Jumeirah Group further strengthens its regional and international leadership with three key appointments
United Arab Emirates, Dubai: Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, today announced three key appointments to its portfolio. The Group’s investment in top talent and strong leadership profiles is consistent with its culture of excellence and fosters an environment that inspires and supports innovation.
Mark Hehir has assumed the role of Managing Director of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, the group’s Ottoman-inspired palace on the iconic Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, beginning his appointment earlier this month. With extensive experience in the hospitality industry over the past 38 years, Mark’s career has focused on commercial success by innovating resort concepts and creating business value through product development and excellence. operational. With his roots as an executive chef, Mark turned to operations and excelled, taking on leadership roles at major global hotel brands across Asia, then taking on the role of CEO of The Small Maldives Island Co. From GM to CEO, Mark has developed and managed high profile luxury resorts in the Maldives, Thailand and Bali, working for major luxury brands such as The Ritz Carlton, One & Only Resorts and Anantara.
Joining in February 2022, Rafael González Ensesa, has taken on the role of Managing Director of Jumeirah Living Marina Gate, the Jumeirah Group’s exceptional hotel residence in Dubai Marina. Rafael has worked extensively in the luxury sector with brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons and Fairmont, across Europe, Asia, Indonesia and North America, rising through the ranks within the hotel operations. In his role as Managing Director of Jumeirah Living Marina Gate, Rafael is committed to demonstrating his creative approach to raising the bar for luxury urban living and ensuring that the Jumeirah brand DNA of Stay Different™ takes hold. life throughout the property.
To lead the operations of Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island, the exclusive villa resort which opened in October last year, Jumeirah Group has appointed Mohamed Ashraf as Managing Director. Ashraf has an extensive career in the luxury hospitality industry, spanning 20 years across Asia and the Indian Ocean. As a Maldivian himself, he has built an enviable reputation throughout the archipelago working in exclusive islands and luxury resorts for Four Seasons, One & Only Resorts, Anantara and more recently The Nautilus Maldives. Ashraf will oversee the property’s 67 spacious contemporary villas, state-of-the-art Talise Spa and signature restaurants, including award-winning restaurants, Shimmers and Kayto. Ashraf took up his new post on April 10.
Thomas Meier, Chief Operating Officer of Jumeirah Group, said: “Our aim at Jumeirah Group is to deliver on our core promises of service beyond expectation, iconic dining experiences and design and craftsmanship. surprising architecture in all our properties. Each of these new appointments brings a wealth of luxury hospitality industry expertise and a passion for curating exceptional guest moments, and I am confident that these recently appointed Managing Directors will successfully lead their teams to further innovate. the unique customer experiences for which Jumeirah Group is renowned. for.”
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, a member of Dubai Holding and a global luxury hospitality company, operates a world-class portfolio of over 6,500 keys to 25 luxury properties in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
The group owns some of the most prestigious and captivating properties in the world, from the iconic flagship hotel and timeless pinnacle of luxury, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, to the lavish Arabian palaces of Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, to its contemporary island paradise Maldives on the island of Olhahali and dolce vita inspired by art on the island of Capri. Whether it’s a modern take on a British classic in the heart of Belgravia at Carlton Tower Jumeirah or a futuristic setting at Jumeirah Nanjing, the Jumeirah name is synonymous with service excellence, creating exceptional experiences. for all who pass through its doors.
Beyond its properties and resorts, Jumeirah Group is also dedicated to destination dining experiences, combining the most authentic and diverse cuisines with spectacular settings to create those unforgettable moments worth sharing. With over 85 restaurants in its portfolio, the Jumeirah Group’s award-winning local concepts, including Sal, KAYTO, Shimmers and French Riveria, enjoy an enviable reputation for culinary excellence alongside Michelin-starred restaurants Shang High, L’Olivo and Il Riccio.
The health and safety of guests and colleagues remains Jumeirah Group’s top priority and as such the group has implemented a series of protective measures in all its hotels and strictly adheres to the respective government guidelines in each market.
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Miet Saelens | Senior Director – Communications
Jumeirah Group | [email protected]