Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Announces New Area General Manager

Published October 18th, 2010 - 10:06 GMT

Anantara Hotels, Resort & Spas is delighted to announce the appointment of Arno Nicolussi Moretto as Area General Manager of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara as of September 2010.

With extensive knowledge of the Middle East, Arno joins Anantara’s flagship property in the region as General Manager and is tasked with driving strategic growth and the continued success of the property in its second year. Mr. Nicolussi Moretto takes over from Didier Tourneboeuf who recently announced his retirement. Didier is credited with successfully launching the property to great acclaim, numerous awards and accolades including the 2010 Conde Nast ‘Hot List’.

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is an unrivalled destination experience that is a passionate embodiment of the allure of the desert and the local traditions it has to offer. Located in the renowned Empty Quarter – a vast expanse of towering sand dunes stretching from the southern reaches of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia across into Oman and the UAE – the hotel’s design reflects the simple grandeur of an old desert fortress.

Arno’s role will also include Area Manager responsibilities for Anantara’s sister property in the UAE, the award winning Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara, located on Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

“I look forward to building on the success of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort and Desert Islands Resort & Spa, working with both of the dedicated teams to ensure that two of the region’s most  unique destination resorts go from strength to strength and firmly establish Anantara’s position as the leader in premiere hotel experiences,” said Nicolussi Moretto. 

As a graduate of the Hotel College Schloss Klessheim, Arno, an Austrian, spent a number of years working with InterContinental Hotels Group across the globe, including Dubai, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and finally Malaysia where he held the position of Regional Director of Food and Beverage.

Arno came to Dubai as Executive Assistant Manager of the opening team for the Jumeirah Beach Hotel before his career path saw him move on to manage properties for the luxury Swissotel group in Egypt and China and The Ritz in Taiwan which achieved the highest score within ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ listing under his leadership.

Having firmly established himself as an expert in luxury hotel and resort openings, Arno returned to InterContinental Hotels Group as General Manager for the Olympic City InterContinental and then the Shanghai InterContinental.

“I am delighted to welcome Arno to the Anantara team. Given his breadth of experience, successful track record spanning almost 25 years, combined with his solid understanding of the region’s hospitality business, Arno is the ideal General Manager to drive Anantara’s continued growth in the UAE,” commented Peter Carmichael, Senior VP of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas.


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