Al Khoory Hotels announces two senior management appointments

Al Khoory Hotels announces two senior management appointments

Seasoned hotel operator Dhiraj Bagai and corporate hospitality expert Naji Moukhachen have joined the Al Khoory team.

With two decades of experience in hospitality, Bagai will head the recently launched Al Khoory Courtyard Hotel and the Urban Al Khoory Hotel. In his new role, Bagai will be responsible for overall operations, from employee satisfaction to revenue generation.

Bagai has worked in Dubai and Asia, where he has held numerous senior management positions; he was recently the general manager of La Verda Suites & Villa in Dubai Marina. Previously, he spent five years in Seminyak, Bali, where he was the hotel manager of the five-star Double-Six Luxury Hotel.

Bagai said: “The Al Khoory brand continues to grow in prominence within the UAE tourism hospitality market. I look forward to continuing their growth by upholding the hotel’s high standards, working closely with our suppliers and increasing occupancy through excellent guest experiences.”

Also joining the group as head of sales is Moukhachen. A graduate of Cornell University and an MBA holder from the Swiss Business School, Moukhachen has over 12 years of hospitality experience in senior sales positions, having launched a number of successful strategies for a variety of hospitality brands in the UAE and worldwide. His career includes senior management positions within Rotana Hotels and Hilton, where he recently held the title of commercial Manager for Hilton DoubleTree Al Jadaf.


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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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