Palace Downtown Appoints New General Manager
Marianne Fitzgerald brings over 25 years in the luxury hospitality industry.
Dubai, UAE; June 12, 2019: Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Emaar Properties PJSC, has appointed Marianne Fitzgerald as the General Manager of Palace Downtown, a premium luxury hotel under Address Hotels + Resorts, and ideally positioned by the Burj Lake, near the iconic Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai.
An Austrian national, Marianne has a wealth of knowledge and experience spanning over 25 years in the luxury hospitality industry. She will be responsible for driving the day-to-day operations of Palace Downtown, as well as further elevating the unique positioning of the exquisite Arabesque hotel.
Marianne has previously held managerial positions in F&B as well as operations at renowned hotels across Europe and the Middle East. Under her leadership, the hotels have been globally recognised for their commitment to excellence in the hospitality industry. She also has a strong background in human resource management including recruitment and training.
Chris Newman, Chief Operating Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “Marianne is an experienced and talented hospitality professional, and will be leading one of our most notable properties. Her leadership skills, experience in all-round hotel operations including F&B will help in further enhancing the value added to our guests, and underline Palace Downtown’s reputation as a premium city retreat that stands out for its Arabian hospitality. Her appointment will also strengthen Hiya, our women leadership development programme, as our Emirati and women talents will gain tremendously from her training and mentoring expertise.”
Marianne Fitzgerald said: “A palatial oasis the heart of the city, Palace Downtown stands apart for its individualistic architecture and its commitment to offering the highest service standards, which will continue to strengthen its appeal as one of the key destinations in Dubai for luxury travellers. Our focus will be to build on this award-winning hotel’s reputation for excellence by continuing to offer unparalleled lifestyle experiences and highest levels of guest service.”
Following her graduation in Hospitality Management from Donau-Universität Krems, Marianne trained at IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems in Austria before embarking on an impressive career that took her from her home country, Austria, to Ireland and the UAE. With a passion for languages, she is fluent in English, French and German.
Located in one of the most spectacular locations of Dubai, Palace Downtown offers 242 spacious and luxurious guest rooms inclusive of 81 suites with a captivating Middle Eastern theme. Offering contemporary dining with magnificent views to traditional delicacies served in a rich setting, the hotel has six restaurants and lounges. Leisure facilities include a luxury spa, a large open-air pool and stunning meetings and lifestyle events venues. The Arabesque architecture of the hotel, complemented with stunning backdrop, makes it the perfect place for both business and leisure experiences.
Address Hotels + Resorts:
Address has brought a fresh identity to the global hospitality and service sector by setting new benchmarks with its gracious hospitality and exceptional service standards. Positioning its messaging as ‘Where life happens’, Address Hotels + Resorts offers a more personal and engaging experience to guests in a premium lifestyle environment, enriching the lives of its guests with luxury, style and elegance.
Address Hotels + Resorts properties are situated in some of the most sought-after locations. The brand also owns and operates Address Residences, which is a leader in the serviced and branded residences sector. Address Hotels + Resorts also extended its management to Palace Downtown, a palatial oasis in Downtown Dubai.