Raffles Dubai makes two new rooms division appointments
Sumit Bhardwaj joins from Mandarin Oriental Singapore, while Kevin Haddad was with Grand Hills Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa in Broumana prior to joining the Dubai hotel
Raffles Dubai has made two new senior appointments to the rooms division; Sumit Bhardwaj as director of rooms, and Kevin Haddad as front office manager.
Overseeing the operation of the rooms division, Bhardwaj is an experienced luxury hotelier with more than 17 years of experience.
He will be responsible for leading the housekeeping, front office, Raffles butler, and concierge teams. Reporting to Bhardwaj and bringing more than six years of experience to the role, Haddad will manage the front office department at Raffles Dubai.
Commenting on both appointments, Ayman Gharib, general manager at Raffles Dubai, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Sumit and Kevin to Raffles Dubai, they will both fulfil important roles in delivering the exceptional warm and thoughtful service that our guests’ value.
“I am confident that their experience and leadership skills, garnered at five-star hotels around the globe, will prove to be an invaluable asset for our guests and colleagues alike.”
Joining Raffles Dubai from Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Bhardwaj previously held the position of rooms’ division manager. He started his hospitality career at The Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur, India, before moving to Taj Hotels as a management trainee, and then progressing to Mandarin Oriental Singapore as duty manager.
He worked at The Taj West End in Bangalore for two years, before returning to Mandarin Oriental Singapore in 2012 as front office manager, where he was subsequently promoted to his most recent position.
Bhardwaj has a Diploma in Hotel Management from the Indian Institute of Hotel Management and Technology in Hyderabad.
Haddad joins Raffles Dubai from Grand Hills Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa in Broumana, Lebanon, where he worked as front office manager for the past year.
He has previous experience working in Geneva, Switzerland, for Le Richemond, part of the Dorchester Collection, and Hotel President Wilson.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, as well as a Master of Science in International Hospitality Management from Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.
This November, Raffles Dubai will celebrate its 10th anniversary since its opening in November 2007.