A Star is Born


Thursday, August 11 2016, Arnac-Pompadour, France – The official opening of the Etoile de Pompadour domain was held under the patronage and in the presence of Mr. Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic, accompanied by a select group of French and Lebanese officials.

An ambitious project that’s well on the way, “Etoile de Pompadour” is an area that covers 63 hectares in the beautiful French countryside, including a hotel that is at once elegant and casual. It is also a unique leisure destination, a world of sports activities and culinary experiences within an exceptional setting in France, off the beaten track and steeped with an enchanting past.

The inauguration in the presence of the President and the other guests started with a friendly welcome cocktail, followed by a visit of the domain, beginning with the hotel Cavallo and its lobby, restaurants, suites and equine thematic elements which the hotel is named for: the rides, stables and schooling yards.

The inaugural gesture and speeches, with statements from Mr. Alain Tisseuil – Mayor of Arnac-Pompadour – Mr. Nazih Nicolas Najem – CEO of Najem Group – and Mr. Francois Hollande – President of the French Republic – preceded the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the event.

A festive lunch then brought together all the guests, followed by a gift presentation ceremony on the occasion of the opening of Etoile de Pompadour.

To round off the event, the agents of the IFCE presented “SAMI CHEVAL BARBE”, the horse offered to President François Hollande by President Bouteflika of Algeria.

Najem Group, established in 1981, specializes in luxury construction, stonecutting and marble work. Led by Nazih Nicolas Najem and his children Fadi and Hala, the company has several factories, quarries and showrooms in Lebanon and abroad, undertaking and supplying major projects worldwide. In Early 2016, the group acquired the Domaine de la Noaille with the objective of restoring the site to its former glory by recreating a prestigious complex built around an equestrian theme.