The Al Jahra Copthorne Hotel and Resort has marked World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2011, with a special masterclass in cooperation with the Al-Jahra Health Authority to raise awareness of diabetes. Affecting more than 26.6 million people* in the Middle East as a whole, Kuwait is ranked in the top five countries worldwide for the highest prevalence rates of diabetes.

Management and staff of the Al Jahra Copthorne took part in the diabetes masterclass held at the Al Jahra Copthorne Hotel and Resort with Dr Alfred Nassif, a diabetes specialist from the Al Jahra Health Authority. The seminar presented the opportunity for staff to learn more about the condition, advice on prevention through a healthy lifestyle. At the close of the masterclass, Mr. Dani Saleh at Al Jahra Copthorne Hotel and Resort presented Dr Nassif with a plaque to thank him for his participation in the event.

As part of a wider Millennium & Copthorne group initiative to mark Diabetes Awareness Month, 35 from Al Jahra Copthorne team also participated in the annual diabetes walkathon in Kuwait, where they walked a total of 109km for the cause.

Dani Saleh, General Manager at Al-Jahra Copthorne Hotel and Resort said:

“We are very grateful to Al-Jahra Health Authority for providing their time and expertise on World Diabetes Day to tell us more about the condition that affects around 1 in 4 Kuwaitis. We are committed to making a positive impact in our Al Jahra community and believe that by educating our staff as to the signs and prevention of the disease, we are doing our part in making a positive step towards change.”

Earlier this year, Millennium & Copthorne launched its diabetes menu which aims to help diabetes sufferers select the best dish for them when eating out. Developed in partnership with Mafraq hospital in Abu Dhabi, the menu is nutritionally-balanced and helps those with diabetes control blood glucose levels, body fats and blood pressure. Including a range of starters, main courses and desserts with hospital-approved portion sizes, the dishes are available on the room service menus and at the all day dining restaurants across all Millennium & Copthorne hotels in the Middle East.

Part of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, one of the world’s largest hotel companies with more than 120 owned and managed hotels across 20 countries, the Al-Jahra Copthorne Hotel and Resort is located in Al Jahra – a growing town within driving distance of the Saudi Arabian and Iraqi borders, 25 minutes from the international airport and 20 minutes from Kuwait City Centre. Part of the “Slayil Al Jahra Tourist Resort”, the hotel has access to a shopping mall, theme park and numerous restaurants nearby. It offers an attentive, personal service as well as boasting business and convention centre services and an outdoor pool.