DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island has appointed two new directors to its team as it prepares to move into an exciting new phase of leadership.
Mahmoud Hegazy takes over as Commercial Director while Bahar Yildirim has been appointed to Director of Sales at the resort in Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE’s northern-most emirate.
Hegazy, originally from Egypt, joins the team from Hilton Doha and brings 19 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing. A keen analyst, he prides himself on his leadership and communication skills, all while being a team player with attention to detail.
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island is one of the brand’s leading resorts in the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah and a key property in one of the country’s most upcoming tourist destinations for local, regional and international travel.
With his keen market strategy analysis with cross-functional experience in revenue, sales, marketing, finance and business development, Hegazy will work alongside the General Manager and leadership team to take the 726-room property to a new level.
Having worked with Hilton across the region including Qatar and Egypt, Hegazy’s market knowledge is second to none, with strong strategic knowledge of hotel operations, F&B, front office, recreation and HR and finance. He also boasts a long list of awards from across the region, for success across a range of areas from revenue generation to teamwork.
Hegazy will be working closely with Bahar Yildirim, a new member of the Hilton family. Turkish-born Yildirim is already well-versed in the UAE luxury market. She joins the team from Marriott International where she oversaw several of the brand’s key properties. Prior to Marriott, Yildirim was with the Rixos brand which has seen strong growth in the market since launching in the last decade.
Managing sales strategies and activities, Yildirim will be responsible for capitalizing on untapped markets and ensuring the hotel is always top of mind for an unforgettable experience.
Also boasting 19 years of industry expertise including from her native Turkey, Yildirim will be a great asset to the team.
Pieter Van Beugen, General Manager at DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island said: “We are very proud to be adding such talent to our team — Mahmoud and Bahar are the perfect fit for the property. With their regional experience across the luxury sector, they are perfectly positioned to understand the market and continue the property’s upward growth trajectory.”
Set on Marjan Island and facing a 650-meter private beach, DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island offers 13 dining options, is set within eight kilometers of Al Hamra Golf Club and Al Hamra Mall’s entertainment. It also boasts an array of kids’ activities as well as spa and wellness offerings.
Opened in 2014, the resort has gone from strength to strength. “Our property has wide appeal whether it’s for families, travelers seeking adventure or wellbeing escapes. Having the right people is critical to our success and I have no doubt our new Team Members will elevate our guests’ experience.”, continued Pieter