Accor has announced the appointment of Ammar Hilal to the role of managing director of Raffles Dubai and Sofitel Dubai the Obelisk.
Joining from Fairmont Dubai, which is also within the Accor portfolio, Hilal will oversee the daily operations of the new flagship property as well as lead the strategic direction of the iconic Raffles Dubai, pioneering the luxury hospitality scene in the city.
Born and raised in Germany, he brings 30-years of international hospitality experience where he contributed to the success of renowned hotels within Hilton, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton, Rosewood, One&Only and Jumeirah Group.
He has worked across key cities such as Hamburg, Bangkok, Cairo, New York, Hawaii, London, Hong Kong, Antalya and Dubai.
Hilal’s hospitality career started as a management trainee at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok and within ten years he moved up the ladder to director of food and beverage at the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong.
Moving on to the Lanesborough in London, he gathered a vast experience in luxury hospitality.
He then progressed to executive assistant manager roles at notable properties such as One & Only Le Touessrok in Mauritius in 2002 and Burj Al Arab in 2005…