Dubai, 27 March 2012: Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, announces the appointment of new General Managers for several of its hotels around the world.
In Dubai, Margaret Paul is appointed General Manager of Madinat Jumeirah – The Arabian Resort. She will oversee the management of the resort’s three hotels – Al Qasr, Mina A’Salam and Dar Al Masyaf – as well as the popular Souk Madinat Jumeirah and the resort’s Conference Centre. Margaret, a British national, has been with Jumeirah Group since 2002 when she became Hotel Manager for Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London. In 2004, she moved to Dubai as Hotel Manager for Jumeirah Beach Hotel, then was appointed General Manager for a pre-opening property before coming back to Jumeirah Beach Hotel as General Manager in 2008. Prior to joining the Jumeirah Group, Margaret worked for Le Meridien Hotels in Europe and Dubai.
Taking over Margaret’s former responsibilities, Mahmoud Sakr becomes General Manager of Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Mahmoud started his career with Jumeirah in 1999 as Director of Rooms for Jumeirah Group’s flagship hotel, Burj Al Arab. He was promoted to Executive Assistant Manager - Rooms Division, then to Resident Manager, before becoming Hotel Manager. In 2008 he became General Manager of Mina A’Salam, part of Madinat Jumeirah resort. Mahmoud, an Egyptian national, has worked for several prestigious hotels throughout Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Graham Kiy is appointed General Manager of Jumeirah Guangzhou. He will be leading the pre-opening team of the 200-room, five-star luxury hotel which will be located in the centre of New Pearl City Tian He District, Guangzhou’s premier and rapidly growing commercial city centre. Graham joined Jumeirah in August 2010 as the pre-opening Hotel Manager for Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai (UAE). Prior to this he worked with the pre-opening development team of Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, Shanghai. A British National and fluent German, French, Indonesian, Thai, Mandarin and Cantonese speaker, Graham has had extensive experience in Asia with General Management roles in Suzhou (China), Singapore and Manila (Philippines). He also spent a number of years in Executive Committee roles in five-star hotels and members clubs in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Beijing and Taiwan. Jumeirah Guangzhou is expected to open in 2013.
Jumeirah was recently appointed to manage Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul and the hotel’s current General Manager, Pınar Kartal Timer, will join the Jumeirah Group leadership team when the hotel rebrands as part of the Jumeirah portfolio on 1 May 2012. Pınar Kartal Timer started her career at the Hilton Istanbul in 1988. She held several positions until her promotion to Director of Sales and Marketing for both Hilton Istanbul and Hilton Parksa in 1994. She also worked for Moevenpick and Kempinski before being appointed as General Manager of Pera Palace Hotel in 2009. A Turkish national, she is fluent in English and German.
Jumeirah currently operates 19 luxury hotels, resorts and residences around the world. From the start of 2011 to the end of 2012, the Group will have more than doubled the number of hotels it manages and almost quadrupled the number of countries in which it operates. In the coming six months Jumeirah expects to open Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa, Kuwait; and Jumeirah Creekside in Dubai, UAE.
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About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme.
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