Sofitel Bahrain promotes director of operations to GM role

Mehdi Hanayen joined the property as director of operations in 2017, and first joined AccorHotels in 2008

Mehdi Hanayen
Mehdi Hanayen

Mehdi Hanayen has been appointed to the role of general manager of the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, after having joined the property as director of operations in 2017.

Hanayen will report to Sami Nasser, the chief operating officer, Luxury Brands, Middle East, for AccorHotels.

He first joined AccorHotels in 2008, working for Sofitel El Gezirah in Cairo, Egypt as food & beverage manager until 2011.

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He then moved to the United Arab Emirates as the assistant director of food & beverage at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche for two years, and later was promoted to the role of director of food & beverage in 2013, and then became executive assistant manager in 2015.

In 2017, he moved to Bahrain where he worked for Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thallassa Sea & Spa as director of operations and took over the responsibility of managing the property as acting General Manager by early 2018.

Hanayen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Finance and Revenue Management, from the Glion Institute of Higher Education, in Bulle, Switzerland and a Master’s degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell University.

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