Here's a name to remember for Middle East-bound travelers: Andrew Abram has been named general manager of Raffles Dubai. Abram began his new role on January 20.
Abram joins Raffles from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, where he has held a number of positions since 2003. He was most recently General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He joined the group as Resident Manager of The Excelsior Hong Kong, and went on to lead the renovation and reopening of the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta, holding the role of General Manager for eight years.
Abram has held the position of Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing with the Jumeirah International group in the Middle East. During his tenure, he was responsible for the branding and launch for several projects, including the Burj Al Arab, The Jumeirah Beach Resort and Emirates Towers. He also worked at the Carlton Towers in London.
Raffles Dubai is Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ first hotel in the Middle East. The landmark city hotel is in a distinctive pyramid shape and merges Asian style with an Egyptian aesthetic. Good to know: The hotel has recently been named by TripAdvisor in its 2013 Travellers’ Choice Hotel Awards across five categories including Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the Middle East, Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the UAE, and Top 25 Hotels for Service in the UAE.