Andrew Henning has been appointed as general manager of the St Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, ahead of the property’s opening later this year.
The Northern Irish man will oversee the 151 key resort which will be the first equestrian themed St Regis resort in the world.
Henning said: “Following the long-standing association with polo, the sport of kings, it is an honour to lead the team at the world’s first St Regis Polo Resort.
“This is an exciting project with a great team behind it, and we are confident that it will significantly contribute to Dubai’s dynamic hospitality landscape. I look forward to the adventure ahead with a wonderful team.”
Henning has worked with Starwood since December 2003 where he served as director of food and beverage at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh.
Within seven months he was promoted to the position of executive manager, overseeing the hotel’s operational departments.
Following his time in Edinburgh, Henning moved to London as executive assistant manager of The Park Lane Hotel with responsibility for all hotel operations for two years.
In 2008 he took on his first general manager role in Albania at the Sheraton Tirana, before moving to The Westin Dublin where he served as general manager from 2009 until 2013.
The new resort will have 96 guestrooms, 30 suites and 25 villas.