December 9, 2023

Khalidia Palace Hotel Dubai by Mourouj Gloria Appoints General Manager and Leadership Team

Khalidia Palace Hotel Dubai by Mourouj Gloria, the soon-to-be-unveiled 5-star oasis of luxury, announced the appointment of seasoned industry luminary, Mohammed Iqbal as General Manager. Gearing up for the hotel’s opening this December, Iqbal has assembled a team of esteemed industry leaders to steer the hotel to the forefront of the luxury market. Each member has been selected for their unparalleled expertise and commitment to excellence. The new appointments at the property include Rahim Muhammad Iqbal as Director of Finance, Genu Nair as Rooms Division Manager, Rula Khulaif as Director of Sales, Amal Falouh as Talent Acquisition and Learning Development Manager, Guha Priya as Executive Housekeeper, Asela Dias as Chief Engineer Ibrahim Mohamed as F&B Manager and Mian Muhammad Imran as Executive Chef.

General Manager

Mohammed Iqbal brings to Khalidia Palace Hotel Dubai by Mourouj Gloria not just a monumental track record of success, but a rich tapestry of qualifications that testify to his expertise in the hospitality field. He is a Certified Hotel Administrator from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, holds an MBA from the University of Wolverhampton and has completed an Executive Diploma in International Business Management from Pearson Assured. His academic achievements are further complemented by a Certified Hotel Revenue Manager credential from the prestigious Cornell University.

Over his illustrious career, Mohammed Iqbal has played a crucial role in the successful launch and evolution of several prominent hotels within the GCC. His expertise has flourished through strategic alliances with notable brands, including Crown, Four Points by Sheraton, Khalidia Hotel Apartments, Mourouj Hotel Apartments, Ramada, Gloria Hotel Suites, and Park Plaza Hotel. With a keen strategic vision and unwavering commitment, Iqbal has been instrumental in guiding these establishments to not only meet but often exceed, the lofty benchmarks of the industry.

Discussing his appointment and that of his team, Mohammed Iqbal General Manager at Khalidia Palace Hotel Dubai by Mourouj Gloria said, “As we prepare for the official launch of this luxurious new property in Dubai’s Deira district, our dedication to delivering an unmatched hospitality experience is at the forefront of our efforts. My journey with Khalidia Palace has taught me that the soul of any great hotel is its team. Collectively, we’re looking forward to welcoming future guests to the property for a truly remarkable experience.

Leadership Team

Under the leadership of Mohamed Iqbal, a stellar management team has been assembled to uphold the highest standards of luxury service, guest experience, and operational efficiency. This dynamic team comprises of industry professionals who will be helming key positions at the property:

Rahim Muhammad Iqbal, Director of Finance: Rahim Muhammad Iqbal carries over 23 years of specialized financial leadership in hospitality. At the financial helm of Khalidia Palace Hotel Dubai, he has already significantly enhanced fiscal operations and cost efficiency. With an Executive MBA in Finance and proven expertise in financial strategy and operational growth, Rahim is set to ensure the property’s financial robustness and success.

Genu Nair, Rooms Division Manager: Genu Nair, with over a decade of expertise in guest services and room operations with prestigious brands such as Rixos, Ritz Carlton, Sheraton, Aloft, and Accor, enriches Khalidia Palace Hotel Dubai by Morouj Gloria’s leadership as the Rooms Division Manager. Her approach, valuing the industry’s fast pace and diversity, has consistently enhanced guest satisfaction and team dynamism in luxury settings.

Rula Khulaif, Director of Sales: Rula Khulaif brings nearly 24 years of hospitality expertise and a strong track record in hotel pre-openings to the team, with substantial experience leading Sales & Marketing for esteemed brands like Millennium, Rotana, IHG, Taj, and Dusit. Her deep market knowledge and strategic acumen are invaluable assets in driving the sales trajectory forward.

Amal Falouh, Talent Acquisition and Learning Development Manager: Amal Falouh, with 16 years in the hospitality sector, has honed her expertise in talent management and employee development across prestigious hotel groups. She has a proven track record of fostering growth and excellence within teams, aligning recruitment strategies with organisational goals, and championing a culture where exceptional service and employee well-being are paramount.

Guha Priya, Executive Housekeeper:Guha Priya, brings 17 years of hospitality expertise, with 13 years dedicated to leadership roles in housekeeping across international brands such as Hilton, Millennium, and Ramada. A graduate in Hotel Management, Priya is passionate about ensuring the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene, reflecting her intrinsic desire to deliver exemplary service.

Asela Dias, Chief Engineer:With 23 years in hospitality engineering, Asela Dias brings a wealth of expertise to his role. He’s contributed his engineering acumen to luxury brands and has been pivotal in four hotel pre-openings. His focus on maintaining high standards through ISO certifications and a commitment to customer service excellence defines his approach. Asela’s qualifications include a City & Guilds power Distribution diploma and NEBOSH IGC certification.

Ibrahim Mohamed, F&B Manager:Ibrahim Mohamed brings over 20 years of F&B expertise to his role, with a background in managing high-profile events and operations across esteemed venues. His journey from waiter to F&B Manager is marked by progressive leadership in banquet and catering services, underpinned by a commitment to excellence.

Mian Muhammad Imran, Executive Chef: Mian Muhammad Imran wields a remarkable 27 years of culinary expertise in the UAE. Renowned for his leadership in high-capacity kitchens and his flair for crafting unique, seasonal dishes, Chef Imran ensures excellence in every meal served. A culinary visionary, he will bring innovative gastronomic concepts to the hotel’s dining experiences.

The Hotel

Nestled in the vibrant heart of Dubai’s Deira district, Khalidia Palace Hotel Dubai by Mourouj Gloria emerges as a beacon of luxury and innovation in the city’s illustrious hospitality landscape, combining exquisite accommodations, exceptional guest experiences, and indulgent amenities. Catering to travellers, families, and residents alike, the 5-star property promises an oasis of comfort amidst the bustling urban sprawl. The hotel also boasts state-of-the-art conference and event facilities, a serene spa retreat, and a stunning poolside café. Every detail at the Khalidia Palace Hotel Dubai by Morouj Gloria is curated to provide an unforgettable experience, making it a destination not just for travellers but for connoisseurs of fine living.

Set to become a landmark destination with its doors opening this December, the hotel’s handpicked team of industry leaders, driven by passion and proficiency, are geared to establish new paradigms in hospitality within the vibrant pulse of Dubai’s Deira district. With its strategic leadership in place, the Khalidia Palace Hotel Dubai by Mourouj Gloria is poised to offer an unrivalled luxury experience, combining the warmth of Arabian hospitality with the splendour of modern luxury, setting the stage for guests to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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