General Hotel Management (GHM) has appointed
Patrick Moukarzel as General Manager of the Al Bait Sharjah, a
53-key hotel scheduled to open later this year in a historic
district of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) third largest city.
A French national fluent in three languages,
including Arabic, Moukarzel’s appointment is a homecoming of
sorts. Between 2006 and 2012, he rose through the ranks from a
food and beverage manager at The Chedi Muscat to general manager
positions at the luxury hotel group’s properties in Thailand and
Since his last role with GHM as a general
manager in Suzhou, Moukarzel has managed luxury hotels in Penang,
Malaysia and in Maldives where he shepherded the Soneva Jani from
the final stages of construction to full operation.
“Patrick’s got a great eye for detail and for problem-solving.
He knows how to build bridges between what’s in a blueprint and
what’s at the heart of a guest’s expectations for a luxury hotel
stay,” said Hans R. Jenni, director and president of GHM.
Moukarzel’s move to the Al Bait not only marks a return to
GHM, but to the UAE, as well. After schooling at Lycée Hôtelier
Toulouse, his first job as a fledgling hotelier was as a
restaurant manager at the Hotel InterContinental in Dubai.
He worked two more years at an InterContinental
hotel in Egypt
before returning to Dubai, this time for a stint with Hyatt.
Sharjah, the Al Bait is an integral part of a 15-year plan to
restore and preserve a section of the city renowned for its
heritage. The hotel’s design includes a direct link to a
traditional bazaar and marketplace, a round wind tower, thatched
roofs and traditional motifs.
“If ever there was a
reason to leave the paradise of Maldives, it’s for the Heart of
Sharjah,” said Moukarzel. “Its ambitions as a heritage project are
remarkable, and Al Bait -- the city’s first true luxury hotel --
will be right at the centre of it all.”
succeeds a pre-opening GM and inherits a seasoned, pre-opening
team that’s been in place since the spring of 2017.