Emirates appoints 10 UAE nationals to key positions

All of the appointments bring Emirati talent into key leadership positions.
Updated 08 January 2019
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Emirates appoints 10 UAE nationals to key positions

Emirates has announced a number of appointments to its commercial operations team across the Middle East, GCC and Africa.

All of the appointments bring Emirati talent into key leadership positions, either being promoted from within the organization or through portfolio rotations, underpinning the airline’s “commitment to career development and progression of its UAE Nationals.” All of the new appointments are effective starting Jan. 6.

Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said: “As we continue to develop our operations in the Middle East, GCC and Africa, the unique backgrounds, experience and skills of each newly appointed member of our commercial team will further strengthen our commercial and business operations and drive our strategic initiatives in a new year of growth. Their experience will also be instrumental as we focus on executing many of our commercial initiatives to pursue revenue opportunities, improve margin performance, as well as capture new consumer segments.”

The new appointments include:

• Mohammad Lootah will be taking on the role of Jordan manager. Lootah joined Emirates in 2016.

• Tariq Al-Mutawa has been appointed Emirates’ Kuwait manager. He has been with Emirates for eight years.

• Hamad Al-Ali has been appointed to lead Emirates’ commercial activities as manager in Bahrain. He joined Emirates in 2013.

• Omar Al-Bushlaibi will become manager in Oman. He joined Emirates in 2014 as part of the UAE National Commercial Management Program.

• Nasser Bahlooq will be Emirates’ manager in Zimbabwe. He joined the UAE National Commercial Management Program in 2015.

• Khalfan Al-Salami will hold the role of manager in Sudan. Khalfan joined Emirates in 2015 as part of the UAE National Commercial Management Program.

• Marwan Al-Marri will become the airline’s manager in Riyadh. He previously held the commercial support manager position in Madinah.

• Fahad Bastaki will take on the role of manager in Dammam. He began his career with Emirates in 2015.

• Saeed Khalifa bin Sulaiman will take on the role of senior manager in  Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain. 

• Omar Al-Banna will become manager in  Sharjah and Northern Emirates. He started his career with Emirates in 2006.


Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh unveils Ramadan tent

The five-star hotel’s iftar buffet features an abundance of Arabic and international Ramadan specialties.
Updated 26 May 2019
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Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh unveils Ramadan tent

The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh is inviting guests to its lamp-inspired Ramadan tent for an opulent gastronomic experience and authentic spiritual ambience.
This year’s Ramadan tent theme “Siraj,” a literal interpretation of “lantern,” transforms one of the hotel’s ballrooms into an exquisitely decorated dining area featuring a lavish iftar buffet.
The classic decor reminisces the role of traditional lamps, which were used in the past for lighting family gatherings and its flame was considered the means to keep those gatherings alive even after dark. Since then, lanterns have been used to decorate houses, shops and streets in the holy month.
Mohammed Marghalani, manager at Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, said: “The project is the result of the cooperation of various employees in the hotel — starting from the tent’s name through to the variety and quality of dishes and the reception and care of the valued ladies and gentlemen visiting us.”
“Ramadan preparations are deeply rooted in our traditions as they emphasize the uniqueness of this special month. The real essence of Arabian hospitality focuses on making visitors and guests feel appreciated and comfortable,” he added.
Ramadan tents in hotels offering iftar and suhoor delicacies have become a tradition in the Kingdom during the fasting month.

HIGhLIGHT

The buffet spread features cuisines from around the world, from Saudi dishes to Asian, Italian and Turkish specialities, displayed in various live stations.

Hundreds of people turn up daily for the lavish meals with family and friends, amid sophisticated decor and five-star service.
On entering the palace-like venue, guests are greeted with the warm and smoky scent of oud at the reception.
The five-star hotel’s iftar buffet features an abundance of Arabic and international Ramadan specialties. Each table is elegantly laid out with dates, Arabic coffee and appetizers.
The buffet spread features cuisines from around the world, from Saudi dishes to Asian, Italian and Turkish specialities, displayed in various live stations.
The star of the buffet is the dessert selection comprising both Middle Eastern and international favorites guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Prices range from SR325 ($86) per adult to SR160 for children. Kids under the age of six dine for free. The tent is open from sunset until 9:00 p.m.
The 492-room Ritz-Carlton has 52 acres of landscaped gardens and is one of the most luxurious five-star properties in the capital.