AccorHotels has announced the appointment of Ayman Gharib as managing director for Raffles Dubai and Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk.
In his new role, Gharib will oversee two of the group’s Dubai based flagship properties which are part of the AccorHotels Luxury Brands portfolio.
He will continue to lead the iconic Raffles Dubai where he oversees the property’s overall performance and strategic direction in addition to being tasked with the opening of Sofitel’s largest property in the Middle East, which is scheduled to open in 2019.
Sami Nasser, chief operating officer, Luxury Brands, Middle East commenting on Ayman’s appointment said: “I am confident that Ayman’s expertise will be inspirational for the opening of Sofitel Dubai Wafi, as well as successfully continuing the next chapter of Raffles Dubai, following its milestone 10-year anniversary.
“Ayman’s charismatic and forward-thinking leadership approach enables the hotel to set industry-wide benchmarks across all performance indicators and measures.”
Gharib brings over 20 years of luxury hospitality experience in the Middle East to the role. Prior to joining Raffles, he worked for Ritz Carlton as executive assistant manager, Sharq Village & Spa in Doha, and later relocated to Dubai assuming a similar role for the pre-opening of The Address Dubai Mall by Emaar Hospitality Group in 2008.
He joined Raffles Dubai as hotel manager in 2011 and three years later he was promoted to general manager.
Gharib holds a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism from Notre Dame University and a Master’s of Science in International Hotel Management from the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.