Can you shed light on your vision for the Marriott Executive Apartments?
Marriott Executive Apartments has always been one of the pillars in the hospitality industry here in Bahrain, especially when it comes to the ‘Hotel Apartment’ category. Therefore, my vision is to continue that high regarded position for our property with my team’s effort to maintain the excellence we promise our guests and the support of our globally awarded, loyalty rewards program, Marriott Bonvoy.
We’ve learned that you’ll be opening up a new restaurant. How is it going to be different from the rest in terms of concept, design and offerings?
Yes, that’s right. I’m proud to announce the launch of our upcoming restaurant, ‘Crossroads’ towards the end of November. The idea behind Crossroads derives from its literal meaning – “at a point of change”. The restaurant will be a bright, modern and cozy rendezvous where guests can experience a wonderful change in their day – a more refreshing start of day after breakfast, a more inspired working hours after a well-deserved lunch break or a relaxing and indulging dinner after a busy day in the office.
“Urban Natural” is our main theme in terms of design. It is modern, fresh and yet it will still give you the warmth that you look for in a restaurant. The food, on the other hand, will be international cuisine with an urban are. I do not want to ruin the surprise but we will have special treats for coffee lovers and non-meat eaters!
What is your action plan for the upcoming months?
Our properties have always seen a busy fourth quarter with numerous upcoming events and conferences. This period is also eventful due to the projects we are working on like the launch of Crossroads. I’m also happy to announce that we are finalizing the design of our room renovations, which we’ll start in 2020.
Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you?
Being in the hospitality industry and with Marriott particularly most of my life, I’m going to have to quote Mr. J. Willard “Bill” Marriott. “Motivate them, train them, care about them, and make winners out of them… they’ll treat the customers right. And if customers are treated right, they’ll come back.”
Which part of Bahrain is your favourite and why?
I like the Fort and the Old Souq – these places remind me why I love Bahrain so much. They have a unique charm with their well-preserved culture and history.