Budding employee: Al Bustan Palace, Oman gardener wins Unsung Hero of the Year Hotelier Award

The Highly Commended nominee in this category was Mohammed Salim from InterContinental Regency Bahrain

The Unsung Hero of the Year award went to Monirul Islam from Al Bustan Palace, Oman. Unfortunately he wasn't there to receive his award so his team picked it up for him
The Unsung Hero of the Year award went to Monirul Islam from Al Bustan Palace, Oman. Unfortunately he wasn't there to receive his award so his team picked it up for him

Monirul Islam, the gardener at Al Bustan Palace, Oman received the Unsung Hero of the Year at the 15th Hotelier Middle East Awards.

This category received 47 entries, all of extremely high calibre, making it very tough to get the shortlist down to 10.

But what impressed the judges was that Islam was someone who devoted more than 20 years of his life elevating gardens and providing grounds maintenance in various four and five-star hotels in Oman.

Islam, couldn’t make it to the awards so Mukhtar Al Maskari from the hotel receive it on his behalf.

Speaking about why Islam deserved this award, Maskari said: “Islam is very hardworking. He has made the gardens of Al Bustan what it is today. As part of our property we also grow in-house vegetables and he is the one who is responsible for all of that. We are very happy and grateful that he makes such a big difference to our hotel.”

Speaking about how important the Unsung Hero Award is, Maskari said: “It is very important to celebrate people behind the scenes. Most of the times these unsung heroes are doing such good work and we don’t notice them, so it is great that this award category exists.”

After a long deliberation, the judges weren’t able to agree so Rohit Kamlesh Manek from Jumeirah Emirates Towers received a special mention. While the Highly Commended nominee in this category was Mohammed Salim from InterContinental Regency Bahrain.

Here’s the full shortlist of finalists who made the judging process very tough:
• Arshad Sooppy, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Muscat
• Derick Busingye, Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Dubai
• Hassan Al Jarat, Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea
• Ikram Hunzai, Crowne Plaza Duqm
• Mustafa Abdellah, Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai
• Nishant Tyagi, InterContinental Muscat
• Peter Warwick, Queen Elizabeth 2, Dubai

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