Ho­tel he­roes made wish come true

Ho­tel acts out comic plot to make boy’s dream come true

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It took two weeks of prepa­ra­tion and in­volved cham­ber­maids and ex­ec­u­tives alike, but the staff of the Fair­mont Dubai gave one young­ster a thrilling day out to re­mem­ber.

Saud, a four-year-old Emi­rati boy with type one di­a­betes, was treated to a day at the Sheikh Zayed Road com­plex as part of a pro­ject run by the Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion.

Saud en­dured a dif­fi­cult year but had his dream of meet­ing his favourite su­per­heroes ful­filled last week.

Staff de­tailed to 7DAYS how they metic­u­lously planned the visit, in­clud­ing hav­ing one mem­ber of staff ab­seil down the ho­tel’s atrium.

They also trans­formed the Pent­house Suite into a su­per­hero den, com­plete with a Spi­der-Man - Saud’s favourite - mon­tage on the wall.

Then fol­lowed an ac­tion-packed plot that the staff wrote them­selves, which saw Spi­der-Man kid­napped by the vil­lains.

Mini Spi­der-Man Saud was then on a mis­sion to save his char­ac­ter with the help of the other he­roes. “We started by putting the story line to­gether,” said Rachelle Hill, Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the ho­tel.

“We con­ducted sev­eral re­hearsals be­fore the event – just to make sure that ev­ery­one knew their part and the se­quence of the story.

“Most of the su­per­heroes are mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of the ho­tel man­ager, di­rec­tor of hu­man re­sources, di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing, di­rec­tor of rooms, fi­nan­cial con­troller, di­rec­tor of rev­enue, ex­ec­u­tive chef and di­rec­tor of food and bev­er­age. There were a to­tal of 25-30 Fair­mont col­leagues in­volved.”

She said the ab­seil “re­quired a lot of re­hearsal”.

Hill added: “We added this part in the story line to make the whole act feel real for Saud.

“Spi­der-Man of course had to gather some courage to do the stunt. His courage was paid off when he saw Saud wav­ing en­thu­si­as­ti­cally to him with a big smile on his face.”

The Make-a-Wish Foun­da­tion started in the UAE in 2003 and it fo­cuses on grant­ing the wishes of chil­dren liv­ing with life-threat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions.

The foun­da­tion has granted more than 2,000 dif­fer­ent wishes since its in­cep­tion to chil­dren from dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties in the UAE.

HE­ROES: Staff mem­bers from the Fair­mont pose with Saud on his spe­cial day. Pic­tured right, a Spi­der-Man stunt­man ab­seils down the atrium

SMILES: Ho­tel staff took Saud through a plot they de­vised, dur­ing which Spi­der­Man is kid­napped and the boy helps to save him

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