General Hotel Management (GHM) has appointed Patrick Moukarzel as the general manager of Al Bait Sharjah.
The 53-key hotel is scheduled to open later this year.
Moukarzel has previously worked as general manager for GHM from 2006-12, last working for The Chedi Club Suzhou in China.
After that, Moukarzel has managed luxury hotels in Malaysia’s Penang and the Maldives.
Hans R Jenni, director and president of GHM, said “Patrick’s got a great eye for detail and for problem-solving. He knows how to build bridges between what’s in a blueprint and what’s at the heart of a guest’s expectations for a luxury hotel stay.”
Moukarzel’s move to Al Bait not only marks a return to GHM, but also to the UAE.
After finishing his schooling at Lycée Hôtelier Toulouse, his first job as a fledgling hotelier was as a restaurant manager at the Hotel InterContinental in Dubai.
Then he worked two years at an InterContinental in Egypt before returning to Dubai for a second time for a stint with Hyatt.
The Al Bait Sharjah is GHM’s first hotel to open since the launch of The Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland.
Al Bait is an integral part of Sharjah’s 15-year plan to restore and preserve a section of the city renowned for its heritage.
The hotel’s design includes a direct link to a traditional bazaar and marketplace, a round wind tower, thatched roofs and traditional motifs.
“If ever there was a reason to leave the paradise of Maldives, it’s for the Heart of Sharjah,” said Moukarzel. “Its ambitions as a heritage project are remarkable, and Al Bait, the city’s first true luxury hotel, will be right at the centre of it all.”