Jumeirah Emirates Towers employee engineers a win at the Hotelier Awards

The highly commended nominee in the Hotel Engineer of the Year category was Naved Shaikh, Taj Dubai

Emma Barnett presents the award to Richie Edmunds
Emma Barnett presents the award to Richie Edmunds

The Hotel Engineer of the Year at the 15th Hotelier Middle East Awards went to Richie Edmunds, Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai.

The judges felt that the winner of the Hotel Engineer of the Year award consistently supported colleagues in their efforts to achieve targets for their personal development and recorded a total of 11 internal promotions, which reflected savings in payroll and increased employee satisfaction. He is also currently involved in the planning and construction for the Museum of the Future, while ensuring that the construction activities do not impact the daily operations of the hotel.

“We’re not used to the limelight, we stay in the background,” Edmunds said on the sidelines of the awards. “You can’t really do it without a good team… it is our job to stay in the background and make sure they have the very, very best experience.”

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“I’m very lucky to be working for a very good company, Jumeirah. They put me in one of the most prestigious buildings in Dubai.”

Highly commended in this category was Taj Dubai’s Naved Shaikh.

The award was presented by Emma Barnett, sales manager of Caterer Middle East.

The winner and highly commended faced fierce competition from many strong candidates in the shortlist:
• Daniel Carnota Lopez, Park Rotana & Arjaan Complex, Abu Dhabi
• Jahanzaib Anwer, Hilton Garden Inn, Al Khobar
• Julius Okot-Chono, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai
• Mina Karim Mikhael Attia, Crowne Plaza Jeddah
• Premlal Kenaveeti, W Dubai – The Palm, Dubai
• Sajeev Viswanath, Crowne Plaza Sohar
• Tushar Govind Aranake, InterContinental Fujairah Resort
• Waleed Samuel, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

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