Appointments

New GM at Aloft and Element Me’aisam

by Mahak Mannan | 03 Mar 2019

Aloft Me’aisam, Element Me’aisam, and Aloft Dubai South have announced the appointment of Elaine Watson as cluster general manager. In her new role, Watson will oversee the management and operations of all three properties. A dynamic and goal-orientated professional, with extensive experience in the international hospitality industry, Watson is a hands-on general manager who has demonstrated a

Marriott International Diversifies UAE Portfolio With New Appointments

by Mahak Mannan | 03 Mar 2019

Marriott International has announced the appointments of two senior officials to support the growing market demand in the company’s largest regional market, the UAE. The appointments reflect the company’s new strategic direction to split its portfolio into Premium & Select and Luxury brands. Marriott International’s move to separate its portfolio has been made specifically to

New Chef De Cuisine At Waldorf Astoria RAK

by Mahak Mannan | 28 Feb 2019

Hilton Hotels has announced the appointment of Matteo Dayem as chef de cuisine at Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah’s poolside dining venue, Azure. Beginning his career in his home country, Italy in 2011, Dayem’s culinary journey first took him to Kurdistan in Iraq followed by Dubai, before he was appointed as chef de cusine at

New DOSM At Crowne Plaza Dubai

by Mahak Mannan | 12 Feb 2019

Crowne Plaza Dubai has announced the appointment of Hitesh Mayor as director of sales & marketing. Hitesh has over 28 years of experience in hospitality, having held leadership positions with world-renowned brands in India, the UK, and the UAE. His sales career saw steady growth in the UAE market with strong performance in hotels such

Hilton Appoints Emma Banks as VP F&B Strategy & Development

by Mahak Mannan | 06 Feb 2019

Hilton has announced the appointment of Emma Banks as vice president, F&B Strategy & Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Based at Hilton’s MEA Area Office in Dubai, Banks will lead F&B strategy, as well as concept and product solution development and implementation across EMEA. In addition, she will oversee the sourcing and management

Chef Focus: The Italian Job

by Mahak Mannan | 28 Jan 2019

We spoke to chef Mariangela Ruggerio, the recently appointed head chef at Certo, Radisson Blu Dubai Media City, on her journey as a chef. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I had been working in sales and banking since I completed my education in Business Economics but after years of sitting behind a desk,

Marriott MEA Appoints New Chief Development Officer

by Mahak Mannan | 28 Jan 2019

Marriott International has appointed Jerome Briet as its chief development officer for the Middle East and Africa.   In his new role, Briet will oversee and drive the company’s growth through new-build, conversion, and franchise opportunities across new and established markets in the region. Briet was previously the regional vice president, Mixed-use Development for the Middle

Raffles Dubai Makes Two Senior Appointments

by Mahak Mannan | 24 Jan 2019

Raffles Dubai has made two senior female appointments, Evita Chidiac as director of rooms and Marina Kutskaya as spa manager. Chidiac will be responsible for overseeing all rooms division functions at Raffles Dubai and leading the teams to elevate guest satisfaction scores towards commercially impactful outcomes. With 15 years of managerial experience in luxury hospitality,

New DOSM At Millennium Airport Hotel

by Mahak Mannan | 20 Jan 2019

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai has announced the appointment of Purnima Sunil as the director of sales and marketing. Sunil has over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry and her previous employment was with Bonnington Hotel Dubai, where she held the role of director of business development from 2015 to 2018. An Indian national,

Crowne Plaza Appoints New Commercial EAM

by Mahak Mannan | 06 Jan 2019

Crowne Plaza Dubai has announced the promotion of Halim Fouad to executive assistant manager, commercial. Fouad joined the Sheikh Zayed Road property two years ago as cluster director of revenue management and has since been looking after the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi and Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown as well. In his new role as









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