Paramount Hotel Dubai announces executive board appointments

by Dina Maaty | 14 Jul 2019

Californian-style property Paramount Hotel Dubai, set to open in the last quarter of 2019, has announced the names of its new Executive Board members. Inspired by the Paramount Pictures vocabulary, hotel staff will be called ‘Paramount Cast Members’, and the Executive Board members ‘Executive Producers’.  Heading the release is Director (General Manager) Wael Soueid, who

Meet the GM: Slim Zaiane from Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai

by Dina Maaty | 09 Jul 2019

Located in the heart of Dubai is the 5-star Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, the perfect starting point to discovering a whole new world of lavish European-style grandeur. Here, Slim Zaiane, the hotel’s general manager, tells us all about his role, and the property. Please share your career journey with our readers. Over the

Attracting the right talent

by Dina Maaty | 09 Jul 2019

M D Warrier, managing director at Bin Eid Executive Search, gives us an in-depth look into recruitment challenges and the best ways to overcome them. As an expert in the industry, what’s the top challenge you think this region is facing in terms of recruitment? Please elaborate. Attracting adequately qualified, trained and experienced staff particularly

Radisson Blu Media City appoints front of house manager

by Dina Maaty | 07 Jul 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City has appointed Elliot McKenzie as its new front of house manager. According to the hotel, McKenzie will be overseeing the front office, concierge, spa and pool, and working with the relevant departments to drive new projects, incremental revenue and overall guest satisfaction. Before moving to Dubai and Radisson Blu,

Hilton appoints cluster general manager for four properties in Ras Al Khaimah

by Dina Maaty | 24 Jun 2019

Hilton has appointed Nader Halim as cluster general manager for four of its properties in Ras Al Khaimah. Halim will be managing DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island and DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, as well as DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Corniche Hotel & Residences and Hampton By Hilton Al

Interview: Hitchki’s brand head

by Dina Maaty | 19 Jun 2019

Describe the concept of Hitchki in your own words? India has always been the centre of global attention for three distinct elements: Indian food, music and Bollywood. At Hitchki, we decided to amalgamate these values to create a hue of nostalgia for your palate and soul. Hitchki (the Hindi word for “hiccup”) is a brand

Meet Cenk Unverdi, Rixos Hotels UAE’s new regional general manager

by Dina Maaty | 18 Jun 2019

Unverdi is keen to continue his progress and cement the four properties under his command as the go-to venues for the luxury leisure market. All aboard the all-inclusive Rixos Hotels UAE regional general manager Cenk Unverdi discusses the brand’s all-inclusive concept: “The all-inclusive concept started in Rixos Antalya Turkey in the early 2000s by the

Opinion: A rant on demand

by Dina Maaty | 18 Jun 2019

By Martin Kubler, CEO, chief cook and bottle washer of sps.affinity – Strategic Partnerships Solutions It’s the last week of Ramadan and I’m idly surfing looking at hotel rates in Dubai for the end of June for a mid-week stay. Things aren’t looking pretty and that’s after applying as many choice-limiting filters as I

JRG Dubai’s new managing director to focus on sustainability

by Dina Maaty | 17 Jun 2019

Hospitality management firm JRG Dubai’s new Managing Director Spencer Ayers aims to prioritise sustainability as part of his mission and vision for the company, which currently operates 17 restaurants (four of which are in the pipeline) and 11 brands. “The ultimate priority is sustainability. In its purest form, success equals growth and we want to

Christine Khachatryan as Cluster Commercial Director for Three Hotels in Ras Al Khaimah

by Dina Maaty | 12 Jun 2019

Hilton Al Hamra Hotels have announced the appointment of Christine Khachatryan to the position of Cluster Commercial Director. Khachatryan will be responsible for three prestigious hotels; Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort, Al Hamra Residence and Village and the award-winning Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. As a results-driven professional with over 19 years’ experience

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