Dubai-based luxury hospitality group, Jumeirah International, has recently appointed Guy Crawford as corporate director of operations, based in the group's corporate office in Dubai. Crawford (50), who is British, joined Jumeirah International from Heritage/Macdonald Hotels where he held the position of managing director.
Jumeirah International properties encompasses the Burj Al-Arab that has become a landmark for Dubai, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Emirates Towers Hotel, Offices and Shopping Boulevard, The Jumeirah Beach Club, The World Trade Center Hotel Dubai and Wild Wadi water park. In addition, the group opened The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in summer 2001.
Jumeirah International has expanded outside the Middle East into London, taking over the management contracts of The Carlton Tower and The Lowndes Hotel in London's Belgravia last December. Following on from Jumeirah International's move into the UK, The Carlton Tower was included in the Leading Hotels of the World handbook following Burj Al-Arab, Emirates Towers Hotel and The Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The company's latest expansion is the resort development Madinat Jumeirah. The 100-acre resort will offer an Arabian experience against the setting of a multi-facility resort. Madinat Jumeirah will include two 300 room five star hotels and clusters of 340 rooms and suites. The first phase of the resort is scheduled to open in September 2003 followed by the second phase in autumn 2004.
Jumeirah International has officially opened its central reservations office in Dubai, which handles reservations for all Jumeirah International hotels in Dubai and London. — (menareport.com)
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