The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City: A spotlight on the management team

The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City

With a hotel opening just around the corner, general manager, The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Khaled Ghaleb has shed light on the property’s management team.

Due to represent the largest Westin hotel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, he Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City stands 41-floors tall, boasts 1,004 rooms and is located on Sheikh Zayed Road.

“We are now weeks away from opening, and are extremely excited to launch The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City,” Ghaleb enthused.

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“While the hotel stays true to the Westin brand, our promise to our guests is an urban retreat of endless choices in the heart of Dubai.”

Boasting over two decades of hospitality industry experience spanning the UAE, Egypt and France, Ghaleb joins The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City from Starwood’s Grosvenor House, A Luxury Collection Hotel in Dubai where served as hotel manager for four years.

Ghaleb will be supported by a stellar team of experienced hospitality professionals which include:

Daniel Kingston, hotel manager – opened the first Westin hotel in India as front office manager in 2006. He returns to the Starwood family from Emaar Hospitality as hotel manager at Vida Downtown and Al Manzil Downtown in Dubai. Prior to that, he was the pre-opening director of rooms at W Doha and part of the pre-opening task force at W Retreat & Spa Maldives.

Ruby Pande, director of housekeeping – with 15 years of experience, Pande has an excellent track record in handling large operations in flagship luxury properties. She joins from the 547 rooms and residences Grand Hyatt Mumbai where she was executive housekeeper.

Waleed Abdellatif, director of rooms – with 20 years’ experience between Egypt and the United States, Abdellatif has held various senior front office roles across several brands and key properties including, The St. Regis Washington and The St. Regis Monarch Beach.

Reda Sebbar, director of F&B – has worked in hospitality in various F&B positions, with his most recent being executive assistant manager at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi.

Carl Stockenstrom, executive chef – has worked in five-star luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants for 22 years across Europe and the Middle East. He joins from Zaya Nurai Island as executive assistant manager of culinary and F&B.

Lester D’Souza, chief engineer – with 22 years of experience in hotel services and facility management, he has a strong background in electrical engineering and has been involved with several hotel pre-openings in the past.

Dara Pinke, director of human resources, complex – has previously managed six pre-openings including the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah.

Candice D’Cruz, director of marketing and PR, complex – joined Starwood in 2011 to open the region’s first St. Regis, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi. She previously worked with Emaar and led the marketing for Burj Khalifa, home to the Armani Hotel Dubai.

Nathalie Massabki, director of revenue, complex – joined Starwood in 1998 and has worked across markets as diverse as Paris and Cairo. Most recently, she was area director of revenue for Starwood’s seven hotels in Abu Dhabi.

Bernard Obaro, director of finance, complex – first came to Dubai in 1996 to open the Sheraton Deira. Most recently he was director of finance for Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates.

Amanda Schmiege, director of spa & recreation, complex – will overlook the Heavenly Spa by Westin, The Westin WORKOUT Fitness Studio, The Westin Family Kids Club and the hotel’s swimming pools. She was general manager of The Red Door Union Square in New York before moving to Dubai last summer.

Andrew King, director of security, complex – has spent 15 years in the British Royal Marine Commandos. He has previously held positions including head of security for Nokia MEA Region, corporate director of HSE at Jumeirah Group, and director of risk at IHG Festival City.

Vises Kith, director of information technology, complex – has been involved with eight pre-openings in his 11 years with Starwood, including the conversion and opening of Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates.