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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Dubai-based luxury property developer and holding company Seven Tides has appointed the general manager and four senior executive committee members for its latest five-star hospitality venture, Dukes Dubai hotel and hotel apartment project.General manager, Mete Atakuman, will head up the team and brings more than 20 years’ industry experience to the role with emphasis on openings and acquisition.An Australian citizen, Atakuman, has vast experience of Dubai-based brands, having previously worked with the Jumeirah Group to oversee the takeover of the Jumeirah Bodrum Palace, Turkey as well as managing several high profile pre-opening projects in China and Azerbaijan for the international luxury hotel chain.“Mete has a proven operational and commercial track record when it comes to spearheading new hotel projects, and his experience of conveying luxury brand concepts will be instrumental to our success as we introduce this uniquely British brand to an expectant market in the region,” said Abdulla Bin Sulayem, chief executive, Seven Tides, developer of DUKES Dubai.Atakuman will lead a team which includes Laetitia Pardo who joins Dukes Dubai as director of sales and marketing.A French national with hospitality industry experience on two continents, she will play a pivotal role in positioning Dukes in the region as well as ensuring a healthy market mix for the luxury property’s leisure, business and MICE segments.Pardo has 17 years experience working for renowned hotel groups such as Atlantis the Palm, Hilton International and Sofitel, as well as iconic properties including The Savoy in London.Former French naval officer, Richard Mazeau, takes on responsibility for Dukes Dubai’s recruitment strategy as the new director of human resources.Previous experience includes Anantara Doha, where he oversaw recruitment from pre-opening, the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, as well as managing HR and training for One&Only Resorts, Dubai.The fourth new member of the executive team, director of engineering, Avnish Kumar, has been at the sharp end of the industry in the region for a decade as a pre-opening specialist, working with TIME Hotels, Mövenpick and The Address Hotels among others.Rounding out the appointments list is Navin Shah, the hotel’s director of finance, a qualified chartered accountant with over 15 years’ experience.“The success of Dukes Dubai in the UAE is contingent upon its leadership team and their ability to position the brand as a market leader and deliver its distinctly unique character in today’s extremely competitive marketplace,” added Bin Sulayem.Centrally located on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah, just 10 minutes’ drive from Dubai Marina and Sheikh Zayed Road, and only 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport, DUKES Dubai hotel and hotel apartments is set to add a distinctly British flavour to the city’s luxury hospitality offering when it opens in the first quarter of 2016.“With this launch we are bringing quintessential British charm and style to the UAE and blending it with cosmopolitan luxury to create a unique residence and hotel situated in the heart of Dubai’s most desirable island community, Palm Jumeirah,” said Abdulla bin Sulayem, chief executive, Seven Tides.The 273-room hotel and 227 hotel apartments will offer world-class leisure, conference and entertainment facilities including a private beach, indoor pool, outdoor infinity pool and state-of-the-art gym, along with five food and beverage outlets.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineActor and Richard Mille ambassador Jackie Chan organized a charity auction in Beijing to benefit needy children from rural areas.In support of his friend Jackie Chan’s Dragon’s Heart Foundation, Richard Mille collaborated with the star to design a one-of-a-kind watch, the RM JC Tourbillon, especially for this event.The unique white gold timepiece sold at auction last night for 5.5 million RMB (equal to 755,000 CHF, €630,000, or $860, 000), and it was the record sale for the evening.Richard Mille is delighted with the great result. The money raised from the sale of this exceptional watch will enable Jackie Chan to pursue his work with Dragon’s Heart Foundation, which helps less fortunate children in remote areas by constructing new schools, 20 of which have already been built since 2004.The RM JC is an exceptional timepiece that combines the extreme technical characteristics of Richard Mille watches with strong symbolic themes. The charity’s logo was chosen as the focus for this creation. Placed at the heart of the movement, the logo represents Jackie Chan holding the hands of two children, a cause close to his heart. Situated on the dial, the Dragon’s Heart lettering is shown both in English and Chinese. On the back of the watch case the words “Foundation Jackie Chan” are engraved.RM JC: −Manual winding tourbillon with hours, minutes, power reserve indicator (circa 70h), torque indicator and function selector. −Carbon nanofiber baseplate. −Dimensions: 48.18 mm x 39.70 mm (widest point) x 13.95 mm (thickest area).www.richardmilleusa.comlast_img read more