Five Minutes With: Essa Al Ansari, W Insider, W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

Hotelier Middle East speaks to the first ever Emirati Insider hired by Marriott

Essa Al Ansari
Essa Al Ansari

We catch up with Essa Al Ansari ahead of his pioneering new role at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

How long have you worked in hospitality?
I come from a hospitality background, not only through my family’s business, but also my education. I studied at Glion Institute of
Higher Education in Switzerland, and I hold a BBA in hospitality. After completing my time at Glion, I returned to the UAE and was fortunate enough to work across both local and international hospitality companies for five years before joining our family business, Al Ansari Hospitality. I recently joined the Marriott family as the W Insider at the soon to be W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, a very exciting and guest focused role.

What will you bring to this role?
As the W Insider, I am the first point of communication with every guest that walks through the door of the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island. It is important that I understand our guests’ wants and anticipate their needs to ensure an unforgettable experience and make the impossible possible throughout their stay at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island. Being an Emirati, I want to guarantee that I give our guests access to what’s new/next in Abu Dhabi and beyond the emirate, as well as connecting them culturally to the UAE. I plan on using my experience as a fitness motivational speaker in my new position as the W Insider. I hope to continue inspiring people through my own weight loss journey, by having a strong focus on the FUEL aspect of the W brand. FUEL is W’s unique spin on eating well, exercising, looking good and feeling good and I will definitely be encouraging the Abu Dhabi community to join in our FUEL focused programming.

Do you see yourself as a role model for other Emiratis?
Being an Emirati with a long standing work history in the hospitality industry, I always wanted to change and help influence the way people think about the industry within this region. The number of hotels opening in the region yearly is creates a fierce competition within the industry and expectations of success is always high. I am the first ever Emirati Insider hired by Marriott and I can say with confidence that I want to show everyone how I can succeed in this role while loving what I do at the same time within the service and hospitality industry.

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