InterContinental Hotels at Dubai Festival City welcome new team members

InterContinental Hotels at Dubai Festival City

InterContinental Hotels at Dubai Festival City has shed light on the latest appointments to its senior leadership team.

Area General Manager, InterContinental Hotels at Dubai Festival City, Mathieu van Alphen enthused: “We are very delighted to welcome both Marieke Schellen and Karim Abdelhamid to the leadership team, and along with their extensive experience in the hospitality industry, we are confident in achieving another grand chapter of success for our flagship IHG UAE hotels in Dubai Festival City.”

Marieke Schellen has been appointed the area director of human resources for InterContinental Hotels at Dubai Festival City. She joins the senior leadership team with a proven track record and will oversee HR for the cluster of four hotels as well as the Festival Arena, including a team that consists of 1,100 colleagues from over 63 nationalities.


Moving on, Abdelhamid has been appointed the hotel manager of InterContinental Dubai Festival City, InterContinental Residence Suites Dubai Festival City, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City and Festival Arena. He will work to further strengthen the hotels’ existing competitive advantages, establishing new operational and commercial synergies to positively impact financial performance across the properties, which collectively offer 1,088 keys and 10 F&B venues. He most recently worked as the general manager of The Knickerbocker Hotel, part of The Leading Hotels of the World, located in Times Square, New York City.