Accor has announced the appointment of Ammar Hilal to the position of handling director of Raffles Dubai and Sofitel Dubai the Obelisk.
Joining from Fairmont Dubai, which is also in the Accor portfolio, Hilal will oversee the everyday operations of the new flagship residence as effectively as guide the strategic direction of the legendary Raffles Dubai, revolutionary the luxurious hospitality scene in the town.
Born and elevated in Germany, he provides 30-years of global hospitality encounter where he contributed to the success of renowned hotels in just Hilton, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton, Rosewood, A person&Only and Jumeirah Team.
He has worked throughout crucial towns this kind of as Hamburg, Bangkok, Cairo, New York, Hawaii, London, Hong Kong, Antalya and Dubai.
Hilal’s hospitality occupation started as a administration trainee at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok and in just ten decades he moved up the ladder to director of food and beverage at the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong.
Shifting on to the Lanesborough in London, he gathered a huge expertise in luxury hospitality.
He then progressed to executive assistant manager roles at noteworthy houses this kind of as One & Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius in 2002 and Burj Al Arab in 2005.
Hilal relocated to Turkey to be section of the pre-opening staff of the Mardan Palace in Antalya, signing up for as resort supervisor and getting promoted later to typical manager.
In 2009, he returned after once again to Dubai as hotel supervisor of the Burj Al Arab, a situation he held for virtually six a long time.
Sofitel Dubai the Obelisk opened late very last yr
Hilal joined Accor in 2015 as standard manager of Sofitel Dubai Downtown, where by he productively accomplished the optimum worker engagement score between all Sofitel accommodations in the region, the highest primary high quality assurance score amongst all participating inns in Dubai.
He then joined the Fairmont Dubai workforce in 2017, major the 19-yr-previous flagship Fairmont in the region and effectively initiated the hotel’s extensive-anticipated refurbishment.
Below this management, Fairmont Dubai was recognised with the World’s Foremost Resort Services Award by voters at the Earth Vacation Awards.
Hilal brings unmatched enthusiasm and a ahead-thinking strategy to his controlling director role at Raffles Dubai and Sofitel Dubai the Obelisk.
Overseeing the functions of 498 rooms and suites, 97 serviced flats, 5 signature dining venues together with two celeb cooks as very well as Sofitel Spa with L’Occitane, he aims to position the assets as a industry leader in Dubai.