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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait 156,445 introduces executive team GO FIGURE

STR’s April 2017 Pipeline Report shows

rooms in

563

hotel projects Under Contract in the Middle East

Makkah, Saudi Arabia

22,455

rooms in 18 projects Dubai, United Arab Emirates

20,557

rooms in 72 projects Doha, Qatar

7,343

rooms in 31 projects Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

5,972

rooms in 29 projects

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya has introduced the general manager and executive team, ahead of its opening later this year. Four Seasons’ stalwart Didier Jardin will lead the team of more than 400 at the seventh property in the Four Seasons GCC collection, which currently includes three properties in the UAE, one in Saudi Arabia, one in Qatar and one in Bahrain. “It is an honour to lead such a talented team of Four Seasons veterans at a property that is set to establish itself as a stylish focal point for the city’s business and social elite,” said Jardin. “Staying true to the Four Seasons brand as well as Kuwait’s modern and dynamic profile, tremendous attention has been put into designing the Hotel and its services, and we are excited to welcome our

first guests in the near future.” The hotel’s senior management team includes Christel Artaud, director of human resources; Mohamed Ismail, director of finance; Mohamed Karara, director of sales and marketing; Georges Safi, director of food and beverage; Mohamed Zakaria, director of rooms and Ali El-Zein, director of engineering. “After hosting a growing number of Kuwaiti guests at our properties within the

region and beyond, we are pleased to bring the Four Seasons experience to the heart of Kuwait City,” said Simon Casson, president, Hotel Operations, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “The Hotel combines style and grace with warm and welcoming service and exceptional culinary offerings to offer a hospitality experience that is just as close to Kuwait as it is to the Four Seasons brand.”

Baby boom for ritz-carlton hotels

A number of five-star hotels in the UAE have teamed up with Malaak Mama & Baby Care to provide babysitting services. Properties including The Ritz Carlton DIFC, Ritz Carlton JBR and Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi have signed up with the maternity nursing and babysitting agency. Lily Kandalaft, who formed Malaak Mama & Baby Care in 2013 (pictured second right), said:”We know what a positive impact our childcare professionals have on the families they work with and as well as at-home support, an increasing number of clients have 14

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been requesting for the childcare professionals to travel with them outside of the UAE. “Therefore, it was a logical step to make our services available to people travelling here and staying in UAE hotels.” She added that parents can relax knowing their childcare needs are covered and the hotels can rely on her company for expert service, even at short-notice. So far there has been a lot of interest, Kendalaft claimed, especially amongst high-profile guests looking for a different level of professional support during their travels.

Hotel News ME- June 2017  
Hotel News ME- June 2017  
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