Burj Al Arab raids London for new general manager

Anthony McHale leaves Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London for iconic Dubai hotel

Incoming Burj Al Arab general manager Anthony McHale
Incoming Burj Al Arab general manager Anthony McHale

As it prepares to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the opening of its flagship hotel, Jumeirah Group has appointed Anthony McHale as the general manager of Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

He takes on a role most recently held by Heinrich Morio, who left in August to assume the same position at Palazzo Versace, which is set to open soon in Dubai.

McHale, who is joining Jumeirah Group after more than five years as GM at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London, will officially start in his new job on January 11.

Before that, on December 1, the Burj Al Arab, will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its opening with a major fireworks and multimedia show.

“We are delighted that Tony is joining Burj Al Arab Jumeirah as it celebrates its fifteenth year of operation,” said Jumeirah Group CEO of group operations Nicholas Clayton.

“Our guests expect the very highest level of luxury hospitality and Tony has both the experience and the profile that promises to guide our hotel and its 1,500 colleagues to continued success in the market place.

“As Dubai continues to grow as an internationally recognised destination for both leisure and business travel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah stands as a beacon of luxury and a symbol of the city’s successful growth. We look forward to Tony helping us take the hotel to new levels of excellence, as Dubai builds momentum towards Expo 2020.”


During his time at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, McHale opened Bar Boulud in 2010, as well as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in 2011, which now has two Michelin stars. He also spearheaded the opening of One Hyde Park Residences, the most expensive real estate in Europe, in 2011.

His previous experience includes nine years with Orient Express Hotels (now Belmond) as general manager of Keswick Hall Club and Estate in Charlottesville Virginia, and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

His 35 years of hospitality experience has also included a spell as hotel manager at Hotel Bel Air, Los Angeles, for three years, and senior management positions with The Peninsula Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Born and brought up in the UK, McHale also has US and Canadian citizenship and has been a member of the Chaine des Rôtisseurs, an officer of Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and a board member of the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Association.

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