Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, due to open this summer, is delighted to announce the appointment of Abdullah Mohammed Al Hinai and Fatma Hilal Al Sinawi as Resident Manager and Director of Human Resources respectively. The appointments are part of the resort’s commitment to Omanisation, with 70 locals Omanis employed to date, making up over 50% of the pre-opening team. As the resort’s launch date draws closer, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara continues to expand their team of professionals by adding a growing number of Omani nationals, aiming to keep this percentage high as they reach their full manning.
In his role as Resident Manager, Abdullah works closely with the General Manager to lead the hotel’s operations and deliver an outstanding luxury indigenous-inspired experience, the first of its kind in Salalah. With over 15 years in the industry, Abdullah has garnered valuable experience in a number of hospitality roles, working his way through the ranks to assist in leading a 300-person strong team at the resort. Abdullah started his career at Grand Hyatt Muscat in 2005 and most recently obtained a role as Front Office Manager at the five-star Al Bustan Palace in Muscat where he played a key part in converting the property from an InterContinental to a Ritz Carlton. In his role at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, Abdullah is responsible for the smooth running of the hotel, ensuring it adheres to Anantara’s brand standards and ethos. With a keen eye for detail as well as a proven background in providing high service standards, Abdullah plays a vital role in the successful positioning and ongoing success of the five-star resort.
As Director of Human Resources, Fatma oversees the recruitment and ongoing development to provide service excellence and innovation in line with Anantara’s brand values. She is also responsible for delivering on the resort’s goal to provide long-term employment and development opportunities for the residents of Dhofar. In order to do this, she works closely with the Omani Government as well as Omani tourism colleges and provides the necessary training and work experience needed to understand the Anantara culture and ethos. With a career spanning over 13 years, Fatma joins from Six Senses Zighy Bay in Musandam where she held a position as Director of Human Resources and Training, overseeing the resort’s talent programme to source, hire, develop and retain team members. Prior to this, she was Training Manager at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat.
James Hewitson, General Manager of Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara, comments; “We are delighted to have both Abdullah and Fatma on board. They are such vibrant and energetic characters, and both very passionate about their heritage and country, which in turn hugely helps when it comes to their role and the resort. They have both showed a huge amount of commitment to aiding Salalah’s growth and we are very grateful that they have decided to join us as part of the pre-opening team. We hope the level of interest continues amongst the Omani community and we look forward to welcoming more of Dhofar’s finest talent over the coming months.”
Perfectly positioned between a scenic beach and freshwater lagoon, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is part of a joint venture with Omran and is being developed by Musstir LLC, a real estate development company from Oman. The resort is within reach of an abundance of natural wonders and cultural gems and is also conveniently located just 10 km from the city centre and 15 km from the airport. The resort features 40 Premier and Deluxe Rooms, offering views of the Arabian Sea, lagoon or picturesque gardens as well as 88 one, two and three bedroom villas which will offer private pools, the first of their kind in Salalah, as well as spacious living areas and personal villa host services. Guests will be able to choose from three dining options, with a selection of cuisines available including South East Asian and Mediterranean.
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