Getting to know Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah’s managing director, Andreas Searty

Getting to know Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah’s managing director, Andreas Searty

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 promises top-notch casual and fine dining, complemented by outdoor facilities and stunning views of 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.

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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