Jumeirah Properties Get New General Managers

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Dubai-based hospitality company Jumeirah Group has appointed new general managers for several of its hotels around the world.

In Dubai, Margaret Paul is the new general manager of Madinat Jumeirah - The Arabian Resort. She will oversee the management of the resort's three hotels - Al Qasr, Mina A'Salam and Dar Al Masyaf - as well as the Souk Madinat Jumeirah and the resort's Conference Centre. Paul, a British national, has been with Jumeirah Group since 2002 when she became Hotel Manager for Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London. In 2004, she moved to Dubai as Hotel Manager for Jumeirah Beach Hotel, then was appointed general manager for a pre-opening property before coming back to Jumeirah Beach Hotel as general manager in 2008. Prior to joining the Jumeirah Group, Paul worked for Le Meridien Hotels in Europe and Dubai.

Taking over Paul's former role, Mahmoud Sakr is the new general manager of Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Sakr started his career with Jumeirah in 1999 as Director of Rooms for Jumeirah Group's flagship hotel, Burj Al Arab. He was promoted to Executive Assistant Manager - Rooms Division, then to Resident Manager, before becoming Hotel Manager. In 2008 he became general manager of Mina A'Salam, part of Madinat Jumeirah resort. Sakr, an Egyptian national, has worked for several hotels throughout Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

In China, Graham Kiy has been appointed general manager of Jumeirah Guangzhou, and will lead the pre-opening team of the hotel. Graham joined Jumeirah in August 2010 as the pre-opening Hotel Manager for Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai. Prior to this, he worked with the pre-opening development team of Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, Shanghai. A British National and fluent German, French, Indonesian, Thai, Mandarin and Cantonese speaker, Graham has held General Management roles in Suzhou (China), Singapore and Manila (Philippines). He also spent a number of years in Executive Committee roles in five-star hotels and members clubs in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Beijing and Taiwan. Jumeirah Guangzhou is expected to open in 2013.

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