By Andy Sambidge
Luxury hotel group announces appointment of UK national Anthony McHale who will take up role in early 2015
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based hotel company, said on Sunday it has appointed a new general manager for the Burj Al Arab, which claims to be one of the world's most luxurious hotel.
Anthony McHale has been hired and will take up the position in early 2015, the company said in a statement.
McHale takes up the role on January 11, joining Jumeirah Group after more than five years as general manager of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London.
During his time at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, he successfully opened Bar Boulud in 2010, as well as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in 2011, which has secured two Michelin stars and worldwide recognition.
In 2011 he also spearheaded the opening of One Hyde Park Residences, the most expensive real estate in Europe.
Welcoming McHale to the Burj Al Arab, Nicholas Clayton, CEO of group operations at Jumeirah Group, said: "We are delighted that Tony is joining Burj Al Arab Jumeirah as it celebrates its fifteenth year of operation.
"Our guests expect the very highest level of luxury hospitality and Tony has both the experience and the profile that promises to guide our hotel and its 1,500 colleagues to continued success in the market place.
"As Dubai continues to grow as an internationally recognised destination for both leisure and business travel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah stands as a beacon of luxury and a symbol of the city's successful growth."
Born and brought up in the UK, McHale also has US and Canadian citizenship.
Jumeirah Group manages properties in the UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Baku, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Mallorca (Spain) and Rome in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia.
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