Hotelier Middle East Power 50 2019: Number 19

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Simon Casson
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Simon Casson

Simon Casson might have started his career in the hospitality industry as a dishwasher in a restaurant, but his career has grown steadily over the past 35 years.

Currently the President – Hotel Operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Casson arrived in Dubai in 2014 to open the first Four Seasons address in the emirate, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.

With three years in the role, Casson has been instrumental in the group’s expansion plans in the MENA region.

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Four Seasons currently operates 16 hotels in the Middle East and North Africa region with 3,514 rooms. The group also has one property —Four Seasons Hotel Makkah at Jabal Omar (at the time of publishing) and 375 rooms — in the pipeline.

Casson is responsible for a total of 16,201 people, with 7,917 based in MENA region. Speaking to Hotelier Middle East, he said: “I can say it’s truly a pleasure to work together with such an incredible team of talented hospitality professionals every day.”

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