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Samer Abiad

F&B Director


Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai has appointed Samer Abiad to the role of Food & Beverage Director.

Lebanese national Abiad, boasts a wealth of experience having worked in five-star hotels in the UAE and across the wider GCC including La Vendome InterContinental Hotel, Beirut; Beach Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi; Shangri-La, Traders Hotel, Dubai; and JOOD Palace Hotel (formerly known as Taj Palace Hotel).

He joins Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate from Dubai’s Grand Millennium Hotel, where he oversaw the successful operation of eight F&B outlets and seven meeting and conference venues.

Abiad’s other responsibilities include looking after the conference and banqueting facilities at Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate.

“Dubai has an enviable international reputation as a business and leisure destination of choice, which resonates perfectly with the wide variety of F&B on offer at the Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate. The hotel has set itself extremely high standards, specifically to exceed the expectations of our guests and it is my responsibility to make sure that remains a reality,” said Abiad.

Mark Fernando

General Manager


R Hotels has announced the appointment of Mark Fernando as new General Manager of Ramada Downtown Dubai. In his role, he will head the overall operations of the 181-key hotel.

Mark Fernando stated: “I am excited to be part of R Hotels group and embark on a new chapter of my career. Ramada Downtown Dubai is such a remarkable property, and together with my dedicated and energetic team, we will continue to deliver high standards of service to our loyal guests, and fortify alliance with our trusted partners. We are keen to establish new business relationships, and explore innovative schemes to strengthen the hotel’s position amid the growing competition in Dubai.”

Mark Fernando has more than 30 years of hospitality experience with a proven track record of hotel operations, revenue management and business development. He worked with Starwood Hotels and Resorts for more than 25 years, spanning roles across various properties including deputy general manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi; revenue manager at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Resort and Marina; and customer service manager and Royal Club manager at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre.