Bab Al Qasr Hotel announces appointment of new General Manager, York Brandes

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Published February 2nd, 2017 - 07:53 GMT
York Brandes
York Brandes

Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences proudly announces the appointment of the new General Manager York Brandes as of January 2017.

Brandes will be responsible for the 677 rooms and residences, with private beach in Abu Dhabi’s exclusive Corniche area.

The German born hotelier started his international career in 1993 in Dubai and is very excited about being back in UAE after many years. Brandes states “I am thrilled about being back in UAE after this many years and see all the development that has happened. It is very exciting to be part of a new landmark in the capital city of Abu Dhabi and have the chance to embrace the local culture and create history with a new city icon.”

York Brandes has a solid background with 34 years in luxury hospitality industry and values the importance of high standards and services. His career background is in F&B and he has experience and education in both restaurant and kitchen management. His first appointment as General Manager was in 2000 with Anassa Resort, a Member of the Leading Hotels of the World, where he stayed for 6 years. The following 11 years Brandes spent in Oman as General Manager of the world known Chedi Muscat hotel, wherein he also was a Board Member of the National Hospitality Institute since 2008. During this time, he managed to develop a new beach restaurant and a new spa for the hotel as well as carry out a major renovation of the property after the cyclone ‘Gonu’. In 2014, GHM promoted him to Vice President Operations based in Singapore in charge of 6 hotels.

Brandes states “I believe with my multinational experience and knowledge, I will be able to together with my team at Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences create many memorable moments for our guests.”

Brandes’ contribution over the years have been well appreciated and his ability to implement a variety of strategic plans to improve guest experiences and revenues across all facets of the hotels have been the key to his successes. He describes himself as a team player and prefers the open door policy. This is also reflected in his management style “I like to lead by an example with as little hierarchy as possible therefore my door is always open for all my team members of the staff.”

Background Information

Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences

5-Star Abu Dhabi hotel with Arabian elegance

A beautiful location on a private beach along the Abu Dhabi Corniche overlooking the stunning UAE's landmark, Presidential Palace, is just one of the highlights at the 5 star Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences. In addition, imposing architecture and Arabesque interiors complement the magnificent setting where luxury and contemporary comforts reign.

Bab Al Qasr means "gateway to the palace" and the statement Arabic doorway feature of this gleaming copper-tone hotel is just one architectural nod to its heritage.  Numerous elements combine to reflect the essence of Arabia – including accents reminiscent of Bedouin tents and the interlaced geometric designs of Islamic art, as well as a welcoming oasis in the luxurious lobby with palms and a falaj-like water feature.

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