Amit Arora has assumed the position of general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert and The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach.
Both properties will mark the The Ritz-Carlton’s debut in the emirate, and will represent the latest hotels to join its ever-growing Middle East portfolio.
Boasting over two decades of hospitality experience, Arora has worked for a number of regional and international brands, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Armani Hotels & Resorts and Emaar Hospitality Group, among others.
His new position will mark his return to The Ritz-Carlton, having worked with the brand in the early stages of his career as a front office executive at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston. He worked his way up the ladder, taking on the roles at The Ritz-Carlton International Sales Office in Frankfurt and The Ritz-Carlton Schlosshotel Berlin.
He then moved to the Middle East and assumed the position of director of sales and marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. During his tenure there, the hotel acquired the Dubai Quality Gold Award, among other accolades.
Arora boasts experience in successfully managing transitions, including new openings and reflagging. Throughout his career he has managed eight property openings across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Milan. He additionally helmed the rebranding and reflagging of five properties across the Middle East and Europe, including The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa and The Ritz-Carlton Schlosshotel Berlin.
In his new capacity as general manager, Arora will take lead of all activities running up to the official opening of both properties in 2017. He will oversee the comprehensive renovations to the Al Hamra beach property, a 32 all-villa luxury resort, and drive operations at the 101 villa desert property, Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah, a Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel.
Enthusing on his new position, Arora said: “I am honoured and excited to take on this new role and join the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton in establishing The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert and The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach as the emirates’ finest. Through our work over the next few months, we hope to set the benchmark in intuitive service, top-of-the-line amenities and rich experiences.”