Cluster GM revealed for Dubai's Aloft and Element hotels

Marriott International has appointed Stuart Birkwood as cluster general manager for its upcoming Aloft and Element properties in Dubai

Stuart Birkwood.
Stuart Birkwood.

Marriott International has appointed Stuart Birkwood as cluster general manager for its upcoming properties in Dubai: Aloft Me'aisem, Element Me'aisem, and Aloft Dubai South.

Birkwood will oversee the openings and operations of over 500 rooms, eight food and beverage outlets and facilities across the three hotels.

Scheduled to open by the end of the year, Aloft Me’aisem will offer loft-inspired rooms, while Element Me'aisem will cater to environmentally conscious travelers. Element Me'aisem will mark the debut of the Element brand in the Middle East.  

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The 145-room Aloft Dubai South, located at the entrance of Al Maktoum International Airport, is scheduled to open in the first half of 2018.

Birkwood brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience from across the UAE, Poland, Finland, UK and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He started his career with Hilton in the UK in 1991 before joining Marriott International in 1994 and has since worked in many properties including the Sheraton Skyline Hotel & Conference Centre, Sheraton Warsaw Hotel & Towers and Hotel Kamp.

Birkwood accepted his first general manager role at the Sheraton Riyadh Hotel & Towers in 2008 and achieved the position of the #1 hotel on TripAdvisor for Riyadh in 2012. He briefly left the company as CEO for Riyadh-based FAS Hotels Company and then relocated to the UAE in 2015 as general manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi. 

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