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The King of Morocco Mohamad VI Awards Prince Alwaleed His 60th Honorary Medal

December 18, 2011

HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) visited the Kingdom of Morocco, during the visit HRH met His Majesty Mohammed VI at the Presidential Palace and a private meeting was held. HRH was accompanied by Dr. Nahlah Alanbar, Private Executive Assistant to HRH.

During the meeting, His Majesty Mohammed VI and Prince Alwaleed discussed a number of social and economic issues in addition to the economic relations between the two countries. His Majesty Mohammed VI bestowed upon HRH the “Grand Cross of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite”, it is the highest honor granted in the Kingdom of Morocco, the award was in recognitions of his global efforts on the economic and humanitarian fronts . This medal is considered Prince Alwaleed”s 60th Honorary Medal.

Recently, Prince Alwaleed and HRH Prince Rachid inaugurated the Four Seasons Hotel, Marrakesh during Prince Alwaleed’s visit to the Kingdom of Morocco. The event was attended by HH Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, Vice Chairwoman of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation that is chaired by Prince Alwaleed. The occasion was also attended by Mr. Sarmad Zok, Chairman and CEO of Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI) wholly owned by KHC, Ms. Kathleen Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer, Four seasons Hotels and Resorts, Mr. Fouad Makhlouf, Vice President, Design and Constructions KHI and Christopher R.J. Knable, Vice President, Asset Management KHI. HRH and HH were accompanied by a delegation that included Dr. Nahlah Alanbar, Private Executive Assistant to HRH, Ms. Hassna Alturki, Executive Assistant Manager, Travel and External Affairs Dept., Mr. Hani Agha, Senior Manager Travel and External Affairs Dept. and Mr. Hicham Fleihan, Manager Travel and External Affairs Dept.

During His Highness’s visit he met with HE Mr. Yasser Znagui, Minister of Tourism. Moreover, after the inauguration ceremony Prince Alwaleed and Moulay Rachid toured the Presidential suites, Royal villas and the Ballroom. The hotel construction cost was $164 million and all 40 villas adjacent to the FS hotel have been sold earlier this year.

The Prince’s investments in Morocco through KHC in addition to the Four Seasons Hotel, Marrakesh include other hotel investments under construction in Morocco that will be management by companies in which KHC holds an interest like Fairmont and Mövenpick, and in the banking sector via Citigroup.

KHI, headquartered in Dubai (UAE), is the leading international hotel and resort acquisition and development company focused on high growth emerging markets such as the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The company has ownership interests in 24 properties in 17 countries, including 22 operating hotels and resorts, and two hotels and resorts currently under construction.

The Four Seasons Hotel, Marrakesh is under the management of Four Seasons in which KHC holds a 47.5% stake and is co-owned by Bill Gates’ Cascade in which the company also holds a 47.5% stake, and 5% of the Four Seasons is owned by Isadore Sharp. Also, KHC owns a 33.3% stake in Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts. KHC holds a 35% stake in Fairmont Raffles Holdings International (FRHI).

In June 2011, Prince Alwaleed received at his office in Riyadh, Mr. Fathallah Sijilmassi, Director General of Moroccan Investment Development Agency (MIDA). In 2010, HRH received at his office in Riyadh HE Ahmed Reda Chami, Moroccan Minister of Trade and New Technologies and an accompanying business delegation.

In 2008, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al-Bishr Saudi Ambassador to Morocco received the Medal Awarded to HRH at 1st Meeting of Arab Gulf Investors in Morocco (Gulfinvest) on HRH’s behalf in Rabat. The medal was an acknowledgement of Prince Alwaleed’s achievements as a global investor. The 1st Meeting of Arab Gulf Investors in Morocco conference was organized by Arab Gulf Agency for Media and Communication. In the same year, Prince Alwaleed visited Morocco and was warmly received by His Majesty King Mohamed VI at the Royal Palace.

In 2010, HRH received at his office in Riyadh HE Ahmed Reda Chami, Moroccan Minister of Trade and New Technologies and an accompanying business delegation.

In 2008, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al-Bishr Saudi Ambassador to Morocco received the Medal Awarded to HRH at 1st Meeting of Arab Gulf Investors in Morocco (Gulfinvest) on HRH’s behalf in Rabat. The medal was an acknowledgement of Prince Alwaleed’s achievements as a global investor. The 1st Meeting of Arab Gulf Investors in Morocco conference was organized by Arab Gulf Agency for Media and Communication.

In 2008, Prince Alwaleed visited Morocco and was warmly received by His Majesty King Mohamed VI at the Royal Palace.

The Four Seasons Hotel, Marrakesh is under the management of Four Seasons in which KHC holds a 47.5% stake and is co-owned by Bill Gates’ Cascade in which the company also holds a 47.5% stake, and 5% of the Four Seasons is owned by Isadore Sharp. Also, KHC owns a 33.3% stake in Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts. KHC holds a 35% stake in Fairmont Raffles Holdings International (FRHI).

HRH has received 59 other medals from around the world:
1.1997: The Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by The Scientific Committee of the Italian Pio Manzù International Research Centre, as a token of recognition of the Prince’s highly successful and thriving career and outstanding business flair and acumen.
2. 1997: The Star Decoration of the First Order; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the late, King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan, in recognition of the Prince’s regional and international investments and philanthropy.
3.1998: The National Cedar Decoration of the Commander Order; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by Former Lebanese President Elias Harawi in recognition of HRH’s economic and social contributions to Lebanon.
4.1999: The Diplomatic Merit of the Heung Korean; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by President Kim Dae-Jung in recognition of the Prince’s investments in Korea.
5. 2000: The Bethlehem 2000 Medal; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat for his continuous support to the Palestinian cause.
6. 2001: Laila Utama Darja Kerabat Seri Utama Yang Amat Dihormati; the most esteemed royal family order, presented by Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah to Prince Alwaleed for promoting bilateral relations between Brunei and Saudi Arabia.
7. 2002: King AbdulAziz Medal of the First Order for Distinguished bangladeshsinessmen; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by Crown Prince Abdullah Bin AbdulAziz on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd.
8. 2002: The National Cedar Medal, Order of the Grand Officer; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by Lebanese President Emile Lahoud for the Prince’s contributions and support to Lebanon and the Lebanese economy.
9. 2002: The Medal of the Republic of Tunisia of the Great Order; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by Tunisian President Zein Al Abidine Bin Ali in recognition of the Prince’s efforts in promoting bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
10. 2003: The Presidential Medal of Bosnia and Herzegovina; awarded to HRH by the President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sulejman Tihic in recognition of the Prince’s support of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
11.2003: The Medal with the rank of “Grand Officer of the National Order of the Lion”; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the President of Senegal Mr. Abdoulaye Wade in recognition of the Prince’s efforts in promoting bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Senegal.
12. 2003: The Medal with the rank of “Commander of the National Order of Merit of the Republic of Guinea”; awarded to Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal by the President of Guinea Mr. Lansana Conte in recognition of the Prince’s efforts in promoting bilateral relations.
13. 2003: The Medal with the rank of “Grand Officer of the Order of Mono”; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the President of Togo Mr. Gnassingbe Eyadema in recognition of the Prince’s efforts in promoting bilateral relations.
14. 2003: The Medal with the rank of “Commander of the National Order”; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the President of Burkina Faso Mr. Blaise Compaore in recognition of the Prince’s efforts in promoting bilateral relations.
15.2003:The Medal with the title order to the civil merits of “Grand Cross of the Order of the Independence of Equatorial Guinea”; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the President of Equatorial Guinea Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in recognition of the Prince’s efforts in promoting bilateral relations.
16. 2003: The Medal with the rank of “The Officer in The Order of Oranje-Nassau”; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for the Prince’s distinguished role in promoting Dutch-Saudi economic relations.
17. 2003: The November 7th Medal; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by Tunisian President Zein Al Abidine Bin Ali in recognition of the Prince’s humanitarian efforts in Tunisia and around the world.
18. 2004: The Medal with the rank of “Commander of the Order of the Star of Anjouan”; bestowed up on Prince Alwaleed by the President of the Union of the Comoros, Azali Assoumani
19. 2004: The Medal with the rank of “Commander of the Order of the Grand Star of Djibouti”; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti.
20. 2004:The Presidential Medallion of the Republic of Djibouti; Awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the President of Djibouti.
21.2004:The Medallion of the 20th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Djibouti; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the President of Djibouti.
22.2004: The Medal of “The Grand Cross of the National Order Of Merit”; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of Gabon Col. Omar Bongo.
23. 2004: The Medal with the rank of “Dignity of Grand Officer of the National Order of the Republic of Chad”; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the president of Chad Idriss Deby.
24.2005: The medal of “The Insignia of Grand Officer”; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of Gambia, Dr. Yahya A. J. Jammah
25.2005: The Medal with the rank of “The Commander of the National Order”; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the President of Mali, Amadou Toure
26.2005: The Medal of “The Star of Africa” with the Grade of Grand Band; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the President of Liberia, President Gyude Bryant
27.2005: The Medal with the rank of “Grand Officer of the National Order”; awarded by Benin President Mathieu Kerekou.
28. 2005: The Medal of “The Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya”; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by Kenyan President, Mwai Kibaki.
29.2006: The Medal of “Legion of Honor with the rank of Commander”; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the French President Jacques Chirac. The medal is France’s highest civilian honor.
30. 2006: The Umayyah National Medal; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the Syrian President Bashar Al-Asaad. The medal is the country’s highest civilian honor.
31. 2006: The Hilal-i-Pakistan Medal; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf. The medal is the country’s highest civilian honor.
32.2006: The Companion of the Order of the Volta Medal; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of Ghana John Agyekum Kufuor.
33.2006: The Commander of the National Order of the Grand Cross Star Medal; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of Cote D`Ivoire/Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo.
34.2006: The Order of the Merit of Niger Medal; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of the Niger Mamadou Tandja.
35.2006: The Grand Commander of the Order of the Pearl of Africa Medal; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of Uganda Yower Museveni.
36.2006: The National Medal of Merit for Cooperative Development; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of Guinea-Bissau João Bernardo Vieira.
37.2007: The Order of the Golden Heart With the Rank of Grand Officer; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by H.E President of the Philippines Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
38.2007: The Medal of Major Patron of the Arts; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the French Minister of Culture and Communication HE Mrs. Christine Albanel.
39.2007: “The Order of the Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon Medal”; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) HE Mr. Chen Shui-bian. The medal is the country’s highest civilian honor.
40. 2008: “The Pontifical Medal”; bestowed by Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony held at the Vatican to HE Ms. Leila El Solh, Vice Chairman of Alwaleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation in Beirut.
41.2008: “The Genghis Khan Medal”; bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by President of Mongolia Nambaryn Enkhbayar.
42.2008: The Maronite General Council has granted HRH Prince Alwaleed the “Golden Order of the Maronite General Council” for his distinctive contributions to the Council and to Lebanon.
43.2008: The “Residential Coat of Arms”, the Highest Honor granted by the State of Eritrea, was bestowed by the Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki upon HRH Prince Alwaleed.
44.2009: “The unification medal”; awarded to Prince Alwaleed by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in recognition of the Prince’s efforts in investment and philanthropy .
45.2009: “The MADARA Horseman Medal; the Highest Honor granted by the State of Bulgaria, was bestowed by the Bulgarian President GEPRGI PARVANOV upon HRH Prince Alwaleed.
46.2009:”The Grand-Croix National Malgache Medal” which is the ordre National in Madagascar bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of the Republic of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina.
47.2009:”The Grand-Croix National Medal” bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of the Republic of Central Africa François boziz .
48.2009:The “Presidential Plaque “ the highest honor granted by the Republic of the Seychelles, was bestowed by the President of the Seychelles Mr. James Alix Michel to HRH in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the socio-economic development of the Seychellois people.
49.2009:”The President of France Medal” bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of the Republic of France NICOLAS SARKOZY .
50.2009: The President of the Maldives, Muhamed Nasheed, conferred the highest decoration in his country, the “Order of Izzudin”, to His Royal Highness.
51.2010: The “Presidential Plaque “awarded to HRH by Lebanese president Michel Suleiman.
52.2010: “The COLINAS DE BOE Medal” the Highest Honor granted by the Republic of Guinea Bissau, was bestowed by the President upon HRH Prince Alwaleed.
53.2010:”The AMILCAR CABRAL Medal” bestowed upon Prince Alwaleed by the President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau.
54.2010: “The Friendship Medal” the Highest Honor granted by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, was bestowed by the President upon HRH Prince Alwaleed.
55.2010: “ The Medal of Honour” the Highest Honor granted by the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, was bestowed by the President upon HRH Prince Alwaleed.
56.2010:“ The Medal of Honour” the Highest Honor granted by the Chairman of the State Peace & Development Council of the Union of Myanmar, was bestowed by PM upon HRH Prince Alwaleed.
57.2011: HRH was awarded the “Medal of Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit” by His Excellency the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in appreciation of his visit to their country.
58.2011: The “Residential Coat of Arms” which is the highest decoration conferred by the Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, in appreciation of his visit & contribution to the country.’
59. 2011: Prince Alwaleed awarded the Highest Honorary medal (the Republic Medal, First Degree) by the HE Sudanese President Omar Albashir

Honorary Citizenships

1. 1998The Gold Medal of the City of Cannes, presented to Prince Alwaleed by the Mayor of Cannes in France, Maurice Delauney, as an acknowledgment by the city of the Prince’s annual summer visits.
2. 2002Honorary Citizen of Cannes, awarded to Prince Alwaleed by Mayor Bernard Brochand.
3. 2003The Diploma with the rank of “Citizen of Honor of the City of Dakar,” awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the Mayor of Dakar Mr. Pape Diop along with the key to the city.
4. 2003The Diploma with the rank of “Citizen of Honor of the City of Dubreka,” awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the President of Guinea Mr. Lansana Conte.
5. 2003The Diploma with the rank of “Citizen of Honor of the Kingdom of Ashanti,” awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the King of the Ashanti Tribe Otumfuo Osei Tutu II during the Prince’s visit to the Kingdom of Ashanti in Ghana.
6. 2004An “Honorary Citizen of the City-Province of Kinshasa,” awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the Governor of Kinshasa.
7. 2004The “Honorary Key to the Golden Gate of the City of Kinshasa,” presented to Prince Alwaleed by the Governor of Kinshasa.
8. 2004An “Honorary Citizen of the Banjul City-The Gambia,” awarded to Prince Alwaleed by the Mayor of the Gambian Capital, Banjul.
9. 2004 The “Key to the Golden Gate of the City of Banjul,” presented to Prince Alwaleed by the Mayor of Banjul.
10. 2005An “Honorary Citizenship and Key to the City of Praia,” presented to Prince Alwaleed by the Mayor of Praia, capital of Cape Verde.
11. 2005 An “Honorary Citizenship and Key to the City of Abidjan,” presented to Prince Alwaleed by the Governor of Abidjan, Cote D`ivoire.
12. 2005 An “Honorary Citizenship of Guinea-Bissau,” presented to Prince Alwaleed by Guinea-Bissau Minister of Foreign Affairs, Soares Sambu.
13. 2006 The “Key to the City of Monrovia,” presented to Prince Alwaleed by the Mayoress of the capital of Liberia Hon. Mrs. Ophelia Hoff Saytumah.
14. 2006An “Honorary Freeman and the Key to the City of Lusaka,” presented by the Mayor of Lusaka Mike Elton Mposha, Zambia.
15. 2006An “Honorable Residency and the golden Key to the City of Dar Es Salaam,” awarded to Prince Alwaleed by Mayor of the city of Dar Es Salaam Adam Kimbisa, Tanzania.
16. 2006An “Honorary Citizenship and the Key to the City of Bamako,” presented to Prince Alwaleed by the Mayor of Bamako Moussa Badoulaye Traore, Mali.
17. 2006 An “Honorary Citizenship and the Key to the City of Ouagadougou,” presented to Prince Alwaleed by the Mayor of Ouagadougou Simon Compaore, Burkina Faso.
18. 2009: “Key to the City of Sana’a “presented to Prince Alwaleed by Secretary General of Sana’a Local Council.
19. 2009 An “Honorary Citizenship and the Key to the City of City of KAZANLAK,” presented to Prince Alwaleed by the Mayor of KAZANLAK MR. STEFAN DAMYANOV,Bulgaria.
20. 2011: The Key to the City of Accra presented to HRH Prince Al-Waleed by the mayor of the city of Accra in Ghana