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Mon, 26 Feb 2018

Patrick Moukarzel Returns to GHM as General Manager of Al Bait Sharjah

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 Emiratesí (UAE) third largest city.

A French national fluent in three languages, including Arabic, Moukarzelís 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 groupís properties in Thailand and China.

Patrick Moukarzel. Click to enlarge.

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.

ďPatrickís got a great eye for detail and for problem-solving. He knows how to build bridges between whatís in a blueprint and whatís at the heart of a guestís expectations for a luxury hotel stay,Ē said Hans R. Jenni, director and president of GHM.

Moukarzelís move to the Al Bait not only marks a return to GHM, but to the UAE, as well. After schooling at Lycťe HŰtelier 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.

In 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 hotelís design includes a direct link to a traditional bazaar and marketplace, a round wind tower, thatched roofs and traditional motifs.

ďIf ever there was a reason to leave the paradise of Maldives, itís for the Heart of Sharjah,Ē said Moukarzel. ďIts ambitions as a heritage project are remarkable, and Al Bait -- the cityís first true luxury hotel -- will be right at the centre of it all.Ē

Moukarzel succeeds a pre-opening GM and inherits a seasoned, pre-opening team thatís been in place since the spring of 2017.

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