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Iconic Dubai luxury hotel gets new boss

New general manager appointed for Burj Al Arab as part of Jumeirah Group reshuffle in Dubai

Iconic Dubai luxury hotel gets new boss
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The Burj Al Arab, often referred to as the world's only seven-star hotel, has appointed a new general manager to lead its 1,400-strong workforce.

Margaret Paul's move from spearheading Madinat Jumeirah since 2012 is part of a number of management changes made in Dubai by hotel operator Jumeirah.

Paul, a Scottish national who has been with Jumeirah Group since 2002, will oversee the management of the Burj Al Arab's 202 suites and nine F&B outlets, Jumeirah said in a statement.

It added that Mahmoud Sakr and Sven Wiedenhaupt have switched roles – Sakr has been appointed as the general manager, Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Wiedenhaupt has been appointed general manager, Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Sakr will be responsible for developing and running the commercial and operational strategy, the management of 400 rooms and suites and 530 members of staff at Jumeirah Emirates Towers - a landmark property in the heart of Dubai’s business district.

Wiedenhaupt’s new role at Jumeirah Beach Hotel comes as the hotel celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and will undergo a refurbishment of 334 rooms and suites, scheduled to start in May and finish in November.

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