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.


Whale shark hot spot in Red Sea offers new insights

An international team of KAUST researchers studied whale shark movement patterns near the Shib Habil reef (Arabic for ‘Rope Reef’), a known whale shark hotspot in the Red Sea on the Saudi Arabian coast.
Updated 18 November 2019

Whale shark hot spot in Red Sea offers new insights

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), whale sharks are considered endangered, which means the species has suffered a population decline of more than 50 percent in the past three generations. The whale shark is only two classifications from being extinct. Improvements and conservation efforts are in place, but there is still a long way to
go to protect these gentle underwater giants.
An international team of researchers, led by marine scientists at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and including researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US, has performed an extensive study of whale shark movement and residency using a combination of three scientific techniques: Visual census, acoustic monitoring and satellite telemetry.
Their six-year study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, tracked long-term whale shark movement patterns near the Shib Habil reef (Arabic for “Rope Reef”), a known whale shark hotspot in the Red Sea. The team monitored a total of 84 different sharks over a six-year period, and their results shed light on whale shark behaviors,
which could help to inform conservation efforts.
“The study takes years of passive acoustic monitoring data and combines it with previously published visual census and satellite telemetry data from the same individual sharks. The combined dataset is used to characterize the aggregation’s seasonality, spatial distribution, and patterns of dispersal,” said Dr. Michael Berumen, director of the Red Sea Research Center and professor of marine science at KAUST.

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An international team of researchers, led by marine scientists at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and including researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US, has performed an extensive study of whale shark movement and residency.

They found the aggregation to be highly seasonal, with sharks being most abundant in April and May, and that many of the sharks returned to the hot spot regularly year after year. The study also shows roughly equal numbers of male and female sharks using the site, something that could be unique to Shib Habil. These characteristics indicate that this site may serve an important function for the wider Indian Ocean population of this rare and endangered species.
“Using the combined dataset, we can show somewhat conclusively that the aggregation meets all of the criteria of a shark nursery. This is particularly relevant given that Shib Habil is the only site in the Indian Ocean to regularly attract large numbers of juvenile females. Growing late-stage adolescents of both sexes into full adulthood is critical for sustaining a species. Management of critical habitats like Shib Habil and other aggregations will likely be vital for future whale shark conservation,” said KAUST graduate Dr. Jesse Cochran, lead author of the study.
There is a combination of factors contributing to the decrease of whale shark populations world-wide, including targeted fishing, bycatch losses due to fisheries, vessel strikes from boat traffic, marine debris, and pollution.