The Chedi Muscat welcomes Lore Koenig

Lore Koenig has joined The Chedi Muscat as Executive Regional Director of Sales and Marketing. With over thirteen years of experience in sales and marketing, Lore previously worked for The Chedi Muscat between 2004 – 2010 as Director of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, she was Director of Sales at Kerzner International in Germany, overseeing brands such as Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai and Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort. In her new role, Lore will be responsible for the overall strategic sales, marketing and communication of the hotel locally, regionally and internationally.

“We are delighted to welcome Lore back to The Chedi Muscat,” says Morton Johnson, General Manager, The Chedi Muscat. “I was fortunate enough to work alongside her previously and believe that her commitment and dedication combined with a very strong work ethic will ensure that the hotel continues to be the leading hotel in the Middle East. Lore already has a relationship with the guests and staff as well as a solid understanding of the hotel and region so I am confident she will quickly become an integral part of the team.”


Zahraa Al-Saffar joins House of Comms

Zahraa Al-Saffar has joined House of Comms Integrated Communications as Digital Client Services Director. With over six years of experience in digital marketing and communications, Zahraa has worked across brands such as, McLaren Automotive and The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. In her new role, she will work with clients across the GCC in structuring and delivering digital marketing solutions, to offer an integrated approach to communications.

“House of Comms has a strong reputation in the GCC for being one of the leading independent PR agencies and they have made huge strides in the digital space too, with the recent acquisition of an international digital agency,” says Zahraa. “Their ethos of providing fully integrated communications solutions to include all digital elements really resonated with me and I am delighted to be joining the agency at this exciting time.”

Jamie Wilks, Managing Partner, House of Comms Integrated Communications, adds “Zahraa’s experience and character suits us perfectly and we can’t wait to see what she can do for the agency and our clients. Her breadth of experience across various sectors and ability to generate true ROI is blatant. We are really looking forward to welcoming her to the team.”

Hilton welcomes Stephen Cordebas

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Dubai has welcomed Stephen Cordebas to the role of Cluster Assistant Marketing and Communications Manager. Previously Stephen worked as Assistant Marketing and PR Manager for One&Only Resorts in Dubai and he has over five years of international experience in marketing. In his new role, Stephen will be overseeing all marketing and PR for all three Hilton Hotels in Dubai: Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, Hilton Dubai The Walk and Hilton Dubai Creek.

“I am very excited to be joining the Hilton brand and the team here in Dubai,” says Stephen. “As the largest hospitality company in the world, Hilton Worldwide offers incredible opportunities for me down the road and their hotels in Dubai benefit from a solid reputation which I look forward to contributing to in my new role. Hilton has a great team in Dubai and I’m thrilled to now be a part of it.”


Awqat Dubai redesigned

Arabic listings magazine Awqat Dubai has been given a new logo and complete redesign. The redesign will give the magazine a simpler, cleaner and more modern look, but will continue to feature editorial that focuses on giving Arabic-speaking readers clear ideas on where to go and what to do within the city in a non-traditional manner. Published by Creative Minds Media, the new look Awqat Dubai became available from November 1, 2015, from most major retail outlets in the UAE, for AED15.

“We are very happy to launch the magazine in a full new look,” says Randa Kamal, Editor-in-Chief, Awqat Dubai. “The new logo and design are simple yet contemporary, and reflect the character and content of Awqat Dubai.

Zeina Chehayeb, Executive Director, Awqat Dubai, adds “The redesign will enhance our readers’ journey throughout the magazine pages with a slicker, more inviting layout and visuals that really reflect the living experience in Dubai.”


ITP Publishing welcomes David Thompson

ITP Publishing has welcomed David Thompson to the role of Editor, Hotelier Express. Previously, David was Deputy Editor of Construction Machinery Middle East at CPI Media Group, where he wrote news and feature articles for the magazine and website. In his new role, David will be covering news, site visits to hotels, interviewing key figures, conducting workshops on industry topics with experts in the region, product reviews and market analysis. He will be responsible for all editorial content for the new monthly trade magazine, aimed at hospitality professionals managing budget and mid-market hotels.


markettiers4dc welcomes Imogen Curry

International broadcast consultancy and live streaming specialist, markettiers4dc has welcomed Imogen Curry to the role of General Manager. Having previously worked for clients including Whitbread, Holland & Barrett and Reebok while working at agencies based in the UK, Imogen joins the markettiers4dc team to lead the Dubai operation, reporting directly to Group CEO, Howard Kosky.

“The work we are doing in Dubai is breaking new ground for the region, so we’re delighted to welcome Imogen, who has led on many innovative and award-winning campaigns in the UK, to the team” says Howard Kosky, CEO, markettiers4dc.

Imogen adds, “Having worked with markettiers4dc as a client in the past I am extremely excited to join the business and grow the brand out here in Dubai, I look forward to contributing to the company’s great work.”