Le Meridien has appointed Patrick Antaki as hotel manager of its new United Arab Emirates (UAE) east coast resort, Le Meridien Al-Aqah Beach Resort. Antaki has worked at Le Meridien Pyramids in Cairo before his first posting in the UAE, as director of rooms at the opening of Le Meridien Mina Seyahi in Dubai in 1998.
He then moved to a similar position at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa in 2001, before taking over as acting general manager at Le Royal Meridien Chennai in India for six months, his last posting before the move to Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort. Born in Egypt, he studied in Canada and the UK, working for hotel groups including Forte, Hilton and Crest prior to his transfer back to the Middle East.
Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, a joint venture between Emirates airline and the government of Fujairah, has 218 rooms and suites in a 20-storey stepped tower, and features the UAE's largest free-form swimming pool, a dedicated Penguin Village for children with its own pool, a Wellness Center, tennis and squash courts, water sports and dive center, and facilities for beach volleyball on its own 250-metre beach.
In addition, the hotel has three Royal Club executive floors, business center, 400-capacity ballroom, three additional meeting rooms and a travel center, as well as seven restaurants and lounges.
Le Méridien is a global hotel group with a portfolio of over 140 luxury and upscale hotels (38,000 rooms) in 55 countries worldwide. The majority of its properties are located in the world's top cities and resorts throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. The company also enjoys a strategic alliance with JAL-owned Nikko Hotels, providing loyal guests access to an additional 43 properties around the world.
Headquartered in London, Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts Group was formed and financed by the Principal Finance Group of Nomura International plc. The Principal Finance Group has since become independent and is now known as Terra Firma. The Terra Firma Group manages Le Meridien for Nomura International plc. — (menareport.com)
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