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Appointments at Rotana Hotels
Rotana Hotels have appointed Ayman Gharib as general manager of the Al Ain Rotana Hotel.  Gemmy Dimitry takes charge as hotel manager of the Rihab Rotana Suites, Dubai and Pierre Zayoun joins Al Manshar Rotana Hotel, Kuwait as  general manager.

Massetti is new executive chef
The Diplomat Radisson SAS Hotel, Residence & Spa has appointed Susy Massetti as executive chef.  She  previously worked as executive sous chef at the Sheraton Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi. Susy has had much work experience abroad including Italy, Spain and USA.

Swiss-Belhotel appoints Sharma
Swiss-Belhotel International has appointed Devinder Sharma as regional director of engineering for the Middle East. Sharma was previously with Omega Engineering in Dubai and has worked with hotels like the Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai.

Scelza at the Cairo Marriott
Cairo Marriott Hotel recently appointed Luciano Scelza as food and beverage assistant director. Scelza brings 18 years experience in the field of food & beverage, tleading many roles in international hotel chains such as the Hilton.

Etihad expands its PR team
Etihad Airways has appointed Leo Seaton as head of media relations and Paul Parry as head of internal  communications. Both move from British Airways in London as part of the restructuring of Etihad’s global PR strategy.

New GM at Four Seasons Riyadh
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has appointed Rami Zaki Sayess as general manager for the  Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh. Sayess moves from Four Seasons Hotel Amman where he was hotel manager. He has worked in various cities including London.

Promotions for Ortize
Al Bustan Centre & Residence recently promoted Liza Ortiz as administration manager. Ortiz joined the company in 1997. In her new post she will overlook recruitment, staff induction procedures as well as staff appraisals.

Chef Perera at Kempinski Ajman
Kempinski Hotel Ajman recently appointed Ranawalage Herman Jayantha Perera as the new pastry chef. Chef Perera has previously worked as pastry chef for the Le Meridien Abu Dhabi as well as the InterContinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

Six Senses announces new roles
Naim Maadad has been promoted to area director of Six Senses Resorts & Spas  Middle East. He has also worked as area general manager for Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay, Oman and the Sunset Beach Resort at Al Kobar, where he was resort manager.

Gulf Air appoints VP network
Gulf Air has appointed Hashim Mahmood to lead its network operations. Mahmood who takes charge as vice president network, has been with the company for more than three decades and was a key player in Gulf Air’s recent revamped network.

New faces at Shangri-La Hotel Dubai
Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai have announced three appointments : Neil Rumbaoa (left) takes charge as director of communications, Christoph Glaessel joins as director of food & beverage and Jose Del Mundo Victoria JR has joined as reservations manager.

Saba at InterContinental Doha
Ibrahim Saba has been appointed as director of sales within the  InterContinental Doha. He moves from the Holiday Inn Down-town Kuwait where he was director of sales and marketing. He started his career with the InterContinental Group in 2004.

New staff at The Millennium Towers
Nick Chatzipetros (left) joins the team of The Millennium Towers Hotel as director of food and beverage. Edward Korving joins as front office manager. Korving moves from China where he was was employed with the Hyatt International.

Etihad Airways appoints McKeag
Etihad Airways has appointed Ryan McKeag as the new head of Abu Dhabi airport. McKeag moves from Sydney where he was Etihad’s airport manager. Prior to joining Etihad, he was  airport manager in Dublin for Gulf Air.

New director for Royal Brunei
Ray Sayer has been appointed as CEO of Royal Brunei Airlines.  Sayer moves to his new post from Bahrain where he was CEO of Bahrain Airport Serv-ices. He has also worked with British Airways as their regional manager for Brunei, Sarawak and Sabah.

New GM to join Hilton Dahab
Hilton has announced the appointment of Hany Gamal El-Din as the new general manager of Hilton Dahab. Gamal El-Din has held a number of key managerial positions within the hotel industry and was responsible for nine different hotel openings.

Aydin joins Radisson SAS Deira
The Radisson SAS hotel, Dubai Deira Creek has appointed Lin Aydin as its new assistant director of sales & marketing. Aydin boasts ten years of experience within the hospitality industry including six years in the sales & marketing travel trade field.

Safir Heliopolitan welcomes Khalil
Safir Heliopolitan Hotel, Beirut has appointed Mohamed Abu Khalil as front office manager. Abu Khalil joins from Metropolitan Palace Hotel where he held various posts like front office agent to assistant front office manager.

Heesbeen at Taba Heights Marriott
Jan Heesbeen has been appointed general manager at the Taba Heights Marriott Red Sea resort. He brings a wealth of experience and talent to his new position with 24 years association with the Marriott International.  He was recently with Marriott Hotels, Jordan. 

Pittalis heads Ajman operation
The Kempinski Hotel Ajman, has appointed Marco Pittalis to head the operations at Sabella’s Italian restaurant. Pittalis has held both head chef and sous chef positions at many Italian dining venues in Milan, Bordeaux and UK.




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