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James Berry has been ap­pointed as the new gen­eral man­ager of Radis­son Blu Ho­tel, Dubai Me­dia City. He takes up his new role from Sof­i­tel Lon­don Heathrow Ho­tel, where he held the same po­si­tion. Berry brings with him over 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try. The Ritz-carl­ton Ho­tel Com­pany has made Ai­dan

Dempsey ho­tel man­ager. Dempsey joins The Ritz-carl­ton, Dubai, from his na­tive Ire­land, where he held the ti­tle of ho­tel man­ager at sis­ter Mar­riott brand – The Shel­bourne Dublin, a Re­nais­sance Ho­tel. Möven­pick Ho­tels & Re­sorts has ap­pointed ex­pe­ri­enced hu­man re­sources pro­fes­sional, Ab­dul Rah­man

Al Harbi, as its new di­rec­tor of Saudiza­tion. With more than 14 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing roles with Möven­pick in Saudi Ara­bia, Al Harbi is now re­spon­si­ble for lead­ing the Swiss hos­pi­tal­ity firm’s Saudiza­tion Strat­egy. He will li­aise with all ho­tel HR de­part­ments in Saudi Ara­bia and en­sure train­ing pro­grams are de­vel­oped ac­cord­ing to Möven­pick’s Saudiza­tion Strat­egy. Swis­sô­tel Ho­tels & Re­sorts has an­nounced Emiel Van Dijk as the new gen­eral man­ager of both Swis­sô­tel Al Ghu­rair and Swis­sô­tel Liv­ing Al Ghu­rair in Dubai. Van Dijk has ac­quired al­most two decades of ex­pe­ri­ence, span­ning sev­eral di­vi­sions of the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try across the globe, dur­ing his ca­reer.

Mario Ephrem has been ap­pointed COO of the Al Sul­tan Brahim group of res­tau­rants. A part of the restau­rant’s fam­ily since 2012, Ephrem will be re­spon­si­ble for the over­all per­for­mance and the growth of the es­tab­lish­ment in his new role. Gen­eral Ho­tel Man­age­ment (GHM) has named Pa­trick

Moukarzel gen­eral man­ager of the Al Bait Shar­jah, a 53-key ho­tel, sched­uled to open later this year. Since his last role with GHM as a gen­eral man­ager in Suzhou, Moukarzel has man­aged lux­ury ho­tels in Pe­nang, Malaysia and the Mal­dives. Al Hokair Group has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Omar

Sami Sa­mara as its chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer for tourism and de­vel­op­ment. With a proven track record in the in­dus­try, Sa­mar holds a bachelor’s de­gree in ac­count­ing, de­ci­sion science and man­age­ment in­for­ma­tion sys­tems from Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity, Vir­ginia, US. Two new gen­eral man­agers have joined Möven­pick Ho­tels & Re­sorts’ grow­ing Dubai team as part of the hos­pi­tal­ity firm’s prepa­ra­tions for open­ing an­other two prop­er­ties in the city this year.

Maria La­marche, for­mer ho­tel man­ager at Möven­pick Re­sort & Res­i­dences Aqaba, Jor­dan, has been pro­moted to gen­eral man­ager of Möven­pick Ho­tel Apart­ments Down­town Dubai, and Al­fio Bernardino comes on board as gen­eral man­ager of Möven­pick’s up­com­ing ho­tel in Dubai Me­dia City, mov­ing from Radis­son Blu Dubai Me­dia City, where he held the same post. La­marche boasts a hos­pi­tal­ity ca­reer span­ning more than three decades and sev­eral con­ti­nents, hav­ing worked for in­ter­na­tional hos­pi­tal­ity names in­clud­ing Star­wood, In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Ho­tels Group (IHG), Mil­len­nium & Copthorne, Hil­ton and Rotana. Bernardino has more than 20 years of in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence in Europe, the Mid­dle East and the In­dian Ocean, many of which have been spent work­ing for Carlson Rezi­dor. A grad­u­ate of Cor­nell Univer­sity, his move to Möven­pick marks his fourth gen­eral man­ager po­si­tion.

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