a ‘one-of-a-kind getaways’, but a leading-edge example of how clean, renewable energy independence can be successfully achieved through the installation of off-grid Solar PV systems, even in such challenging safari locations.

 

Mr. Francois Van Themaat, Managing Director, Mettle Solar OFGEN says, “We are proud to be part of this transformational sustainability project in the East African hospitality industry, particularly with Serena Hotels playing a leading role. The use of natural resources such a solar is being embraced as it is one of the most sustainable ways to preserve the ecosystem.”

 

All Serena’s programs are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out by the United Nation Development Program. The Solar Power Plant aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals - SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy; SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; SDG 13: Climate Action; and SDG 15: Life on Land.

 

The demand from eco-travelers is growing and Serena continues to adapt its business best practices model to meet the ecological travel experiences and expectations of today’s guest.

 

Serena’s intention is to continue the implementation of these and other sustainability initiatives. These will be in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement as it continues to be part of transitioning Eastern African economies into low carbon economies.

Dec 2019

SERENA-HUAWEI INTERNATIONAL MEN & WOMEN SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP FROM DEC 15

Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) in collaboration with Pakistan Air Force & Serena Hotels would be organizing Serena Hotels-Huawei Pakistan International Squash Tournaments for Men & Women between 15-19 December, 2019 at Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad. Men event has a prize money of US$ 20,000/- whereas Women event has US$ 12,000/- as prize money.  Besides Pakistan, a large number of international Men & Women squash players from Austria, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Jordon, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and USA have confirmed...

Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) in collaboration with Pakistan Air Force & Serena Hotels would be organizing Serena Hotels-Huawei Pakistan International Squash Tournaments for Men & Women between 15-19 December, 2019 at Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad. Men event has a prize money of US$ 20,000/- whereas Women event has US$ 12,000/- as prize money.  Besides Pakistan, a large number of international Men & Women squash players from Austria, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Jordon, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and USA have confirmed their participation.  


Serena Hotels decided five years ago to reclaim the legacy of squash in Pakistan under its Sports Diplomacy Initiative. Sports Diplomacy is an integral part of Serena’s efforts to build stronger relations with communities. Sports are an important medium for bringing people together and participation in sports helps in improving leadership, teamwork, and communication skills along with promoting a healthier lifestyle and presenting a positive image of the country internationally. As part of their initiative they have been very graciously extending their tremendous sponsorship to Pakistan Squash Federation for the conduct of international Squash events. Their generous support to PSF has always been appreciated at all levels. 

It is gratifying to highlight that in addition to Serena Hotels and Pakistan Air Force, this time few co-sponsors have also joined hands with PSF like Huawei, MCB, Bank Al Habib, Murree Brewery & Sports Fever 360 (Digital Media Partner).


It is expected that with the presence of top world ranking players from various parts of the world, the squash enthusiasts would get an opportunity to witness some thrilling squash during their stay in Islamabad.

Dec 2019

SERENA HOTELS SPONSORED TWO-DAYS CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Under the auspices of its Cultural Diplomacy programme, Serena Hotel, in collaboration with Nomad Gallery, held a two day Craft Festival which aimed to give economic empowerment to those who showcased their crafts. The event was held in the Bazaar Court and featured art and crafts from around Pakistan, in particular from the Northern Areas. This festival has become a yearly feature and gives residents of the sister cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad an opportunity to not only see the beautiful craft items that are produced in Pakistan but also...

Under the auspices of its Cultural Diplomacy programme, Serena Hotel, in collaboration with Nomad Gallery, held a two day Craft Festival which aimed to give economic empowerment to those who showcased their crafts. The event was held in the Bazaar Court and featured art and crafts from around Pakistan, in particular from the Northern Areas. This festival has become a yearly feature and gives residents of the sister cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad an opportunity to not only see the beautiful craft items that are produced in Pakistan but also for them to buy gifts for this holiday season. You can pick up something really nice for a reasonable sum either to give or keep for yourself!

Though there are many craft shops in both cities, this festival showcased a few special items that are not generally found in the market - while the atmosphere of the venue had a great deal to do with its success as visitors got to view all the collectible items under one roof and that too in comfort - away from the hustle and bustle of the bazaar. It was also a pleasure to see women behind some counters - many of them artisans who proudly showcase their skills at this annual event to appreciative persons.

Besides items of wear like caftans and beautifully embroidered shawls, there was a variety of edible items - like honey and dried fruit from Hunza - to choose from. Indigenous home decoration items like door and wall hangings make an unusual gift and were much appreciated. It was an opportunity missed for those who could not make it as there was the added attraction of the seasons decorations like the Christmas tree and others like a reindeer drawn sled which have been put up by the hotel management in the main lobby - which luckily will still be there when the festival was over on Sunday.

Dec 2019

SERENA HOTELS SPONSORED 5TH AHC-PCB GIRLS’ CUP 2019

Serena Hotels under its sports diplomacy initiative hosted 5th the Australian High Commission (AHC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at F-9 Cricket Ground, Islamabad on Saturday. Australia’s Acting High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr Brek Batley, congratulated the schools on their participation and welcomed the continued support of the PCB and Serena Hotels for the annual AHC-PCB Girls’ Cricket Cup. The AHC-PCB Girls’ Cup Islamabad involved teams from four schools: SOS Children’s Village H-11, Sky School System F-11/3, Islamabad Model School ...

Serena Hotels under its sports diplomacy initiative hosted 5th the Australian High Commission (AHC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at F-9 Cricket Ground, Islamabad on Saturday. Australia’s Acting High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr Brek Batley, congratulated the schools on their participation and welcomed the continued support of the PCB and Serena Hotels for the annual AHC-PCB Girls’ Cricket Cup. The AHC-PCB Girls’ Cup Islamabad involved teams from four schools: SOS Children’s Village H-11, Sky School System F-11/3, Islamabad Model School for Girls G-11/1 and Islamabad Model School for Girls I-9/1 Islamabad. This year’s competition was also supported by Malik Sports through the donation of cricket equipment and the Capital Development Authority which provided the ground facilities.

“The Australian High Commission has been sponsoring girls’ cricket in Pakistan since May 2016 to promote gender equality through sport. We began with a single annual tournament in Islamabad but expanded in Lahore and Karachi this year,” Mr Batley said. “Our countries share a passion for cricket, so we’re very pleased to support this event. Cricket and other sports can help tear down barriers and stereotypes. Every time these girls hit a boundary or make a catch, they are taking a step towards greater equality,” he said.


The girls attended a five-day coaching clinic in the lead-up to the competition conducted by PCB first class cricket coaches and the Manager of Pakistan Women’s Emerging Squad, Fizza Abid.


Mr Batley highlighted that Australia will host the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final on International Women’s Day. At the tournament, Australia will become the first cricketing nation to close the gender gap in prize money -Cricket Australia will top up any prize money won by the Australian team to ensure parity with men’s winnings.

Dec 2019

PAF BLUE WINS POLO TOURNAMENT SPONSORED BY SERENA HOTELS

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Blue won the 28th Chief of Air Staff Challenge Cup Polo Tournament, played here Islamabad Polo Club on Sunday.PAF Blue defeated Asean Kalabagh with four and half goals to three goals in the final. Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff PAF, who was the chief guest on the occasion gave away prizes amongst the players and awarded the CAS Challenge Polo Cup to the winning team.The first chakkar ended without any goal. However, Asean Kalabagh managed to take the lead in the 2nd chakkar, when…

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Blue won the 28th Chief of Air Staff Challenge Cup Polo Tournament, played here Islamabad Polo Club on Sunday.

PAF Blue defeated Asean Kalabagh with four and half goals to three goals in the final.

Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff PAF, who was the chief guest on the occasion gave away prizes amongst the players and awarded the CAS Challenge Polo Cup to the winning team.

The first chakkar ended without any goal. However, Asean Kalabagh managed to take the lead in the 2nd chakkar, when the National player Raja Sami scored two consecutive goals. Hamza Mawaz kept the match alive by scoring first goal for the PAF Blue. No team could score in the 3rd chakkar.

Haider Asad scored a goal for Asean Kalabagh in the 4th chakkar but PAF Blue came back in the match courtesy two goals by Hamza and one by Air Vice Marshal Amir Masood, earning them the coveted trophy.

Nov 2019

SERENA HOTELS SPONSOR ISLAMABAD ARTS FESTIVAL 2019

Serena Hotels has sponsored the first-ever Islamabad Art Festival 2019 (IAF-19), which will be held from 18th till 30th November 2019. The festival has been organized by a consortium of public and private educational institutions, art galleries, and artist associations from across Pakistan, including support from international embassies. Serena Hotels has been actively playing a role in flourishing the arts and culture of Pakistan. This event has been sponsored under the Cultural Diplomacy of the hotel that promotes art and artisans and brings....

Serena Hotels has sponsored the first-ever Islamabad Art Festival 2019 (IAF-19), which will be held from 18th till 30th November 2019. The festival has been organized by a consortium of public and private educational institutions, art galleries, and artist associations from across Pakistan, including support from international embassies. 

 

Serena Hotels has been actively playing a role in flourishing the arts and culture of Pakistan. This event has been sponsored under the Cultural Diplomacy of the hotel that promotes art and artisans and brings them to limelight.

 

Led by President and Chief Curator Jamal Shah, IAF-19 is a collaborative project, and will be hosted in several locations in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, including museums, art galleries, educational institutes, and public parks. The festival will be inaugurated on 18th November 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), and will continue for a full 13 days, before an elaborate closing ceremony on 30th November 2019. The thematic focus of IAF-19 is a ‘Dialogue between Tradition and Modernity’. 

 

The festival is expected to engage an audience of at least 500,000 individuals from diverse backgrounds and ages. The participants of the festival will include over 200 individuals from 34 countries, and approximately 400 participants from across Pakistan. 

 

 

It is for the first time that expression of almost all forms of Art Forms will be showcased together. Painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, textile design, dance, music, film, puppet shows, theatre, fashion design, and performing arts from across the world will be available to satisfy the cultural aesthetic of people in general. Simultaneously, Literature from different lands is also being focused. An International Literary Conference is also being held in the ambit of the Festival. Discussant will comprise of prominent writers and Poets from about 20 Asian African Countries. They will assemble under the banner of a Three Day “International Writers Conference-Islamabad 2019. Their deliberations and Poetry Recital Sessions will engage literature and academia circles to promote understanding of the cultures and mores of people from different parts of the world. All these art forms are being presented in venues open and accessible to the public. 

Oct 2019

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS SESSION AT QUETTA SERENA HOTEL (PINKTOBER)

Quetta Serena Hotel along with all its associates, committed to spread awareness against breast cancer, observed "Pinktober". The hotel’s staff wore pink badges (a symbolic observance of the month) whereas the entire property was lighted in pink.Also, the hotel conducted a Breast Cancer Awareness Session headed by Dr. Asma Yousafzai (a well-known researcher in the field of cancer studies) who shared her expertise with our female guests and associates on the subject imparting cognizance amongst them regarding symptoms, causes and prevention of....

Quetta Serena Hotel along with all its associates, committed to spread awareness against breast cancer, observed "Pinktober". The hotel’s staff wore pink badges (a symbolic observance of the month) whereas the entire property was lighted in pink.

Also, the hotel conducted a Breast Cancer Awareness Session headed by Dr. Asma Yousafzai (a well-known researcher in the field of cancer studies) who shared her expertise with our female guests and associates on the subject imparting cognizance amongst them regarding symptoms, causes and prevention of breast cancer. The participants were encouraged to share the information further within their families and friends circle so as to mitigate the ascending ration of the disease in Pakistan

Oct 2019

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL HOLDS AWARENESS SESSION FOR BREAST CANCER

According to a research Breast Cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising steadily in the last years due to increase in life expectancy, increased urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.Unfortunately Pakistan alone has the highest rate of Breast cancer than any other Asian country and to spread its awareness, an annual campaign is organized in all parts of the country in the month of October which is why....

According to a research Breast Cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising steadily in the last years due to increase in life expectancy, increased urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.

 

Unfortunately Pakistan alone has the highest rate of Breast cancer than any other Asian country and to spread its awareness, an annual campaign is organized in all parts of the country in the month of October which is why it is called PINKTOBER to educate women for its early identification, signs and symptoms associated.

Faisalabad Serena Hotel organized various activities to spread consciousness in all the associates. An exclusive awareness session was conducted by Dr. Sumera Ehsan Dar explaining the intricacies of the disease and prevention with her thought-provoking presentation & practical session for the female associates, every associate adorned Pink Ribbons to commemorate the cause and front façade of the building was lit up in Pink.

Oct 2019

TRAIL 6 TREK ATTRACTS DOZENS

Dozens of people from the diplomatic community, government, armed forces, corporate sector and other walks of life participated in a morning trek on Trial 6 of the Margalla Hills.The trek organised by the Serena Hotels under its Adventure Diplomacy Initiative ended on sumptuous breakfast at the plateau overlooking the Talhar Valley, considered one of the most beautiful and eye-catching locations in the Margallas. It combined a gentle picturesque amble for the first 1.5 kilometers with a more challenging incline towards the end.Noted among....

Dozens of people from the diplomatic community, government, armed forces, corporate sector and other walks of life participated in a morning trek on Trial 6 of the Margalla Hills.

 

The trek organised by the Serena Hotels under its Adventure Diplomacy Initiative ended on sumptuous breakfast at the plateau overlooking the Talhar Valley, considered one of the most beautiful and eye-catching locations in the Margallas. It combined a gentle picturesque amble for the first 1.5 kilometers with a more challenging incline towards the end.

 

Noted among trekkers were the representatives of the embassies and missions of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Norway, Palestine, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Yemen.

 

The chief guest on the occasion was renowned mountaineer Colonel (r) M. Sher Khan, who was the first Pakistani to climb the daunting Rakaposhi (7,788 metres) and Nanga Parbat (8,126 metres).

 

The participants said the beautiful scenic vistas and flora provided them with ample opportunities to test their photographic skills and enjoy the views.

 

The organisers said the Adventure Diplomacy encouraged human engagement with nature while testing physical prowess and was part of Serena Hotels initiatives to expand and enhance how people come together to share experiences.

Oct 2019

SERENA BAGS FOUR AWARDS AT THE PRESTIGIOUS WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS CEREMONY IN VIETNAM

Serena Hotels wins four awards at the star-studded World Travel Awards (WTA) Asia & Oceania Gala Ceremony 2019 in Vietnam. The elite of the travel industry assembled at the pristine island of Phu Quoc to find out who amongst them had been crowned best of the best.Islamabad Serena Hotel took home the title of ‘Pakistan’s Leading Hotel’ and ‘Pakistan’s Leading Presidential Suite’ whereas Kabul Serena Hotel won ‘Afghanistan’s Leading Hotel’ and Dushanbe Serena Hotel won ’Tajikistan’s Leading Hotel’ award. CEO Serena Hotels, Mr. Aziz Boolani....

Serena Hotels wins four awards at the star-studded World Travel Awards (WTA) Asia & Oceania Gala Ceremony 2019 in Vietnam. The elite of the travel industry assembled at the pristine island of Phu Quoc to find out who amongst them had been crowned best of the best.

 

Islamabad Serena Hotel took home the title of ‘Pakistan’s Leading Hotel’ and ‘Pakistan’s Leading Presidential Suite’ whereas Kabul Serena Hotel won ‘Afghanistan’s Leading Hotel’ and Dushanbe Serena Hotel won ’Tajikistan’s Leading Hotel’ award. 

 

CEO Serena Hotels, Mr. Aziz Boolani said at the occasion, “Hotels without it’s employees are nothing. It is because of the hard work of our associates who ensure they exceed our guest’s expectations that we have been able to win these awards. Therefore, I dedicate this award to all the associates at Serena Hotels.”

 

Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, said: “It has been an honour to host WTA at the Vinpearl Convention Center Phu Quoc. This fabulous addition to the Vinpearl Phu Quoc integrated complex has proven a gracious host of what has been a spectacular evening of travel triumph, and a highlight of our 26th Grand Tour. We have had the privilege of recognising many of the leading hotels, airlines and hospitality providers from across Asia and Oceania and my congratulations to each of them.”

Oct 2019

ALL SERENA HOTEL’S CAMPS, LODGES & RESORT IN KENYA ARE GOLD-ECO RATED

Four of seven properties within the Serena Hotels Kenya portfolio attained Gold-Eco Rating Certification after undergoing re-assessments of its Eco Tourism Kenya Certification that expired this year.The in-depth biennial eco-audits this year resulted in Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp retaining its Gold Eco-Rating Certification, whilst Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge and Serena Mountain Lodge moved from Silver to Gold Eco-Rating Certification.Currently, the above mentioned properties including, Mombasa Serena Beach Resort....

Four of seven properties within the Serena Hotels Kenya portfolio attained Gold-Eco Rating Certification after undergoing re-assessments of its Eco Tourism Kenya Certification that expired this year.

The in-depth biennial eco-audits this year resulted in Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp retaining its Gold Eco-Rating Certification, whilst Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge and Serena Mountain Lodge moved from Silver to Gold Eco-Rating Certification.

Currently, the above mentioned properties including, Mombasa Serena Beach Resort & Spa, Mara Serena Safari Lodge, and Sweetwaters Serena Camp all stand in the ‘league’ of holding a Gold Eco-Rated Certification from Eco-Tourism Kenya. The Eco-Tourism Kenya Certification program is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council since 2016 and is at the same level with other international standards across the globe.

Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing Director, Serena Hotels, says, “It is an honor to have our Kenyan properties achieve this Top Eco-Rating. The distinctive efforts that continue to focus on the areas that Serena Hotels can have the greatest impact: creating economic opportunity, community outreach, environmental conservation and improvement, preservation of culture, employee well-being and health and safety. This creates stewardship and shared value between our business and the eco-system within which we operate.”

The Eco Tourism Kenya Certification places emphasis on standards for running sustainable travel and tourism businesses. The Gold Certification represents the highest level of standard that can be attained by a business as a result of outstanding compliance to adhere to ecotourism principles such as: preservation of essential ecological processes, protection of both human heritage and biodiversity, resource use efficiency and reducing waste.

Grace Nderitu, CEO Eco Tourism Kenya, says, “We applaud Serena Hotels for meeting eco-tourism standards to achieve the Gold Certification Rating. This certification is a true testament of how Serena Hotels is making remarkable continuous improvements to uphold sustainable tourism business practices.”

To access details on the property initiatives that resulted to the Gold Eco-Rating, click on the emblem“

located at the end of the respective Serena Hotels property page on our website: www.serenahotels.com.

Oct 2019

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL LAUNCHED ITALIAN FIESTA AT RAKAPOSHI COURTYARD

Eating a balanced diet is an essential part of good nutrition, improved health and a lower risk of chronic diseases. Italian food mainly focuses on fresh vegetables, olive oil, and grains which makes it an excellent part of a balanced, healthy diet.Faisalabad Serena Hotel launched Italian Fiesta at Rakaposhi Courtyard with full zeal. The festival offers authentic Italian cuisine serving thin crust pizzas, rich creamy pastas, Italian subs & sandwiches with many delicious and authentic ingredients for everyone’s palate in the most economical....

Eating a balanced diet is an essential part of good nutrition, improved health and a lower risk of chronic diseases. Italian food mainly focuses on fresh vegetables, olive oil, and grains which makes it an excellent part of a balanced, healthy diet.

 

Faisalabad Serena Hotel launched Italian Fiesta at Rakaposhi Courtyard with full zeal. The festival offers authentic Italian cuisine serving thin crust pizzas, rich creamy pastas, Italian subs & sandwiches with many delicious and authentic ingredients for everyone’s palate in the most economical prices for all the guests to enjoy pleasant evenings with their friends & families in an alluring ambiance with Italian symphonies.

 

The evening was graced with the presence of Ms. Qurut-ul-ain President of Faisalabad Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mr. & Mrs. Abdul Rauf Rufi and people from different walks of life. The whole festival was widely covered by the electronic media & press.

Oct 2019

RAABTA BRINGS EXPERTS TO EXPLORE REGIONAL STABILITY FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

Islamabad, October 4th, 2019: Serena Hotels hosted a panel discussion, under the umbrella of Raabta, a public diplomacy initiative, on ‘Enterprising Peace – Regional Stability for Economic Prosperity’. The panel of experts, curated by Ms. Sidra Iqbal, a prominent broadcast journalist, featured Mr. Syed Shabbar Zaidi, Chairman FBR, Dr. Prof. Khalida Ghous, human rights and international relations activist, Fahd Hussain, Executive Editor for Express Tribune, Ambassador Ali Sarwar Naqvi, Executive Director of the Center for International Strategic....

Islamabad, October 4th, 2019: Serena Hotels hosted a panel discussion, under the umbrella of Raabta, a public diplomacy initiative, on ‘Enterprising Peace – Regional Stability for Economic Prosperity’. The panel of experts, curated by Ms. Sidra Iqbal, a prominent broadcast journalist, featured Mr. Syed Shabbar Zaidi, Chairman FBR, Dr. Prof. Khalida Ghous, human rights and international relations activist, Fahd Hussain, Executive Editor for Express Tribune, Ambassador Ali Sarwar Naqvi, Executive Director of the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS), and Mr. Illango Patchamuthu, World Bank’s country director for Pakistan.

The discussion revolved around regions and states that are not necessarily in overt conflict, but that are institutionally and economically weak and vulnerable to international threats and instability.

Syed Shabbar Zaidi said, “The first thing we have to establish in Pakistan is consistency and stability in our system and policies. In the last 20 years, $6 billion per year have been transferred out of Pakistan and this figure is reported in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The investment percentage in Pakistan is one of the lowest in the region. Since, at least, 1990s there has been a serious outflow of the real investment from Pakistan. Why? It is due to economic instability. A good economist will not invest unless he thinks 50 years ahead.” When asked about the impact of the Indian conflict with Pakistan on the confidence of businessmen, Mr. Zaidi retorted, “The Indian threat is strength for Pakistan as it unites them, but the issue of disparity within Pakistan is a bigger threat to us.”

Dr. Professor Khalida Ghous said that Islamophobia is seen through the lens of religion alone, whereas other interrelated issues like immigration and assimilation play a role too. She further remarked, “Radicalization is multifaceted. It is present in the largest democracy – the Indian society, and the secular American society as well. Post 9/11 and due to the marginalization of the Muslim minority communities and the type of legislation, the economic migrants were unable to be integrated into the Western society.”

Fahd Hussain remarked that one fundamental weakness of Pakistan, in this time of global connectivity and global narratives, is that we are allowing other people to craft our story for us. He said, “The state of Pakistan has failed to appreciate the impact that a global story can have. We have not built the infrastructure through which we can tell our story. That infrastructure, in other words, is a strategic communication policy system.”

Ambassador Naqvi said, ”The global politics, in the 21st century, has seen a very striking transformation. All the old patterns and links of global politics have been blurred.” He gave the example of how China being a strong friend of Pakistan has thriving trade relationships with India; similarly, how Russia being decades old ally of India is reaching out to Pakistan. In that context, external peace is very important but there is no connectivity in this region.

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels, said, “Raabta is the culmination of the value that Serena Hotels brings to the society. The convening power of Serena allows us to bring together experts, policy makers and the interested citizenry to inform and engage individuals and organizations in advancing debate, create knowledge and develop a wider appreciation of complexity of all socio-economic subjects.”

Oct 2019

LAKE ELMENTEITA SERENA CAMP AND AMBOSELI SERENA SAFARI LODGE WIN AT THE KENYA ECO-WARRIOR AWARDS

Serena Hotel’s Gold Level Eco-Certified properties, Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp and Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge won two awards under the “Social Impact” category during the 2019 Gala Dinner of the Eco-Warrior Awards.  The Eco-Warrior Award is an annual fete hosted by Eco-Tourism Kenya to recognize tourism industry players’ that embrace sustainable business practices in their day-to-day operations.This year marks the 14th edition of Eco-Warrior Awards themed, “Tourism, Jobs and the Green Economy – A Better Future for All” in line with the...

Serena Hotel’s Gold Level Eco-Certified properties, Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp and Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge won two awards under the “Social Impact” category during the 2019 Gala Dinner of the Eco-Warrior Awards.  The Eco-Warrior Award is an annual fete hosted by Eco-Tourism Kenya to recognize tourism industry players’ that embrace sustainable business practices in their day-to-day operations.

This year marks the 14th edition of Eco-Warrior Awards themed, “Tourism, Jobs and the Green Economy – A Better Future for All” in line with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) global theme.

Grace Nderitu, CEO Eco-Tourism Kenya says, “The Eco-Warrior Awards are an indicator of the strides the industry has made in achieving sustainable tourism business practices. We understand that the protection of our natural resources, environment and people is a key factor in the growth of the industry.”

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp (LESC) took the lead whilst Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (ASSL) took the 1st Runners up position under the Social Impact category. Similar, to other Serena properties, these properties continue to give priority to the local communities living around its areas of operation so as to ensure economic independence with the end goal to better navigate uncertainty and thrive towards a sustainable livelihood in the future.

Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing Director of Serena Hotels says, “As pioneers and active players in the tourism industry, Serena Hotels is aware of the significant contribution it has in the economy of Kenya. Providing educational, entrepreneurial and health support is crucial not only for improving the quality of life for the communities, but also provides an enabling environment for sustainable business practices.”

Serena Hotels has endeavoured to bring best practices in social, cultural, environmental and economic development to an alluring yet fragile area in Kenya. The company’s sustainability programs respond to the needs of the environment, economy and the communities while aligning towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations Development Programme.

The win by LESC and ASSL was a consolidation of various sustainable initiatives in a more focused and sustainable manner under the “Adopt a School” concept. This concept introduced sustainable programs within neighbouring community schools with a focus on having a holistic positive impact on a child.

The various initiatives under the program that we believe act as a catalyst for positive economic, social and cultural change include;

  • Tree planting with a focus on fruit and herb trees to enhance food security and nutrition - since 1991, ASSL has planted 1.6 million trees.
  • Community & schools’ health outreach programs that include free consultations (over 600 consultations per annum) at our staff clinic and subsidized medication.
  • Physical infrastructure and educational aids.
  • Training opportunities such as internships to the local youth.
  • Literacy/Reading for children program - 7 children libraries with about 2,482 beneficiaries per annum at both LESC and ASSL.
  • Environmental conservation clubs talks, litter collection, lunch and game drives for high performing students, Christmas gifts and party.
  • A unique initiative, carried out by LESC is the ‘Soap for Hope’ Project. This is where guest soap that would otherwise be discarded is recycled and sanitized into fresh soap bars with the aim of improving hygiene standards whilst repurposing soap that was headed for the landfill. To date 97 kg of guest soap has been recycled by Kiboko Primary (120 students).

Mr. Jan Mohamed, adds, “We believe Tourism is the strongest driver of prosperity and our initiatives have had a multiplier effect for poverty reduction in the areas we are located within. Every company would like employees who are prepared to adopt in the modern workplace, but this requires investing long before adulthood. Building an ecosystem that supports education in the early years is a critical place to begin the formation of a skilled workforce. By investing in the community activities and offering fresh opportunities, we can support the future prospects of our communities and country.”

Sep 2019

ITALIAN ‘COMPAGNIA SOLELUNA’ PERFORMS IN CAPITAL

The Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Pakistan and Serena Hotels collaborated to host a fundraising gala dinner (Rhythms & Passion of Southern Italy) on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the Sheesh Mahal, Islamabad Serena Hotel.The Gala event featured a performance by an internationally acclaimed Italian Folk Rock Ensemble “Compagnia SoleLuna.” The famed Neapolitan Folk Rock Group has an extensive repertoire of Southern Italian popular music and dance, centered on the “Pizzica”, the “Taranta” and the Neapolitan “Tammurriata” that epitomize...

The Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Pakistan and Serena Hotels collaborated to host a fundraising gala dinner (Rhythms & Passion of Southern Italy) on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the Sheesh Mahal, Islamabad Serena Hotel.

 

The Gala event featured a performance by an internationally acclaimed Italian Folk Rock Ensemble “Compagnia SoleLuna.” The famed Neapolitan Folk Rock Group has an extensive repertoire of Southern Italian popular music and dance, centered on the “Pizzica”, the “Taranta” and the Neapolitan “Tammurriata” that epitomize the fire, the rhythms and contemporary vision.

 

Serena Hotels and the Italian Embassy were able to raise Eight Million, Ten Thousand Rupees from the proceedings from the black-tie event, which went towards Shifa Foundation that is creating awareness for the early detection of an autistic child, their proper handling, care and cure. The event was graced by the presence of a well-known Italian specialist in Autism, Prof. Filippo Muratori. He is currently the Professor of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry at the University of Pisa.

 

A live auction was held during the event where 3 paintings were displayed which were made by autistic children from Oasis School, Lahore. Guests made generous bids and all three paintings were sold within a few minutes. A lottery draw was held after the auction which gave away authentic Italian made gift items, a return air ticket from Islamabad to Rome and various other gift vouchers.

 

Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, said, “We are delighted to welcome the Italian performers to Pakistan. Serena Hotels is privileged to be able to host events that strengthen the cultural exchange between Pakistan and Spain while at the same time supporting a cause dear to our hearts – providing support for autism.”

 

He added that Serena is a platform that provides the space and opportunity for cultural exchanges by bringing unique and unusual talent to Islamabad and will continue to do so in the future.

Ambassador of Italy in Pakistan, H.E Stefano Pontecarvo thanked all the guests for their contribution towards generating funds towards the ca

use and added, “Autism in children coming from under-privileged families often goes undetected. These donations will ensure the correct steps are taken to raise awareness about the condition and to encourage behavioral therapy in those affected.”

Sep 2019

THE AWARD CEREMONY FOR HIGHEST ALTITUDE MARATHON CONCLUDES AT SERENA

23rd September 2019: An award ceremony was held for the Serena Hotels sponsored Highest Altitude Road Marathon Khunjerab Pakistan 2019. The chief guest on the occasion was Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan HI (M).A total of 154 athletes, including 39 international runners from 17 countries, participated in the race, which was held in three categories, ultra marathon (50km), marathon (42km) and half-marathon (21km). A brief video compilation of the key moments of the high-altitude marathon was shown to the audience, and athletes shared with...

23rd September 2019: An award ceremony was held for the Serena Hotels sponsored Highest Altitude Road Marathon Khunjerab Pakistan 2019. The chief guest on the occasion was Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan HI (M).

A total of 154 athletes, including 39 international runners from 17 countries, participated in the race, which was held in three categories, ultra marathon (50km), marathon (42km) and half-marathon (21km). A brief video compilation of the key moments of the high-altitude marathon was shown to the audience, and athletes shared with the audience the key moments and memorable anecdotes from the marathon.

It was a momentous occasion in the history of Pakistan as 154 ecstatic long-distance runners from across the world enthusiastically ran on the descending Karakoram Highway, starting from the magnificent Khunjerab Top and ending at Sost, a small town in the majestic pass.

Serena Hotels sponsored the event as part of its Adventure Diplomacy initiative that encourages human engagement with nature in ways that test physical prowess, endurance and commitment.

Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan HI (M) said, “It gives me great pleasure to be among world-renowned athletes from all over the globe. I convey my gratitude to the international athletes who have participated in this event which took place in one of the most beautiful landscapes anywhere in the world. I hope you have enjoyed the picturesque northern areas of Pakistan and have enjoyed the warm hospitality of our people”. He also applauded Serena Hotel’s efforts and continued support to Pakistan Air Force in different sports events such as ski, squash and marathons and ensured Serena and PAF partnership in future as well for such healthy sports activities.

The Air Chief presented medals and trophies to the first, second and third place male and female winners for all categories. In 50 km race, Mohammad Siyar from Pak Army clinched the first position, whereas Aslam Khan from GB Scouts remained the runner-up. The third position was clinched by Mohammad Iqbal.

In the 42 km race, army’s athletics team dominated, bagging the first three coveted positions. Umair Haider secured first position and Mohammad Faheem and Sohail Tanveer clinched the second and third spots, respectively.

In 21 km race, Mirza Aslam Baig remained the first, Abdul Muheet and Musawwar ur Rehman won the second and third positions, respectively.

Sep 2019

QUETTA SERENA HOTEL CELEBRATES WORLD WELLNESS WEEKEND

On this World Wellness Weekend, Quetta Serena Hotel organized a trekking activity with the immense support and collaboration of People’s Primary Health Care Initiative (Baluchistan) and 41 Div. Serena associates, PPHI’s top management and our esteemed members of Maisha Health Club were among the participants. It was the team work that paid off when all of them successfully managed to hike as high as 8000 feet without letting their exhaustion overshadow their morale.Mr. Rashid Uddin General Manager Quetta Serena Hotel genuinely expressed his...

On this World Wellness Weekend, Quetta Serena Hotel organized a trekking activity with the immense support and collaboration of People’s Primary Health Care Initiative (Baluchistan) and 41 Div. Serena associates, PPHI’s top management and our esteemed members of Maisha Health Club were among the participants. It was the team work that paid off when all of them successfully managed to hike as high as 8000 feet without letting their exhaustion overshadow their morale.

Mr. Rashid Uddin General Manager Quetta Serena Hotel genuinely expressed his gratitude to all the collaborators for their alliance and assistance and showed his admiration for such an impeccable opportunity, never available before, to the residents of Quetta to foster their mental and physical well-being.

Last but not the least, the activity not only aligned us internationally to dedicate this weekend to our wellness but it also helped exceedingly in depicting the true, safe and secure picture of Quetta: A city where you can very well have every opportunity to stay fit

Aug 2019

SERENA CONCLUDES SEASON 3 OF SARANGI MUSIC COMPETITION

Serena Hotels concluded the Sarangi Music Competition, Season 3 this Thursday, 29th 2019. The star-studded ceremony was held at the Sheesh Mahal hall of the hotel where various members of the diplomatic corps, business community and Islamabad society gathered to hear the shortlisted contestants.Sarangi, which was launched in October 2017 is a part of Serena Hotel’s Cultural Diplomacy Initiative which aims to protect and promote the cultural heritage of Pakistan by encouraging young talents and giving them an opportunity to become the nation’s....

Serena Hotels concluded the Sarangi Music Competition, Season 3 this Thursday, 29th 2019. The star-studded ceremony was held at the Sheesh Mahal hall of the hotel where various members of the diplomatic corps, business community and Islamabad society gathered to hear the shortlisted contestants.

Sarangi, which was launched in October 2017 is a part of Serena Hotel’s Cultural Diplomacy Initiative which aims to protect and promote the cultural heritage of Pakistan by encouraging young talents and giving them an opportunity to become the nation’s rising star. Through engaging social media, the music competition, over the years, has received tremendous response from across the country and an incredible pool of talented singers and musicians has been identified, and given opportunities.

The jury panel consisted of renowned figures of music industry, Zoe Viccaji, Asif Ali Santoo and Sarmad Ghafoor. All four of the shortlisted contestants, Humail Rajpoot, Najum Saleem, Samia Gohar and Atif Sunny gave short performances which the judges assessed. Coming from diverse backgrounds, from different parts of the country, their experiences and training were reflected in their styles as they performed in front of more than 500 people.

As a special treat, Asif Ali Santoo also performed a few couplets from Tere Bina Nahi Lagda Dil Mera Dholna, Jaaniya Haaniya while the results were compiled.

Zoe Viccaji and Sarmad Ghafoor made the much-awaited announcement sharing that it was a very close decision. The decision was so close that Humail and Samia were both declared winners of the third season of Sarangi. Humail won the recording of a song and its music video while Samia was awarded a full scholarship for her Bachelor’s degree in Musicology.

Mr Santoo said: “I am blown away by the quality of submission received from all over Pakistan. It was a tough challenge for us judges to shortlist only four people from 160 submissions, but we tried to do justice.”

“With the dearth of a proper music industry and opportunities for younger people, projects like Sarangi gives young musicians a platform to work towards and be heard on a larger platform. The final prize which is a song recording and music video is so apt and something I would have truly valued when I first started pursuing music,” Ms. Viccaji said.

Serena Hotels CEO Aziz Boolani, speaking at the occasion, said: “Serena has promoted the arts and intercultural activities to inspire a culture of peace and hope. And we truly believe in giving recognition and platform to the emerging artists that need recognition. We have used our social media to introduce these competitions and have received tremendous response from all over Pakistan. Tonight, we not only celebrate the winners but also the incredible creative talent that Pakistan possesses”.

Aug 2019

AZADI GOLF WITH SERENA & ISLAMABAD CLUB

Serena Hotels under its Sports Diplomacy Initiative hosted the “Azadi Golf Tournament 2019” in collaboration with the Islamabad Club at their Golf Course. The exclusive match drew members of the diplomatic corps, dignitaries, corporate sector and businessmen who participated with great enthusiasm.Over the years, Sports Diplomacy has emerged as an integral part of Serena’s efforts to build stronger relations with communities while encouraging diverse groups to participate in sports, thereby improving leadership, teamwork, and communication skills...

Serena Hotels under its Sports Diplomacy Initiative hosted the “Azadi Golf Tournament 2019” in collaboration with the Islamabad Club at their Golf Course. The exclusive match drew members of the diplomatic corps, dignitaries, corporate sector and businessmen who participated with great enthusiasm.

Over the years, Sports Diplomacy has emerged as an integral part of Serena’s efforts to build stronger relations with communities while encouraging diverse groups to participate in sports, thereby improving leadership, teamwork, and communication skills along with promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Serena Hotels CEO Aziz Boolani said, “We use sports to provide a platform to our foreign diplomats and friends, serving and retired bureaucrats and ourselves to establish links with other professionals and peers. This is an opportunity to develop friendships and demonstrate our abilities and interests in different sports.”

The tournament consisted of three categories along with special prizes for the longest drive and closest to pin. The winners were awarded trophies by CEO Serena Hotels Mr. Aziz Boolani and President Islamabad Club Golf Course, Mr. Jawad Paul.

AMATEUR CATEGORY:

3RD NET = Lt Gen Azhar Saleh Abbasi
2ND NET = Rashid Ibrahim
1ST NET = Shahid Habib


LADIES CATEGORY:

2ND NET = Alima Amjad
1ST NET = Zeenat Ayesha

JUNIOR CATEGORY:

1ST GROSS = Shazmina Khan

SPECIAL PRICE:

Longest drive = Syed Amir Gillani
Closest to pin = Jawad Paul

Aug 2019

SZILARD SUHAJDA AS THE FIRST HUNGARIAN CLIMBER REACHED K2 SUMMIT WITHOUT SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN AND SHERPA SUPPORT

Szilard SUHAJDA succeeded the Hungarian K2 Expedition last week by reaching the second highest peak in the world, the 8611 meters high K2. After three successful acclimatization rounds, Szilard and David started the attempt to conquer the peak last Sunday. At the end, David did not climb to the top due to his health problem, but he was supporting Szilard on radio from the base camp. David decision was extraordinary; he sacrificed his ambitions for the success of the expedition!Szilard made it; he defeated the "King of the Mountains" which has....

Szilard SUHAJDA succeeded the Hungarian K2 Expedition last week by reaching the second highest peak in the world, the 8611 meters high K2. After three successful acclimatization rounds, Szilard and David started the attempt to conquer the peak last Sunday. At the end, David did not climb to the top due to his health problem, but he was supporting Szilard on radio from the base camp. David decision was extraordinary; he sacrificed his ambitions for the success of the expedition!

Szilard made it; he defeated the "King of the Mountains" which has never been climbed by any Hungarian climber. Szilard is the first Hungarian mountaineer, who reached the Summit of K2 without extra oxygen and Sherpa support. This was announced at a Press Conference hosted by Serena Hotels under its Adventure Diplomacy Initiative.

“I am delightedly announcing the success of the 2019 Hungarian K2 Expedition. I am here at the peak of K2. It's amazing, the sky is clear, I can see everything, the view from the ridge is beautiful. Next time, I hope that we will stand together at a nice peak” - said Szilard to David from the Summit last Thursday.

Last week, it was still questionable whether David and Szilard had any opportunity to attempt the climb, because the Sherpa climbers reported about very deep snow close to the peak. According to the reports, 120 climbers (75 international and 45 Sherpa in ten teams) were on K2 during this period with Sherpa, and few of them could make it!

Despite of the deep snow on the peak, the two Hungarian mountaineers did not give up. Together with another group of mountaineers, they set out for camp 2 at 6,700 meters on Monday and then slept the other night in camp 3, on 7300 meters. In camp 3, David had health problems, therefore he decided to turn back for the expedition’s success, and support Szilard from the base camp. „I am really proud of my decision. I could not have lived together with the fact, that it would have been my fault if the Hungarian K2 Expedition had failed. I am happy about Szilard’s and the expedition’s success” – said David.

The further aim of them is to achieve the 14 mountains above 8000 meters. After climbing K2, only two "eight thousand" mountains, Sisapangma, and Everest are missing from there bucket list. Climbing successfully an ’eight thousand’ high Summit by Hungarian mountaineer happened in 2016 last time, when David Klein was the first Hungarian climber the peak of the most dangerous Annapurna.

Last time when a Hungarian climber reached an ‘eight thousand’ high Summit, was David when he climbed the most dangerous Annapurna Summit in 2016.

The Hungarian Embassy is very proud of the Szilard’s and David’s achievement!

Jul 2019

SERENA MOUNTAIN LODGE MENTIONED AS ONE OF THE REAL-LIFE LOCATIONS THAT INSPIRED THE NEW LION KING MOVIE

Article by Andrew Sessa Date: 29th July 2019Conde Nast Traveler Disney’s new Lion King remake has, unsurprisingly, been a box office hit—it’s been the top movie in the U.S. the last two weekends running, with more than $360 million in ticket sales since it opened on July 18. Director Jon Favreau’s retelling of the 1994 animated classic uses cutting-edge CGI to bring the characters to life, not least among them Mufasa (once again voiced by James Earl Jones), Simba (Donald Glover), and Nala (none other than the Queen Bey herself).The...

Article by Andrew Sessa

Date: 29th July 2019

Conde Nast Traveler

Disney’s new Lion King remake has, unsurprisingly, been a box office hit—it’s been the top movie in the U.S. the last two weekends running, with more than $360 million in ticket sales since it opened on July 18. Director Jon Favreau’s retelling of the 1994 animated classic uses cutting-edge CGI to bring the characters to life, not least among them Mufasa (once again voiced by James Earl Jones), Simba (Donald Glover), and Nala (none other than the Queen Bey herself).

The job of recreating the film’s African wilderness fell largely to production designer James Chinlund, whose past credits include Planet of the Apes and Avengers movies. Favreau had gone on safari a few months before meeting with Disney execs about the film, and after getting the go-ahead on the project, he sent thirteen key members of his production team, Chinlund included, on a two-week safari to Kenya. They brought along more than 2,200 pounds of camera equipment—that’s a literal ton, in case you were wondering—and shot more than 12 terabytes of images. We caught up with Chinlund to hear about the African locales that inspired specific Lion King scenes. Read more .....

Jul 2019

KAMPALA SERENA HOTEL NAMED AS ONE OF THE 7 LUXURIOUS HOTELS LOVED BY LOYAL

Article by Selina Julien, CNN CNN Travel From the British Windsors to the Aga Khan to Monaco's House of Grimaldi, privacy and discretion is paramount for royals when traveling. First-class hospitality, personalized service and luxury amenities are also essential, so it takes a truly remarkable hotel to capture their hearts. With far-flung and glamorous destinations from Grenada to Gstaad on their radar, and private jets at their disposable, the world is their oyster. Travel in the royals' regal footsteps with seven of their favorite places....

Article by Selina Julien, CNN

CNN Travel

From the British Windsors to the Aga Khan to Monaco's House of Grimaldi, privacy and discretion is paramount for royals when traveling. First-class hospitality, personalized service and luxury amenities are also essential, so it takes a truly remarkable hotel to capture their hearts. With far-flung and glamorous destinations from Grenada to Gstaad on their radar, and private jets at their disposable, the world is their oyster. Travel in the royals' regal footsteps with seven of their favorite places to stayRead more .......

Jul 2019

NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE RECOGNIZED ON THE TRAVEL + LEISURE “TOP 100 HOTELS IN THE WORLD”.

Article by Sarah Bruning Travel + Leisure readers explore far and wide, and the hotels that impress them reflect not only their high standards but also their ever-expanding sense of curiosity and adventure. This year’s list of the top 100 hotels in the world reflects 33 countries and all continents except Antarctica. The honorees include sweeping Western ranches in the United States, intimate African safari lodges, and palatial estates in Italy. Still, a handful of qualities unite them all: superlative service, outstanding surroundings,...

Article by Sarah Bruning

Travel + Leisure readers explore far and wide, and the hotels that impress them reflect not only their high standards but also their ever-expanding sense of curiosity and adventure. This year’s list of the top 100 hotels in the world reflects 33 countries and all continents except Antarctica. The honorees include sweeping Western ranches in the United States, intimate African safari lodges, and palatial estates in Italy. Still, a handful of qualities unite them all: superlative service, outstanding surroundings, and luxurious amenities.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge was not left out as it was recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the “Top 100 Hotels in the World”. Read more .....

Jul 2019

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL SUMMER CAMP FINALE 2019

In the modern era of gadgets & technology kids have less outdoor activities in their vacations and swimming classes is an ideal opportunity for them to develop a skill. Faisalabad Serena Hotel keeping its tradition arranged one-month summer camp for the kids from 4 to 12 years old where they learned swimming under the instructions of our trained instructors. Along with swimming different activities were organized for the kids including Music Lessons, Table Manners, Art classes & healthy eating sessions.On the final day different competitions...

In the modern era of gadgets & technology kids have less outdoor activities in their vacations and swimming classes is an ideal opportunity for them to develop a skill. 

Faisalabad Serena Hotel keeping its tradition arranged one-month summer camp for the kids from 4 to 12 years old where they learned swimming under the instructions of our trained instructors. Along with swimming different activities were organized for the kids including Music Lessons, Table Manners, Art classes & healthy eating sessions.

On the final day different competitions were arranged for the kids where they showcased their swimming skills and won medals & prizes and the highlight of the event was bumper prize of bicycles through balloting. The kids & parents enjoyed the whole activity thoroughly which was witnessed & widely covered by the electronic media & press.

Jun 2019

SERENA SPONSORS TOURISM CONFERENCE IN HUNZA

Serena Hotels is sponsoring a three-day International Conference on Mountaineering, Eco-Tourism and Hospitality in Hunza, starting from 27th June 2019. The conference is being organized by Karakoram International University and the government of Gilgit-Baltistan. This event is being sponsored under the Public Diplomacy initiative of Serena Hotels that aims to develop an inclusive and informed discourse on timely subjects and creates a culture of understanding through informed and diverse opinions.International and national keynote speakers will....

Serena Hotels is sponsoring a three-day International Conference on Mountaineering, Eco-Tourism and Hospitality in Hunza, starting from 27th June 2019. The conference is being organized by Karakoram International University and the government of Gilgit-Baltistan. This event is being sponsored under the Public Diplomacy initiative of Serena Hotels that aims to develop an inclusive and informed discourse on timely subjects and creates a culture of understanding through informed and diverse opinions.

International and national keynote speakers will address the conference with technical and thematic sessions on ground. CPEC and Eco-Tourism workshops will be the main focus while there will be Travel, Tourism and Hospitality exhibitions with an excursion tour to Khunjerab Pass.

The inauguration ceremony for the event will take place on the morning of 27th June 2019. The President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi is expected to grace the closing ceremony.

The conference will provide a platform for the academicians, researchers and practitioners of mountaineering, eco-tourism and hospitality to share their views and experiences in their relevant fields. It will figure out opportunities and challenges in promoting sustainable mountaineering, eco-tourism and hospitality. It will also identify profitable eco-tourism projects that would benefit the local communities and will bring the natural heritage and culture of Pakistan to the limelight.

There will be traditional handicrafts stalls to promote the arts and crafts of the local area throughout the event. The conference will end on a report that will be compiled with the suggestions and findings from the conference, and will be circulated to the federal and provincial governments, along with tourism companies and hotels.

Jun 2019

NAJIB ULLAH FROM WAPDA SECURES 1ST POSITION IN SERENA SPONSORED TOUR DE KHUNJRAB

Islamabad, July 1st, 2019: Serena Hotels sponsored one of the world’s highest altitude cycling competition, Tour De Khunjrab which took place in Gilgit-Baltistan from June 27 to June 30th 2019. More than 100 Pakistani and international cyclists took part in it. Two international teams from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka were also a part of the event along with 11 local teams from Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh.The cyclists began the race at about 4,500 feet [1,400 metres] in Gilgit to Rakaposhi,....

Islamabad, July 1st, 2019: Serena Hotels sponsored one of the world’s highest altitude cycling competition, Tour De Khunjrab which took place in Gilgit-Baltistan from June 27 to June 30th 2019. More than 100 Pakistani and international cyclists took part in it. Two international teams from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka were also a part of the event along with 11 local teams from Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh.

The cyclists began the race at about 4,500 feet [1,400 metres] in Gilgit to Rakaposhi, then proceeded from Rakposhi to Hunza, and then finally from Sost to Khunjrab at a record high altitude of 15,500 feet [5,000 metres] above sea level.  The Winner of the event was Najib Ullah from WAPDA whose record time was 8:41:39.

The closing ceremony of the event took place in Gilgit Serena Hotel which was graced by the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon, Chief Secretary of Gilgit Baltistan, Mr. Khurram Agha along with a large number of local people and audience from different cities of Pakistan. The dinner was followed by a cultural evening at Altit Fort. The President of Pakistan, the government of Gilgit-Baltistan and the management of Tour De Khunjrab applauded Serena Hotels efforts in promoting tourism in Pakistan through its sports diplomacy initiative.

The event was sponsored under the Sports Diplomacy initiative for Serena Hotels. Over the years, Sports Diplomacy of the hotel has emerged as an integral part of Serena’s efforts to build stronger relations with communities while encouraging diverse groups to participate in sports, thereby improving leadership, teamwork, and communication skills along with promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Jun 2019

SERENA HOTELS TANZANIA INTRODUCES NEW HEALING EARTH SPA CONCE

Serena Hotels Tanzania announces the introduction of new Healing Earth Spa concept offered across all their entire spa offering in Tanzania. The Healing Earth Spa concept was officially introduced on June 1st 2019 exclusively customized for Tanzania properties with the/an aim of giving guests authentic holistic spa treatments with products that are sourced from Africa’s rich natural resources.Healing Earth is a premium African spa brand that offers natural, organic products, therapies and spa concepts to discerning clients all over the world....

Serena Hotels Tanzania announces the introduction of new Healing Earth Spa concept offered across all their entire spa offering in Tanzania. The Healing Earth Spa concept was officially introduced on June 1st 2019 exclusively customized for Tanzania properties with the/an aim of giving guests authentic holistic spa treatments with products that are sourced from Africa’s rich natural resources.

Healing Earth is a premium African spa brand that offers natural, organic products, therapies and spa concepts to discerning clients all over the world. Created by spa veteran, Elisabeth Brandt, Healing Earth specializes in developing unique and bespoke protocols to suit the guests’ needs. Mr. Mugo Maringa, Country Director, Serena Hotels Tanzania, says, “We are excited to introduce a new wellness concept for our guests. Guests will not only enjoy innovative spa treatments but they can also be rest assured with the knowledge that we are using natural products that are ecofriendly.” Healing Earth developed a powerful spa concept for Serena Tanzania taking into consideration each property’s needs as well as the brand’s ethos to protect the people, environment and wildlife
in which it operates. Additionally, a thoughtfully crafted transformative spa menu was developed to offer the highest level of personalization. All the Healing Earth products are free from synthetic fragrances, colorants, petro chemicals, preservatives and parabens.

Healing Earth Founder and CEO, Elisabeth Brandt, adds, “It is an honour to collaborate with a truly African brand such as Serena Hotels. This is another way to show and share the richness of our continent with the rest of the world. Our products have been harnessed with ingredients that evoke natural healing powers of all the senses to ensure guests have a holistic experience.” Staff were trained on Healing Earth product knowledge and techniques, personal development and best practise to ensure they share in the same vision. The training took place at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge during which exceptional therapists from various properties were recognized
in a beautiful certification ceremony.

Lucy Kuibita, Group Spa Manager, Serena Hotels says, “The use of purely natural products and training our staff on new treatment techniques is a step change in ensuring we continue to deliver consistent memorable spa experience to our guests”.

The Spa menu includes Serena signature spa rituals using different Healing Earth product families such as Marula & Neroli- Relaxing Journey, Mongongo Nut-Detoxifying journey, Coffee& Cinnamon- Uplifting Journey, Spirit of UTU-Togetherness Journey, High performance facials using Pinotage grape and Tri-enzyme range among others.

The Healing Earth concept is expected to be rolled out in Serena Kenya properties by the year 2020.

Jun 2019

SERENA HOTELS REMAINS AN AUTHENTICALLY TRUE AFRICAN BRAND

6 th June 2019, Nairobi, Kenya… Serena Hotels is grateful to its patrons for once again voting in its favourite Serena properties as winners in the below categories, at the 26th World Travel Awards at the Africa and Indian Ocean Gala held on 1st June in Mauritius:Mozambique's Leading Hotel 2019: Polana Serena Hotel Mozambique's Leading Hotel Suite 2019: Presidential Suite at Polana Serena HotelRwanda's Leading Hotel 2019: Kigali Serena HotelUganda's Leading Hotel 2019: Kampala Serena Hotel Uganda's Leading Hotel Suite 2019...

6 th June 2019, Nairobi, Kenya… Serena Hotels is grateful to its patrons for once again voting in its favourite Serena properties as winners in the below categories, at the 26th World Travel Awards at the Africa and Indian Ocean Gala held on 1st June in Mauritius:

Mozambique's Leading Hotel 2019: Polana Serena Hotel

Mozambique's Leading Hotel Suite 2019: Presidential Suite at Polana Serena Hotel

Rwanda's Leading Hotel 2019: Kigali Serena Hotel

Uganda's Leading Hotel 2019: Kampala Serena Hotel

Uganda's Leading Hotel Suite 2019: Presidential Suite at Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa

 

Serena Africa continues to curate and create unique, one-of-a-kind signature experiences at various properties in the five African countries where the leading African hospitality brand has presence.

 

“Complemented by exceptional service, modern amenities and uncompromising comfort, the elegant and harmonious interior and exterior spaces, reflect a blend of the rich culture, heritage and traditions inspired from our exotic locations. Our guests thus gain immediate experience of and connection with the history, culture and lifestyle of what is today recognized as the ‘Pan-African Style’” says Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing Director, Serena Hotels.

 

He continues, “Over the last four decades, Serena Hotels has risen to the challenge of promoting sustainable and responsible tourism in under-served regions which is an intrinsic part of our operations. We are grateful that our guests recognise and participate in many of our sustainable initiatives.”

 

Kigali Serena Hotel for instance supports the Sustainable Growers Non-Profit Program that helps transform women coffee growers into professional suppliers of specialty coffee. Every cup served at Kigali Serena Hotel contributes to helping over 30,000 Rwandan women farmers advance their expertise. Serena Hotels, thanks loyal guests, valued business partners and committed staff without whom winning the awards would not be possible.

Jun 2019

SERENA HOSTS A SOULFUL QAWWALI NIGHT

Serena Hotels hosted a soulful Qawwali Night featuring world renowned Qawal Asif Ali Santoo on Friday 31st May 2019 at Islamabad Serena Hotel. Asif Ali was born into a family of a Legendary Qawwal Santoo Khan whom the Maestro of Qawwali, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan himself honoured as the Ganda Band Shagird (official Student) of Ustaad Nusrat Sahib.The event was hosted under the Cultural Diplomacy Initiative of Serena Hotels that aims to promote cultural plurality amongst Pakistani community. A large number of people gathered from the diplomatic....

Serena Hotels hosted a soulful Qawwali Night featuring world renowned Qawal Asif Ali Santoo on Friday 31st May 2019 at Islamabad Serena Hotel. Asif Ali was born into a family of a Legendary Qawwal Santoo Khan whom the Maestro of Qawwali, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan himself honoured as the Ganda Band Shagird (official Student) of Ustaad Nusrat Sahib.

The event was hosted under the Cultural Diplomacy Initiative of Serena Hotels that aims to promote cultural plurality amongst Pakistani community. A large number of people gathered from the diplomatic community, officials from the Armed Forces, Media personnel and residents of the twin cities. Asif Ali Santoo performed Sufi Kalam amidst cheer and applause all night. A lavish Sehri was served later for all the attendees.

Sufis have played a significant role in dissemination of the divine message of Islam, and Qawwali is one such medium of Sufi devotional music which Pakistan has truly kept alive.

May 2019

QUETTA SERENA HOTEL HOSTS IFTAR DINNER AT SOS VILLAGE

Quetta Serena Hotel working on its ideology to serve the society, hosted an Iftar for the children and youth of SOS Village. In order to give them a sense of belonging, General Manager Quetta Serena Hotel Mr. Rashid Uddin along with other members of management shared their time with the children and joined them on Iftar. The evening echoed with their giggles and brightened with their joy. Their affection and attention was heartwarming. The cheer and merriness on their faces, their playfulness and everlasting smiles was an acknowledgement for the....

Quetta Serena Hotel working on its ideology to serve the society, hosted an Iftar for the children and youth of SOS Village. In order to give them a sense of belonging, General Manager Quetta Serena Hotel Mr. Rashid Uddin along with other members of management shared their time with the children and joined them on Iftar. The evening echoed with their giggles and brightened with their joy. Their affection and attention was heartwarming. The cheer and merriness on their faces, their playfulness and everlasting smiles was an acknowledgement for the Hotel’s management.


We were extremely obliged for having this life time privilege and vow to continue adding more joy into their life as much as we can.

May 2019

PAKISTAN'S SIRBAZ MAKES HISTORY AT WORLD'S 4TH HIGHEST PEAK WITHOUT OXYGEN

May 28, 2019: Serena Hotels held a press conference on 28th May 2019 to celebrate Sirbaz Khan, who become the first Pakistani to successfully climb the summit of the fourth world’s highest mountain – Mount Lhotse (8516 m) without using supplementary oxygen. He completed his summit on the 14th of May at 9:47 am. There were 12 climbers in total in the team, but this is the first time a Pakistani climber has been able to do this. Sirbaz along with his team was the first to summit Lhotse this year and by fixing ropes on the mountain they opened it....

May 28, 2019: Serena Hotels held a press conference on 28th May 2019 to celebrate Sirbaz Khan, who become the first Pakistani to successfully climb the summit of the fourth world’s highest mountain – Mount Lhotse (8516 m) without using supplementary oxygen. He completed his summit on the 14th of May at 9:47 am. There were 12 climbers in total in the team, but this is the first time a Pakistani climber has been able to do this. Sirbaz along with his team was the first to summit Lhotse this year and by fixing ropes on the mountain they opened it for all other climbers.

Serena Hotels sponsored the expedition under its Adventure Diplomacy Initiative that aims to encourage human engagement with nature in ways that test physical prowess, endurance and commitment, mountain activities being a core part of these activities. This initiative kicked off when Serena founded the Adventure Diplomacy Group (ADG), consisting of 7 diplomatic missions to support the Pakistani mountaineer siblings, Samina and Mirza Ali Baig. Samina is the first Pakistani as well as the first Muslim women to summit the highest peaks in all seven continents.

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels said, “It is a great privilege for us to support Sirbaz Khan on his expedition. At Serena Hotels, we have been supporting talent to promote Adventure Tourism where needed and try to bring diverse experiences to our community through our various initiatives.”

May 2019

NAIROBI SERENA HOTEL UNVEILS NEW PAN-ASIAN RESTAURANT

Nairobi Serena Hotel is bringing a taste of Asia to the heart of the city with its new Pan-Asian restaurant- Herbs & Spices. The restaurant will go by the name ‘H&S’ and is located on the ground floor of the newly refurbished northern wing of the hotel and will be the fourth dining outlet at Nairobi Serena Hotel.H&S will serve a diverse all day dining menu influenced by Pan-Asian cultures across the world providing guests with expertly crafted cuisine that will be taking them on a culinary journey through South East Asia. Distinct....

Nairobi Serena Hotel is bringing a taste of Asia to the heart of the city with its new Pan-Asian restaurant- Herbs & Spices. The restaurant will go by the name ‘H&S’ and is located on the ground floor of the newly refurbished northern wing of the hotel and will be the fourth dining outlet at Nairobi Serena Hotel.

H&S will serve a diverse all day dining menu influenced by Pan-Asian cultures across the world providing guests with expertly crafted cuisine that will be taking them on a culinary journey through South East Asia. Distinct cooking
techniques and ingredients will be used to bring out the rich flavours of the dishes with speciality ingredients.

Mr. Daniel Kang’u, General Manager, Nairobi Serena Hotel says, “We are delighted to bring a new dining experience to guests looking for an exotic culinary offering. Everything from the menu to the service at H&S is going to be delivered in an innovative authentic way, redefining the scene of Pan-Asian restaurants in Kenya.” The overall design scheme is contemporary yet simplistic with the interiors featuring natural colour palettes and rustic wooden finish while the furniture is functional and comfortable to create a cosy feel. The centrepiece of the restaurant features a mural wall composition of sundry herbs and spices reminiscent of various Asia sub continents of origin.

With 68 covers, the restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating options; the outdoor seating has a retractable canopy to shelter diners in case of harsh weather condition. The menu has been skilfully curated by Chef de Cuisine, Chef Wayan based in Islamabad Serena Hotel, Wild Rice, Pan-Asian Restaurant working closely with Chef Jackson to see to its implementation. The fusion of Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese and Korean dishes will feature on the menu and will include traditional composition of flavours. Japanese Whiskies, Craft Gin as well as a variety of cocktails will be available at the H&S bar strategically poised at the terrace of the restaurant. Mellow background music will be played as guests dine to create a relaxed ambience subtle enough not to distract them from the food itself. Excellent service and hospitality is expected to be part of the gastronomic experience at H&S similar to the standards upheld at all Serena Hotels entities.


“The opening of H&S is timely, as Nairobi continues to make its mark as one of the top foodies’ hot spots in Africa. Our aim is to continuously build our restaurants’ brand; not just by offering delectable food but also good energy to our loyal and new customers,” says Mr. Kang’u. H&S intends to appeal to urbane young professionals, business and leisure guests looking for a thematic dining experience in Nairobi. It opens every day except Mondays, between 11:00am to midnight starting with lunch running through to dinner service.


For dining reservations please contact: Email: nairobi@serena.co.ke | Tel: +254 20 2822000/31/38

May 2019

MR. & MRS AZIZ BOOLANI HOST A GRAND IFTAR AT SERENA HOTEL

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels and his wife Wiqar Boolani hosted a grand Iftar Dinner this Wednesday, 15th May 2019. Parliamentarians, Ambassadors, Government Officials, Members of the Armed Forces, Media Representatives, Heads of the International Agencies and Corporate Executives were present along with the friends and well wishers of Serena.The Sheesh Mahal banquet hall appeared to be a testament of Arabian night, with Ramadan decorations, glittered with moonlit light surrounded with white drapes and Bedouin tents in the foyer area....

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels and his wife Wiqar Boolani hosted a grand Iftar Dinner this Wednesday, 15th May 2019. Parliamentarians, Ambassadors, Government Officials, Members of the Armed Forces, Media Representatives, Heads of the International Agencies and Corporate Executives were present along with the friends and well wishers of Serena.

The Sheesh Mahal banquet hall appeared to be a testament of Arabian night, with Ramadan decorations, glittered with moonlit light surrounded with white drapes and Bedouin tents in the foyer area of hotel.

There was a wide variety of cuisine for the guests to choose from, with live food corner showcasing food from each restaurant of hotel. A diverse healthy corner was catered for guests who were conscious about their health. The Pakistani sweets corner attracted a large number of guests.

The management of the hotel was busy tending to the guests and ensuring a smooth flow to the event while the hosts stayed at the entrance of the hall to welcome each guest personally.

The guests enjoyed the iftar dinner in a serene environment with the traditional live music while the evening reflected anecdotes of Serena’s legacy of immaculate service and feasts that were not only gastronomical but also visual.

May 2019

Asean BN clinch 6th Serena Hotels Polo Cup 2019

The final match of the most prestigious 6th Serena Hotels Polo Cup 2019 was held at the Islamabad Club Polo Ground before diplomats, government officials and business people, who gathered to celebrate the Game of Kings.The 05 days tournament began with preliminary matches between the competing teams. The final match was played between Asean BN (Red) and Shahtaj/Rizvis.An incredibly fast game, featuring an incredible alliance between human and horse, polo has gained great popularity in recent years as the game has become more accessible...

The final match of the most prestigious 6th Serena Hotels Polo Cup 2019 was held at the Islamabad Club Polo Ground before diplomats, government officials and business people, who gathered to celebrate the Game of Kings.

 

The 05 days tournament began with preliminary matches between the competing teams. The final match was played between Asean BN (Red) and Shahtaj/Rizvis.

 

An incredibly fast game, featuring an incredible alliance between human and horse, polo has gained great popularity in recent years as the game has become more accessible for non-players.

 

The Serena Hotels Polo Cup is an annual event organized by the Serena Hotels under its very active Sports Diplomacy Initiative, which aims to promote sports and sportsmanship in Pakistan.

 

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, said, “We are proud to be associated with numerous sports initiatives which promote wellbeing and inclusion through healthy activities. Sports impact a plethora of public arenas, coincide with community values, and reaffirm key social values for athletes especially but also the spectators.”

 

Serena Hotels Polo Cup Trophy 2019 was given to team Asean BN during the prize distribution ceremony. The chief guest of the event was H.E. Stefano Pontecorvo, Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan.

Apr 2019

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL EARTH DAY 2019

International Earth Day is an annual event celebrated every year on April 22nd to validate support for environmental protection & there is no better way to nourish our climate than to plant trees because they are the largest & longest living organisms on earth & are important to our environment to avoid obsolescence of several species.To commemorate International Earth Day Faisalabad Serena Hotel planted several fruit & flowers bearing tree saplings in Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development & Management Company. The activity...

International Earth Day is an annual event celebrated every year on April 22nd to validate support for environmental protection & there is no better way to nourish our climate than to plant trees because they are the largest & longest living organisms on earth & are important to our environment to avoid obsolescence of several species.

To commemorate International Earth Day Faisalabad Serena Hotel planted several fruit & flowers bearing tree saplings in Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development & Management Company. The activity was hurled by Resident Manager Mr. Qamar Uz Zaman & the management of Faisalabad Serena Hotel. This whole affair was covered by all the leading media groups and promoted on social Media.

Apr 2019

PAF-PSF-SERENA HOLDS INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS 2019

Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) in collaboration with Pakistan Air Force and Serena Hotels would be organizing a series international squash tournaments (Serena Hotels - Chief of the Air Staff International Squash Tournament for Men with US$ 30,000/- prize money, Serena Hotel Pakistan International Squash Tournament for Women with US$ 10,000/- from 01 – 05 Apr, 19 followed by Serena Hotels - Huawei International for Men) with US$ 20,000/- prize money at Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad from 06 – 10 April, 2019.  Besides Pakistan, a large number...

Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) in collaboration with Pakistan Air Force and Serena Hotels would be organizing a series international squash tournaments (Serena Hotels - Chief of the Air Staff International Squash Tournament for Men with US$ 30,000/- prize money, Serena Hotel Pakistan International Squash Tournament for Women with US$ 10,000/- from 01 – 05 Apr, 19 followed by Serena Hotels - Huawei International for Men) with US$ 20,000/- prize money at Mushaf Squash Complex, Islamabad from 06 – 10 April, 2019.  Besides Pakistan, a large number of international Men & Women squash players from Egypt, Iran, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Spain, Czech Republic, Ireland, South Korea, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium, Germany, Scotland & Zimbabwe have confirmed their participation.  

 

Serena Hotels as part of their Sports Diplomacy Initiative, has been very graciously extending their tremendous sponsorship to Pakistan Squash Federation for the conduct of international Squashevents. Their generous support to PSF has always been appreciated at all levels. 

 

It is gratifying to highlight that in addition to Serena Hotels and Pakistan Air Force, this time few co-sponsors have also joined hands with PSF like Huawei, Condor, J. & Sports Fever 360 (Digital Media Partner).

 

It is expected that with the presence of top world ranking players form various parts of the world the squash enthusiasts would get an opportunity to witness some thrilling squash during their stay in Islamabad.

Apr 2019

SERENA HOTELS IN COLLABORATION WITH PAKISTAN TELEVISION (PTV) ORGANIZED A CEREMONY TO CELEBRATE BAISAKHI

Serena Hotels, under its Cultural Diplomacy Initiative in collaboration with Pakistan Television (PTV) organized a ceremony to celebrate Baisakhi, a religious and cultural festival in Sikhism. President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi was the Chief Guest on the occasion while a huge number of people from Sikh pilgrims coming from across Pakistan, India and other countries, besides diplomats and senior officers from the Evacuee Trust Property Board attended as well.Addressing the ceremony, President Alvi said, “Pakistan wanted...

Serena Hotels, under its Cultural Diplomacy Initiative in collaboration with Pakistan Television (PTV) organized a ceremony to celebrate Baisakhi, a religious and cultural festival in Sikhism. President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi was the Chief Guest on the occasion while a huge number of people from Sikh pilgrims coming from across Pakistan, India and other countries, besides diplomats and senior officers from the Evacuee Trust Property Board attended as well.

 

Addressing the ceremony, President Alvi said, “Pakistan wanted cordial ties with all the countries and faiths and always desired peace in the region. Having sacrificed a lot during the war against terrorism, Pakistan has learnt the value of peace. Pakistan is now a peaceful and secure country and would continue its efforts for regional peace.”

 

President Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Sardar Tara Sing said by building Kartarpur Corridor, Pakistan had fulfilled the longstanding desire of the Sikh community. He said both Sikhism and Islam had centuries old bonds and hoped that this relation would continue in the future.

 

PTV World Head Mirza Masood said PTV was committed to bring change and intended to do more for all the communities living in Pakistan. He thanked Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels for the great support in hosting the event.

 

At the event, two documentaries on Baisakhi festival and Kartarpur Corridor were screened followed by live Sufi music performance by Saieen Zahoor.

Apr 2019

SERENA HOTELS CELEBRATES WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY WITH MEDIA

Serena Hotels celebrated the Press Freedom Day in Islamabad. The bureau chiefs of all prominent print and electronic media were invited to an exclusive get together at Islamabad Serena Hotel, followed by a cake cutting ceremony.World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993. Since then, 3rdMayis celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.This year’s theme “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation” discusses current challenges faced by media in elections, along with the...

Serena Hotels celebrated the Press Freedom Day in Islamabad. The bureau chiefs of all prominent print and electronic media were invited to an exclusive get together at Islamabad Serena Hotel, followed by a cake cutting ceremony.


World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993. Since then, 3rdMayis celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.This year’s theme “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation” discusses current challenges faced by media in elections, along with the media’s potential in supporting peace and reconciliation processes.


Serena Hotels management praised the Pakistani media for their positive role in the times of conflict.

Apr 2019

CRAFTS BAZAAR AT ISLAMABAD SERENA HOTEL DRAWS HUGE INTEREST

ISLAMABAD, APR 20 (DNA) – Nomad Art Gallery in collaboration with Serena Hotels arranged Crafts Bazaar at Serena Hotel Court Bazaar. Over 28 business concerns especially from Northern Areas of Pakistan, participated in the Crafts bazaar.Various stalls were established where traditional items from these areas were displayed.The diplomatic community particularly evinced interest in handcrafts and hand-made traditional dresses.Apart from traditional dresses, artificial jewelry; home-made honey; dry fruits and other stuff also remained...

ISLAMABAD, APR 20 (DNA) – Nomad Art Gallery in collaboration with Serena Hotels arranged Crafts Bazaar at Serena Hotel Court Bazaar. Over 28 business concerns especially from Northern Areas of Pakistan, participated in the Crafts bazaar.

 

Various stalls were established where traditional items from these areas were displayed.

 

The diplomatic community particularly evinced interest in handcrafts and hand-made traditional dresses.

 

Apart from traditional dresses, artificial jewelry; home-made honey; dry fruits and other stuff also remained centre of attraction.

 

Ambassador of Italy Stefano Pontecorvo together with CEO Serena Hotels Central and East Asia Aziz Boolani and Nageen Hayat of Nomad Art Gallery inaugurated the Crafts bazaar.

Apr 2019

FWA Charity Bazaar 2019

Islamabad Foreign Women’s Association (IFWA), with the support of Serena Hotels is hosting an annual Charity Bazaar on Saturday, 27th April 2019 at Sheesh Mahal, Islamabad Serena Hotel, from 1000 hrs to 1800 hrs. IFWA was established in 1995 by women of the diplomatic and expatriate communities living in Islamabad. Its principle aims were to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by underprivileged and disadvantaged women, and also their children, and to raise funds for their benefit.The proceedings from the Charity Bazaar this year will ...

Islamabad Foreign Women’s Association (IFWA), with the support of Serena Hotels is hosting an annual Charity Bazaar on Saturday, 27th April 2019 at Sheesh Mahal, Islamabad Serena Hotel, from 1000 hrs to 1800 hrs. IFWA was established in 1995 by women of the diplomatic and expatriate communities living in Islamabad. Its principle aims were to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by underprivileged and disadvantaged women, and also their children, and to raise funds for their benefit.

The proceedings from the Charity Bazaar this year will go towards two beneficiaries, The Pehli Kiran Schools and CFSP Foundation. The Pehli Kiran Schools provide an education for out-of-school children, particularly girls, from the lowest income families, focusing on marginalised and migratory communities. The PKS was set up to offer education in movable classrooms, for the often migratory and displaced children living on the edges of Islamabad. These schools run in two half-day sessions to allow more children to attend, as demand has outgrown the existing capacity.

Care for Special Persons Foundation (CFSP Foundation) was set up by parents of special needs children and a group of professionals in this field. The CFSP runs a centre for education and training, clinical assessment of special children, counselling for parents, transport services and more.

Serena Hotels is sponsoring the IFWA Charity Bazaar 2019 under it’s Cultural Diplomacy initiative that aims to advance the cause of art and culture with the goal to build the foundations for a better future.

Apr 2019

Quetta Serena Hotel: World Earth Day Celebration

Quetta Serena Hotel celebrated World Earth Day by conducting a tree plantation drive at SOS village. The purpose of the drive was to impart awareness regarding environmental degradation and role of trees in its sustenance through their active participation. Meanwhile, the hotel’s management also distributed lunch boxes amongst the children to add more in their cheer and donated crockery and chairs as a gesture of cooperation. The children equally contributed in the drive and promoted hotel’s campaign “Adopt a Tree” by pledging that each one of...

Quetta Serena Hotel celebrated World Earth Day by conducting a tree plantation drive at SOS village. The purpose of the drive was to impart awareness regarding environmental degradation and role of trees in its sustenance through their active participation. Meanwhile, the hotel’s management also distributed lunch boxes amongst the children to add more in their cheer and donated crockery and chairs as a gesture of cooperation. The children equally contributed in the drive and promoted hotel’s campaign “Adopt a Tree” by pledging that each one of them will look after the tree they have planted. Mr. Aurangzaib Director SOS village offered his gratitude to Quetta Serena Hotel whilst, the happiness on the faces of deprived children was heartwarming which strengthened the management’s urge to extend continuous support for the philanthropic organization in the future as well.

Apr 2019

Spanish Flamenco-Jazz Band La Bejazz performs in Capital

ISLAMABAD, MAY 14 (DNA) -The Embassy of Spain and Serena Hotels collaborated to host a fundraising gala dinner featuring a performance by renowned Spanish Band, La Bejazz. The proceeds of the evening amounted to five million rupees and were donated to the Aga Khan University and Hospital to finance children’s heart surgeries.La Bejazz is a group of musicians from the south of Spain, who perform an extraordinary fusion of two distinct musical styles, Jazz and Flamenco. Their performances are masterful, harmonious and balanced where the fantastic worlds of Jazz and Flamenco commune.

ISLAMABAD, MAY 14 (DNA) -The Embassy of Spain and Serena Hotels collaborated to host a fundraising gala dinner featuring a performance by renowned Spanish Band, La Bejazz.

The proceeds of the evening amounted to five million rupees and were donated to the Aga Khan University and Hospital to finance children’s heart surgeries.

La Bejazz is a group of musicians from the south of Spain, who perform an extraordinary fusion of two distinct musical styles, Jazz and Flamenco. Their performances are masterful, harmonious and balanced where the fantastic worlds of Jazz and Flamenco commune.

Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, said, “We are delighted to welcome the Flamenco-Jazz Band La Bejazz, to perform their spellbinding music for your entertainment.

Serena Hotels is privileged to be able to host events that strengthen the cultural exchange between Pakistan and Spain while at the same time supporting a cause dear to our hearts – providing healthcare to the less fortunate.”

He added that Serena is a platform that provides the space and opportunity for cultural exchanges by bringing unique and unusual talent to Islamabad.

 

There is a universal passion for music, art and sports across different ages and types of people which transcends linguistic and sociocultural differences and brings people together. Art and culture build the strongest and most interesting bridges linking people and countries. 

Carlos Morales, Ambassador of Spain said,” The Embassy of Spain is honoured to welcome in Pakistan La Bejazz, one of the leading flamenco-jazz bands.

Tonight’s gala in Islamabad, is a showcase of how contemporary Spanish music, evolving from the classical roots into the 21st century, can be a bridge between cultures and how performing arts can help promoting and supporting the most valuable causes.

This fundraising event is our contribution, together with the Serena Hotel, to the commitment of the Embassy of Spain and the Spanish Government to support health initiatives in favour of those in need, such as the impressive work of the Aga Khan University Hospital with children with congenital heart disease.”

Under its cultural diplomacy banner, Serena has promoted the arts and intercultural activities to inspire anethos of peace and hope and engaging with foreign missions able to raise funds to support worthy causes.

Apr 2019

World Earth Day Celebration

Quetta Serena Hotel celebrated World Earth Day by conducting a tree plantation drive at SOS village. The purpose of the drive was to impart awareness regarding environmental degradation and role of trees in its sustenance through their active participation. Meanwhile, the hotel’s management also distributed lunch boxes amongst the children to add more in their cheer and donated crockery and chairs as a gesture of cooperation. The children equally contributed in the drive and promoted hotel’s campaign “Adopt a Tree” by pledging that each one of them will look after the tree they have planted. Mr. Aurangzaib Director SOS village offered his gratitude to Quetta Serena Hotel whilst, the happiness on the faces of deprived children was heartwarming which strengthened the management’s urge to extend continuous support for the philanthropic organization in the future as well...

Quetta Serena Hotel celebrated World Earth Day by conducting a tree plantation drive at SOS village. The purpose of the drive was to impart awareness regarding environmental degradation and role of trees in its sustenance through their active participation. Meanwhile, the hotel’s management also distributed lunch boxes amongst the children to add more in their cheer and donated crockery and chairs as a gesture of cooperation. The children equally contributed in the drive and promoted hotel’s campaign “Adopt a Tree” by pledging that each one of them will look after the tree they have planted. Mr. Aurangzaib Director SOS village offered his gratitude to Quetta Serena Hotel whilst, the happiness on the faces of deprived children was heartwarming which strengthened the management’s urge to extend continuous support for the philanthropic organization in the future as well.

Mar 2019

6TH SERENA HOTELS INVITATIONAL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP, 2019

The Serena Hotels hosted the 6thSerena Hotels Invitational Golf Championship, 2019. It was played by 112 golfers in four different categories. The 3rdNet trophy from Corporate category was given to Mr. Shahid Habib, the 2ndNet trophy went to Mr. Muhammad Zia, and the 1stNet trophy went to Mr. Mustansar Ali Khan. For the combined Diplomatic/Government/Armed Forces/International Agencies category, the winner was Wing Commandor Zahid Qureshi, whereas the 2ndNet and 3rdNet was awarded to Mr. George Rhind and Col Riaz respectively. Mrs Yani...

The Serena Hotels hosted the 6thSerena Hotels Invitational Golf Championship, 2019. It was played by 112 golfers in four different categories. The 3rdNet trophy from Corporate category was given to Mr. Shahid Habib, the 2ndNet trophy went to Mr. Muhammad Zia, and the 1stNet trophy went to Mr. Mustansar Ali Khan. For the combined Diplomatic/Government/Armed Forces/International Agencies category, the winner was Wing Commandor Zahid Qureshi, whereas the 2ndNet and 3rdNet was awarded to Mr. George Rhind and Col Riaz respectively. Mrs Yani Rhind won the 2ndNet for the lady’s category and Mrs Priya Ilango was declared as winner. There was also a special category for Aga Khan Youth & Sports Board for Pakistan and the winner was again Mr. Mustansar Ali Khan for 1stNet and Mr. Saleem Shalwani won the 2ndNet prize. Mr. Riffat Ejaz Noor won the Longest Drive Hole 18, whereas the closest to Pin Hole 5 was won by Mr. Nadeem Azam and Closest To Pin Hole 12 was won by Mr. Zia Khan.

There was also a Hole-in-One Bumper Prize of brand-new Suzuki car. The holes selected for this prize were number 3 and 12, but unfortunately no one qualified for it.

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels, said at the occasion, “I would like to congratulate the winners of the 6thSerena Hotels Invitational Golf Championship, 2019We encourage sports as it provides a platform to our communities and friends to participate in healthy activities that establish links with other professionals and peers. This is an opportunity to develop friendships and demonstrate our abilities and interests in different sports.”

The Serena Hotels Sports Diplomacy Initiative encourages and promotes healthy activities through interaction amongst various segments of the society to enhance social wellbeing and cultural development. 

Mar 2019

International Women’s Day Celebration at Quetta Serena Hotel

Quetta Serena Hotel celebrated International women’s Day with great zeal and enthusiasm with its guests at Ziarat coffee shop and welcomed rousing female identities of Balochistan on a cup of tea who shared their lfe journey with us in an interactive session. To name a few,Ms Rukhsana Jabeen Vice Chancellor Sardar Bahadur khan Women University,Ms Naima Bilal pioneer of Human library and Feminist Literature, Ms Misbah Rathor first civilian flight surgeon of Pakistan, Ms Shazia Batool CEO of Breaking Barrier Women and Ms Zargoona Wadood Province...

 

Quetta Serena Hotel celebrated International women’s Day with great zeal and enthusiasm with its guests at Ziarat coffee shop and welcomed rousing female identities of Balochistan on a cup of tea who shared their lfe journey with us in an interactive session. To name a few,Ms Rukhsana Jabeen Vice Chancellor Sardar Bahadur khan Women University,Ms Naima Bilal pioneer of Human library and Feminist Literature, Ms Misbah Rathor first civilian flight surgeon of Pakistan, Ms Shazia Batool CEO of Breaking Barrier Women and Ms Zargoona Wadood Province coordinator of National Forum of Women with Disabilities inspired all of us by their accounts of accomplishment and how they rose triumphant despite difficulty.

Moreover, the female associates of Quetta Serena Hotel were honored by the General Manager and Executive Assistant Manager with a thank giving note followed by a cake cutting ceremony in which they acknowledged the importance and integrity of woman and pledged to assure gender balance and equal opportunities for the associates working in Quetta Serena Hotel

Mar 2019

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AT SERENA HOTELS

Islamabad, March 8, 2019: Serena Hotels hosted a breakfast morning to celebrate International Women’s Day and to honour the women from all walks of life. Huge numbers of women from the twin cities showed up, comprising of diplomatic community, international agencies, Serena associates, Serena Business Complex partners, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and friends of Serena. The hosts greeted the guests under a clear blue sky as ladies enjoyed various quiz and pop up games, winning prizes from Serena. Musicians played soulful melodies...

Islamabad, March 8, 2019: Serena Hotels hosted a breakfast morning to celebrate International Women’s Day and to honour the women from all walks of life. Huge numbers of women from the twin cities showed up, comprising of diplomatic community, international agencies, Serena associates, Serena Business Complex partners, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and friends of Serena. The hosts greeted the guests under a clear blue sky as ladies enjoyed various quiz and pop up games, winning prizes from Serena. Musicians played soulful melodies while a beautiful cake was cut towards the end of the ceremony, re-iterating the celebration of Women’s Day.

The Chief Guest for the occasion was the First Lady, Madam Samina Arif Alvi, while Miss Kashmala Tariq, The Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplaces also graced the occasion.

The objective of the International Women's Day is to celebrate the struggle for women's rights in the economic, social, political, and cultural domain, to reaffirm women's solidarity in the struggle for peace and to show what women have achieved. The theme for IWD 2019 was Balance for Better, and acknowledged the growing global movement of advocacy, inclusion and support surrounding gender parity, and encouraged people to continue the vocal fight for balance.

The First Lady said at the occasion, “Women are very powerful and need to be given an environment where they can rise together and explore their skills. We must salute the women in our lives, because each one of us is playing a very important part for society at a whole”.

Ms. Kashmala Tariq was also very enthusiastic regarding women’s rights and said, “Women are no less than men, and is our right to be provided equal opportunities to come forward and do our part. We need a conducive environment to progress and rise. Let’s not be silent anymore and stand up for our rights”. 

Mar 2019

PRESIDENT ALVI GRACES SERENA HOTELS GRAND NOWRUZ CELEBRATION

Nowruz is a great chance for recollection of lots of great memories. Memories of relationship between man and nature, which is renewed each year. Serena Hotels hosted a grand Nowruz celebration under it’s Cultural Diplomacy Initiative on March 24th 2019.Nine countries of the region with predominant Muslim population joined hands with Pakistan in enjoying the celebrations of the day. Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and United Nations established their stalls while some institutions...

Nowruz is a great chance for recollection of lots of great memories. Memories of relationship between man and nature, which is renewed each year. Serena Hotels hosted a grand Nowruz celebration under it’s Cultural Diplomacy Initiative on March 24th 2019.

Nine countries of the region with predominant Muslim population joined hands with Pakistan in enjoying the celebrations of the day. Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and United Nations established their stalls while some institutions from Pakistan including Pakistan National Council of the Arts and Pakistan Air Force Women Association set up their stalls that attracted the guests.

President Dr. Arif Alvi inaugurated the celebrations and enjoyed the day visiting the various stalls. He said that the Central Asian states gave a message of peace and that he saw a bright future for Central Asia.

Children, ladies and young visitors enjoyed the day thoroughly. The stalls offered delicacies. There were a variety of cultural performances from each participating country that enthralled the audiences till late evening and exposed them to the sights and sounds of faraway lands, all united under one celebration.

Mar 2019

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL CELEBRATED INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Faisalabad Serena hotel celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019.The event was organized for all the female associates working in the hotel. The ceremony started with the stirring stories of Pakistani women making the country proud in different fields.Serena Hotels CEO Mr. Boolani’s motivational message about Gender Balance & providing equal opportunity to females was conveyed to all the associates who are putting their...

Faisalabad Serena hotel celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019.The event was organized for all the female associates working in the hotel. The ceremony started with the stirring stories of Pakistani women making the country proud in different fields.

Serena Hotels CEO Mr. Boolani’s motivational message about Gender Balance & providing equal opportunity to females was conveyed to all the associates who are putting their continuous efforts to make this organization a huge success. To pay homage to all the young associates their mothers were invited in front of whom their daughter’s professional journey was unveiled that received great appreciation from the audience & management. 

The participants were indulged in games like pop quiz, singing competition & other fun filled activities. The evening concluded with Cake Cutting Ceremony. This whole affair was covered by all the leading media groups and promoted on social Media.

Mar 2019

GILGIT SERENA HOTELS: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019

Gilgit’s Serena Hotel had organized a seminar to pay tribute to women from all walk of life. Number of women from different organizations, Government, NGOs, Bankers, Social Mobilizers, Hotel Staff, Karighar staff, Trainees participated to make this event successful. The first female leading ladies participated in this event and delivered #IWD2019 message to all the women present. Certificate for the most powerful women of Gilgit-Baltistan were distributed and the Happy Women’s Day cake was cut towards the end of the ceremony. #BalanceforBetter...

Gilgit’s Serena Hotel had organized a seminar to pay tribute to women from all walk of life. Number of women from different organizations, Government, NGOs, Bankers, Social Mobilizers, Hotel Staff, Karighar staff, Trainees participated to make this event successful. The first female leading ladies participated in this event and delivered #IWD2019 message to all the women present. Certificate for the most powerful women of Gilgit-Baltistan were distributed and the Happy Women’s Day cake was cut towards the end of the ceremony.

 #BalanceforBetter theme for year 2019 which acknowledges the growing global movement of building a gender-balanced world, but based on North Region, Gilgit Serena Hotel chose the theme as Women Empowerment, which means increasing strength of a women Economically, Socially, physiologically and through education

Serena Hotel is always working to empower the communities, Karighar is Serena Hotels CSR project which is dedicated towards women empowerment in the north region of Pakistan, in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Women play an important part in the betterment of family, or organization in making society a better place. So, create a change to change the future, and educate, and empower a girl to change the world.

Mar 2019

SERENA HOTEL CELEBRATED WORLD WATER DAY 2019

Gilgit Serena Hotels celebrated World Water Day 2019, with New Era Public (NEPS) HussainAbad colony Jutial Gilgit. Theme of the year is “Leaving no one behind”.The main objective of the Day celebration in a school was to give them the awareness and highlight the importance of water and water resources in our daily life and how we can preserve it.There are Around 2.1 billion people living without safe water at home, across the globe ,80% of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in the rural areas,In Gilgit-Baltistan...

Gilgit Serena Hotels celebrated World Water Day 2019, with New Era Public (NEPS) HussainAbad colony Jutial Gilgit. Theme of the year is “Leaving no one behind”.

The main objective of the Day celebration in a school was to give them the awareness and highlight the importance of water and water resources in our daily life and how we can preserve it.

There are Around 2.1 billion people living without safe water at home, across the globe ,80% of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in the rural areas,

In Gilgit-Baltistan rivers, glaciers and snow are the main resources, the world largest glaciers, named by  Baifo, Baltoro and Batura are also located but almost all drinking water systems are contaminated with organic and inorganic pollutants., The main source of water pollution in this region is domestic and commercial waste, so many waste from homes and restaurants also enter the river directly, and water pumps lift the river water from the river on several locations.

Based on theme and WWD2019, Students of NEPS performed different type of activities, like egg painting, drawing on chart and  presentation, delivered messages of the day through their activities.

Principal of New Era Public School has specially thanked to the Serena Hotels for choosing their school for such type of activities and creating awareness in students. The students were awarded by gift for the best messages, performance and activity done by them.

To save water and saving lives, no matter who we are where we are and access to clean water is our right, it’s a day for taking action and create the awareness against the reason why so many people are left behind, we need to be  responsible citizens and humenbeing, if we will save water and be responsible today we will help to ensure a water supply adequately for future generations, Saving water means saving upcoming lives and generations.

Mar 2019

NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS FOR FOREST AND WATER CONSERVATION – CELEBRATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL FOREST DAY AND WORLD WATER DAY

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change, Federal Flood Commission, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Serena Hotels., celebrated the World Water Day and the International Day of Forests as a combined event, at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad on March 22, 2019. The theme for the days, this year were Water for all – leaving no one behind” and “Forests and Education” respectively.The celebrations...

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change, Federal Flood Commission, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Serena Hotels., celebrated the World Water Day and the International Day of Forests as a combined event, at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad on March 22, 2019. The theme for the days, this year were Water for all – leaving no one behind” and “Forests and Education” respectively.

The celebrations were attended by the senior representatives of the federal and provincial government departments, international development partners, United Nation Agencies, Diplomatic Missions, Government ministries academia, the private sector, as well as the media and environment experts. All the speakers appreciated IUCN in taking lead to organize and convene the partners and participants together at this important and informative event to share technical information and exchange of ideas and initiaves.  

In his remarks the Chief Guest, H.E. Mr. Malik Amin Aslam, Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change, Government of Pakistan showed concern over the decreasing forest cover in Pakistan and shared the programmes and projects initiated by the government in addressing this.  He added that Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government made commendable efforts to increase the forest cover in province from 22% to 26 %.  The efforts for afforestation were rejuvenated through the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Initiative which also engaged the communities while bringing the partners on board to turn it into great success of forest conservation and revival of ecosystems. While sharing efforts in various parts of the country, he added that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has stopped cutting trees for timber to conserve the existing forest. Punjab province is trying to recover the lost forest cover on priority basis. The federal and provincial governments are pushing the land mafia back to save the cultivable land and forest cover. Government is transforming the recovered land in Punjab into the forest plantations with high political will. Most recent example is the plantation exercise carried out on 2500 acres of recovered land in Balloki. On the state of water quality he quoted recent reports that reflect deterioration and the dwindling ground water reserves and polluted aquifers. Solid waste and sewage management are high priority areas for the Ministry of Climate Change. The ministry is considering for direct interventions of solid waste management in Islamabad and Gwadar.

While appreciating IUCN’s efforts over the years, he emphasized on the nature based solutions to revive the ecosystems. He also appreciated the convening power of IUCN to bring all the key stakeholders together through this join event of International Forest Day and World Water Day.  

Syed Nazar Hussain Shah, Secretary Forest, Environment and Wildlife Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, laid emphasis on the need to arrange such events as they create awareness for all stakeholders and most importantly, generate understanding amongst the common people in the remotest of villages. He emphasized on the law enforcement by the Government on the land and timber mafia  that has caused absolute degradation of all ecosystems. He highlighted that the landmark Billion Tree Project has increased the forest cover significantly in just 3 years. Ten people lost their lives for the noble cause of forest conservation which led to the community taking ownership of the forests. He informed that one lac five hundred and 43 acres of land is recovered from timber and land grabbing mafia by the department and used for planned plantation.

Secretary Public Health, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Behramand Khan launched the report on Technical Studies of Water Resources in FATA. The report has been developed with the funding of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Pakistan under their project titled “Step Up for Institutionalization of Environmental Governance in FATA”. Key findings of the report reflect the essential issues of water quality, inequitable water resource and water resource management. If these are addressed, the quality of life can be improved in the province. He highlighted that population explosion is a big issue in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that is causing a decrease in per capita water availability. Industrial pollution is another contributor for environmental degradation. Need is to enforce National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQs). Report reflects that chemical pollution is minimal in FATA but the ground water is depleting. Huge resources are required to divert the available surface for to use. The focus must be building policies, plans, regulations and ensuring their implementation so that the dream of water for all should be full-filled and no one is left behind. 

While discussing National Water Policy and its implementation, Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Chairman Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Ministry of Water Resources, Government of Pakistan appreciated the refined irrigation practices. Ministry of Water Resources has issued orders for the development of a National Implementation Cell for National Water Policy which is presently under the Federal Flood Commission as a secretariat. To establish national harmony National Water Council will notify the civil society organizations as its members to make useful contributions towards the management of water resources and this will be operational by April 2019.

Mr. Farrukh Toirov, Deputy FAO Representative Pakistan expressed the importance to educate ourselves about the importance of natural resources, in particular, forests and water. Fully aligned with the development priorities of the government of Pakistan, we look forward to seeing an increasing number of Pakistani men, women and youth using natural resources more wisely with time, to support sustainable agriculture development and to be a critical part of our joint efforts for a hunger and malnutrition- free Pakistan.

Mr. Ahsan Tayyab expressed his remarks on behalf of Ms. Xiaohong Yang, Country Head, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Pakistan and highlighted the active role of ADB in water sector by providing 3.74 Billion dollars through loan and technical assistance. ADB is planning investment proposals for building new dams in Balochistan. The future priority of ADB is the implementation of National Water Policy and to continue a dialogue with government and development partners for betterment of Pakistan.

While sharing his remarks, Mr. Patphamuthu Illangovan, Country Director, The World Bank, stressed upon the importance of forest cover to result in good water catchment. Pakistan can improve water productivity by translating good policies into actions. He congratulated the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami Initiative.

Mr. Neil Buhne, UN Resident Coordinator Pakistan stressed on SDG 6 that deals with water, SDG 15 that focuses on life on land, fundamentally targets the forests.  SDG 13 which is Climate, SDG 10 focuses on inequality and access. He congratulated the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for taking the afforestation initiative that became an example for rest of the country. He shared the statistics of child mortality in Pakistan which is 53,300 children die every year because of water borne diseases. United Nations in Pakistan is helping government of Pakistan to achieve its sustainability goals. He acknowledged the great partnership between UN and IUCN over many years in Pakistan. He also highlighted that all the great initiatives in the sector have been piloted by IUCN. 

H.E. Ms. Margaret Adamson, High Commissioner of Australia shared the experience of Australia in Water Management. There is a wide array of partners and bodies who are aware of these critical issues of forest and water conservation. Forest management is very critical and provides reliable flow of quality water. Forest protection is more about the oxygen which trees provide and serves as the carbon sink. Sustainability of agricultural productivity is required in which Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a trendsetter. Pakistan is sending a very positive image to establish a better trajectory for its forest cover leading to a sustainable future for Pakistan. She appreciated the National Water Policy as a landmark policy for Pakistan. She highlighted that globally 2.1 billion people are still living without access to safe water and 4.1 billion people live without access to appropriate sanitation facilities. 

H.E. Mr. Thomas Kolly, The Ambassador of Switzerland in Pakistan as Guest of Honor addressed the water resource as being the most vital for life. The need for clean, affordable and accessible water for all is most essential. For this purpose Swiss government is increasing its funding to Pakistan through SDC, which already has a presence in Pakistan for the last 50 years. He thanked IUCN for taking this initiative and bringing all the key stakeholders together on one platform.

In his closing remarks, Mr. Cheema re-emphasized the key points from the technical studies conducted on Water governance and Sustainable Forest Management by IUCN in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. He appreciated the achievements through the modest financial support of SDC in this regards. 

While facilitating the event, Ms. Fauzia Bilqis Malik, Manager IUCN Islamabad Office shared about the Pakistan Water Gateway that IUCN had initiated to share the available knowledge on water. She also shared that IUCN Pakistan look forward to lunch a platform on water where all the agencies can connect and share their experiences at provincial and federal level. 

Mr. Aziz Boolani, Chief Executive Officer, South & Central Asia, Tourism Promotion Services Ltd., Serena Hotels presented a vote of thanks and reflected upon the commitment of Serena Hotels about their environmentally sustainable business. He also congratulated the speakers for enlightening the audience about the key topics. He shared that through the long term MoU between Serena Hotels and IUCN, they look forward to continue taking joint initiatives. 

Mar 2019

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL COLLABORATED WITH G.C UNIVERSITY TO CELEBRATE WORLDS’ FOREST DAY

Trees are fundamental life forms and provide for the continuity of the world’s biodiversity which is necessary for economic development, diversity of life forms, human livelihood, and environmental adaptive responses.In accordance with International World Forest Day Faisalabad Serena Hotel collaborated with GC. University Faisalabad and as per the theme this year "Forests & Education" a huge number of plants was handed out to GC. University for their new campus in order to provide Greener & Cleaner environment for their students.Dr...

Trees are fundamental life forms and provide for the continuity of the world’s biodiversity which is necessary for economic development, diversity of life forms, human livelihood, and environmental adaptive responses.

In accordance with International World Forest Day Faisalabad Serena Hotel collaborated with GC. University Faisalabad and as per the theme this year "Forests & Education" a huge number of plants was handed out to GC. University for their new campus in order to provide Greener & Cleaner environment for their students.

Dr. Nasir Vice Chancellor G.C University, Qamar-uz-Zaman Resident Manager Faisalabad Serena Hotel with all management sown Anatolia & Pomegranate plants and inaugurated the campaign. The event was covered widely by the local media and press.

Feb 2019

SERENA HOSTS SERENA HOTELS-CAS KARAKORAM INTERNATIONAL ALPINE SKI CUP MEDAL AWARD CEREMONY

Islamabad, February 3rd, 2019: Serena Hotels hosted a star-studded medal award ceremony for the 3rd Serena Hotels-CAS Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup 2019 at Islamabad Serena Hotel.The event wassponsored as a part of Serena’sAdventure Diplomacy initiative that encourages human engagement with nature in ways that test physical prowess, endurance and commitment. A brief video compilation of the key moments of the Ski cup was shown, and importance of winter sports in Pakistan was also highlighted. Naltar, the stunning valley in Gilgit Baltistan...

Islamabad, February 3rd, 2019: Serena Hotels hosted a star-studded medal award ceremony for the 3rd Serena Hotels-CAS Karakoram International Alpine Ski Cup 2019 at Islamabad Serena Hotel.

The event wassponsored as a part of Serena’sAdventure Diplomacy initiative that encourages human engagement with nature in ways that test physical prowess, endurance and commitment.

 A brief video compilation of the key moments of the Ski cup was shown, and importance of winter sports in Pakistan was also highlighted. Naltar, the stunning valley in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) district situated at over 11,300 feet above sea level, was the location for Ski cup where white sheets of perfect snow amongst scenic views proved to be an ideal playground for ski enthusiasts.

40 Skiers from 13 countries including Pakistan, Greece, Afghanistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Belgium, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan participated in this grand event. Competing in the FIS races against the highly ranked skiers of the world offered an excellent opportunity to Pakistani athletes to showcase their talent at international level and learn from their competitors’ experience. 

CEO Serena Hotels, Mr. Aziz Boolani said at the event, ‘I was touched by the glimpses of the event that we all saw. This country provides beautiful spaces, scenic views and hospitable people, and we must appreciate the immense contribution of the PAF in taking this initiative to project the right image of Pakistan.Holding these kind of events in future as well would lend a new lease of life to the tourism industry of Pakistan and open doors for the revival of international sports in the country.’ He also commended on the positive female participation in the Ski cup and urged on the importance of right mentorship and coaching to produce a higher percentage of skillful skiers next year.

The Chief Guest for the event was Air Chief Marshall Mujhaid Anwar Khan whereas a large number of ambassadors, dignitaries, local and international guests also attended. Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman and Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Tourism, Culture, Sports, Archaeology and Youth Affairs, Atif Khan also graced the event. Air Marshall Mujahid Anwar Khan presented medals and trophies to the winners and participants of the Ski Cup and commented, ‘It gives me great pleasure to be among world-renowned skiers from all over the globe. The participation of men and women of all age brackets, from around the globe and our local stars made this event even more significant. I am grateful to each one of the skier who has participated in this event which took place in one of the most beautiful landscapes anywhere in the world. I hope you have enjoyed the picturesque northern areas of Pakistan and will carry fond memories of your stay with us.’

Serena Hotels in collaboration with Winter Sports Federation of Pakistan and Pakistan Air Force is earnestly working for the promotion of winter sports in the country and holding such events would not only boost the tourism opportunities in the splendid mountains and valleys of Pakistan but also project a positive image of the country in the comity of nations.

Feb 2019

SRI LANKAN FOOD FESTIVAL HELD AT SERENA

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, HE Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid inaugurated a two days Sri Lankan Food Festival with a press conference held at the Islamabad Serena Hotel. Two extraordinary star chefs were invited from Sri Lanka to re-create the extraordinary flavours of Sri Lanka in Islamabad.

 HE Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid, said, “There is a saying the way to a man’s heart is through the stomach. I believe food can help bring the people of two countries together. This is the philosophy that has encouraged us to arrange this festival with Serena”...

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, HE Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid inaugurated a two days Sri Lankan Food Festival with a press conference held at the Islamabad Serena Hotel. Two extraordinary star chefs were invited from Sri Lanka to re-create the extraordinary flavours of Sri Lanka in Islamabad.

 HE Noordeen Mohamed Shaheid, said, “There is a saying the way to a man’s heart is through the stomach. I believe food can help bring the people of two countries together. This is the philosophy that has encouraged us to arrange this festival with Serena”. 

 The line-up of chefs for the Festival is star studded, as Serena Hotel welcomes Mr. RanaweeraSenior Chef De Partiewhohas versatile experience by working in many star graded hotels in Sri Lanka as well as abroad. His expertise is in Sri Lankan Cookery and he is very well acknowledged by the guests who frequently patronize the hotels which he has worked in. He has alsoParticipated at the “Sri Lankan Food Festival” organized by the Consulate General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lankain Karachi, Pakistan in February 2018 and Mr. Rajpakse Gedara Sumanasena,Commiss who  has also participated in the “Sri Lankan Food Festival” organized by the Consulate General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lankain Karachi, Pakistan in February 2018.

 Mr. Michel Galopin, General Manager of Islamabad Serena Hotel, said “We are delighted to be able to bring internationally flavoured delights to Pakistan. Familiarity with other cultures, cuisines and characteristics is a way to experience the rest of the world and Islamabad Serena Hotel is delighted to welcome master chefs from Sri Lanka to bring authentic Sri Lankan cuisine to our guest”. 


Sri Lankan cuisine is mix of historical and cultural factor and influenced from different regions including South India, Indonesian and Dutch Cuisines. Some of the Staples of Sri Lankan cuisine is rice, coconut and spices.Some basic ingredients and cooking techniques make Sri Lankan dishes hearty and spicy, particularly real cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, curry leaves and chili peppers. All these ingredients are quite same and mostly used in Pakistani cuisine as well, so I am sure that the guests will also love the Sri Lankan cuisine.

Feb 2019

SERENA HOSTS SARANGI MUSICAL EVENING IN ISLAMABAD

Serena Hotels hosted a wonderful evening of musical melodies at the Nazara Hall as part of the Serena Sarangi Music Initiative. IFRA The Band and Ans Rehmani sang urdu melodies grasping the audience with their soulful performances. Sarangi is part of the Serena Hotels Cultural Diplomacy Initiative which aims to preserve and promote the musical heritage of Pakistan.An annual online competition over the past two years has given young performers and amateur bands from across the country a platform to share their talent. IFRA The Band from Faisalabad...

Serena Hotels hosted a wonderful evening of musical melodies at the Nazara Hall as part of the Serena Sarangi Music Initiative. IFRA The Band and Ans Rehmani sang urdu melodies grasping the audience with their soulful performances. Sarangi is part of the Serena Hotels Cultural Diplomacy Initiative which aims to preserve and promote the musical heritage of Pakistan.

An annual online competition over the past two years has given young performers and amateur bands from across the country a platform to share their talent. IFRA The Band from Faisalabad and Ans Rehmani from Rahim Yar Khan were the winners of Serena Sarangi Star Season 01 and 02 respectively. Both returned to Islamabad for a special performance to enthrall the local audience.

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, said, “Serena continues to actively work on community support programmes, such as Sarangi that provides a platform to young and talented musicians to engage with wider audiences”.

The evening was well attended by the music lovers, corporate and diplomatic community and other prominent personalities.

Feb 2019

SATRANG ART GALLERY - AN ODE TO HEAVEN

An Ode to HeavenSatrang Gallery and SerenArts is an initiative of Serena Hotels which is dedicated to supporting and promoting the artists and artisans of Pakistan.Director Statement:Satrang Gallery is delighted to be starting off our new year with Ode to Heaven, a solo exhibition by the acclaimed artist Imrana Tanveer.Imrana selects iconic and recognizable classic imagery from Western and Eastern art historical and political tropes, and then weaves the imagery into existence. Constructing artworks in this manner, the artist highlights...

An Ode to Heaven

Satrang Gallery and SerenArts is an initiative of Serena Hotels which is dedicated to supporting and promoting the artists and artisans of Pakistan.

Director Statement:

Satrang Gallery is delighted to be starting off our new year with Ode to Heaven, a solo exhibition by the acclaimed artist Imrana Tanveer.

Imrana selects iconic and recognizable classic imagery from Western and Eastern art historical and political tropes, and then weaves the imagery into existence. Constructing artworks in this manner, the artist highlights the innumerable and frequently unrelated strands and layers of experiences which come together to form the fabric of reality and life itself.

Asma Rashid Khan 

Founder Director 

Satrang Gallery

 

Curator Statement:

Imrana’s art practice draws from her extensive training as a textile artist and weaver, and the rich visual culture by which she is surrounded as a practicing contemporary artist. Her socially and politically aware artwork has been informed by the often-unstable climate within which she lives and works in Karachi, it is highly attune to local happenings as well as international events and policies.

 

Zahra Khan 

Curator Satrang 

Gallery

 

Artist Statements: 

 

Belonging to a country that is under the shadows of brutal war and civilian outburst has affected everyone on individual and collective scale. The impasse of supporting these wars and massacres in the name of religion, terrorism or nation and then whining over the split milk is quite an irony. It is kind of impossible to divorce oneself from the ongoing situation here; therefore, my work is hybrid form of imagination and realities.

 

My work speaks about, defines and shapes the Glocal (Global and Local) landscape and things inspired form the visuals, icons, culture and series of fortunate (unfortunate) events which is very well informed with the presence of colliding activities in our socio-political arena, the glorious events and happenings around us on daily basis from political dialogues to bizarre talks. It interrogates and enlightens the world we develop and live in by constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing it again and again i.e. the transmutations in form of weaves. What else can we do with all these silly manifestations of chaos and tension but reshape them into beauty, hope and wit: into possibilities that move us toward some semblance of a restored humanity.

 

Artist Biography

Imrana Tanveer (b. 1985) is a Visual Artist based in Karachi. Tanveer holds degrees from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and Textile Institute of Pakistan, Karachi. Her work incorporates weaving and textiles, and appropriates iconic images from both Western and Pakistani art and culture to address social and political issues. She has been awarded the gallery exhibition prize and is one of the 30 finalists of Sovereign Asian Art Prize ’17. She is also the winner of IEAA 2016 awards exhibition in Brussels, Belgium. She has been shortlisted and featured in Golden 15 award category of reputed International Emerging Artist Award hosted by Sabrina Armani Gallery, Dubai in May 2014. Islamic Art Magazine featured Tanveer 1st solo show in top 10 solo and retrospective exhibitions of 2013. Her work is part of renowned collections of British High Commission office Islamabad, Amin Gulgee Gallery Karachi, Ierimonti Gallery USA, AAN collection to name few.

 

She is currently holding the post of Art Director at Morpheme Studios and lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan.

Feb 2019

SERENA HOTELS SPONSORED SEVENTH ANNUAL LLF

The seventh annual Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) will kick off on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at the Alhamra Arts Center, Mall Road with over 160 delegates from Pakistan and abroad in 75 sessions over three days.Concluding on Sunday, Feb. 24, the three-day event will commence with an opening ceremony on Friday at 3 p.m., which will be followed by a keynote address on the life and legacy of Faiz Ahmed Faiz by acclaimed Urdu poet Zehra Nigah.The first day will also feature five parallel sessions, from 5 to 6 p.m., covering a diverse array of topics...

The seventh annual Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) will kick off on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at the Alhamra Arts Center, Mall Road with over 160 delegates from Pakistan and abroad in 75 sessions over three days.

Concluding on Sunday, Feb. 24, the three-day event will commence with an opening ceremony on Friday at 3 p.m., which will be followed by a keynote address on the life and legacy of Faiz Ahmed Faiz by acclaimed Urdu poet Zehra Nigah.

The first day will also feature five parallel sessions, from 5 to 6 p.m., covering a diverse array of topics such as the future of global democracy to Pakistan’s water concerns, a celebration of Urdu poetry, Pakistan’s digital archives project and two book launches. The participants for the first day include historian Ayesha Jalal, journalist and author Ahmed Rashid, technocat and former lawmaker Shamsul Mulk, water and law policy expert Erum Sattar, Urdu playwright and poet Asghar Nadeem Syed, Balochistan Archives director Dr. Hafeez Jamali, Alexander John Malik, the former Bishop of Lahore, and many more.

The second day of #LLF2019, commencing at 11 a.m. on Feb. 23, will feature five hour-long parallel sessions throughout the day, ending at 7 p.m. As in years past, Saturday’s sessions will celebrate regional languages alongside sessions in Urdu and English. A session on literature and Sufism in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa will commemorate the life of poet Hamza Shinwari.

The day kicks off with sessions on inequality with the UNDP, Punjabi lok geet, the art of Lahore-based Farida Batool, and a discussion on journalist Nasim Zehra’s explosive book on the fallout from the Kargil War. It will also feature sessions with journalist Sanam Maher on her book on the life of Qandeel Baloch; Ahmed Rashid in conversation with historian Eugene Rogan and book launches by Kamin Mohammadi, Zulfiqar Kalhoro, Anissa Helou, Jamal Mahjoub, Harriet Sandys, Iftikhar Salahuddin, Mirza Waheed, Sabyn Javeri, Soniah Kamal, H.M. Naqvi, and Leila Aboulela.

Actors Iqra Aziz and Atiqa Odho will discuss the perceived misogyny of Pakistani drama serials, while historian Ayesha Jalal will discourse on Kashmir alongside Anam Zakaria, who recently published a book with interviews from residents of Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Award-winning essayist Pankaj Mishra will discuss his book, The Age of Anger, with author Mohsin Hamid. Royal Library Curator Emily Hannam and noted literary historian Francesca Orsini will discuss the Padshanama, a manuscript of some of the most famous Mughal paintings ever created. The day will conclude with a film screening of director Umar Riaz’s Some Lover to Some Beloved and a performance by Spanish guitarist Raul Viela.

The third and final day of LLF 2019 will feature book launches by Sarvat Hasin, Zarrar Said, Omar Khan, Shadab Zeesht Hashmi, Aisha Farooqui, Ayesha Baqir, Lalage Snow, Tahmina Aziz Ayub, Isambard Wilkinson, Ayesha Khan, Maheen Usmani, and Harris Khalique. It will include sessions on Pakistani drama serial Chaand Gharain, with actor and producer Sarmad Khoosat, and Harvard University’s Spiro Pollalis on city planning in light of the master plan of Islamabad drawn up by Greek architect Constantinos Doxiades. Historian Ayesha Jalal will discuss the life and legacy of Saadat Hasan Manto with artist Salima Hashmi. Suraiya Multanikar and Rahat Multanikar will celebrate folk songs and ghazals from southern Punjab, while Christopher Merrill of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author Mirza Waheed will be part of a session on the poetry of Agha Shahid Ali. The event will conclude with a performance by activist and director Sheema Kermani.

LLF is a celebratory exploration of Pakistan’s literary arts. The festival features artists, writers, and opinion leaders from across the world in thoughtful discussions on a variety of topics du jour. Founded by Razi Ahmed in 2012, LLF aims to reclaim Lahore’s cultural significance and influence. LLF is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the laws of Pakistan.

LLF is grateful to the Alhamra Arts Center, Serena Hotels, Dawn Media Group, the European Union, the British Council, the University of Bradford, Packages Limited, the U.S. Consulate, UNDP Pakistan, Destinations magazine, the Shahid Hussain Foundation, official bookseller Liberty Books and PTCL for their support in organizing this year’s edition.

Jan 2019

UPDATE ON NAIROBI SERENA HOTEL REFURBISHMENT

Nairobi Serena Hotel is pleased to announce the completion of the phase one of its ongoing refurbishment. The refurbishment program is in line with Serena Hotels commitment of continuous improvement of its product and is aligned to respond to global trends and needs of leisure and corporate clientele. The five-star hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and is well known for preserving the rich Pan-African inspired culture expressed through its interiors and unique décor accents.The new facilities on the hotel’s north wing...

Nairobi Serena Hotel is pleased to announce the completion of the phase one of its ongoing refurbishment. The refurbishment program is in line with Serena Hotels commitment of continuous improvement of its product and is aligned to respond to global trends and needs of leisure and corporate clientele. The five-star hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and is well known for preserving the rich Pan-African inspired culture expressed through its interiors and unique décor accents.

 

The new facilities on the hotel’s north wing includes, 95 fully upgraded guest rooms, Hotel reception and lobby, state-of-the-art conference Centre, New executive lounge and the parking silo. The rooms feature double glazed acoustic windows, enhanced fire, security and safety systems in compliance with international standards. New high-speed lifts, energy efficient mood lighting and modern air conditioning systems have also been installed.

 

The second phase (south wing) of the hotel’s refurbishment commenced in September 2018 and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2019 when the full room inventory of 199 rooms-across a wide range of room types will be in operation. During construction, works will take place from 0800H to 1700H on weekdays and 0900H to 1300H on Saturdays, with no activity scheduled for Sundays

 

This phase of refurbishment has incorporated the Hotel swimming pool renovation. The work is anticipated to take 4 – 6 weeks and over this period the pool will remain closed till 08th February 2019. Please note during this period we have made alternative arrangements for all our guests who would like to swim, details are provided at the Front desk.

 

We would like to assure all our guests, suppliers and stakeholders that disruption as a result of the expansion and refurbishment will be managed efficiently and sensitively to ensure that the products and services still meet our guests’ comfort and expectations during their visit to Nairobi Serena Hotel.

 

We would like to sincerely thank you for your continued support and loyalty to Serena Hotels over the years. In the event of any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

 

Daniel Kang’u

General Manager

Jan 2019

UNHCR AND DUSHANBE SERENA HOTEL LAUNCHED A JOINT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

On January the 16th, the Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Dushanbe Serena Hotel officially signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) aiming at expanding skills training opportunities in the area of hospitality and basic tourism sector, for both refugees and local Tajik youth.  The Letter of Understanding establishes a framework for running a joint Programme that offers apprenticeship and training opportunities that aim at supporting both refugees and Tajik youth, in enhancing their professional...

On January the 16th, the Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Dushanbe Serena Hotel officially signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) aiming at expanding skills training opportunities in the area of hospitality and basic tourism sector, for both refugees and local Tajik youth.  

The Letter of Understanding establishes a framework for running a joint Programme that offers apprenticeship and training opportunities that aim at supporting both refugees and Tajik youth, in enhancing their professional knowledge, skills and employment opportunities in the hospitality industry and basic tourism sector, increasing their competitiveness both in local and global labour markets.

Within the scope of the Apprenticeship Programme, the Dushanbe Serena Hotel will provide professional learning programme for selected apprentices on core aspects of the hospitality industry. The participants to the Programme will be selected based on their knowledge, skills, and capacity for working in the hospitality sector. The programme will run twice per year, while the apprentices will receive classroom and on-the-job training, rotating in different departments to gain a full understanding of hotel operations. Upon completion, apprentices will be receiving an accredited certificate.

The Apprenticeship Programme represents the result of UNHCR’s outreach to the Dushanbe Serena Hotel in seeking to diversify its livelihoods interventions for refugees under the Hotel’s social corporate responsibility. The UNHCR Representation in Tajikistan and Dushanbe Serena Hotel brought in Government partner the Adult Education Center (under the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment) to accredit and ensure sustainability of the programme, and NGO partner Refugees, Children and Vulnerable Citizens (RCVC) to support the operationalization of the programme. It is also believed that the Programme will contribute to the peaceful co-existence and social cohesion between refugees and host communities.

Commenting on the newly established partnership with Dushanbe Serena Hotel, Mr. Vito Trani explained that, “Nowadays it is imperative that we build new partnerships given the global trend of reduced donor support for humanitarian operations. Also, by further deepening cooperation with the private sector, as is the case with the Dushanbe Serena Hotel, we are taking another constructive step towards improving the lives of our beneficiaries. The training opportunities that refugees and members of the Tajik host community receive through such partnerships will enhance their capacity to generate a sustainable livelihood while also fostering long-term self-reliance”.

On the occasion of the signing of the LOU, Mr. Philippe Ducler, the General Manager of the Dushanbe Serena Hotel stated that: “By signing the letter of understanding between Dushanbe Serena Hotel and the UNHCR Representation in Tajikistan we are announcing the start of implementation of exciting and much needed program of internship at our Hotel. The program was designed to fill in the gap in professional skills’ availability in the sphere of hospitality and Dushanbe Serena Hotel, with its extensive experience in training and development, has offered its facilities for on-job training. We are grateful to the UNHCR and Ministry of Labor of the Republic of Tajikistan for giving us this opportunity to make our own substantial contribution into the development of human resources of the country.“

Tajikistan currently hosts the largest number of refugees in the Central Asian region; some 3000 refugees and asylum seekers arrived primarily from neighbouring Afghanistan reside in Tajikistan. At the same time, above 34,000 persons at risk of statelessness have been identified in targeted districts since the launch of the joint UNHCR and Government national project to address statelessness in the country.

 

NOTES

 

UNITED NATIONATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES 

The UNHCRin the world is saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. From 1993, the UNHCR in Tajikistan works with the Government of Tajikistan and inter-agency partners in three primary areas: protection and local integration of refugees, leading emergency preparedness for potential of cross-border flows from neighboring countries; and addressing the issue of statelessness in Tajikistan. 

 

DUSHANBE SERENA HOTEL - Tourism Promotion Services (TPS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), seeks to develop tourism potential in an underserved areas of the world, such as Tajikistan. Operating under the “SERENA” brand name, TPS hotels enjoy an established reputation for the highest standards of comfort, service and product, with over 34 properties in nine countries in Africa and Asia. Each Serena property is carefully built to harmonize with local culture and heritage and to reflect the architectural styles of the region so that it promotes awareness of these elements amongst travelers. Serena Hotels strive to contribute to local economies through human resource training and development, the reinvigoration of artisans and craft industries, and through sensitive conservation or development of the surrounding areas.

Jan 2019

PCB-AHC GIRLS CUP 2019: EMPOWERING GIRLS THROUGH CRICKET

The Australian High Commission (AHC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with the support of Serena Hotels today hosted the 4th AHC-PCB Girls’ Cricket Cup at the Murghzar Cricket Ground, Islamabad.  The AHC-PCB Girls’ Cup 2019 involved teams from four schools: Special Education School for Girls with Hearing Impairment H-9; Mashal Model School Bari Imam; Pakistan Sweet Homes H-9/4 and Islamabad Model School for Girls I-9/1 Islamabad The girls attended a five-day coaching clinic in the lead-up to the competition conducted by first class women...

The Australian High Commission (AHC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with the support of Serena Hotels today hosted the 4th AHC-PCB Girls’ Cricket Cup at the Murghzar Cricket Ground, Islamabad.  

 

The AHC-PCB Girls’ Cup 2019 involved teams from four schools: Special Education School for Girls with Hearing Impairment H-9; Mashal Model School Bari Imam; Pakistan Sweet Homes H-9/4 and Islamabad Model School for Girls I-9/1 Islamabad 

 

The girls attended a five-day coaching clinic in the lead-up to the competition conducted by first class women cricketers and PCB coach Farrukh Hayat.  

 

Australia’s Acting High Commissioner to Pakistan, Brek Batley congratulated the schools on their participation and welcomed the continued support of the PCB and Serena Hotels for the annual PCB-AHC Girls’ Cricket Cup. He also presented an autographed bat of Australian Cricket Team to the best player of the tournament. 

 

“Sharing a passion with Pakistan for cricket, the Australian High Commission was pleased to again join with the PCB and Serena Hotels to host this initiative to empower girls through cricket and promote gender equality through sport,” Mr Batley said.   

 

“We were particularly pleased to have the participation of women first class players who helped to build confidence, foster team spirit and encourage the girls to push beyond their boundaries,” he said.   

 

Mr Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels, said, “Cricket is a passion in Pakistan and as a sport it embodies all the best attributes of any game – encouraging teamwork, discipline, hard work and strategic thinking. Under Serena Hotels Sports Diplomacy initiatives we support, facilitate and sponsor numerous sporting events and our commitments to sports diplomacy and women’s empowerment have found expression in the PCB-AHC Girls’ Cricket Cup. This tournament provides a wonderful vehicle for promoting and highlighting the importance of gender equality in sport.”    

 

This year’s competition was also supported by Malik Sports, the Canadian High Commission in Islamabad and the Islamabad Region Cricket Association which provided cricket equipment, shoes and the ground facilities respectively. 

Jan 2019

PRESS CONFERENCE FOR 19TH JUNIOR ASIAN TEAM SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

To honour the winners of the Asian Junior Squash Team Championship, a prize distribution ceremony was held at Serena Hotels Islamabad here Wednesday. Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, who is also President of the Pakistan Squash Federation, awarded cash prizes to the players, who won gold medal in the recently concluded championship at Pattaya (Thailand). The Pakistan team comprising Farhan Hashmi, Abbas Zeb, Haris Qasim and Hamza Khan performed exceptionally well in the championship, earning Pakistan

To honour the winners of the Asian Junior Squash Team Championship, a prize distribution ceremony was held at Serena Hotels Islamabad here Wednesday. Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, who is also President of the Pakistan Squash Federation, awarded cash prizes to the players, who won gold medal in the recently concluded championship at Pattaya (Thailand). The Pakistan team comprising Farhan Hashmi, Abbas Zeb, Haris Qasim and Hamza Khan performed exceptionally well in the championship, earning Pakistan the coveted title after six years.

Addressing at the occasion, the Air Chief said: We are proud of our young players who brought laurels to the country by winning the prestigious championship.” He added that the last two years remained great for the Pakistan squash as the country won a total of 58 medals including 27 gold, 13 silver and 18 bronze medals at national and international levels. He appreciated the hard work put in by the coaching staff for providing international standard training and coaching facilities to the young players. He also lauded the efforts of the Pakistan Squash Federation officials in making concerted efforts for bringing back the lost glory in the game
of squash.

PSF senior vice-president Air Marshal Shahid Akhtar Alvi also lauded the country’s junior squash side for their triumph in Thailand. Alvi said the win was deserved as the junior players had been consistent with their performances since last year and that the Pakistan juniors were considered among the best in the world. Alvi was full of appreciation for the local coaches, national federation and associations and believed they were a major force behind the success. He said the PSF had requested the Professional Squash Association to allot more junior tournaments to Pakistan and that international tournaments last year had helped players improve their rankings. The PSF vice-president also revealed that Pakistan will host the Asian Senior Championship in 2021.

Jan 2019

SERENA HOTELS SPONSORED 41ST NATIONAL KABADDI CHAMPIONSHIP IN FAISALABAD

Under the banner of Sports Diplomacy Serena Hotels sponsored 41st National Kabaddi Championship in Faisalabad, in collaboration with Commissioner Office, Pakistan Kabaddi Federation and Government of Punjab at Iqbal stadium from 3rd January 2019 to 7th January. The teams from neighboring countries Iran and India competed in the championship. The local teams included PAF, WAPDA, Army, SNGPL, HEC, Police, Pakistan Railway, POF WAH, Islamabad, Punjab, KPK, Sindh, and Balochistan.Pakistan Green won against India, and Pakistan White won the game...

Under the banner of Sports Diplomacy Serena Hotels sponsored 41st National Kabaddi Championship in Faisalabad, in collaboration with Commissioner Office, Pakistan Kabaddi Federation and Government of Punjab at Iqbal stadium from 3rd January 2019 to 7th January. 

The teams from neighboring countries Iran and India competed in the championship. The local teams included PAF, WAPDA, Army, SNGPL, HEC, Police, Pakistan Railway, POF WAH, Islamabad, Punjab, KPK, Sindh, and Balochistan.

Pakistan Green won against India, and Pakistan White won the game against Iran. Among local teams; PAF, WAPDA, SNGPL, and Pakistan Army scored their trophies.

On the final day, a live musical gathering was organized to celebrate this championship and to bid farewell to the competing teams. Arif Lohar performed at the closing ceremony in the presence of the chief guests Chaudhary Akram (Advisor to CM Punjab), Farrukh Habib (MNA), Asif Iqbal (Commissioner Faisalabad), Saif ullah Dogar (Deputy Commissioner) and Saqib Ahmed (General Manager Faisalabad Serena Hotel) along with other dignitaries.

Dec 2018

ZANZIBAR SERENA HOTEL PARTNERS WITH ZANZIBAR OUTREACH PROGRAM TO OFFER EAR SURGERY

18th December 2018, Zanzibar…Zanzibar Serena Hotel partnered with the Zanzibar Outreach Program to offer complimentary ear surgery to at least 30 children with hearing problems. The surgeries were conducted at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar between 8th- 12th December and marks 9 years since the partnership began in 2009. The ear surgeries are aimed at creating awareness for hearing problems within the ear, nose and throat anatomy. Since inception, over 462 people have benefited from the ear surgery camp. The surgeries were conducted by ENT specialists’…

18th December 2018, Zanzibar…Zanzibar Serena Hotel partnered with the Zanzibar Outreach Program to offer complimentary ear surgery to at least 30 children with hearing problems. The surgeries were conducted at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar between 8th- 12th December and marks 9 years since the partnership began in 2009.

The ear surgeries are aimed at creating awareness for hearing problems within the ear, nose and throat anatomy. Since inception, over 462 people have benefited from the ear surgery camp. The surgeries were conducted by ENT specialists’ doctors from Zanzibar Outreach Program comprising of Dr. Harish Rupani, Head of Delegation of Volunteer Doctors, Dr. Naufal Kassam, Head of ENT at Mnazi Mmoja Hospital and Dr. Jandu, ENT Volunteer Specialist. Over the last 9 years, the visiting ENT Specialists have been accommodated at Zanzibar Serena Hotel on complimentary basis.

Dr. Harish Rupani, ENT Specialist Surgeon, Zanzibar Outreach Program says, “We strongly advocate for parents to bring their young ones for screening and treatment. A large number of hearing impairment is often diagnosed in childhood and is caused by a number of factors ranging from birth complications, genetic abnormalities, ear infections, medication, damaging levels of noise among others. Detection and treatment of hearing impairment during an early age results in significant better outcomes than intervention in adulthood.”

The World Health Organization estimates that over 360 million people worldwide live with hearing loss. Out of the total 318 million are adults while 32 million are children, 80% of who are low and middle income earners. This makes hearing impairment one of the most common disability in the world.

Wilfred Shirima, General Manager, Zanzibar Serena Hotel says, “We are committed to working with our partners to help create awareness of hearing impairment and reduce the number of children suffering from these cases. This initiative supports our efforts in promoting social growth as hearing loss in children exposes them to high risks of delayed childhood development.”

The success of this initiative has been made possible by the long-term relationship that Serena Hotels has with the ENT specialists developed over the 9-year period. The clinic is primarily for children but the general public can also be attended to. Three adults between the age of 28-35 years and twenty-five children between 9-14 years were treated. During this exercise, the parents and children were enlightened on precautionary measures to prevent hearing loss.

As part of its day-to-day operations, Serena Hotels focus on programs that respond to the needs of the environment, economy and communities within which it operates. All Serena’s programs are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out by the United Nation Development Program. Zanzibar Serena Hotel ear surgery initiative particularly aligns to “SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing” and “SDG 17 – Partnership to achieve the Goal”. Zanzibar Serena Hotel and Zanzibar Outreach Program intend to carry out the Ear Surgery Camp annually.

Dec 2018

VINTAGE AND CLASSIC CARS CLUB OF PAKISTAN ARRANGED A CAR SHOW TITLED "HERITAGE ON WHEELS" IN ISLAMABAD AT THE SERENA HOTEL

Senator Dr Shahzad Waseem who inaugurated the show whilst speaking to APP remarked that it was a wonderful event as it was a source of amusement for the public.He said it would portray a soft image of Pakistan before the international community.“I have also chipped in three of my vintage 1964 models in the car show,” said Waseem.The senator said vintage cars were a source of inspiration and that they remind us of our past.Chairman of the Vintage and Classic Cars Club of Pakistan, Mohsin Ikram, said that the main purpose of the event was...

Senator Dr Shahzad Waseem who inaugurated the show whilst speaking to APP remarked that it was a wonderful event as it was a source of amusement for the public.

He said it would portray a soft image of Pakistan before the international community.

“I have also chipped in three of my vintage 1964 models in the car show,” said Waseem.

The senator said vintage cars were a source of inspiration and that they remind us of our past.

Chairman of the Vintage and Classic Cars Club of Pakistan, Mohsin Ikram, said that the main purpose of the event was to create awareness among the people about the importance of vintage and classic cars.

As many as 60 vintage including 15 cars from Karachi, 12 from Lahore, and 20 from Islamabad were brought to the show, he said. The 1922 French-manufactured Amilcar, UK-built TR cars and German-made IGB cars were also showcased.

Ikram said a rally of cars came from Karachi to Islamabad and will also go to Peshawar's Islamia College.

The show witnessed a huge gathering of people of which some were from Switzerland, China, and Ireland.

A 1954 TR car owner Shahzab said, “I have kept this car since my childhood as I am fond of vintage cars”.

Earlier in November, around 60 vintage cars were exhibited in a classic car show arranged by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa tourism department which was held at the Peshawar Services Club. Senior Minister for Tourism, Culture, and Sports Mohammad Atif Khan had also participated in the event as chief guest.

The bevy of vehicles had started from the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi and moved through various cities including Sukkur, Bahawalpur, Lahore and Islamabad, finally culminating its journey in Peshawar.

Dec 2018

ITF FUTURE AND NATIONAL RANKING TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP

Japan’s Rio Noguchi squeezed into the final of the Serena Hotels ITF Men’s Pro-Circuit (Futures) Tennis Tournament 2018 after ousting British Alexis Canter in semifinals played here at Senator Dilawar Abbas PTF Complex on Friday.Top seed Korean Cheong-Eui KIM got walkover against Ti Chen in the second semi-final. In the first semifinal, Noguchi won the first set 6-4, but lost the second 3-6, before winning the third set 6-3 to book berth in the final against top seed Korean Cheong-Eui KIM. In the men’s doubles semifinals, Darko Jandric/Shonigmatjon...

Japan’s Rio Noguchi squeezed into the final of the Serena Hotels ITF Men’s Pro-Circuit (Futures) Tennis Tournament 2018 after ousting British Alexis Canter in semifinals played here at Senator Dilawar Abbas PTF Complex on Friday.

Top seed Korean Cheong-Eui KIM got walkover against Ti Chen in the second semi-final. In the first semifinal, Noguchi won the first set 6-4, but lost the second 3-6, before winning the third set 6-3 to book berth in the final against top seed Korean Cheong-Eui KIM. In the men’s doubles semifinals, Darko Jandric/Shonigmatjon Shofayziyev beat Anton Chekhov/Kai Wehnelt 2-1, winning 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 while in the second semifinal, Cheong-Eui KIM/Rio Noguchi beat Alexander Pavlioutchenkov/Vladimir Polyakov 2-1, winning the encounter by 4-6, 6-1, 10-4.

SARA, SARAH REACH LADIES TENNIS FINAL:

Sara Mansoor will face Sarah Mahboob Khan in ladies singles final of the National Ranking Tennis Championships 2018 here at PTF Tennis Complex today (Saturday). In ladies singles semifinals, Sara Mansoor proved too hot for Hania Navaid as she thrashed her opponent by 6-2, 6-1. Experienced Sarah Mahboob also played superbly against Esha Jawad and outclassed her by 6-2, 6-2.

In boys singles Under-18 quarterfinals, Nauman Aftab beat Abdullah Adnan 6-3, 7-5; Ahmed Kamil edged out Abdullah 6-2, 7-5 and Uzair Khan overwhelmed Hamza Roman 6-2, 6-2. In boys singles U-14 quarterfinals, Sami Zeb outpaced Bilal Asim 6-1, 6-2; Uzair routed Hamza 6-2, 6-2; Abdul Hanan toppled Huzaima 6-1, 6-3 and Huzaifa Khan trounced Kashan 6-1, 6-2.

Dec 2018

RAABTA DIALOGUE ON OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES AT SERENA

Serena Hotels hosted an evening of dialogue and discussion, under Raabta, a Public Diplomacy Initiative, on ‘The Dynamic Global Economy, Fostering the Pakistan Advantage'. The panel of experts, moderated by Sidra Iqbal,  included Zohair Khaliq, Member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on IT and Communications, Melinda Good, Manager Operations at World Bank Pakistan, Sarim Sheikh, President and CEO of GE Pakistan, and Hasaan Khawar, international development and public policy professional.Melinda Good said, “We’ve been looking at two trajectories...

Serena Hotels hosted an evening of dialogue and discussion, under Raabta, a Public Diplomacy Initiative, on ‘The Dynamic Global Economy, Fostering the Pakistan Advantage'. The panel of experts, moderated by Sidra Iqbal,  included Zohair Khaliq, Member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on IT and Communications, Melinda Good, Manager Operations at World Bank Pakistan, Sarim Sheikh, President and CEO of GE Pakistan, and Hasaan Khawar, international development and public policy professional.

Melinda Good said, “We’ve been looking at two trajectories for the country between now and its hundredth birthday, which is 29 years from now. One is the business as usual which has the country growing at about 5% as it has done historically and the population growing at 2.4%, a rate which is the highest in the region. That means more people are dividing the pie. The other trajectory is the optimistic one, where on its hundredth birthday, growth has accelerated, the difficult reforms have been done, and you’ve been able to invest in health and education, more women have joined the work force and these will moderate the population and Pakistan is in the upper middle income status. So what we need to talk about are the key reforms that need to be made which I think are looking at competitiveness and improving the investment climate, increasing the fiscal space, inclusiveness and human capital investment.”

Zohair Khaliq said, “There is going to be a huge demographic shift from the traditional economies of the West to the more emerging economies. According to an HSBC report, Pakistan is going to be one of the five fastest growing economies of the world; Of course this depends on a lot of things and we can’t do business as usual. I think the government should focus on four things. We have to all start paying taxes, the tax to GDP ratio is shocking. Our population growth rate is unsustainable. We are desperately short of energy and will be in the future – the immediate answer is solar energy. Finally, everything we do should be underpinned by technology”.

Sarim Sheikh said, “In 2011, I chose to move back to Pakistan because I strongly believe that Pakistan has immense unrealised potential. What I would like to say to everybody is that there is no need to panic; there is a huge opportunity to address the issues. The global demand versus Pakistan’s own current account and fiscal deficit are in a bad state and you could end up in a stagflationary environment. There is also the changing future of work globally many jobs will disappear because of automation, digitization and artificial intelligence. We have to think about these things for the near and medium term”.

Hasaan Khawar said, “I want to talk about opportunities and challenges. Pakistan is the fifth largest country in the world but its neighbours are the world’s largest country and the world’s second largest country. The three of us account for 1/3rdof the world’s population. If this is not an opportunity I don’t know what an opportunity looks like. The problem is that you can take flight from Islamabad in any direction for three hours and everything would change – the air quality, the perception of safety, the expectations of service delivery and that is what matters”   

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels, said, “Raabta is the culmination of the value that Serena Hotels brings to the society. The convening power of Serena allows us to bring together experts, policy makers and the interested citizenry to inform and engage individuals and organizations in advancing debate, create knowledge and develop a wider appreciation of complexity of socio-economic subjects”.

2018 started as an all-time cyclical high for not only in the developed countries but in the developing ones as well and the good times economically are when economies must plan for the cyclical lows.

Dec 2018

SERENA HOTELS INAUGURATES THE 4TH MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

Serena Hotels hosted the inaugural ceremony of the 4thedition of the Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival (PIMFF) in Kehkeshan Hall, Islamabad Serena Hotel.The chief guest on the occasion was renowned mountaineer, Colonel (Retd.) M. Sher Khan who holds the distinction of being the first Pakistani to have climbed Rakaposhi (7,788 metres) and Nanga Parbat (8,126 metres), along with numerous other peaks. Mr. Wajahat Malik, founder of PIMFF welcomed the guests to the ceremony and screening of The Frozen Road.Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena...

Serena Hotels hosted the inaugural ceremony of the 4thedition of the Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival (PIMFF) in Kehkeshan Hall, Islamabad Serena Hotel.

The chief guest on the occasion was renowned mountaineer, Colonel (Retd.) M. Sher Khan who holds the distinction of being the first Pakistani to have climbed Rakaposhi (7,788 metres) and Nanga Parbat (8,126 metres), along with numerous other peaks. Mr. Wajahat Malik, founder of PIMFF welcomed the guests to the ceremony and screening of The Frozen Road.

Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, said, “It is a great privilege for us to inaugurate the Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival 2018 which will continue for two days. We bring diverse experiences to our friends and community thereby adding value. Serena Hotel’s Adventure Diplomacy Initiative encourage human engagement with Nature in ways that test physical prowess, endurance and commitment, mountain activities being a core part of these activities. 

The Frozen Road, one of the most extraordinary films in the programme, depicts an incredible month-long expedition through Canada’s remote and frozen Yukon Territory to the Arctic Sea. Ben Page began the three-year bike trip in 2014 and chronicles a single month in the riveting film.

PIMFF screens short films, documentaries, features and animations related to mountain adventure sports, nature, environment, climate change, mountain tourism, mountain cultures and communities.

Dec 2018

SERENA HOSTS FUNDRAISING MATCH FOR DAM FUND

Serena Hotels hosted a cricket match between PCB XI and Parliamentarians XI to raise funds for Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dams Fund. The match was held at the Shalimar Cricket Ground and drew dignitaries, businessmen and diplomats in support of the teams and the cause. The match was organized by Shalimar Tennis Club in collaboration with Serena Hotels under its Sports Diplomacy Initiative. Mr. Fawad Chaudhry was the Chief Guest at the occasion.Mr. Fawad Chaudhry, Mr. Ali Zaidi, Mr. Zulfi Bukhari, Mr. Shehryar Afridi, Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Mr..

Serena Hotels hosted a cricket match between PCB XI and Parliamentarians XI to raise funds for Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dams Fund. The match was held at the Shalimar Cricket Ground and drew dignitaries, businessmen and diplomats in support of the teams and the cause. 

The match was organized by Shalimar Tennis Club in collaboration with Serena Hotels under its Sports Diplomacy Initiative. Mr. Fawad Chaudhry was the Chief Guest at the occasion.

Mr. Fawad Chaudhry, Mr. Ali Zaidi, Mr. Zulfi Bukhari, Mr. Shehryar Afridi, Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Sadaqat Abbasi, Mr. Rashid Shafiq, Mr. Farrukh Altaf, Mr. Murad Saeed, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Ali Khan, Mr. Mansoor Hayat, Mr. Bilal Ejaz, and Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, were few of the prominent parliamentarians who participated in the match.

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, said, “Serena Hotels is delighted to be able to support a cause that is pivotally important for every household and every citizen of Pakistan. Pakistan is one of the top ten countries globally to be affected by climate change and as we get increasingly water scarce it is important for every responsible citizen to do his part. This has been a wonderful opportunity to combine our support to sustainable water resources with the Sports Diplomacy Initiative.”

Parliamentarian XI won the match with 14 runs after an exciting inning, but the true winners were the people of Pakistan who need long term water sources across the country.

Dec 2018

SERENA HOTELS MARGALLA MOUNTAIN MARATHON

Serena Hotels - Margalla Mountain Marathon and 5.5K run drew crowds of nature lover as people welcomed a day in the scenic hills that epitomize Islamabad.With approximately 150 participants in the marathon and more than 150 runners in the 5.5K, the activity appealed to a wide cross-section of society. The Margalla Hills National Park carries great significance for people of Islamabad and Rawalpindi as it is the repository of indigenous flora and fauna, an escape from the traffic and chaos of city life and a source of clean air and water.Mr...

Serena Hotels - Margalla Mountain Marathon and 5.5K run drew crowds of nature lover as people welcomed a day in the scenic hills that epitomize Islamabad.

With approximately 150 participants in the marathon and more than 150 runners in the 5.5K, the activity appealed to a wide cross-section of society. The Margalla Hills National Park carries great significance for people of Islamabad and Rawalpindi as it is the repository of indigenous flora and fauna, an escape from the traffic and chaos of city life and a source of clean air and water.

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, said, “Preserving the environment is a cause that is very important to Serena Hotels. Responsible natural resource management has always been one of our top priorities and we have inculcated ecologically sustainable policies within the Hotel but raising awareness and encouraging our friends and communities to do the same is also essential”.

Serena Hotels has sponsored the Marathon as part of its adventure diplomacy initiative. Earlier this year Serena Hotels hosted the first Pakistan Karakorum Marathon, organised by the Pakistan Air Force that drew international record holders and prize winners to Naltar, a stunning valley in Gilgit District situated at over 8,000 feet above sea level.

The 21.55 kilometre route for the marathon began at Trail 5 to Faisal Mosque, Chak Chabbi, Talhar Ridge and back to Trail-5 while the route for 5.5K started at the Trail 5 Parking to Trail 3-B, to the exercise point above the umbrella and back to Trail 5. 

Participants were given certificates and medals and the top three runners in both categories received cash awards.
 

Nov 2018

KILAGUNI SERENA SAFARI LODGE LAUNCHES ITS SOLAR POWER PLANT

27 November 2018, Tsavo West National Park, Kenya:Serena Hotels and Mettle Solar OFGEN have officially opened “Kenya’s First Fully Solar powered Lodge”.Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge located in Tsavo West National Park implemented a fully-fledged solar power plant to provide for its entire power requirements and enhance environmental sustainability.The solar power plant is installed under a lease arrangement and produces 307kWp utilizing SMA Solar offgrid technology with 670kWh of usable lead acid battery storage, with the capacity to supply...

27 November 2018, Tsavo West National Park, Kenya:

Serena Hotels and Mettle Solar OFGEN have officially opened “Kenya’s First Fully Solar powered Lodge”.

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge located in Tsavo West National Park implemented a fully-fledged solar power plant to provide for its entire power requirements and enhance environmental sustainability.

The solar power plant is installed under a lease arrangement and produces 307kWp utilizing SMA Solar offgrid technology with 670kWh of usable lead acid battery storage, with the capacity to supply Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge’s total energy requirements during normal weather conditions. During adverse weather, additional energy needs are met using synchronised diesel generators which were previously the main source of energy before the commissioning of the solar plant in July 2017.

Mr. Francois Van Themaat, Managing Director, Mettle Solar OFGEN says, “This is among one of our first projects in the hospitality industry. It is a big win for Kenya to get a ground breaking project like this, up and running. This took the effort of our researchers, engineers, suppliers and the Government of Kenya and we look forward to working with Serena Hotels for more ground-breaking projects.”

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, in October 2018 won the Special Award; “Extraordinary Business Case and CSR”, at the official Global Best Practice Awards 2018 ceremony in Milan, Italy. Kilaguni Serena won this award for using eco-friendly practices in providing professional textile care through sustainable and energy efficient laundry services as a result of the Solar Power Plant. Incorporating historic energy data insights to our business strategy is one of the key drivers that enabled our journey from the use of fossil based energy to renewable and effective energy sources such as the installation of the solar power plant.

Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing Director, Serena Hotels says, “The Company continues to focus on innovative programs that respond to the needs of the environment, economy and communities within which it operates – the fundamental tenets of Sustainability”. He further added, “The demand from eco-travelers is growing and Serena continues to adapt its business best practices model to meet the ecological travel experiences and expectations of today’s guest. The hotel sector is energy-intensive and despite being remotely located in the park; we have successfully managed to use a clean-renewable source of energy to fully run the lodge operations.”

The off-grid solar system by Mettle Solar OFGEN has been implemented in two properties; Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge that has the very first Tesla Inverter/Battery System in Kenya and the largest battery system in East Africa, while Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge’s solar plant is recognized as Kenya’s largest Solar PV System on tracker. Additionally, the firms commissioned two hybrid projects in early February 2018 at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp and Sweetwaters Serena Camp. The main engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work was performed by SPS Kenya. In the years to come, these systems will enable Serena Hotels to make major strides in decreasing its operational costs and carbon foot print thus contributing to a healthier environment now and for our next generations.

Mr. Thorsten Ronge, Managing Director, SMA Solar Technology South Africa says, “The projects focus on secure and environmentally friendly energy supply is testament to SMA’s vision of ‘generating energy where it is needed’. We are proud that our Sunny Island battery inverters, which have been shipped to the world for nearly twenty years to generate clean and reliable electricity in remote locations, form the heart and brain of Kilaguni’s off-grid solar installation. SMA congratulates Serena Hotels and Mettle Solar OFGEN on this extraordinary project and solar powering the historic safari lodge.”

All Serena’s programs are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out by the United Nation Development Program. Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge solar power plant particularly aligns to “SDG 13 Climate Action” - with the aim of fighting climate change and its effects to the environment.

According to the solar power plant data records, 467 tons of carbon dioxide has been avoided since the last 15 months of installation. To extract this carbon dioxide from the environment naturally within 10 years 37,399 trees need to be planted. The solar power plants complement the Serena East Africa tree planting initiative that has taken place for over two decades.

Nov 2018

INTERNATIONAL SQUASH LEAGUE IN BALOCHISTAN SPONSORED BY SERENA HOTELS

Serena Hotels under its Sports Diplomacy Initiative is pleased to sponsor the first ever International Squash League in Balochistan. The opening ceremony of the tournament was held on November 02, 2018 at Quetta Serena Hotel.
The tournament kicked off on November 03 and will continue till November 07.


Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has applauded the holding of Balochistan International Squash League in Quetta, saying the provincial government is also preparing to organise national games in near future.

Serena Hotels under its Sports Diplomacy Initiative is pleased to sponsor the first ever International Squash League in Balochistan. The opening ceremony of the tournament was held on November 02, 2018 at Quetta Serena Hotel.
The tournament kicked off on November 03 and will continue till November 07.


Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan has applauded the holding of Balochistan International Squash League in Quetta, saying the provincial government is also preparing to organise national games in near future.

Nov 2018

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL 31ST ANNIVERSERY CELEBRATIONS

Faisalabad Serena Hotel is renowned for the world class hospitality since 1987.The hotel comprises of well-designed luxury rooms, lush green gardens and courtyards along with a wide choice of restaurants offering National & International Delicacies.Enduring the legacy of the best hospitality services in the city Faisalabad Serena Hotel on 28th November,2018 celebrated its 31st Anniversary. Cake Cutting ceremony was arranged on the day which was graced by General Manager Mr. Saqib Ahmed along with EAM Mr. Irfan Majeed & Director Projects...

Faisalabad Serena Hotel is renowned for the world class hospitality since 1987.The hotel comprises of well-designed luxury rooms, lush green gardens and courtyards along with a wide choice of restaurants offering National & International Delicacies.

Enduring the legacy of the best hospitality services in the city Faisalabad Serena Hotel on 28th November,2018 celebrated its 31st Anniversary. Cake Cutting ceremony was arranged on the day which was graced by General Manager Mr. Saqib Ahmed along with EAM Mr. Irfan Majeed & Director Projects Mr. Kabir Malik and the management of Faisalabad Serena Hotel.

The celebrations continued from 28thNovember-30thNovember. The exterior façade of the building was lit up to add in the festivities and an amazing discount of 31% was offered in all restaurants for the guests that lasted till 30th November 2018.

Nov 2018

HERITAGE FAIR AT SERENA BUSINESS COMPLEX

Heritage fair organized at Islamabad Serena Hotel on Saturday drew huge interest of all and sundry, which was evident from participation of people hailing from various walks of life. The heritage fair, was organized to help local industries promote their products as well look for prospective collaborators and business partners from other countries also. The exhibitors displayed the hand-made products including shawls; carpets; fancy dresses with embroidery work and many other items depicting the heritage of Pakistan.The heritage fair is a regular...

Heritage fair organized at Islamabad Serena Hotel on Saturday drew huge interest of all and sundry, which was evident from participation of people hailing from various walks of life. The heritage fair, was organized to help local industries promote their products as well look for prospective collaborators and business partners from other countries also. The exhibitors displayed the hand-made products including shawls; carpets; fancy dresses with embroidery work and many other items depicting the heritage of Pakistan.

The heritage fair is a regular feature of the hotel organized every year in order to encourage and promote indigenous items. The exhibiters while talking to media on the occasion thanked the hotel management for providing them with free space and hoped they will continue extending this cooperation even the coming days. The exhibitors seemed quite happy with the response of the people. Some of them were able to attract potentials buyers for their products.

Nov 2018

TURKISH FOOD FESTIVAL: Serena Hotels, Turkish Arilnes hold lucky draw

Serena Hotels hosted a Lucky Draw Ceremony following an eight-day Turkish Food Festival to announce the winner of two return tickets for Istanbul with a two-night stay at the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. The Embassy of Turkey has also arranged a waiver on the Turkish Visa application service charges from Gerry’s International and access to Executive Lounge.Mr. Selim Ecirli, General Manager, and Mr. Muhammad Umer Khan, Sales Manager Islamabad and North Pakistan, from Turkish Airlines represented the sponsor of the airline tickets.Mr. Michel...

Serena Hotels hosted a Lucky Draw Ceremony following an eight-day Turkish Food Festival to announce the winner of two return tickets for Istanbul with a two-night stay at the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. The Embassy of Turkey has also arranged a waiver on the Turkish Visa application service charges from Gerry’s International and access to Executive Lounge.

Mr. Selim Ecirli, General Manager, and Mr. Muhammad Umer Khan, Sales Manager Islamabad and North Pakistan, from Turkish Airlines represented the sponsor of the airline tickets.

Mr. Michel A. Galopin, General Manager of Islamabad Serena Hotel, drew the winning coupon from the ballot box and announced the fortunate recipient who enjoyed a lavish spread of Turkish cuisine, and won a fabulous luxury vacation at the only Ottoman imperial palace and hotel on the Bosphorus, Çırağan Palace Kempinski. The Hotel is unique in its splendid style, superb location, fascinating view and superb hospitality.

The event was covered live on Facebook and the call to the delighted winner was recorded. Ms. Shaista Jabeen and Athar Javed from Islamabad was overjoyed to receive the trip and said that he/she has always wanted to visit Istanbul. He/she expressed his/her immense gratitude to Serena Hotels, the Embassy of Turkey, Turkish Airlines and Gerry’s International for the lucky draw.

Nov 2018

SARANGI SHOWCASES SAJJAD HAIDER AT SERENA

Serena Hotels hosted a wonderful evening of musical nostalgia at the Nazara Hall as part of the Sarangi Music Initiative. Sajjad Haider revisited timeless melodies in Urdu reminding the audience of bygone eras.Sarangi is part of the Serena’s Cultural Diplomacy Initiative which aims to preserve and promote the musical heritage of Pakistan. An annual competition over the past two years has given young performers and amateur bands from across the country a platform to share their talent. Sajjad Haider from Faisalabad was one of the top three finalists...

Serena Hotels hosted a wonderful evening of musical nostalgia at the Nazara Hall as part of the Sarangi Music Initiative. Sajjad Haider revisited timeless melodies in Urdu reminding the audience of bygone eras.

Sarangi is part of the Serena’s Cultural Diplomacy Initiative which aims to preserve and promote the musical heritage of Pakistan. An annual competition over the past two years has given young performers and amateur bands from across the country a platform to share their talent. Sajjad Haider from Faisalabad was one of the top three finalists of Sarangi Season 02 and returned to Islamabad Serena Hotel to entertain the audience with an outstanding live performance.

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels, said, “Serena continue to work actively on community support programmes by showcasing the immense talent of Pakistani artists to the before diverse and discerning audiences”.

The evening was well attended by the music lovers, corporate and diplomatic community and other prominent personalities. 

Nov 2018

SERENA HOTELS PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

The Serena Hotels 33rdPresident of Pakistan Gold Medal Golf Championship 2018 came to close after three days of thrilling matches at the Islamabad Club Golf Course. More than twenty professionals and more than fifty amateurs competed in the Championship from across Pakistan. Muhammad Adil won first prize in Juniors Category A net and Naveed Khan in gross matches. In Juniors Category B, Muhammad Ibrahim came first in net and Irtaza Hussain in gross matches...

More than twenty professionals and more than fifty amateurs competed in the Championship from across Pakistan. Muhammad Adil won first prize in Juniors Category A net and Naveed Khan in gross matches. In Juniors Category B, Muhammad Ibrahim came first in net and Irtaza Hussain in gross matches. In Subsidiaries, Mustafa Raja came first in net and Dr. Manzoor in the gross matches. In senior amateurs, Zahid Afridi came first in net and Gulrez Shahid came first in the gross matches. In the ladies category, Salza Dur-e-Falak came first in net and Ania Farooq came first in the gross matches. Within the Amateurs category, Shymale Aziz came first in net and Zuhaib Asif in gross. Asad Khan, Muhammad Akram and Muhammad Shabbir won the junior professionals, senior professionals and professionals categories respectively.

Mr. Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena Hotels, said, “I would like to congratulate the winners of the 33rdPresident of Pakistan Gold Medal Golf Championship 2018. We encourage sports as it provides a platform to our communities and friends to participate in healthy activities that establish links with other professionals and peers. This is an opportunity to develop friendships and demonstrate our abilities and interests in different sports. The Sports Diplomacy concept germinated during a Foreign Office golf tournament and has since blossomed into something much greater as the hospitality of Serena creates a great ambiance to bring people together.”

Mr. Jawad Paul, President of the Islamabad Club Golf Course, said “I thank you all on behalf of the management of the ICGC on making this Championship a resounding success and congratulate all the winners. Golf is a game which is not just about winning but my commiserations with those who did not win and let us all keep trying and I wish you all good luck. On behalf of the ICGC Committee, I would like to reiterate the vision of Islamabad Club of making this place the most sought after sporting activity in the city.”

He added, “This could not be possible without the support of our patron, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, who has committed to attending the prize distribution ceremony in the near future. I would also like to record my appreciation generous assistance and support of the management of Serena Hotels led by their dynamic CEO, Mr. Aziz Boolani, who are the sponsors of this tournament”.

The Serena Sports Diplomacy Initiative encourages and promotes healthy activities through interaction amongst various segments of the society to enhance social wellbeing and cultural development. 

Oct 2018

SERENA BEACH RESORT & SPA AND AMBOSELI SERENA SAFARI LODGE WIN AT THE KENYA ECO-WARRIOR AWARDS

Serena Beach Resort & Spa located in Mombasa won the “Best in Protecting Marine Heritage” Award and Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge located within the Amboseli National Park won the “Best Accommodation Facility in Promoting Culture and Heritage” Award at the Kenya Eco-Warrior Awards 2018 Gala Dinner. Hosted by Eco-Tourism Kenya, the awards recognize industry players’ that embrace sustainable responsible tourism practices in their day-to-day operations.The theme for this year’s Eco-Warrior Awards was “Tourism; Protecting Culture and Heritage”...

Serena Beach Resort & Spa located in Mombasa won the “Best in Protecting Marine Heritage” Award and Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge located within the Amboseli National Park won the “Best Accommodation Facility in Promoting Culture and Heritage” Award at the Kenya Eco-Warrior Awards 2018 Gala Dinner. Hosted by Eco-Tourism Kenya, the awards recognize industry players’ that embrace sustainable responsible tourism practices in their day-to-day operations.

The theme for this year’s Eco-Warrior Awards was “Tourism; Protecting Culture and Heritage” with the aim to celebrate organizations that have preserved the sociocultural aspects of the environment.

Complemented by the Swahili architectural opulence as seen on the buildings, distinct décor, carvings and magnificent symbols of its time, Serena Beach Resort & Spa won the award through its Sea-Turtle conservation project and community engagement founded over two decades ago. To date 475 endangered sea turtle nests have been protected, 52,098 turtle hatchlings have been released into the Indian Ocean, and through our conservation journey, we have educated staff, guests and the local community to play their part in protecting the Countries Marine Heritage.

From the heart of the planning and development exercise over four decades ago, Serena Hotels has been a “silent” pioneer of cultural and heritage promotion. Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge physically marches the Maasai

Manyattas set-up and serves as a critical exemplar for demonstrating as part of its day-to-day operations the cohesive interaction between humanity, local culture and architecture, and landscapes that are lacking in typical modernism.

The Lodge, just as other Serena properties continues to give priority to the local communities living around its areas of operation so as to ensure economic independence with the end goal to better navigate uncertainty and thrive towards a sustainable livelihood in the future. As a result of the need for integration, cultural and natural heritage, this formed a core part of the business model of the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge and Serena Hotels in general.

Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing Director of Serena Hotels said that “the announcement of the two eco-awards during the World Tourism Day is indeed momentous. We believe that through the Company’s responsible and innovative day to day operations, the local sustainable architecture, promotion of local cultures, national heritage, conservation and empowerment of the local community are our expression about pluralism, a major potential source for economic and social development that tends to anchor Civil Society.”

Grace Nderitu, CEO, Eco-Tourism Kenya, said that “Globalisation is slowly eroding the values in the wealth of our culture and heritage. The theme of this award is to remind us that we are a sum of cultural identities and our living expressions were inherited from previous generations. Preserving our heritage is meaningful for future generations and can have a positive impact on tourism development.”

Oct 2018

A QUAD VICTORY FOR SERENA HOTELS AT THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2018

Serena Hotels Africa scored a quadruple win at this year’s World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean and received the awards at the Gala ceremony held at the Durban International Convention Centre on 6th October.Our winning properties were:1. Kenya’s Leading Safari Lodge 2018: Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge2. Mozambique Leading Hotel Suite 2018: Presidential Suite @ Polana Serena Hotel3. Uganda’s Leading Hotel 2018: Kampala Serena Hotel4. Uganda’s Leading Hotel Suite 2018: Presidential Suite @ Lake Victoria Serena Resort...

Serena Hotels Africa scored a quadruple win at this year’s World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean and received the awards at the Gala ceremony held at the Durban International Convention Centre on 6th October.

Our winning properties were:

1. Kenya’s Leading Safari Lodge 2018Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge

2. Mozambique Leading Hotel Suite 2018Presidential Suite @ Polana Serena Hotel

3. Uganda’s Leading Hotel 2018Kampala Serena Hotel

4. Uganda’s Leading Hotel Suite 2018Presidential Suite @ Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa

The awards were received by Karin Sieberhagen the Sales and Marketing Manager, Serena Sales and Reservations Office in Johannesburg and Abishek Negi – General Manager, Polana Serena Hotel.

Serena Hotels is one of the leading hotel brands that is renowned for offering service excellence to its discerning guests. Serena prides itself in its long-standing heritage in the tourism industry with a keen understanding of the market.

These awards are regarded as the global “Oscars” of the travel industry setting the standards of excellence among the global tourism and travel industry. Serena Hotels Africa and Asia properties have consistently won awards in various categories over the years. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual World Travel Awards.

Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing Director, Serena Hotels, Africa remarked, “We are honoured to be recognised for these awards. This demonstrates the level of trust our brand has built with our guests and partners.”

We are thrilled at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge being recognized at the World Travel Awards as ‘Kenya Leading Safari Lodge’. Inspired by local Masai architecture, the lodge ‘s design is in total harmony with the environment and ls located in the famous Amboseli National Park popular for its large herds of elephants.

Mr. Jan Mohamed says, “The win by our city hotels; Polana Serena Hotel and Kampala Serena

Hotel is indication of how we have set the bar high to offer world class facilities that cater to a

wide range of travelers-including the business traveler.”

“We are grateful to our partners, business suppliers and our staff for the continued support”,

concludes Mr. Jan Mohamed.

Oct 2018

1ST SERENA HOTELS GOP SPORTS BOARD OPEN TABLE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Under the banner of Sports Diplomacy 1stSerena Hotels GOP Sports Board Open Table Tennis Championship 2018 was organized in collaboration with Divisional Sports Office & Local Government from 19thOctober to 21stOctober in Crescent Sports Complex & Faisalabad Serena Hotel, where the teams of all 9 divisions of Punjab participated. Press Conference was held for the event on 16thOctober chaired by Mr. Saqib Ahmed General Manager Faisalabad Serena Hotel & Mr. Asif Iqbal Commissioner Faisalabad.On 19thOctober 2018, Opening Ceremony...

Under the banner of Sports Diplomacy 1stSerena Hotels GOP Sports Board Open Table Tennis Championship 2018 was organized in collaboration with Divisional Sports Office & Local Government from 19thOctober to 21stOctober in Crescent Sports Complex & Faisalabad Serena Hotel, where the teams of all 9 divisions of Punjab participated. Press Conference was held for the event on 16thOctober chaired by Mr. Saqib Ahmed General Manager Faisalabad Serena Hotel & Mr. Asif Iqbal Commissioner Faisalabad.

On 19thOctober 2018, Opening Ceremony of the championship was arranged in Crescent Sports Complex where the teams of all 9 divisions Faisalabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan & Bahawalpur assembled for the ceremony in the presence of Commissioner Faisalabad & Local Dignitaries along with the management of Serena Hotels. 

 The championship consisted of 5 categories Under 16 Boys, under 19 Boys, Ladies Singles, Ladies Doubles & Men’s Singles, the ceremony was started with an exhibition match between GM FSH & Commissioner Faisalabad.

On 21stOctober 2018, Closing Ceremony was arranged in Faisalabad Serena Hotel. Mr. Syed Fawad DC Faisalabad, Ms Rai Firdous MPA, Additional Commissioner Consolidation & the management of Faisalabad Serena Hotel distributed awards & Cash Prizes to the Winners & Runners Up. Sahiwal took home the trophies for Ladies Single & Double, Faisalabad won in Under 16 & Under 19 Boys & Rawalpindi won in Men's Single.

Sep 2018

SERENA SPONSORS BOLAN OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT

Serena Hotels sponsored the 31st All Pakistan Bolan Open Golf Tournament 2018 in collaboration with the Pakistan Army and Quetta Golf Club. The tournament drew participants and spectators from various sectors including businessmen, armed forces, government representatives and professionals.The tournament was inaugurated by Major General Khalid Zia HI (M) after which more than a hundred golfers from across the country played in the categories of professionals, amateurs, handicapped, and veteransThe three-day event culminated in an award ceremony

Serena Hotels sponsored the 31st All Pakistan Bolan Open Golf Tournament 2018 in collaboration with the Pakistan Army and Quetta Golf Club. The tournament drew participants and spectators from various sectors including businessmen, armed forces, government representatives and professionals.

The tournament was inaugurated by Major General Khalid Zia HI (M) after which more than a hundred golfers from across the country played in the categories of professionals, amateurs, handicapped, and veterans

The three-day event culminated in an award ceremony held at the Quetta Golf Club where the chief guest, Lt. General Asim Salim Bajwa HI (M) SB Corps Commander Southern Command, presented trophies and prizes to winners.

Twenty players participated in the Amateur (Handicap 13-18) category of whom 1st prize went to Nisar Ali, the prize for longest drive went to Lt. Col. Asad Farooq and nearest to pin prize went to Brig. Liaqat Ali. 21 players competed in the Amateur (Handicap 12 and below) and Zubair Hussain won first prize, Col. Rustam Chatha (Retd.) had the longest drive and Imran ul Haq came nearest to the pin. In the Veteran Amateurs category Muhammad Ayub took the prize.

In the category of Army Officers, first prize went to Lt. Col.  Adil Yaqoob. 23 players competed in the Senior Professionals category, with Muhammad Akram taking 1st prize. In the category of Junior Professionals, Syed Bilal Hussain Shah came 1st in 15 players. The first prize winner in the Professional category was Muhammad Shabbir. In the category of General Officers, Muhammad Asif Kaleem HI(M) took 1st net prize.

The chief guest on the occasion congratulated Serena Hotels for facilitating and supporting sports activities.

Held as part of the Serena Hotels Sports Diplomacy initiatives, the 31st All Pakistan Bolan Open Golf Tournament 2018 is one of several golfing events the Hotel supports. Sports Diplomacy at Serena originated at a Foreign Office golf tournament in Islamabad and since then Serena Hotels has incorporated sports diplomacy into its annual calendar by hosting, sponsoring or facilitating diverse tournaments and matches across the country.

Mr. Rashid Uddin, General Manager Quetta Serena Hotel said ‘Over the years, Sports Diplomacy has emerged as an integral part of Serena’s efforts to build stronger relations with communities while encouraging diverse groups to participate in sports, thereby improving leadership, teamwork, and communication skills along with promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Sep 2018

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL - PLANT FOR PAKISTAN

Prime Minister Imran Khan launched a countrywide plantation drive ‘Plant for Pakistan Day – Join Imran Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan’ by the Ministry of Climate Change in the month of September to plant 10 billion trees across the country. Serena Hotels as a group participated in the drive to save the climate in all respective cities.Faisalabad Serena Hotel, in accordance with 1-day program, has taken the initiative of planting as many trees around the city to contribute in the activity under the Public diplomacy initiative.Five thousand...

Prime Minister Imran Khan launched a countrywide plantation drive ‘Plant for Pakistan Day – Join Imran Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan’ by the Ministry of Climate Change in the month of September to plant 10 billion trees across the country. Serena Hotels as a group participated in the drive to save the climate in all respective cities.

Faisalabad Serena Hotel, in accordance with 1-day program, has taken the initiative of planting as many trees around the city to contribute in the activity under the Public diplomacy initiative.

Five thousand plants were donated to Agriculture University Faisalabad & Sahianwala Industrial State, the first tree was planted by Mr. Saqib Ahmed, General Manager, Faisalabad Serena Hotel and V.C UAF. The event was widely covered by the Electronic & Print Media.

Aug 2018

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL ORGANIZED A LIVE COOKING CLASS

Faisalabad Serena Hotel organized a Live Cooking Class for the audience of the city in collaboration with Masala Tv for the first time. The initiative received a tremendous response. Celebrity chefs Shireen Anwar, Rida Aftab cooked their best recipes and shared tips on different culinary queries. Expert Chefs of Faisalabad Serena Hotel Chef Ahsan & Chef Yasin interacted with the audience and shared the most demanded Japanese, Chinese & Pakistani recipes and desserts.  The episode went on air on 25thAugust on Masala Tv.

Faisalabad Serena Hotel organized a Live Cooking Class for the audience of the city in collaboration with Masala Tv for the first time. 

The initiative received a tremendous response. Celebrity chefs Shireen Anwar, Rida Aftab cooked their best recipes and shared tips on different culinary queries. 

Expert Chefs of Faisalabad Serena Hotel Chef Ahsan & Chef Yasin interacted with the audience and shared the most demanded Japanese, Chinese & Pakistani recipes and desserts.  The episode went on air on 25thAugust on Masala Tv.

Aug 2018

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL ORGANIZED A THREE DAYS ARTS & CRAFTS EXHIBITION

August started with celebrations of Independence in Faisalabad Serena Hotel. Various activities were carried out to celebrate the month of Independence. Journey of Independence was depicted through Photo Wall and by placing cutouts of different monuments of Pakistan in the Arrival Court to give guests a feel of festivity. Exterior of the hotel was lit up from 12th-14thAugust and all food outlets were decorated as per the theme and our associates wore Flag pins to show their love for the country. In order to promote young artisans of the region...

August started with celebrations of Independence in Faisalabad Serena Hotel. Various activities were carried out to celebrate the month of Independence. Journey of Independence was depicted through Photo Wall and by placing cutouts of different monuments of Pakistan in the Arrival Court to give guests a feel of festivity. Exterior of the hotel was lit up from 12th-14thAugust and all food outlets were decorated as per the theme and our associates wore Flag pins to show their love for the country. 

In order to promote young artisans of the region Faisalabad Serena Hotel organized a three days Arts & Crafts Exhibition, where exhibiters showcased their work and received a commendable response from the walk-in guests. Opening Ceremony was inaugurated by Commissioner City on 12thAugust. 

On the day of independence an inhouse Flag hoisting ceremony was arranged for the associates. Flat 40% discount was offered in Lyallpur Restaurant on Hi tea & Dinner Buffet.

The chain of events received an overwhelming response by the guests & all the visitors.

Aug 2018

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL HOSTED A CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION

Culture, being an inter disciplinary core, offers several perspectives that we can approach to understand the dynamics of any country or society. Pakistan being a multi-dimensional society is extremely rich and for the world to know about it, the best way to promote it is through Arts & Literature.Faisalabad Serena Hotel under the Cultural Diplomacy Initiative of Serena Hotels announced a Creative Writing Competition in the mid of JULY where the participants had to submit their write ups in both Urdu & English language on the topic given...

Culture, being an inter disciplinary core, offers several perspectives that we can approach to understand the dynamics of any country or society. Pakistan being a multi-dimensional society is extremely rich and for the world to know about it, the best way to promote it is through Arts & Literature.

Faisalabad Serena Hotel under the Cultural Diplomacy Initiative of Serena Hotels announced a Creative Writing Competition in the mid of JULY where the participants had to submit their write ups in both Urdu & English language on the topic given “Faisalabad in 2028” at the provided link till 5thAugust. After receiving an overwhelming response from all over the country.10 best manuscripts were selected for the finale. The event was graced by the endowed panel of Mr. Tahir Khalil (Jang Group) & Ms. Sanam (Dawn News). 

Nayab Nasir from Lahore got selected as a Winner by the unanimous decision of the panel judges. Her article was published in the leading Magazines of the country & the coverage of the event was covered by top-notch Newspapers.

Feb 2009

FAISALABAD SERENA HOTEL CELEBRATED CHINESE NEW YEAR 2019 BY ORGANIZING A CHINESE FOOD FESTIVAL

Faisalabad Serena Hotel celebrated Chinese New Year 2019 by organizing a Chinese Food Festival from 5th February -16thFebruary. The festival was arranged at Xuelian restaurant which is known for offering authentic chinese food. The aim was to provide a memorable experience with perfect food, ambiance & cross culture experience to the guests.The evening was graced & inaugurated by Sheikh Rasheed Federal Minister of Railways, Ch. Asif Iqbal Commissioner Faisalabad, Saqib Ahmed General Manager Faisalabad Serena Hotel & Chinese dignitaries...

Faisalabad Serena Hotel celebrated Chinese New Year 2019 by organizing a Chinese Food Festival from 5th February -16thFebruary. The festival was arranged at Xuelian restaurant which is known for offering authentic chinese food. The aim was to provide a memorable experience with perfect food, ambiance & cross culture experience to the guests.

The evening was graced & inaugurated by Sheikh Rasheed Federal Minister of Railways, Ch. Asif Iqbal Commissioner Faisalabad, Saqib Ahmed General Manager Faisalabad Serena Hotel & Chinese dignitaries.

Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed spoke to media on the occasion and briefed about the importance of Pakistan & China relationship, how the alliance of both the countries is beneficial to each other and he further wished for a prosperous & flourishing rapport.

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