Holiday Inn and Staybridge Dubai Business Bay welcome a new executive team

IHG Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce the imminent arrival of the Holiday Inn Hotel, set to open its doors this December in the vibrant Business Bay district. Leading the way is General Manager Bruno Hivon, at the helm of a dedicated young and dynamic team fully committed to bringing their vision to life—transforming this hotel into a thriving establishment nestled in the heart of the city.Bruno Hivon, General ManagerBoasting over 29 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Hivon has taken on the role of Cluster General Manager for the Holiday Inn & Staybridge Suite Dubai Business Bay in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to overseeing all operations and implementing strategic commercial plans to enhance its market position, Hivon is spearheading the launch of a cluster of hotels comprising over 400 rooms and four enticing food and beverage outlets in the vibrant heart of Dubai.Hivon's vision includes the integration of various sustainable initiatives, such as the installation of solar panels to harness renewable energy, the implementation of a desalination plant to provide in-house drinking water, and the utilisation of recycled paper for all in-house collaterals. Moreover, he has taken significant steps to reduce the hotel's carbon footprint by introducing energy-saving lighting solutions.His journey started in Dubai with Habtoor Hospitality, where he spent nearly five years holding pivotal roles as General Manager and Executive Assistant Manager. During this period, Bruno played a crucial role in the successful openings and management of various properties, establishing a strong foundation for his future endeavours. Subsequently, he joined Emirates Holidays, where he dedicated years to shaping the travel and tourism landscape in the city.Hivon then ventured to Qatar, where he assumed the roles of General Manager for Crowne Plaza Doha the Business Park and Holiday Inn Doha the Business Park, from February 2018 to February 2020. These properties, offering a combined total of 685 rooms, unique dining concepts, and extensive event space, thrived under his leadership.Commenting on his appointment, Hivon said, “I am honoured to be taking on the role of Cluster General Manager of Holiday Inn Dubai Business Bay and Staybridge Suites Dubai Business Bay. I am extremely excited to be a part of this dedicated team and look forward to providing our guests with elevated experiences and unrivalled service right in the heart of the city. As we embark on this journey, we remain dedicated to sustainability and to upholding environmentally friendly practices, in line with our larger vision of responsible tourism.”Hivon's unwavering dedication to hospitality excellence and strategic leadership throughout his career, along with his consideration for his team’s well-being, has not only solidified his esteemed reputation in the industry but also embodied his commitment to maintaining a collaborative and supportive work environment.Shadab Amin, Director of Sales and MarketingWorking alongside Bruno Hivon as Director of Sales and Marketing is Shadab Amin. Throughout his extensive career, Amin has demonstrated exceptional expertise in sales and marketing within the hospitality industry. Currently serving in his role at Holiday Inn Dubai Business Bay, he is responsible for leading the commercial team with a smart approach, aiming to achieve goals such as managing budgets, as well as developing and executing strategic sales and marketing plans to optimise revenue. Additionally, he is dedicated to efficiently allocating resources towards the hotel’s pre-opening budget Shadab’s keen market insight allows him to adjust strategies in response to changing market conditions and maintain strong relationships with industry influencers and partners. His role also involves overseeing advertising and promotional activities while upholding IHG Brand standards. His career has encompassed various roles, including Director of Sales, Assistant Director of Sales, and Senior Business Development Manager at prominent hotels and resorts in locations like Singapore, the Maldives, and Oman, demonstrating his versatile and accomplished career track record.Arjun Singh, Executive ChefWith over a decade of experience, Arjun Singh is a profoundly creative and self-motivated chef who possesses exceptional expertise in hotel operations, demonstrating strong management, leadership, and communication skills. From roles as a Senior Sous Chef at Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront, Jr. Sous Chef at Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, and Chef de partie at various renowned establishments, Singh has consistently delivered high-quality dishes, managed kitchen operations, and resolved challenges efficiently. His career journey reflects an unwavering commitment to culinary excellence, innovative problem-solving, and effective leadership in the dynamic realm of hospitality and hotel operations. Arjun’s expertise also extends to cooking techniques with open fire, where he masterfully harnesses the flames to create exceptional dishes. Arjun will oversee day-to-day activities and implement dynamic F&B strategies to maximise revenue, while ensuring that an exceptional level of guest service is always maintained. Arjun specializes in American and Mexican cuisine, offering modern interpretations. His core strengths include skills such as kitchen and restaurant design, menu engineering and implementation, people development and performance management, planning and budgeting, the development of new F&B concepts, environmentally friendly and sustainable menus, and product feasibility studies and market research.With over 15 years of experience in F&B operations and hotel management, Matthew Wakeford is a seasoned hospitality professional known for his expertise in creating diverse menus, crafting innovative cocktails, and optimising beverage operations. He has an impressive track record of successful pre-openings, including the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dubai. Currently serving as the F&B Manager at Holiday Inn Dubai Business Bay Hotel, Wakeford leads the food and beverage operations, contributing his extensive experience to enhance the hotel's dining offerings and guest experiences. His role encompasses menu development, training and supervising staff and fostering a culture of exceptional service. Matthew's leadership plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the hotel's F&B department thrives and aligns with the brand's standards of excellence.The hotel’s vision will also be overseen by key team members to ensure smooth and successful property operations. With over 21 years of experience in the industry, Ziad Khuzouz serves as the Director of Finance & Business Support. In this role, he is responsible for implementing strategic plans and budget programmes, as well as maximising profits and cash management, among other responsibilities. Shirley M will be leading all things human resources as Director of Human Resources, including talent acquisition, budgeting, staff accommodation, and internal communications. When it comes to Room Division, Mira Maher will oversee all operations as Room Division Manager. In her role, she leads various hotel departments, creates a welcoming environment, and manages day-to-day functions. Finally, Perla Carreon will serve as Housekeeping Manager, where she will head housekeeping and laundry facilities, ensuring a secure and pleasant environment for all guests.

IHG Hotels & Resorts picks Sayed Tayoun as General Manager for Dubai business

Dubai - IHG Hotels & Resorts is proud to announce the appointment of veteran hotelier Sayed Tayoun as General Manager of Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Science Park.With more than twenty years’ experience in hospitality operations & commercial leadership in the region, Sayed has been leading and inspiring teams across different IHG brands to excel in operational standards & achieve rooms, F&B & other revenues streams at optimum profitability. A Graduate with BA in Hospitality Management from Notre Dame University in Lebanon, an achiever in online career enhancement programs from Cornell University and Harvard Business School. His remarkable career in IHG began back in 2005 at InterContinental Doha, climbing up the ranks to become Director of Sales & Marketing in InterContinental Abu Dhabi in 2010, then leading the commercial functions for IHG Hotels in Abu Dhabi in 2012 and later with IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City in 2016. Most recently, he was named the Cluster Hotel Manager of the InterContinental Hotels at Dubai Festival City, where he led operations for the multi-branded complex of over 1,598 rooms, 10,000 square meters of events space, and 11 award-winning F&B outlets; introduced new F&B concepts in the business; and initiated more than 20 key projects to enhance the guest experience and drive revenues.  In his new position as General Manager of Holiday Inn & Suites at Dubai Science Park, Sayed is driven by his passion for people and support for the local community, as well as his ambition to successfully launch a pioneering green hotel that supports responsible hospitality. Together with his leadership team, he is pouring his considerable energies towards bringing IHG Hotels & Resorts’ “Journey to Sustainability” to life in Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Science Park through a variety of channels such as a no single-use plastic policy, an in-house water bottling plant, and digital amenities to reduce the use of paper in all the guest rooms, suites and apartments.  Built inside the hotel, the water bottling plant, for example, reduces the consumption of at least 1,500 plastic bottles a day by producing glass bottled water instead. The bottling plant has a 3,400-liter capacity, generating 80 liters per hour of cold still water, ambient still water, and sparkling water. “With travel bouncing back, it’s important that people have options for accommodations that help them reduce their carbon footprint. Many hotels have already begun by limiting the use of single-use plastics, and our hotel in particular, has implemented the use of eco-friendly products from eco bags, plantable seed pens, pencils & notebooks and biodegradable vanity kits as a replacement to traditional plastic toiletries, but we want to go an even bigger step further with pioneering innovations like our water bottling plant. In this way, we provide our signature hospitality and service to our guests while being environmentally responsible,” Sayed shared. “Our vision is for Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Science Park is to become one of the city’s most vibrant communal hubs. It is important for our guests, both local and international, to feel a sense of place and familiarity when they stay with us. Our aim is to support the local community by providing a place where people come together for business, social or leisure. We also plan to offer unique experiences that encourage local exploration and support local businesses and attractions,” Sayed adds.  Aside from championing responsible hospitality and supporting the community, Sayed is also a firm advocate of diversity and equality. A polyglot who can speak fluent Arabic, English and French, and with his passion for history and travel, Sayed believes that diversity enriches the workplace and helps to deliver true hospitality to guests of the hotel.  To this end, he has worked to champion diversity and inclusivity in the workplace including improving the hotel’s Emiratization program; implementing a flexible schedule for working mothers in the hotel; and ensuring gender equality amongst the employees of Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Science Park, with a diverse number of nationalities, and is still opening its doors for more. Holiday Inn & Suites will soon be opening its doors at the Dubai Science Park, a thriving community that fosters development in the medical, wellness, pharma, and technology sectors while being ideally located near Dubai’s beaches, golf courses and malls.  The hotel features a sleek and brand-transforming public space design which will allow the guests to meet, relax and socialize, as well as 324 guestrooms, suites and one-bedroom apartments conceptualized to optimize guest comfort. Integrating a modern approach, all hotel rooms, suites and apartments include features such as a Digital TouchPad panel and a Bluetooth speaker with wireless charging. Upper-scale one-bedroom suites will also be equipped with a built-in kitchenette, cookware and flatware, washer and dryer – facilities that are quintessential to long-staying guests. The?hotel also includes?seven?ultra-modern?collapsible?events and conference space and an extensive upper mid-scale ballroom, all equipped with modern technology, which can accommodate over 340 guests. For recreation, the hotel will have a fully equipped fitness center, an outdoor pool and a sizeable activity space. When it comes to food and beverage offerings, Holiday Inn & Suites at Dubai Science Park offers a variety of exciting choices to suit every taste. The hotel will have a sleek pool bar; Kitchen25, a restaurant serving international cuisine; and Café Verde, a café that will feature smart, communal working spaces. This fulfills the hotel’s brand promise of providing a space to support startup companies, entrepreneurs and “digital nomads” or remote-working professionals. The hotel will also be home to McGettigan’s - the famous Irish pub, which is set to be the new hotspot in the neighborhood for dining and drinks, with its unrivalled Irish hospitality and entertainment and al fresco seating. All this with the comfort and services they have come to know and love at Holiday Inn including the brand’s signature “Kids Stay and Eat Free” program. Complemented by memorable, warm and friendly service, Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Science Park will be the perfect destination for both business and leisure travelers, as well as residents within the community.