By Andy Sambidge
Henning Fries becomes MD of hospitality unit; will lead work on Al Habtoor City development
Al Habtoor Group, the Dubai conglomerate, said on Friday that it has promoted Henning Fries to managing director of the company's hospitality division, adding that he will be responsible for overseeing the opening of the $3bn Al Habtoor City project.
The project, a multi-use development currently under construction, will incorporate three five star hotels - WESTIN, W Hotel, St Regis - as well as three high-residential towers.
Fries, who joined the Group in early 2013, oversees the global hotel assets, and has been instrumental in driving growth in the hotels division, the company said in a statement.
The promotion, which takes place effective immediately, is part of a "realignment of a cohesive strategy" across the Group, it added.
Mohammed Al Habtoor, vice chairman and CEO, Al Habtoor Group said: "Mr Fries has been a great addition to our management team. He has been key in driving growth for the business and plays an important role in our business strategy."
Fries recently oversaw the successful opening of the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, the latest addition to the Al Habtoor Group's growing portfolio.
The Group currently runs and operates hotels in the UAE, Lebanon and Hungary.
Before joining the Al Habtoor Group, Fries oversaw operations for several top brands including Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, IHG, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
In December, Al Habtoor Group announced a major reshuffle across its boards as part of plans to enhance growth.
The shakeup, across all units, includes hotels, motors, real estate, schools, car rental as well as the Group's legal and audit boards.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.