IHG Dubai Festival City promotes team members

InterContinental Hotels

InterContinental Hotels (IHG) at Dubai Festival City has announced several promotions and appointments across its flagship hotels in the UAE.

Sayed Tayoun has been promoted to the position of hotel manager at Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City. Under his stewardship as the previous area director of sales and marketing, the IHG hotels at Dubai Festival City have continued to grow from strength to strength.

Impressive commercial financial numbers remain at the top of the leader board and he and his team showcased a restructured sales operation to highlight the possibility of converting an obstacle into a role model opportunity for the region. Tayoun has been part of IHG for nearly 15 years across nine properties.


Concurrently, Michael Borges has been appointed as the new area director of sales and marketing for IHG hotels at Dubai Festival City. With more than 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Borges has worked in various roles across seven countries in Europe.

He was most recently the cluster director of sales and marketing at the InterContinental Malta, where he was responsible for the InterContinental Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Malta and IACC – Congress Centre, with 31 meeting venues across 9,000m2.

His extensive sales and marketing and MICE leadership experience also includes area sales and marketing, and conference and events management positions at Waldorf Astoria, Hilton, The Romanos – Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Westin Resort in Greece. Borges’ journey with IHG started in 2015 at the InterContinental Budapest, Hungary.

Lastly, Juliana Khalife has been promoted to cluster director of sales for IHG hotels at Dubai Festival City. Khalife’s journey with IHG Dubai Festival City started back in 2007, when she served as business development manager during the hotels’ pre-opening phase. Through her strategic leadership, she has led the team as director of conference and events for the past five years, with a proven track record of success. She also played a pivotal role in implementing several strategies to enhance productivity and generate revenue for conference and events.

Khalife’s promotion will ensure the continuation of providing memorable guest experiences and commercial strategies, while achieving the company’s goals, along with developing team members.