Aloft Muscat appoints Ramy Hamdoun as new General Manager

Aloft Muscat, a vibrant and stylish hotel in the heart of Muscat, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Mr. Ramy Hamdoun as its new General Manager. With an extensive background in the hospitality industry and a proven track record of excellence, Mr. Hamdoun brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to the Aloft Muscat team.Ramy Hamdoun joins Aloft Muscat with a distinguished career spanning over 16 years in the hospitality sector. His appointment as General Manager at Aloft Muscat marks a significant milestone in his career, and the hotel is excited to have him lead the way in achieving new heights of success.Before assuming his current position, Mr. Hamdoun held key roles in the industry, including Executive Assistant Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing at Wyndham Garden, Muscat, as well as Director of Sales and Marketing at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Bahrain. He also served as Director of Sales-Corporate at InterContinental Hotels Group. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, a passion for guest satisfaction, and a commitment to delivering memorable experiences.Aloft Muscat is excited for the new era that Mr. Ramy Hamdoun's leadership will usher in, and looks forward to scaling new heights under his guidance.

VT Markets appoints Eslam Elshafay as Operations Manager for MENA Region

Dubai: VT Markets, a leading global forex broker, is pleased to announce the appointment of Eslam Elshafay as Operations Manager for the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. With a wealth of experience in the forex industry, including a successful tenure at Accuindex, Eslam brings valuable expertise to his new role.Eslam Elshafay joins VT Markets with a remarkable track record in the field, having served as the CS & Operations Manager at Accuindex for two and a half years. During his time at Accuindex, Eslam showcased exceptional leadership skills and a deep understanding of operational efficiency in the forex market. His dedication to providing exceptional customer service and driving operational excellence played a pivotal role in Accuindex's success.With over five years of experience in the forex industry, Eslam possesses a comprehensive understanding of the market's dynamics and a keen eye for identifying emerging trends. His expertise in risk management, compliance, and operational strategies will prove instrumental in further enhancing VT Markets' position as a leading player in the industry.As the Operations Manager for VT Markets in the MENA region, Eslam Elshafay will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, ensuring seamless execution of services, and maintaining the highest standards of customer satisfaction. His strong leadership abilities and strategic vision will help streamline internal processes, drive organizational growth, and foster a culture of excellence within the MENA region.I am thrilled to be joining VT Markets as their Operations Manager for the MENA region," said Eslam Elshafay. VT Markets is renowned for its commitment to providing clients with innovative trading solutions and exceptional service. I look forward to working closely with the talented team in the region and contributing to the company's continued success in the global forex market.

Savvy Games Group welcomes new chief financial officer

Riyadh:  Savvy Games Group, the games and esports company founded to drive the long-term growth and development of esports and the wider games industry worldwide, announced today the appointment of Saleh Alfadhel as Chief Financial Officer.Saleh Alfadhel has been appointed Savvy’s Chief Financial Officer. Alfadhel brings a wealth of experience in finance and accounting to his new role, having served most recently as the Group Chief Financial Officer at Saudia, the national carrier and one of the largest airlines in the Middle East. He has also served as a member of many listed and close joint stock companies boards and audit committees, including Riyadh Airports, Flyadeal and AXA insurance.In his new role, Alfadhel will oversee Savvy Games Group's financial strategy and operations, sitting on the executive team to drive the company's growth and profitability.Savvy is 100% owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, PIF.Brian Ward, CEO of Savvy Games Group said:“We are thrilled to welcome Saleh Alfadhel as our new Chief Financial Officer. With his impressive track record and wealth of experience in finance and strategy, I know he will play a critical role in driving Savvy’s development and growth. As we continue to invest long-term capital to grow the community and the sector, Saleh's expertise will be invaluable to us.”

Senior appointments reflect Gensler Middle East’s regional growth Trajectory

Gensler, the global architecture, design and planning firm, has appointed three directors to its Middle East office. Thomas Williams, AIA, LEED® AP and Arthi Balasubramanian, B.Arch. (Hons), PG Dip, COA, have been appointed as Studio Directors and Stephanie Kinnick AIA, LEED AP® BD+C is the newly appointed Operations Director. All hires will have a Middle East-wide remit.These appointments act as a significant growth marker for Gensler Middle East, headed by Tim Martin as the Managing Director. With Gensler’s worldwide revenue for fiscal year 2021, reaching $1.235 billion, and the Middle East being an impressive contributor, the region is a focus market for the global giant. Currently Gensler, founded in 1965, has 50 locations across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Americas with three in the Middle East. The firm serves more than 3,300 active clients in almost every industry.Commenting on the appointments, Managing Director of Gensler Middle East, Tim Martin said: “The Gensler Middle East office has seen huge success over the past two years, and as a result, exponential growth across client base, revenue and staff. With giga projects and two new offices under our belts, we are delighted to be welcoming a continued high caliber of talent to the Gensler family to aid us in our commitment to the design industry. Guided by determined optimism, we believe the power of design can spark positive change and create a future that promotes equity, resilience and wellbeing for everyone.”Thomas Williams is an architect licensed in the State of Hawaii, U.S.A. with more than 25 years’ experience across; global hospitality leadership, design leadership in master planning, ultra-luxury resorts and high-rise urban mixed-use. His project experience spans; resorts, urban hotels, boutique properties, residential developments, entertainment venues and culture and art complexes.With large scale projects such as; Park Hyatt & Andaz Porto Island Dubai, U.A.E. 1,150 keys, Van Don Resort Complex, Hanoi, Vietnam 2,400 keys, Ritz Carlton Bora Bora, Bora Bora Island, French Polynesia 300 keys, Four Season Resort, French Polynesia 125 keys, Raffles Resort, Bora Bora Island, French Polynesia 250 keys, amongst many others, Thomas’s primary role is leading and directing design across Gensler’s Lifestyle II studio, covering; hospitality, residential and retail, while working with Gensler’s global production team. His professional expertise extends beyond the conceptual realm to technical working drawings and direct client management. As a result of a rich background in architecture, hospitality management and graphic design, he is able to bring a unique professional view to projects and design solutions for his clients.With over 15 years’ experience in architectural practice, Arthi studied Architecture at Anna University, Chennai, India, before moving to the UK to obtain her Post Graduate degree at the University of Sheffield. Arthi has worked for a number of well-known architectural studios in the UK, leading several award-winning projects during that time. Shortly after moving to the UAE, Arthi worked as Lead Design Manager for the Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture’s, complex masterplan and modernization of the Cultural Foundation Building at Qasr Al Hosn. In her previous role she was responsible for overseeing the design and delivery of all regional projects, developing strategy and leading business development. Her passion is design and renovation of cultural building, especially projects that bridge local heritage with contemporary architecture.Stephanie Kinnick is an architect with over 25 years’ experience and a diverse portfolio of work globally, ranging from academic to commercial, arenas to single family residences, civic and transportation to hospitality and retail. Being based in the MENA region for more than ten years, she has had the opportunity to see a cross-section of projects come to life, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Yas Bay, and Jubail Island Town Center. With a strong foundation in design and a keenness for strategic leadership, Stephanie excels as a driven team leader. She is currently the 2022 President of AIA Middle East and in her current role, she will manage the day-to-day operations of Gensler’s Middle East offices, covering all aspects of business, resourcing, finance, marketing, business development and team development.Unique among design firms, Gensler Middle East’s integrated network serves a cross-section of the global economy through the following practice areas: Community Aviation Cities & Urban Design Education Lifestyle Brand Design Culture & Museums Digital Experience Design Hospitality Mixed Use & Retail Centers Sports Work PlaceConsulting & Real Estate Services Consumer Goods Developer Energy Financial Services Foundations, Associations & Organizations, Government & Defense