The Ajman Palace Hotel, managed by HMH – Hospitality Management Holding, was declared the GCC winner of the ‘Best Ramadan’ award at the glittering 2017 GCC Food and Travel Awards ceremony held at Palazzo Versace in Dubai last evening. Please find attached our press release for the same. Will be most grateful to you if you can please consider to include it in your publication. Thank you very much.


(March 28, 2017)


The Ajman Palace Hotel Wins the Prestigious

‘2017 GCC Food and Travel Award’ for Best Ramadan in the Region

The Ajman Palace Hotel, managed by HMH – Hospitality Management Holding, was declared the GCC winner of the ‘Best Ramadan’ award at the glittering 2017 GCC Food and Travel Awards ceremony held at Palazzo Versace in Dubai last evening.


Congratulating the team about this extraordinary achievement Ferghal Purcell, COO of HMH, said, “It is a very proud moment for us to receive this prestigious and exclusive industry recognition. It is an immense achievement based on our three years’ endeavor, whereby we have not only positioned ourselves against our direct competitors in Ajman and Sharjah, but the UAE as a whole. It serves as an ideal platform to launch Ramadan 2017 which is going to be absolutely unique as always.”


Highlighting The Ajman Palace Hotel’s unswerving commitment to excellence, Purcell added, “The award will continue to inspire us to build on our success and deliver the highest quality and service standards. The ‘guest experience’ is our number one priority.”


The finalist for 2017 GCC Food and Travel Award were:

  • The Ajman Palace Hotel – UAE
    · Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi – UAE
    ·         Four Seasons Bahrain Bay  – Bahrain
    ·         Madinat Jumeirah Dubai – UAE
    ·         Jumeirah Messilah Beach – Kuwait
    ·         The Chedi Muscat – Oman
    ·         The W Doha – Qatar
    ·         Waldorf Astoria Jeddah – KSA

About The Ajman Palace Hotel

The Ajman Palace Hotel, managed by HMH – Hospitality Management Holding, is a picturesque sanctuary conveniently located 22 km from Dubai International Airport and 11 km from Sharjah International Airport.  Set on a private beach, this alluring hideaway is a heritage resort with a modern spirit. Bringing an unprecedented level of luxury, with captivating views of the Arabian Gulf, the resort is a destination unto itself. Balancing world-class facilities with the legendary Arabian hospitality, it offers 254 rooms, suites and serviced residences, a remarkable range of restaurants and lounges, fabulous meeting and event venues including the largest ballroom in the Northern Emirates ideal for weddings and conventions, as well as an array of leisure and recreation options at Lifestyle Club featuring a Spa and state-of-the-art fitness facility. A magical experience awaits you here.

For more information about the hotel please visit






Nabil Azar (General Manager)

Builders Design Consultants

44 years of success in Archicture and full Engineer

Consultancy services

Since it was established in 1973,” Builders Design Consultants” (BDC) has designed and completed over 420 projects with diverse programs, typologies and sectors. Its clients range from Royal families, Governments, Public institutions, Private Establishments, Individuals, Universities, Developers, and Contractors. Our magazine interviewed: The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Builders Design Consultants – Nabil Azar.

*When was BDC established? How it achieved its success story? Who stands behind its success?
BDC was established in 1973, a very professional team stands behind the success of this company which achieved its forward position by hard work.

* Important projects you completed…..

– Jiyeh (2) Resort & Marina
– Balamand (2) University & Hospital
– AUB (2) Masri Building & Olayan School of Business
– Tripoli (1) Chamber of Commerce
– Mokbel (2) International Towers
– Hopital Libanais Geitaoui (1)
– Beirut Annunciation Orthodox College (2)
– Residence of the Speaker of the House
– Offices of the Member of Parliament
– Atrium Building
– Municipality of Sin El Fil

* The services your company provides?

Architecture and full engineer consultancy services.

* Criteria of professional credibility for a company of the size of BDC?

A high professional approach to design and a great devotion for the interest of my clients and the environment.

* Who are your clients on a local and regional level? Elites? Millionaires?

My clients range from Royal families to the Lebanese Parliament, as well as institutions like AUB and Balamand Universities, Municipality of Sin El Fil, Chamber of Commerce in Tripoli & Saida, etc.

* The nobodies cannot dream of having access to your services?

No, not true. Anybody can have access to my services and we welcome all persons who believe in and appreciate our work.

* The cost of your services?

The more complex the building, the higher the fees.

* What about your expertise in interior designing?

We have a department specialized in interior designing, we have so far realized many interior design projects: Hotels in Hungary, British Council offices, Greek Community Center, etc.

* Team work, skills and expertise

Our team consists of highly qualified architects, designers, consultants, planners, and structural, electrical, mechanical and site engineers. Members of BDC operate as a collaborative organized team. Our experience leads to a collective vision of an architecture concerned with people, context, climate, environment and culture.

* What about expanding abroad?

We are abroad, we just finalized 2 designs converting palaces into hotels in Hungary. We have also done a huge amount of work in Saudi Arabia, but at present we are mainly concentrating on Lebanon.

* Your advice to developers looking to build residential units

My advice to them is to go for small apartments affordable by young couples instead of choosing big apartments which are unsalable. The market is full of apartments of 350- 400 m2 that the promoters are not being able to sell.

* How safe are your buildings?

The safety of a building is controlled by law, by a “Bureau de Contrôle”, it is their responsibility and they take it very seriously. Every new building in Lebanon is being controlled for safety and fire. So that the building would sustain earthquakes and make sure in case of fire that the occupants are safety evacuated.

* Prizes and awards

The most important prize we got is rarely given to a foreign architect which is the Honor Award for Design Excellence give to BDC by the Boston Society of Architects (which is associate to the AIA)

* The Fawzi Azar Award in few words

The Fawzi W. Azar Architectural Award was established in 1996 by the Azar Family and BDC. It is an annual Award of US$ 15,000 paid toward the tuition fees of a 4th year architecture student who wins an architectural competition which take place in June of every year.

* How much does it take of Nabil Azar’s efforts and skills to maintain BDC at the top?

The normal efforts he has always invested in it.

* Introduce yourself

I am a person who translate his sensitivity to and complicity with spaces into functional edifices.

* Slogan in work

Build for others as if you are building for yourself.

* Slogan in life

Be honest and be yourself


Aziz Baroody (CEO)



In 2002, IBAROODY LLC was created by one person and succeeded in entering the Middle Eastern and Lebanese markets while maintaining business as usual in the USA, as a highly experienced professional web solutions company with best records of achievements and clients’ testimonials. In its local and international expansion, the company proved a high degree of credibility. Behind its achievements, past and present successes, stands a young and ambitious businessman Aziz Baroody, who knows very well how to invest in the technological realm and to make great profits out of technological advances. Our Magazine interviewed him:

* How much was the iBaroody a one man creation? A one man professional commitment and specialty? Since when the dream turned into a reality? When did you transfer your company from the U.S to Lebanon?
We are still in the USA, the story is unbelievable. I was an airline captain at 29, my first day at work after vacationing for few weeks in Lebanon, was September 10th, 2001 at night Tuesday. I reached my hotel room I watched the World Trade Center on fire, I saw the 2nd plane hit. I am a Lebanese Christian, within a week I was fired, I am the first pilot with the courage to fight against discrimination legally caused by the Patriot Act. It is documented with the I was on Al .Jazeera, 7min live on TV, I fought Bush’s policies against the Arabs and Muslims, and I am a Christian, they took my case out of the 216 Arab Pilots in the USA, since I was the only Christian in my 20’s. What happened, is that the CIA, FBI, and private investigators investigated me for 3 years. I sat at home scared, had a computer, Internet, and a small idea. And a small website and asked myself how to make money? Within a year, with luck and obsession, I learned SEO, the science behind ranking websites and web pages in the Google Search Results.

* What is the specialty of iBaroody? Exact nature of its services? Who needs most web designing? Web development? SEO Services? Website Solutions and applications? Software Development and programming? How much is the Lebanese public aware of your technological progress and how much it seeks your services aiming to acquire the latest of your technologies?
Businesses, companies, any individual who wants to make money, should have Internet exposure, throughout the way the business sectors do in the U.S. We built our company based on that, in reality we are 6 companies in one, to be able to serve our client from scratch to success, we offer all the services possible from A to Z, and realize success, and everything iBaroody does is based on profit making. We don’t just sell websites, but something that allows you to make profits. If you don’t succeed in making additional dollars and profits from the Internet, so don’t touch the field thus also iBaroody failed in what we do.
In Lebanon today, there is still weakness in understanding how powerful the Internet in generating profits is. We have 60 case studies of 60 Lebanese Companies, where every dollar spent wisely generated them thousands of dollars and they are profiting every single day because that little investment they spent with iBaroody Web, SEO services, Software and Internet Marketing.

*Brief details about your services

Everything we do is to generate you more business and for you to run and manage a company almost automated, plus making more profits by reducing the number of employees as one software now days can replace 10 employees with proper training of the use of the software and system we specifically build and customize for each company as each company has different types of organization how to run and manage each. Everything we do is for our clients to profit. While the world in the 70s, started to have logos and to appreciate its importance. Today, everything starts with a website! And it has to be a World Class website to succeed and compete and a MUST to overcome your competitors.

* How many branches do you have in Lebanon?


* What about your Middle Eastern and International expansion?

Dubai- Toronto-Houston-Columbia-South Carolina. But literally I can sit home anywhere in the world and run the entire business and that is what the Internet did and changed the whole world. Now you can communicate with anyone in any part of the world for free.

* How do you assess the desire of your Middle Eastern clients to acquire the latest of your technologies?

We have tried several ways, still deciding to adapt yearly as of 2016/17. I probably have figured out the best way to do it, still we faced serious business issues. It is so hard to teach people what is a fact and what is not subject to debate and negotiation. What other people say is sometimes inaccurate, there is conflict between businesses selling products versus what we do, one example: we are the number one e- commerce system developers. What we use, and the iBaroody way and how we customize it and still we are the only company using Magento is one example.

* What about the costs of your services? Who can acquire them?

Anyone can acquire our services. We have something for everybody. $3000 is a minimum payment one should spend to start with a modern website, and it includes everything. We don’t do anything less than this. That’s a start. In Lebanon, they sell websites for $20,000 that are not better or more modern but equivalent to our $3000 websites. With iBaroody, you are guaranteed better, faster, more technology, and this is the basis to succeed later on.

* What makes you efficient and different?

The technology we use daily, it advances. We use it first, we learn from it. We have been pioneers for over 10 years even in the USA and leaders in using every type of software in the world. What can be used in the U.S can be used here the same exact thing regardless if you paid hundreds of thousands or ten per say. An iPhone7 is an iPhone7 regardless what you pay for it and where you buy it from! It is that simple. Yet in Lebanon and the Arab countries we are having a very hard time presenting the facts and science vs. how and what others say and do. Everything else others do? Is based on SALES and SALES ONLY! If a company knows how to sell something worth $1000 for $10,000 clients literary still believe the $10,000 project is better? I have never ever in my life seen such mentality and even after 7 years in Lebanon still cannot believe my own eyes how other companies get away with it. BUT such sales is impossible to go on the way it is as every year the delivered work speaks for itself. And companies and business are starting to see the truth! They have to!

* You are knowm of dealing with / and serving only class A companies in Lebanon?

No, but we have come to a point in Lebanon where we faced a lot of difficulties with people who don’t pay or appreciate the work or have nothing to do with why iBaroody wants them to own the best of the best. I figured out that most companies’ employees do not say the truth to their employers, because they seriously lack some of the basic knowledge, and tend to blame iBaroody for everything and anything instead of admitting their weaknesses to their employers who have to trust their opinions. Most have serious IT or programming background and/or advertising or marketing masters degrees? CEOs, Chairman’s, Owners are the decision makers. I know for a fact if any or all of them knew the facts and truth about what we do and want to do for them? I know every class “A” company will become an iBaroody client. Because Class “A” companies are the same companies spending hundreds if not millions already on advertising campaigns that from day one I know it is wasted money. And the same class “A” companies are the same companies that pay hundreds of thousands for famous software licenses when a fraction of that same money spent gets them the same exact software functions, features and results if not a lot more! How can any decision maker who cares and wants his or her company to succeed not want to make the decision to why spend much much less and make much much more? This is why it appears that iBaroody only cares to work for class “A” companies. BUT it is not about the class “A” companies in reality it is about the class “A” projects we want to build and promote for serious effective results and realistic success.

* Degree of professionalism of your staffs? Are they offered seasonal workshops and training sessions? What about the work ethics in IBAROODY?

We are 48 full-time employees and we deal with many free lancers such as translators. Nobody can learn this business anywhere they have to start from zero. As a matter of fact, I personally sit with the future project coordinators. I literally teach them how to open browsers, minimize their outlooks, and use the ability of wide screens correctly and keep their computers clean (to maximize productivity) all the way to how to satisfy multimillion USD companies demands and requirements. Everything has a procedure written down. What we do is we cut all our work procedures into stages and steps. Out of 350 active clients we deal with in Lebanon alone, nobody ever complained, 120 of them even took time and wrote letterhead testimonials from Abou Adal Group, May Khalil, Central Bank, to Sanita and BCCL and Engineers’ Syndicate. We take pride in these testimonials.

* What about your consulting services? And your specialty in the SEO field?

I know people paying tens of thousands of dollars for digital marketing so called experts or consultants many from the U.S (digital marketing is about 15% of Internet marketing). I don’t know how to charge for consulting, yet everything I say is way more advanced accurate based on serious experience than any of these people who anyone can Google and read the same exact things they tell you. But I don’t know how to sell our consulting services, this is a problem for iBaroody the business. BUT in return, our clients save tens of thousands of dollars and even potential clients learn so much valuable information from us and for free!

* Your vision for the future?

In Lebanon, We can really and easily dominate the Middle East not Dubai. This country will become the hub of the best tourism, IT web-related software, and related software industry. If our government invests and allows us to have faster Internet, we will have millions of dollars coming from the U.S and other countries to Lebanon, from the Lebanese to do the work for U.S companies, because we are way better than Indians, Chinese, Ukrainians etc.. If we know how to use the right technology as a nation? Specifically the Internet? Even Microsoft will invest millions in Lebanon to use our Lebanese educated multilingual young talented people. I wish I wish our government understands how powerful the Internet alone is for our entire economy. I wish!!! Even I who has nothing to do with the Government know over 20 different ways how to get the biggest companies to come to Lebanon. Starting with Google who opened an office in Dubai in 2009 and just last year they admitted they failed and I believe they shut it down. I know Google will come to Lebanon to serve all the Middle Eastern and African countries in support and to promote their money maker Google Ads. 70% of all Google income is their Ads. Who is best to explain all this to all the Middle Eastern companies and all businesses in 30 countries? People hired by Google based at their Ireland office? Or people like myself and others here in Beirut and Lebanon? I myself opened a Google Ads account since the early days it went public? Who in Dubai can Google hire when we Lebanese dominate the Arab world with our education and degrees? I know for a fact Google would be the first company to open offices in Beirut! Because they care about one thing. MONEY & PROFITS. Google actually announced that the Middle East Internet demand is 3 times more than USA and 2 times more than China. Because we are that far behind but finally recognizing what the future of business and advertising is all about!

* A short biography?

I grew up in West Beirut, Clemenceau area, at 17 my parents sent me to the U.S. There I finished high school and went to a military College “The Citadel”. The first year is the hardest year but it is why the second year I was the highest ranking cadet out of 514 cadets. From there on, I became an airline pilot, at 29 a captain in command (PIC), and got fired because of September 11 though I am a Christian. So I sat home and taught myself a new business and had 12 different projects that went from zero. My brother at that time built me a $1000 website I took it and because of Google made an average of $20,000 profits per month just from that one site. Later I sold it for $100,000. With each summer I vacationed in Lebanon I dreamt about moving back. Especially for a guy that doesn’t know anything about Lebanon because I grew up in the war. In 2010 I did come back home. BTW for those that do not know the USA as well as I do? A person who visited over 70 USA cities and Canadian too? I can easily prove to anyone Lebanon is the best most amazing country rich in its food, nightlife, beaches, and rooftops.

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