Al Bait Sharjah, the most recent debut from GHM, has named Albert Meow as hotel manager of the 53-key hotel that opened recently in a historic district of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) third largest city.
From a foundation established by more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Meow will oversee daily hotel operations and focus otherwise on sales and marketing. His near-term priority is a strategic planning project that will expand the property’s reach in local and international hospitality markets.
“With Albert’s appointment, and in partnership with our collaborator Shurooq, we plan to re-invigorate efforts to grow Sharjah as a tourism destination,” said Clement Koh, senior vice president of sales and marketing for GHM (General Hotel Management Ltd.) “Albert has solid sales experience in the UAE. He’s got tremendous people skills. We believe we’re on the verge of taking this hotel to another level entirely.”
Before joining Al Bait Sharjah, Meow was sales and marketing director at The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah, Ajman, where he led the pre-opening team with insightful budget setting, revenue-driven plans and people management skills and where the effort realised multiple prestigious awards including recognition as ‘Ajman’s Leading Luxury Resort in 2019.’
Meow launched his career in sales at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resorts & Shangri-La’s Golden Sands Resort in Malaysia where he worked as director of events management. In 2003, he joined Traders Hotel Dubai, UAE as business development manager and moved from there to Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Angsana Dubai for a two-year term as assistant director of sales.
In 2009, he settled into Banyan Tree Al Wadi & Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach as director of sales until June 2016.
Meow’s enthusiasm for his new post at the Al Bait has been informed by the hotel’s recognition as the UAE’s most luxurious new hotel (Robb Report) and by its position as one of the top 10 hotels in the Middle East (Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2019).
He expects to grow Al Bait’s local, regional and global presence through the development of strong relationships with global partners and markets that will elevate the GHM brand as a key player in the Middle Eastern luxury hospitality scene.
At the same time, he’ll actively promote and work to preserve the unique culture in the Heart of Sharjah, which is on UNESCO’s tentative list for recognition as a World Heritage Site.
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ABOUT AL BAIT SHARJAH
Launched in December 2018, Al Bait Sharjah is managed by GHM (General Hotel Management Ltd). The property is located 17 kilometres from Dubai International Airport in the UAE’s most ambitious historical restoration project known as Heart of Sharjah. The Emirati luxury resort comprises of a collection of historic manor houses with 53 guestrooms and suites, and delivers bespoke services where beauty, unparalleled hospitality and a sense of home become inseparable. The architecture and design sensitively reflects Arabic culture and blends harmoniously with the heritage buildings in the district: www.albaitsharjah.com
Established in 1992, GHM (General Hotel Management Ltd.) is known for conceptualising, developing and operating an exclusive group of hotels and resorts. With an intimate portfolio and more projects in the pipeline, GHM prides itself in providing guests with an unrivalled lifestyle experience.
Each GHM property is an original. A symbiotic relationship between the hotel and the local culture enables GHM to provide guests with a genuine, close-up experience of the best each destination has to offer. The signature GHM style melds contemporary interpretations of Asian designs and distinctive local touches to create inspired, memorable spaces.
GHM’s portfolio includes:
Al Bait Sharjah, UAE
The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland
GHM properties currently under development:
The Chedi Kudavillingili
The Chedi Khorfakkan, Sharjah, UAE
The Chedi Zhudong, Hsinchu, Taiwan
The Chedi Club Zhudong, Hsinchu, Taiwan
The Chedi Residences Zhudong, Hsinchu, Taiwan
In addition to these, GHM has joined with like-minded partners and entered into meaningful collaborations to deliver innovative brands, continuing its legacy of setting new benchmarks of excellence in the hospitality industry.
Ahn Luh is a joint venture partnership forged among Duan Qiang, the co-founder and chairman of Beijing Tourism Group (BTG), Adrian Zecha, the visionary behind Amanresorts, along with Hans R. Jenni, President and Director of GHM and Duan Wei Hong, the founder of Great Ocean Group.
It is a brand that combines the essence of Old World Chinese hospitality in today’s context of contemporary elegance, reflecting in its service, architectural design and interior décor, how tradition and modernity can intertwine to present an original, urban resort concept.
The Ahn Luh portfolio includes:
- Ahn LuhZhujiajiao, Shanghai
- Ahn Luh Lanting, Shaoxing
- Ahn Luh Qiandao Lake, Hangzhou
- Ahn Luh Nanjing, Jiangsu (2019)
- Ahn Luh Huangbai Mountain, Hubei (2021)
- Ahn Luh Zhuhai, Guangdong (2021)
TIN Hotels is the new artisanal brand by GHM focusing on lifestyle experiences. By pushing the boundaries of what a new generation of hotels can be to a global traveller, our goal is to provide guests with social spaces that deliver unrivalled communal experiences, great style and wholesome nutrition at a more accessible price point without compromising the standards that our world-class luxury brands are known for.
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