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New GM at Royal Central Hotel The Palm in Dubai

New GM at Royal Central Hotel The Palm in Dubai

Central Hotels has appointed Mohamed Hassan Youssef as the General Manager for the Royal Central Hotel The Palm in Dubai.  Mohamed is a seasoned hotelier with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, including 9 years in the UAE working with a number of brands within the region.

Ammar Kannan, Group General Manager of Central Hotels said, “We are delighted to welcome Mohamed as General Manager of our newest 5-star hotel. Mohamed has a solid hospitality background in the GCC, and we are confident that his local and international experience will deliver a truly unforgettable moments to our much-valued guests. We believe his diverse expertise will enable him to develop and grow his team who are key to ensuring our guests are well looked after and stay loyal to us.”

Upon joining the Royal Central Hotel The Palm Mohamed commented, “I am honored and extremely motivated to lead the highly-talented team to offer Central Hotels’ ‘Stay Fresh’ concept for the first time in The Palm Jumeirah.  We are proud to have such an outstanding property in this iconic destination in Dubai. Our Stay Fresh concept will give our guests the opportunity to surround themselves with a whole lot of fun in a funky, casual and family-friendly surrounding.  I am looking forward, together with my team, to welcome guests from around the world to this stunning hotel.”

An Egyptian national, Mohamed began his career with a number of Global brands, which included Sonesta Hotel & Nile Cruises, Swissotel Sharm El Sheikh, and Concorde Hotels & Resorts for many years with his focus on front of house. Speaking fluent French, Arabic, and English, he came to the UAE in 2009 to take the position of Front Office Manager at the Iberotel Miramar Al Aqah Fujairah. In 2014 he took the position of Rooms Division Manager at Gloria Hotels where he quickly progressed to Director of Rooms. In 2016 he took the role of Director of Operations for the new Telal Resort, Al Ain by Muruoj Gloria. Immediately prior to joining Royal Central Hotel The Palm, he was Hotel Resident Manager at the Western Hotel in Abu Dhabi.










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