Fredrik Blomqvist named new GM of Six Senses Southern Dunes KSA

Fredrik Blomqvist named new GM of Six Senses Southern Dunes KSA

Six Senses Southern Dunes, the first property that’s set to open in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Project in late 2023, will have general manager Fredrik Blomqvist at its helm.

A native of Sweden and a graduate of the International Hotel Management Institute in Lucerne, Switzerland, Blomqvist brings more than two decades of luxury hotel experience to the role. Before joining Six Senses Southern Dunes, Blomqvist worked with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for more than 16 years across the globe, including Ireland, USA, China, Thailand, Indonesia and India.

Blomqvist’s leadership style is inspired by his favorite Douglas Adams quote: “To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

Commenting on his new role, Blomqvist said: “It is an honor to be part of the Six Senses Southern Dunes team, and I look forward to creating history and pioneering the future with our talented team to deliver unforgettable experiences for our guests. The Red Sea region is exceptional in its natural beauty and history, and weaving this into our unscripted service and personalized delivery will create unforgettable experiences. We are honored to be the pioneering hotel at The Red Sea Global project, a prestigious luxury hotel hub and showcase for regenerative tourism. As the first to establish ourselves in this captivating destination, there is undoubtedly a great deal of focus and pressure surrounding our debut, we eagerly embrace the challenge with enthusiasm.”

Nestled between Umluj and Al Wajh, the resort is the first in Saudi Arabia to fully run on solar energy. Reflecting the rich heritage of Saudi Arabia, every corner of Six Senses Southern Dunes embodies an artistic expression that pays tribute to the country’s cultural roots. The resort promises a culinary experience that seamlessly blends the region’s culinary traditions with the use of freshly grown, locally sourced ingredients. Wellness offerings draw inspiration from local healing traditions, incorporating innovative techniques and the latest technology. The resort will also offer interactive sustainability-themed workshops and dedicated sessions, providing guests with insights from local experts and brand ambassadors on conservation and community outreach efforts.


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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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