Kempinski Hotel Muscat has promoted Mohammed Al Harrasi to the position of director of finance.
Al Harrasi represents the very first Omani director of finance in Muscat and is an experienced hotelier with more than 25 years of experience in hotel operations.
He joined the Kempinski Hotel Muscat family as director of purchasing in 2017. He complements the hotel’s strong performance-oriented culture, and his impressive reputation for execution and achieving results makes him the right choice to lead the finance team.
Al Harrasi was crowned the winner of the ‘Hospitality Championship 2020’ awards due to his exemplary achievements in supporting Omani Craft Industries by purchasing locally crafted items to be used at the hotel. He is also dedicated to furthering the career development of local talents in his department.
Prior to joining the Kempinski Hotel Muscat, he served as a logistics manager at Crowne Plaza Muscat. Before that, he worked as the purchasing manager of Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in 2015.
Since November 2020, Al Harrasi has been assisting the finance and operational departments in monitoring, reporting and controlling the cost of sales at the hotel, including audit and control, financial analysis and reporting, budgeting, forecasting and more.
General manager, Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Carsten Wiegandt commented: “The appointment of Mohammed Al Harrasi confirms the keenness and commitment of the hotel management towards its vision and goal of contributing to the promotion of Omani talents. At the hotel, we are constantly working to achieve our goal of training and refining national competencies.
“We have seen a remarkable development in the professional capabilities of the Omanis at the hotel and we are looking forward to promoting other employees with the development of their practical competencies and experience. The tourism and hotel sector is witnessing a great growth, which increases our need for talented Omani employees, and I encourage Omanis to enter and explore this sector,” Wiegandt added.
Meanwhile, enthusing on his new challenge, Al Harrasi said: “I am proud to join the management team. The hotel has given me opportunities. It is wonderful to develop my skills and experience, and this upgrade is only a translation of their confidence in me and in my ability to assume this responsibility.”