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What's the best thing about your job?

I was re­cently ap­pointed the chief hap­pi­ness of­fi­cer (CHO) at Rove Ho­tels which is a great hon­our. It's the first of its kind role not only at Rove Ho­tels but in the UAE so I can only be bench­marked against my­self. I live to dis­cover some­thing new ev­ery sin­gle day and my new ap­point­ment def­i­nitely makes my ev­ery day job very in­ter­est­ing and un­pre­dictable in the most in­cred­i­ble way.

What made you choose this role?

Spread­ing pos­i­tiv­ity is every­one's re­spon­si­bil­ity and I am sure we all do that ev­ery day in some way. When I heard about Rove Ho­tels cel­e­brat­ing In­ter­na­tional Day of Hap­pi­ness, I thought it was an amaz­ing idea so I de­cided to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate. The co­in­ci­dence that Hap­py­ness is my name made it much more ex­cit­ing.

What do you do when you're not work­ing?

I play chess, I play foot­ball with friends. On week­ends I also spend time play­ing games as a fam­ily.

What's the best bit of ad­vice you've ever re­ceived in the work­place?

Fight for hap­pi­ness was def­i­nitely the best ad­vice I ever re­ceived. Hap­pi­ness is the only thing worth fight­ing for in life. It's of­ten the lit­tle things that bring great joy.

Where do you see your­self in five years?

Hav­ing a whole hap­pi­ness de­part­ment which will hope­fully in­flu­ence all ho­tel op­er­a­tions.

Tell us some­thing that none of your col­leagues know about you?

That I have a sis­ter by the name of Joy. Also that I was born on New Year's Day. Pos­si­bly that's why I got the name Hap­py­ness be­cause peo­ple al­ways say ‘Happy New Year'.

If you could stay in any ho­tel in the world right now, where would you go?

Rove Dubai Ma­rina, be­cause it will be lo­cated in my fa­vorite part of Dubai.

Can you tell us why you wanted to join this in­dus­try?

I first joined the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try as a part time job when I was on hol­i­day. The ex­pe­ri­ence I had meet­ing in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers and jour­nal­ists was the be­gin­ning of my long ca­reer. The in­ter­net wasn't as ac­ces­si­ble as it is now, and that ex­pe­ri­ence def­i­nitely opened my mind to a big world out there.

What would you say to any­one who is start­ing out in your sec­tor?

Don't do it if you are not pas­sion­ate about it. I said the same to my wife, she left hos­pi­tal­ity and now she is hap­pily work­ing as a teacher.

What's the worst thing about your job?

That the In­ter­na­tional Day of Hap­pi­ness only hap­pens once a year so be­fore my new ap­point­ment as chief hap­pi­ness of­fi­cer we only got to cel­e­brate it once a year.

What's your favourite book?

No Easy Walk to Free­dom by Nel­son Man­dela.

If you in­vited guests round for din­ner what would you make?

Bar­be­cue chicken - then play cards af­ter­wards.

What song in­stantly gets you on the dance­floor?

One Love – Bob Mar­ley Pos­i­tive Vi­bra­tions – Bob Mar­ley

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