Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah introduces its management team

Nestled on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah and overlooking Palm West Beach, the highly anticipated Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah has unveiled its pre-opening management team ahead of the hotel’s scheduled launch in Q3 2022.

The selected management team has both in-depth knowledge and international experience in the hospitality industry.

Spearheading the opening of the new Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Dubai is veteran hotelier Andreas Searty, Managing Director. Andreas, who brings over 35 years of international and regional experience in the hospitality industry, has been instrumental in leading his team to ensure the most effective pre-opening plans for the hotel.

Commenting on the impending launch, Andreas shared, “The highly anticipated Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah will be an iconic property with its enviable beachfront location and numerous lifestyle and business offerings. Along with our experienced management team, I am extremely pleased to launch this impressive property which will be a unique addition to the vibrant Palm West Beach destination.”

A dedicated and driven leader, Andreas, who is fluent in English, Arabic and German, most recently oversaw the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah and Hilton Dubai The Walk, where he won General Manager of the Year Hilton EMEA in 2020. He has created and implemented several hotel initiatives which lead to the cluster being one of the most profitable in the region.

Joining Andreas will be a team of experts in their field with extensive experience across multiple continents including;

Commercial Director of the Amarinder Sadana Division, who has joined Hilton’s Asia Pacific headquarters, brings more than 19 years of international experience gained both at the property and in regional roles. Having worked in several countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and India, Amarinder has a keen eye for understanding market trends and driving successful strategies in various countries. Overlooking the entire commercial function of sales, revenue, reservations, events and marketing, Amarinder will drive the commercial strategy for rooms and food and beverage to ensure a rapid and impactful ramp-up of the ‘hotel.

Ensuring the smooth running of all operations and focusing on providing exceptional customer service at the Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah is Shadi Refaiwho joins as Director of Operations. Most recently, leading operations for the launch of Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas in Qatar, Shadi has extensive hospitality experience in the region. He has worked on several pre-opening concepts, working at different properties in Asia and the GCC region.

Working in tandem to introduce and lead the culinary concepts of the new property are Executive Chef, Kasdi Dahari and Director of Food and Beverage, Marina Bohnert. Together, they will oversee the ten dining concepts and implement world-class dining offerings for customers.

Chef Kasdi, with over 27 years of experience, held senior culinary positions in Brunei, Malaysia, Bali, Norway and Doha before joining Hilton in the United Arab Emirates in 2019. With many achievements to his credit, he has cooked for many VIPs. , including royalty.

Brimming with 15 years of F&B experience in the area, Marina’s most recent role at a resort property on the Palm Jumeriah has given her deep insight and expertise into trends and guest expectations. In her new role, Marina will initiate and nurture the hotel’s exciting new dining outlets, develop restaurant concepts, curate menus and enhance the overall dining experiences for guests and visitors.

Medina Mohamed Osman is the hotel Finance Division Director. She has worked at Hilton in the United Arab Emirates for over 38 years, where she has established herself as a strong and trusted leader. She is a highly respected advocate for women in hospitality and has supported and mentored many to thrive and grow within the industry. Recognized for her expertise in business planning, Madina will oversee financial forecasting, implementation and cost control activities for the property.

Marketing and Communication Director, Marine Fabbricino, will implement the hotel’s marketing and public relations launch strategy. Marine, a shining star in her field, has worked at Hilton since the start of her career, holding distinct roles in both the property and corporate hospitality. Marine, who has extensive brand knowledge, has executed global, regional and local marketing campaigns across offline and digital channels for over 168 hotels in the UK and Ireland. In her new role, Marine will drive the marketing and public relations strategy for the opening of the property and its extensive restaurant portfolio.

Ranked second in the Top 50 Power Leaders of the Middle East 2020 is HR Cluster Director, Feryal Haddon. Known for her open door policy, over the past 24 years in the hospitality industry, Feryal has enabled many colleagues to thrive in their professional and personal lives. A certified life coach and head of Women in Leadership training within the cluster, Feryal is responsible for talent acquisition, employee engagement and relations, training and development, rewards and recognition, and performance management, among other HR activities.

Cluster Commercial Director, Amarinder Sadana; Director of the Finance Division, Madina Mohamed Osman; HR Cluster Director, Feryal Haddon; and Group Marketing and Communications Director Marine Fabbricino will also oversee and manage the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah and Hilton Dubai The Walk hotels.

Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeriah, an upscale property with 608 rooms, promises to be an ideal destination for holidays, business and stays. The soon-to-be-launched property will offer contemporary accommodations, ten distinct culinary outlets with exceptional menus and experiences, an exclusive private stretch of Palm West Beach as well as state-of-the-art facilities including the award-winning eforea spa, meeting facilities, and event spaces, and a dedicated kids’ club.