Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi welcomes group exec on boord

Borja Molina
Updated 02 September 2018

Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi welcomes group exec on boord

Borja Molina has been appointed as the assistant director of food and beverage for the Shangri-La Hotel and Traders Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Relocating from Spain, Molina has more than eight years of hospitality expertise having worked with international hotel chains across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
In his new role, Molina will assist in planning, directing and supervising all activities associated with the operations of the food and beverage division. He will also be responsible for ensuring that the professional standards expected of the Shangri-La brand are demonstrated in areas including training and supervision of the food and beverage team, optimal customer service, cash handling and production control, as well as maintaining a safe working environment.
Molina said: “I am extremely excited to be a part of the Shangri-La family and especially with the group’s complex in Abu Dhabi, which has a strong reputation in the capital’s dining scene.
“The quality of the dining experiences offered at this excellent property is one that I am keen to live up to and build on. I look forward to my new responsibilities and hope to offer our guests a dining experience that is superior in terms of both product and service.”
By recommending new products and staying current with the market’s trends, Molina will deliver strategic direction and execution for the dining venues at both hotels including Sofra bld, Hoi An, Bord Eau, Shang Palace and Afya.
The Spanish national embarked on his hospitality career in 2009 when he moved to Les Roches in Switzerland to get his master’s degree in hotel management. By 2010, Molina had secured a role as a food and beverage trainee in China.
His stint in the Middle East kicked off in 2011 as assistant food and beverage manager in Fujairah, before moving on to work as a food and beverage manager in Abu Dhabi in 2013 and Doha in 2016. In the following year, Molina moved back to Spain to take up a directorial role for the pre-opening phase of a flagship property in Spain.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited currently operates over 95 hotels in 22 countries and 73 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands.

Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019

Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.