Former head of sales and marketing at the former Hilton at the World Trade Centre, David Thomson set up his own advertising and marketing company before returning to the hospitality sector with Dutco.
Here, he became general manager of the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa and is now supervising expansion as regional general manager at Jebel Ali International Hotels, while marking 21 years in Dubai.
Celebrating 30 years of operation this month, the group has diversified with the launch of luxury apartments at Oasis Beach Tower, the Bateaux Dubai and DiVAZ floating club, Jebel Ali Shooting Club and Centre of Excellence sports training, and Al Sahra Desert Resort.
While the sky-rise project on the beachfront of the demolished Oasis Beach Hotel is on hold, the group is completing refurbishment of the Palm Tree Court and the shooting club at the Jebel Ali resort, and plans have been announced for the addition of 76 suites at the former as well as a villa development in the grounds.
In addition, Hatta Fort Hotel will be refurbished next year and Round Island resort in the Seychelles will debut in 2012, while more expansion plans are currently in the development stage.