Andreas Searty, managing director of Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah, is getting ready for the opening of Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah in Q3 2022. Here, he tells us what guests can expect from the new property and how his vast knowledge in the industry will help him in his exciting role.
How did your career begin?
I started my career in hospitality at the age of 18, working as a steward in a kitchen at a renowned restaurant in Germany. I assisted in cleaning dishes and performing basic administrative tasks which led to my promotion to a waiter. At that time, I gained solid interpersonal skills and discovered my passion for hospitality. This is what made me decide to pursue hotel management.
What distinguishes Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah’s culinary offering from other hotels?
The hotel has a total of 10 unique F&B outlets and concepts that cater to both in-house guests and the local community. Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah will offer the very best of casual and enjoyable dining experiences, as well as fine-dining concepts with outdoor facilities and spectacular views of the Dubai Marina skyline.
What strategies will you be implementing at the hotel and what are the best practices to ensure its success?
Applying and implementing cooperative and situational leadership within the team is crucial to encourage successful collaboration among team members, create a healthy work environment and ensure the team is consistently motivated and engaged. In my experience, a passionate team and clear positioning are best practices for leading a hotel opening.
How do you foresee the future of Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah?
I see a very positive and successful future for Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah. We are situated in a prime location on the popular Palm West Beach, which is accessible to both the Palm community and other visitors coming in from mainland Dubai. The hotel’s facilities will attract local and international guests, as well as business travelers, throughout the year, as we have combined all market segmentation – corporate, leisure and transient.