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Pa­trick Moukarzel has been named as the gen­eral man­ager of Al Bait Shar­jah – the 53-key ho­tel sched­uled to open later this year.

Since his last role with Gen­eral Ho­tel Man­age­ment (GHM) as a gen­eral man­ager in Suzhou, Moukarzel has man­aged lux­ury ho­tels in Pe­nang, Malaysia and in Mal­dives where he shep­herded the Soneva Jani from the fi­nal stages of con­struc­tion to full op­er­a­tion.

“If ever there was a rea­son to leave the par­adise of Mal­dives, it’s for the Heart of Shar­jah,” said Moukarzel.

“Its am­bi­tions as a her­itage project are re­mark­able, and Al Bait – the city’s first true lux­ury ho­tel – will be right at the cen­tre of it all.”

Hans R. Jenni, di­rec­tor and pres­i­dent of GHM, said: ‘Pa­trick’s got a great eye for de­tail and for prob­lem-solv­ing. He knows how to build bridges be­tween what’s in a blue­print and what’s at the heart of a guest’s ex­pec­ta­tions for a lux­ury ho­tel stay.”

Be­tween 2006 and 2012, Moukarzel rose through the ranks from a food and bev­er­age man­ager at The Chedi Mus­cat to gen­eral man­ager po­si­tions at the lux­ury ho­tel group’s prop­er­ties in Thai­land and China.

Af­ter school­ing at Ly­cée­hôte­lier Toulouse, his first job as a fledg­ling hote­lier was as a restau­rant man­ager at the Ho­tel In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal in Dubai.

He worked two more years at an In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal in Egypt be­fore re­turn­ing to Dubai, this time for a stint with Hy­att.

The ho­tel’s de­sign in­cludes a di­rect link to a tra­di­tional bazaar and mar­ket­place, a round wind tower, thatched roofs and tra­di­tional mo­tifs.

GHM also has plans to open two more prop­er­ties this year in In­dia and Mon­tene­gro.

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