With more than 14 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry in the Middle East region, Jordanian national Mohammad Najjar currently oversees the operations of 12 F&B outlets and is leading 85 team members and 64 kitchen staff members at Kempinski Hotel Ajman.
Prior to working for the past seven consecutive years with Kempinski, Najjar was employed at a series of five-star properties in various roles in the F&B Department, including at the Marriot and Intercontinental Hotels in Aqaba, Jordan. Working with Kempinski Hotel Ajman since 2009, Najjar has successfully contributed to exceeding the targeted annual revenues at the food and beverage outlets, developing growing talents and organising large-scale events. Under his personal leading, Zanzi Bar won the Restaurant Team of the Year award at the Caterer ME Awards in 2014, as Najjar’s objective has always been to work with the utmost dedication to reach group and individual goals by creating innovative ideas and hiring talented people to join the team.
Nicolas Renouf lived in Geneva for 18 years, and studied materials engineering in Nimes in France, before joining Kempinski Hotel Leela in India as a management trainee at the young age of 21. After a year, he moved back to Europe to continue his studies at hospitality management schools in France, Spain and the UK. He continued his career in Sao Paulo as a receptionist and in France at a two-star Michelin restaurant with Chef Christophe Aribert. After receiving a personal phone call in 2012 from Kempinski Leela’s GM, Nicolas moved back to India, and in 2014 joined the Kempinski team in Ajman as an outlet manager in charge of two bars and an all-day-dining restaurant.
Commenting on the recent appointments, Kai Schukowski, General Manager at Kempinski Hotel Ajman, said: “In order to firmly position Kempinski Hotel Ajman as the preferred F&B destination with the highest number of hotel-operated F&B outlets in the Northern Emirates, we are consolidating and strengthening our F&B positioning by having the right people in place in order to optimise efficiency, whilst catering to the growing demand, as we have projected to increase our covers by 30% in 2017.”
About Kempinski Hotel Ajman:
Situated 25 km from Dubai International Airport, Kempinski Hotel Ajman is an ideal luxury destination, which features a private 500 m white sandy beach, set in a serene vicinity. The 182 splendid rooms, each with its own private balcony, offer mesmerising views of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel’s 12 food and beverage outlets provide an excellent selection of cafés, bars and restaurants, offering something for every palate, ranging from gourmet Italian to authentic Indian cuisines. The hotel is also equipped with a state-of-the-art fitness centre and two spas for a revivifying experience. Activities ranging from jet-skiing, scuba diving and windsurfing to even fishing are catered for. Collectively, Kempinski Hotel Ajman promises a tranquil setting, where European luxury meets Arabic culture, providing a memorable experience.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio includes historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski, while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.