Getting to know Zeynep Oden Agagil of the upcoming Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain

Not long ago, Zeynep Oden Agagil has joined Al Areen Palace & Spa by Accor as the Director of Sales and Marketing. With over two decades of experience, she will help oversee the transformation of the property to Raffles Al Areen Palace Bahrain. 

We recently had the chance to talk to her to know her better…

What made you want to pursue a career in marketing?

From as early as I can remember, I have been surrounded by creativity and visual art. My mother is an artist, and my childhood memories are infused with color, creativity and interpretation. This inspiration cultivated a need and desire to constantly seek fresh and innovative ways of communicating my thoughts. This assisted my career enormously as it came natural to me to think outside the box and come up with well-thought-out creative ideas for campaigns. 

How do you find balance between your professional and personal life?

I love what I do, and I enjoy every single day meeting amazing people in a culturally diverse environment. There is no single day that I would ask for a different life. 

Being a mum three years back changed the way I interpret time. It is so important for me that every single minute that I am away from my daughter must be worth spent. 

Can you recommend a must-try experience when visiting Bahrain?

Bahrain is so welcoming and so inspiring. I certainly recommend visiting the three UNESCO World Heritage sites here in the Kingdom of Bahrain because of their cultural value. 

Qal’at al-Bahrain (Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun), Pearling Trail and Dilmun Burial Mounds. Walking in the streets of Muharraq is a must-do to experience to see how the traditional architecture meets contemporary.

What’s something you can never live without?

Passion and positivity.

Favorite book:

I love to read on psychology and philosophy novels, as well as biographies. Some of my favorite authors are Alain de Botton, Kursat Basar, Dogan Cuceloglu.

A saying/motto that you live by:

“Be the reason someone smiles today”.