Dubai’s Hoteliers

Much of Dubai’s global reputation as a premium luxury lifestyle destination rests on the astonishing quality and variety of the hotel experiences it offers. The word luxury, in fact, seems woefully inadequate when discussing the high end of the hospitality scene in Dubai, because it is a high-end with few if any equals. In this post we will focus on the ultra-luxury segment of the Dubai hotel industry, and more precisely, on Dubai’s hoteliers who make it click.

Dubai Hoteliers: 4 of the Best

1) Kabir Mulchandani: Founder of FIVE Hotels and Resorts, Dubai

Kabir Mulchandani is the founder and visionary behind the FIVE ultra-luxury lifestyle brand which includes the FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel and the soon-to-open FIVE LUXE which is poised to redefine luxury accommodations in the Middle East. While Kabir is not technically the General Manager of his luxury hotels, just try to keep him away! Having shepherded his FIVE brand to global prominence he works tirelessly to ensure every aspect of the guest experience at each of his luxury lifestyle properties is everything it could be and more. It is safe to say you will not find another billionaire owner and developer more committed to their hospitality product.

2) Thomas Peruzzo: General Manager, Armani Hotel Dubai

Armani is one of the most recognizable and iconic luxury brands in the world. The Armani Hotel Dubai is a perfect expression of Giorgio Armani’s steadfast belief that “luxury is knowing how to live in harmony with oneself and with others”. The Armani Hotel Dubai is a seamless fusion of the fashion icon’s European sensibilities and the customs, traditions and tastes of the UAE and its people. As General Manager of the Armani Hotel Dubai Thomas Peruzzo’s mission is to ensure every aspect of the guest experience is world-class, and everyone agrees he does an outstanding job of that.

3) Pep Lozano: General Manager Bulgari Resort Dubai

Bulgari Resort Dubai features a private Marina with 50 boat berths along with the world’s first Bulgari Yacht Club. At the Bulgari Resort Dubai guests enjoy peerless views over the sea, 5-star dining, an enormous in-house spa with indoor pool and the ultra-exclusive La Spiaggia Beach Club. General Manager Pep Lozano comes to Bulgari, Dubai after many years of experience managing Ritz-Carlton hotels in Doha and Tokyo as well as the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal.

4) Giovanni Andrea Beretta: General Manager Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai

Since it opened in 1999 the Burj Al Arab has occupied a special place in the hearts of Emiratis and visitors alike. With its iconic shape designed to invoke the spinnaker of a J-Class yacht, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah put Dubai on the map as a luxury lifestyle destination almost overnight. Although officially there is no 6-star hotel designation, many in the hospitality industry refer to the Burj Al Arab as being just that. And who are we to argue? General Manager Giovanni Andrea Beretta came to the Burj Al Arab after extensive experience managing luxury hotels in Miami, Hong Kong and New York City.