Rotana makes key management appointments FOR Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana
Seasoned hospitality team to boost new properties’ bid to capture market share in one of Dubai’s busiest tourism districts
Abu Dhabi, November 13, 2012- Rotana, the leading hotel management company in the Middle East and Africa, announced the appointment of four key executives for Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana, its two newest properties due to open in December in the heart of one of Dubai’s busiest tourism and commercial districts.
Mark McCarthy, a well-respected veteran of the hospitality industry with more than 19 years of experience in the business, has been appointed General Manager. He will lead a team of seasoned hotel professionals who are expected to play strategic roles in leading Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana’s bid to capture a large share of business in the Deira district, one of Dubai’s busiest destinations for both business and leisure travelers.
Armin Weller joins McCarthy in the executive management team, taking on the position of F&B Director for both properties. Weller will be primarily responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the F&B department, encompassing all outlets, meeting rooms, as well as events and catering operations.
Other key appointments include the Executive Chef position, which has been entrusted to Joachim Textor, a German national whose highly distinguished career as chef spans more than three decades, serving in various executive level chef positions in leading hotels in Asia and Europe.
Meanwhile, Afrah Hamdy has been appointed Spa Director, in charge of Zen the Spa at Rotana – the first outlet of this award-winning spa concept to open in Dubai - which is expected to be an important growth driver for the hotel.
Omer Kaddouri, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Rotana announced the appointments and lauded the management team for their excellent management of the pre-opening phase of Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana. “Ours is essentially a service business and Rotana knows that the key to its success lies not just in developing exciting hotel destinations, but also – and more importantly – in having the right people to steer and deliver on the Rotana service and value promise.”
Kaddouri noted that Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana are well placed to take advantage of Dubai’s continued growth as a tourism destination. The latest figures show passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport, a few minutes away from both hotels, climbed 12.8 per cent from a year earlier in September. Year-to-date traffic grew 13.4 per cent to 42.57 million passengers compared to 37.55 million in the corresponding period last year.
In addition, Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana are part of the ongoing expansion of the Al Ghurair Shopping center, the first shopping centre to open in Dubai, and still considered one of the premiere shopping and leisure destinations in the emirate. Riqqa, a prominent street nearby, is also one of the liveliest attractions during the annual Dubai Shopping Festival.
Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana is a luxurious 5-star property boasting 428 rooms and suites, each furnished with modern amenities and conveniences. It is the latest addition to Rotana’s Rayhaan portfolio, which features a collection of some of the most desirable properties in leading destinations in the Middle East and Africa.
Meanwhile, Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana will offer a first class residential experience and features 192 well-appointed apartments, equipped with modern conveniences and amenities.
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Rotana currently manages a portfolio of over 70 properties throughout the Middle East and Africa with an aggressive expansion plan in place. Rotana has chosen to acknowledge how precious time is by making all time spent in their range of hotels ‘Treasured Time’. This means Rotana has pledged to understand and meet the individual needs of all guests. In so doing, Rotana has evolved its product brands to include, Rotana Hotels & Resorts, Centro Hotels by Rotana, Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts by Rotana and Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana. Treasured Time.The Rotana promise to you.
Further information on any Rotana property, its brands or reservations can be obtained by visiting rotana.comor by contacting one of the regional sales offices.