Iconic UAE luxury hotel appoints new manager

Alexander Schneider says looking to set new standards at Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace, the luxury Abu Dhabi hotel that ranks among the world's most opulent, has announced the appointment of a new manager.

Alexander Schneider was previously general manager at the Park Plaza in Bangalore and at the Casa Camper in Berlin, a statement said.

Schneider said he would "look to build on the Palace's internationally-renowned service and hospitality, striving to set new standards of excellence".

The statement said Schneider's expertise included the management of numerous new openings and leading teams of up to 350 employees.

It added that under his leadership, a number of properties have exceeded projected revenues, achieved qualification in the Michelin Guide and secured high-profile awards.

He graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, New York and is fluent in German, French and English.

He said: "Joining Emirates Palace is a fantastic opportunity. I am greatly looking forward to working alongside the Palace's talented and dedicated team of professionals to deliver an exclusive, luxurious and five-star experience to all our guests."

Built as an iconic landmark showcasing Arabian culture and hospitality at its finest, Emirates Palace, managed by Kempinski, is a favourite among visiting world leaders and celebrities.

In 2010, the hotel launched the world’s first gold bar vending machine, dispensing one, five and 10 gram bars as well as one ounce bars of gold.

Six gold coins of varied weights and engraved with symbols of gold-producing nations Canada, Australia and South Africa, are also dispensed by the Gold To Go machine.

Emirates Palace comprises 394 luxury rooms and suites and includes an auditorium with up to 1,100 seats, and a ballroom for up to 2,400 guests.

With a FIFA standard football pitch, the hotel is also home to Manchester City's winter training ground.

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