Hilton Doha The Pearl welcomes industry leader Daniel van Wyk as General Manager

Doha, Qatar: Daniel van Wyk has been named as the new General Manager of Hilton Doha The Pearl. Boasting a distinguished career in the hospitality sector, Van Wyk brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success to his role at the upscale property.Van Wyk has spent 20 years with Hilton with the last 13 years as General Managers for various hotels in the United Kingdom and Doha.Van Wyk's journey in the industry has been marked by remarkable achievements, showcasing his exceptional leadership and strategic expertise. In the face of unprecedented challenges, he adeptly led the opening of two hotels in Doha during the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving profitability in their inaugural years.In his most recent role as Cluster General Manager for Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection, and Doubletree by Hilton Al Sadd Doha, Qatar, Van Wyk successfully led his team through the pre-opening phase.As a committed advocate for talent development, Van Wyk serves as an assessor and mentor for various Hilton Management Programs, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of the hospitality workforce.Beyond the boardroom, Van Wyk actively engaged with the community as the Chair of a number of Charity Dinners and contributed to various charity organizations in Glasgow, exemplifying his commitment to social responsibility.Reflecting on his appointment, Daniel van Wyk expressed his enthusiasm for the new role: "I am honored to join the Hilton Doha The Pearl family and look forward to contributing to the legacy of excellence that Hilton is renowned for. Together with the dedicated team that made Hilton Doha The Pearl what it is today, we will continue to elevate the guest experience and set new standards of hospitality in Doha."During his time in Glasgow and London, UK, Daniel van Wyk was a member of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, participated in the Young Presidents Club, and affiliated with the Glasgow Hotel Manager’s Association and the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau as well as the Paddington Partnership Association.In his new role, Van Wyk will oversee and lead initiatives to further enhance the exceptional offerings at Hilton Doha The Pearl. His focus will be on ensuring continued room and residence occupancy, and optimizing the success of dining options, including The Kitchen, Mulberry Tavern, Lobby Café, and La Pergola, in addition to the various hotel amenities such as the well-equipped fitness center, eforea Spa, private beach, outdoor pool, and Kids Club.

Juliana Salla appointed as General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Muscat

Muscat: JW Marriott Hotel Muscat is delighted to announce the appointment of Juliana Salla as its General Manager, responsible for overseeing the brand’s flagship hotel in Oman, which reopened its doors in October 2023.With over 20 years of experience within the international tourism and hospitality sector in South America, North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and China, Salla has worked with Marriott in a variety of positions for the company’s brands, including senior leadership roles at W owned properties in Qatar, Indonesia and China.“I am honored to be taking on this leading role with such a prestigious, meticulously designed property. We aim to foster a serene sanctuary for business and leisure, or a seamless blend of both, for meaningful stays that feature the highest levels of attention to detail every step of the way,” said Juliana Salla, General Manager of JW Marriott Hotel Muscat.“Despite their geographical distance, Oman and Brazil share a common appreciation for rich cultural diversity and natural beauty and Muscat is the perfect destination to experience JW Marriott’s serene sanctuary and make memorable connections. I am extremely happy to be here and excited to extend our extraordinary hospitality to all who join us.”For six years before moving to Muscat, she took up integral positions at two Ritz-Carlton properties, in Bali from 2017 to 2020, then at Fari Islands, Maldives from 2020 to 2023.Prior to those appointments, she honed her inspiring leadership skills for 10 years with the W brand, while playing a key role in the pre-opening of various W properties. Salla kick started her career with Disney Cruise Lines before gravitating to land-based hotel operations.Underpinned by exceptional love of service and hospitality, JW Marriott Hotel Muscat features 304 luxurious, spacious guest rooms and suites featuring dramatic and unique interior design. A short drive from Muscat International Airport in the heart of Madinat Al-Irfan, it also boasts direct connectivity to the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre and offers business and leisure travelers a haven to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban living.The hotel stands as a beacon of environmental sustainability, with its architectural excellence aligning with the stringent standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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.

The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh welcomes Mazen Allam as new General Manager

Riyadh: The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Mazen Allam as its new General Manager, effective September 2023. Mr. Allam brings a distinguished career in luxury hospitality and a rich understanding of the Saudi Arabian market to his new role, making him a valuable addition to the hotel's leadership team.Mr. Allam's journey in the industry began at Le Meridien Jeddah in 2002, where he started at the Front Desk and swiftly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming Assistant Director of Sales in 2009, thanks to his exceptional commercial acumen.In 2011, Mr. Allam joined the Rosewood Jeddah, where he played a pivotal role in elevating the property into one of Jeddah's foremost luxury destinations. He started as the Director of Sales & Marketing, consistently demonstrating exceptional leadership. This culminated in his appointment as General Manager in 2018, where he continued to excel. His remarkable achievements led to a regional role as Managing Director in 2021, overseeing new development deals across the Kingdom.A graduate of Prince Sultan College in Jeddah with a degree in Hotels & Tourism Management, Mr. Allam's extensive experience and track record of success make him a valuable addition to The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, further solidifying its position as a leading luxury destination in Saudi Arabia.Commenting on his new appointment, Mazen Allam said "I am deeply honored to assume leadership at The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, a symbol of unparalleled luxury, and to continue my journey as part of the esteemed Marriott International brand. I eagerly anticipate collaborating with our exceptional team to perpetuate Marriott's legacy of delivering awe-inspiring service, unforgettable dining experiences, and an unwavering commitment to perfection. Through our dedication to our team members, I am confident that we will attain new heights for The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, aspiring to set new standards of excellence in the luxury and premium-select segments."

Mindware partners with OneSpan to protect MEA organizations from digital fraud

DUBAI: Mindware, a leading value-added distributor (VAD) in the Middle East and Africa, announced today its partnership with OneSpan, the digital agreements security company. Under the agreement, Mindware will market and distribute OneSpan’s cutting-edge solutions, which encompass high-assurance identity verification, transaction signing, authentication, mobile security, streamlined e-signature workflows, and secure video collaboration tools for digital agreements and transactions.OneSpan’s mission is to accelerate customers’ digital revenue streams and operating efficiencies by enabling secure, compliant, and refreshingly easy digital agreement experiences. The company has over 30 years of experience working with the most security-conscious organizations in the world, helping them streamline and secure user experiences, which in turn allows them to drive growth, reduce risk, and unlock their business potential.Speaking about the partnership, Nicholas Argyrides, - Gulf at Mindware commented: “The pandemic has accelerated the need for digital business transactions. Along with this comes unprecedented digital challenges. OneSpan is a world leader in digital agreements security – a new type of security company built for the incoming Web3 era. OneSpan solutions protect enterprises and their customers throughout their online transactions and digital agreement processes. They provide security from the initial identity verification, all the way through storage, ensuring end-to-end protection. With cybercrime as rampant as it is today, we believe that this market will highly value the solution capabilities offered by OneSpan. As Mindware continues strengthening its security portfolio, this new partnership adds significant value to our offerings.”“We’re excited to be partnering with a leading distributor like Mindware in the Middle East and Africa. Together, we are serving a growing demand to provide secure, compliant, and frictionless customer-facing and revenue-generating business processes. This partnership will allow us to scale, and we look forward to growing together in the region,” concludes Mr. Jawad Toukna, Vice President of Sales & GM, EMEA at OneSpan.