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Key appointments at Novotel & Adagio Abu Dhabi Al Bustan

Novotel & Adagio Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, Abu Dhabi, UAE, has made three senior appointments. Bruno Debray has been named the new general manager of the four-star complex. He has over 33 years of experience in the industry.
 The hotel has appointed Hazem Makled as the executive assistant manager. Makled has over 19 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. Ashraf Ramez, who has over 15 years experience in the industry, has been named the rooms division manager of the property.





Storey joins Kempinski Soma Bay

Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay has appointed Russel Storey as the new general manager of the exclusive luxury hotel. Storey joins the hotel with over two decades of experience at different international chains. His most recent posting was as general manager at Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa in the Dead Sea – Jordan.







New F&B director at Amwaj Rotana

Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach, Dubai has welcomed Hossam El Said as director of food and beverage. He brings with him more than 15 years of international experience within the industry. El Said joined the Rotana family in 2010 as assistant food and beverage director.







Abbas joins Fujairah Rotana Resort

Raza Abbas has joined Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa as its new director of business development. With almost 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Abbas has worked in Switzerland, the UK, Pakistan and the UAE. He has held the position of cluster associate director of sales in Hilton Hotels & Resorts Dubai.







Key position for Amr El Backly

Amr El Backly has been promoted as the area director of finance and business support for InterContinental Hotels Group, Africa.  Amr joined InterContinental Hotels Group in 2012 as the director of finance and business support, Egypt. He has more than 28 years of experience in the industry.







New GM for Hyatt Regency Dubai

Hyatt Regency Dubai has welcomed Stéphane Blanc as the new general manager of the hotel. Blanc joins Hyatt Regency Dubai from a long career with Starwood, where he last held the position of deputy general manager at the Le Méridien Dubai hotel, before opening his own food and beverage consulting company.







Tamer Nemr named director of sales

Salalah Rotana Resort, Oman, recently welcomed Tamer Nemr as its new director of sales. He joins the team from Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan Hotel by Rotana Abu Dhabi where he held the position of director of business development for more than two years. He has worked at a range of hotels in the UAE, China and Kazakhstan.







Bergvoll is Steigenberger GM

Eirik Bergvoll has been appointed as the general manager of Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, Dubai. Bergvoll has 25 years of experience in the hotel business. After completing a degree in hotel management in the UK, he took on management roles in Norway, Lithuania, Oman, South Africa and most recently in Estonia.







Burcu Betoner appointed director

Burcu Betoner has been appointed as the director of sales and marketing, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, Dubai. Betoner is a true luxury specialist and has a thorough understanding of all market segments, both locally and internationally. She has over 15 years of international experience in the hospitality industry.







Georges Ojeil joins Le Gray

Luxury hotel brand CampbellGray Hotels has appointed Georges Ojeil as the general manager of Le Gray, Beirut. Ojeil brings with him over 18 years of experience in various roles within the sector. Prior to joining Le Gray, he was the hotel manager for InterContinental’s flagship property in Amman, Jordan.







Mövenpick Kuwait gets new GM

Mövenpick Hotel Kuwait has appointed Rushdi Ashkar as its new general manager. With over 25 years of international experience, Ashkar had held several key positions in different hotels chains around the GCC including Marriott, Starwood and InterContinental. His career has included key leadership roles.







New rooms director for Grand Hyatt

Grand Hyatt Doha, a leading five-star hotel in Qatar, has appointed Xavier Halbi as the new director of rooms. Halbi brings more than a decade of experience to his new role. He started his Hyatt career at the Hyatt Regency Xi’an, China, as guest relations manager and assistant manager front office and has been with Hyatt for 11 years.







New AccorHotels role for Dhawan

AccorHotels has appointed Puneet Dhawan as the new vice president of operations, economy and midscale, for the Gulf and Levant. Dhawan brings with him a wealth of experience gained while working in the Asia Pacific region with AccorHotels, including in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and India.







New director for Warwick Hotel

Warwick Hotel Dubai has appointed Alexandra Vasilopoulou as its new director of sales and marketing. With over 18 years’ experience in hotel sales management and the conferences and events industry, Vasilopoulou has worked with leading hotels and hospitality brands across Greece, Switzerland, Qatar and UAE.







New Wyndham Dubai Marina GM

Rogier Hurkmans, a veteran hospitality professional with over two decades of experience in all aspects of hotel management, has been appointed as the opening general manager of Wyndham Dubai Marina. Hurkmans will oversee the management team at the hotel, set strategic plans and ensure maximum guest satisfaction.







Syrbe to lead Al Faisaliah F&B team

Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has welcomed Marco Syrbe as its new director of food and beverage. Syrbe is expected to bring his European flair for fine dining as well as his international expertise to the group’s outlets. In his most recent role, he led the food and beverage team at The St. Regis Doha.







New GM for Pullman

Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre has welcomed Nishan Silva as the general manager of the five-star hotel and residence property located in Old Dubai, UAE. Silva, with more than 20 years of hospitality experience, joins the Pullman brand from the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, Philippines.







Kaddoura gets new role

Samer Kaddoura has been appointed as the executive assistant manager of rooms division at the newly opened Wyndham Dubai Marina. Kaddoura has been with the Wyndham hotel Group for the past four years. He brings over 16 years’ of experience in the hospitality industry with leading hotel brands.







Hassanein is Mövenpick GM

Hassan Hassanein has been appointed as the new general manager of Mövenpick Hotel Jeddah, a business hotel with 140 guest rooms in Saudi Arabia. Prior to this posting, he was the general manager at Mövenpick Hotel Kuwait for more than two years and held a similar position at Mövenpick Madinah Hotel.




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