With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Nader Halim has spent 17 years with Hilton during his long and successful career. Prior to his appointment as the Cluster General Manager of Hilton’s Yas Island hotels, Halim has led some of the group’s Ras Al Khaimah properties, as the Cluster General Manager for DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island, DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah and DoubleTree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Corniche Residences. Halim was appointed General Manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah in 2016. During his tenure, he successfully positioned the property as a key family destination and also opened the largest Hampton asset in the world, Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island, during the pandemic. Under his leadership, Hilton’s Ras Al Khaimah properties have won several noteworthy accolades. An Egyptian national, Halim is a graduate of the Faculty of Tourism & Hotels at Helwan University in Cairo. He started his career as a Sales Executive and has worked with several renowned hospitality brands, before joining Hilton Worldwide in 2002 as a Sales Manager at Hilton Al Ain. Among other senior appointments, he was Cluster Director of Sales for Hilton Worldwide, before being promoted to Director of Business Development. In addition, Halim’s career in the region also includes a successful stint as the General Manager of Hilton Salalah Resort in Oman.
Named the Cluster General Manager for three Hilton Hotels in Abu Dhabi this June, Halim says that he is honoured to have been appointed. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing three unique properties, each offering the Hilton hospitality experience our guests come to expect.
Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island is majestic and ideal for couples and families, The WBTM Abu Dhabi, Curio Collection by Hilton is the world’s first Warner Bros. TM-themed hotel while DoubleTree by Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Residences is suitable for both family travel and long-term stays. Each property has its own USPs. “To be honest small or large, one or many, the basic business principles remain the same. The one element that consistently ensures the success of a business, whether it is one or multiple properties is the TEAM. Our fantastic team, both guests facing and behind the scenes are what drive the business. They put in the work, deliver exceptional experiences and are the reason guests choose to come back.”
Abu Dhabi as the perfect hospitality destination
Halim describes Abu Dhabi as the perfect hospitality destination, adding that, “Abu Dhabi is an incredible destination for both business and leisure travellers. The emirate features a unique blend of rich history and culture with modern architecture, catering to every type of tourist. Abu Dhabi has exquisite resorts and world-class dining options to suit all taste buds. The destination is ideal for travellers looking for a laid-back holiday at the poolside/beach, as well as to those looking to discover a new city with a jam-packed schedule of adventure and fun. At Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, thrill seekers can experience an adrenaline rush by riding the world’s fastest roller coaster, while couples and families can enjoy a day out at Yas Waterworld or Warner Bros. TM World Abu Dhabi. Alongside, tourists seeking immersive cultural experiences can visit the pristine Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or Louvre Abu Dhabi. ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre) hosts extraordinary exhibitions and events year-round bringing together business owners, thought leaders and experts from around the globe.”
Yas Island’s popularity for business and leisure
Yas Island is a top-notch destination for business, leisure and entertainment. The Island is home to world-renowned theme parks, hotels, and restaurants, and has gained a global sporting reputation through hosting major events such as the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and UFC 280. Yas Island welcomes global talent including international F1 drivers, UFC fighters, Bollywood celebrities, international artists, and musicians. Travellers are spoilt for choice on Yas Island. For example, when booking a stay at Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island or The WBTM Abu Dhabi, guests receive complimentary theme park access and can visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, or Warner Bros.™ World Abu Dhabi. In addition, Etihad Arena brings the best entertainers such as Maroon 5, and musicals such as The Lion King, and Disney on Ice for guests. Attractions like CLYMB and Yas Links, the first true links golf course in the Middle East and new home of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, are ideal for active getaways. Travellers can choose to explore and spend at their time at Yas Bay Waterfront, Yas Marina and even shop at Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi’s largest mall
The development of Yas Creative Hub
“Media zone Twofour54 moving to Yas Creative Hub is an exciting development. With thousands of professionals working in the media, entertainment, and gaming industries, we think this will have a direct impact on footfall at the hotels’ F&B outlets. Young professionals are always looking for places to grab a quick lunch or socialise after work, while freelancers are on the lookout for a hip spot to work from, and meet like-minded individuals. The development of the Island as a whole is beneficial for all three properties, as the hotels are strategically located, ensuring travellers are close to all the action, whether its Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island located a few steps away from Etihad Arena and Yas Pier or The WBTM Abu Dhabi and DoubleTree Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Residences.”
What it takes to host major events
We are extremely fortunate that these prestigious global events are hosted on Yas Island. As with any international event, there is a need for accommodation, transport, food & beverage, entertainment, as well as pre- and post-event experiences. Yas Island is in the perfect position to support this, with a large hotel capacity that accommodates different price points, ensuring each hotel gets the opportunity to benefit from these events. These global events are fantastic not only for the hotels on Yas Island but all other entities including the F&B outlets. The events drive footfall to, and awareness of, the Island. As with any business, the demand directly impacts the price and availability.
2022 and beyond
“The remainder of the year looks promising with events such as NBA Abu Dhabi Games, UFC 280, Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, The Lion King, BLAST Premier World Final 2022 and even the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on the radar. Demand for tickets to these events are already high, so we anticipate guests are going to grab the opportunity to attend such once-in-a-lifetime events and book stays to explore Abu Dhabi. This year, Diwali is anticipated to be a grand celebration on Yas Island. Our hotel teams are gearing up to welcome guests, as well as preparing to deliver the best possible guest experiences during UAE National Day holiday and the festive season. We have fantastic outdoor facilities across the portfolio, ideal for the upcoming cooler months, as it is a key season for weddings and celebrations.”