Purchasing Power: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort & Spa's Naveen Ravi

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort & Spa by Anantara area assistant purchasing manager talks about product consistency

How long have you been in hotel  purchasing?

I have been in the hotel procurement for the past 11 years. Prior to join Anantara, I was the purchasing supervisor at Crowne Plaza & Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island.

What specific products are you on the lookout for?

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We are not looking for any particular product, we seek to buy products that bring great value to our guests and hotel operation with the best quality and best price.

What are some of the challenges you face in finance and purchasing today?

Consistency of the product and value are among the biggest challenges faced by most hoteliers in the region.

Tell us about one of your most successful deals?

One of our most successful deals is actually a recent beverage contract that we signed which has saved us more than half a million dirhams while adding value to our guests by availing numerous premium beverages brands.

What does a supplier have to do to impress you?

To be impressed, I would expect a supplier to be consistent with the quality of products they deliver, decent service, and maintaining a good value.

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