AROUND THE GCC
Latest hotel happenings in the Gulf States
Alila Jabal Akhdar appointed Danny Wilkinson as its new executive chef. From 2011 to 2013, he worked at the five-star luxury Coworth Park Hotel in Ascot, UK, part of the Dorchester Collection. He then joined the three-michelinstarred Waterside Inn where, working alongside chef-patron Alain Roux. As the executive chef, he will oversee its ongoing commitment to sustainability.
Hilton Hotels has appointed Sayad Ibrahimli as the new cluster director of marketing and public relations for three UAE hotels: Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort, and Al Hamra Residence and Village. Ibrahimli brings more than 15 years of experience to her new role. She recently worked as marketing and public relations director for Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah.
Marriott Kuwait Hotels has appointed Bassem Al Hajj as cluster director of sales & marketing. Al-hajj has a career spanning of 15 years working in the hospitality industry in GCC and holds a Master’s of Business planning / Hospitality Management & Tourism. He will be responsible for JW Marriott Kuwait City Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Kuwait City Hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott Kuwait.