Fairmont The Palm has announced the appointment of Dominic Arel as general manager

Fairmont The Palm has announced the appointment of Dominic Arel as general manager

Having spent 26 years at Accor Group, Arel is a seasoned luxury hospitality professional who has a solid background in operations, sales and revenue management. He is passionate about providing his guests and colleagues with unique and memorable experiences. In his role, Arel will bring his unique expertise, strategic market insight and strong leadership skills to the Fairmont The Palm executive team, guiding them through a busy Q4 2022.

After gaining a higher advanced certificate in HR management and a master’s in international hospitality management from the Accor Academy, France, Arel joined Accor Group in 1996. He commenced his journey at Novotel Montréal Centre, then moved to Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile in 2002, where he was appointed hotel manager.

In 2011, Arel moved to the UAE. He assumed the position of hotel manager at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, leading the team to victory at the MENA Awards in the “Best 2012 – five-star Business Hotel in Dubai” category. He also hosted the Sofitel Stars, food and art event in 2012, where 12 Michelin-starred restaurants were showcased.

Arel assumed his first general manager role at Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade in 2013, where he achieved the ISO1400 certification from Bureau Veritas and scored the best employee satisfaction result among Sofitel hotels worldwide. He subsequently moved to Qatar in 2016 to handle the pre-opening of Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery by Sofitel

In 2019, Arel returned to the UAE as general manager of Swissotel Al Ghurair and Swissotel Living Al Ghurair, before joining the Palm Jumeirah’s famed Fairmont The Palm in September 2022.


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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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