Leaders in Bahrain Hospitality: Mehdi Hanayen of Sofitel Bahrain

Bahrain Confidential interviews Mehdi Hanayen, General Manager of Sofitel Bahrain.

Tell us something personal – how would you describe yourself in one word?


If you can change one thing about hospitality in general, what would it be?


Can you shed light on your vision for the hotel this 2020?

As always, our vision is to consistently remain the most preferred hotel resort in Bahrain. With great support stemming from the owning company, I am certain that Sofitel Bahrain will continuously stretch its potential; opening new doors of limitless possibilities, whilst enhancing guest quality experiences.

What have been the biggest challenges and successes of the past year?

Gain and Retain.

In the past year, we have built successful and meaningful relationships with our business partners. At the same time, we have kept a healthy competition amongst other players in the industry.

Having diverse and experienced teams, together, we took each and every risk as an opportunity. Through this approach, we have expanded our networks locally and globally. Furthermore, this helped us attain our current status and accomplish our goals.

Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you?

Success entails passion, discipline and hard work.