Deutsche Hospitality’s flagship property in Qatar, the Steigenberger Hotel Doha has appointed Sherief Abouelmagd as General Manager. Abouelmagd will oversee all aspects of operations at the hotel, focusing on devising and implementing optimum strategies to maximise profitability.
Commenting on the appointment, Siegfried Nierhaus, Vice President Middle East, Deutsche Hospitality, says: “We’re happy to have a real professional and passionate hotelier and experienced leader like Sherief heading the opening of our flagship, Steigenberger Hotel Doha in the Middle East. The focus of Sherief and the team, is to bring the Steigenberger core values of Tradition, Passion and Perfection to our future guests in Doha, and to position the stunning hotel as one of the best in the competitive hotel market in Qatar.”
Abouelmagd brings a wealth of hospitality and operational experience to the Steigenberger team, and the veteran hotelier has over 30 years of hospitality experience across the USA, North Africa, Middle East and GCC countries. He started his career with Marriott Hotels International in USA, where he held several managerial positions in various states. He opened and managed his first two hotels as General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott in 1997 – 1999 in North and South Carolina.
In the Middle East, he continued his successful career as deputy General Manager for the Cairo Marriott Hotel and Casino, one of the largest Marriott properties with 1,250 rooms and multiple restaurants and ballrooms. Throughout his decorated career, Abouelmagd has held several senior level positions at various reputable international hotel chains such as Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, Melia Hotels International and Shaza Hotels, opening and managing several properties in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Egypt, Tunisia, Oman and Doha.
Amongst some of his recent achievements, he led the launch of the Mysk Muscat in 2017, a brand managed under the Shaza Flag as well as the opening and managing the Shaza Makkah Hotel KSA during 2018. The American-Egyptian native holds a master’s degree from Florida International University, U.S.A. in Hotel Management and Food Service.
As a member of Huazhu Group, Deutsche Hospitality runs 160 hotels on three continents 30 of which are in the pipeline. Huazhu Group ranked 7th among the world’s largest hotel groups and its loyalty program H Rewards has more than 150 million members worldwide.