Culinary experiences with Stefan Schmid, GM of Al Jaddaf Rotana

Culinary experiences with Stefan Schmid, GM of Al Jaddaf Rotana

Stefan Schmid, general manager of Al Jaddaf Rotana Complex, is a seasoned hotelier with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. Focused on elevating guest experiences and driving business growth through innovation and strategic vision, he talks about the importance of restaurants in hotels.

What excites you the most about returning to the Middle East and leading the team at Al Jaddaf Rotana Complex?

Starting my career in Dubai in 1996, I’m thrilled to return after 18 years. Additionally, Dubai’s growth has surpassed expectations. Over the years, I’ve stayed updated on Dubai’s developments through conversations, reading and media. Moreover, Dubai has exceeded my expectations.

Significant changes in the city make it even more exciting to come back. Furthermore, the hospitality industry has grown steadily, drawing tourists worldwide.

I’m enthusiastic about leading Al Jaddaf Rotana Suite Hotel, Arabian Park Dubai & Park Apartment Dubai in this competitive environment. Situated in an up-and-coming area, Al Jaddaf Rotana Complex has great potential amid surrounding developments. Additionally, each hotel offers unique opportunities.

In what ways do you envision incorporating innovation into the operations of Al Jaddaf Rotana Complex to stay competitive in the hospitality industry?

I envision incorporating innovation into our operations primarily through digital implementation. One significant avenue we are exploring is enhancing our digital services. Furthermore, we are looking into implementing online room service ordering, allowing guests to conveniently request services from the comfort of their rooms. Moreover, we are considering introducing chat features, enabling guests to communicate queries directly with our agents through digital platforms.

Furthermore, we are focusing on guest personalization. By leveraging technology, we aim to tailor offers and services to individual preferences. Therefore, we are creating a more personalized and memorable experience for our guests. Consequently, these innovations not only streamline operations but also enhance guest experiences, positioning the hotel as a leader in the industry by offering modern, convenient and personalized services. 

As someone with a strong background in food and beverage, how do you intend to elevate the culinary offerings at Al Jaddaf Rotana Complex?

My aim is to enhance the culinary experience at the Al Jaddaf Rotana Complex in several ways. Firstly, we revamp menus to cater to clientele preferences.

Furthermore, we recognize the importance of keeping our offerings fresh and exciting. To this end, we are diligently working on developing a variety of promotions. These promotions will showcase the culinary expertise of our team. Furthermore, it will also also provide our guests with enticing opportunities to explore new flavors.

In essence, our approach to elevating the culinary offerings at Al Jaddaf Rotana Complex revolves around a deep understanding of our guests’ preferences. Furthermore, we are committed to innovation and excellence in every dish we serve. Through our revamped menus and enticing promotions, we aim to exceed the expectations of our guests. We also, aim to establish the Al Jaddaf Rotana Complex as a premier destination for exceptional dining experiences.

What role do you see the restaurants playing in enhancing the overall guest experience and contributing to the success and reputation of Al Jaddaf Rotana Complex as a premier hospitality destination?

Our restaurants play a crucial role in enhancing the overall guest experience. They also contribute to the success and reputation of the Al Jaddaf Rotana Complex as a premier hospitality destination. They serve as social hubs where guests can connect, unwind and create memorable experiences together.

Success is down to a combination of things: culinary excellence, creating an ambience and atmosphere and providing personalized service. Our restaurants offer diverse, high-quality cuisine, catering to the different preferences.

Moreover, our teams at the complex focus on delivering personalized service, to create an experience of a home away from home.

Embracing modern dining trends, we offer digital menus accessible through QR code scanning, providing guests with a seamless viewing experience. Complementing this, our dedicated teams remain attentive, ensuring that guests feel valued and cared for. Team members consistently earn recognition for exceeding expectations in providing exceptional hospitality, as highlighted in numerous guest feedback reviews.

The culinary offerings provide guests with a taste of local and international flavors, displaying the rich cultural diversity of Dubai. This cultural immersion adds depth to the guest experience and contributes to the complex’s reputation as a culturally enriching destination. This also attracts our local and regular guests to make our restaurant, especially Timo, their preferred choice to host their most memorable days of their life.



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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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