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Jumeirah Appoints New Vice President Of Development – Design

May 24, 2014 Appointments No Comments Email Email

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has announced the promotion of Alain Kallas to Vice President Development – Design.

A Lebanese national, Alain joined the Jumeirah Group in 2007 as Director of Development – Design and was promoted to Regional Director of Development – Design MEASA in 2010. With over 15 years’ experience in his field, he brings extensive industry knowledge having worked with leading hotel brands, design consultancies and contracting firms. In his new role, Alain will oversee the Corporate Design function, an integral part of the Development department responsible for Jumeirah’s strategic expansion plans.

Prior to joining Jumeirah, he was based in Dubai and involved in the design and expansion of 40 Holiday Inn Express hotels in the Gulf region and Saudi Arabia through a master franchise with InterContinental Hotels Group.

Previous experience includes work with Dar Group, a leading international network of professional service firms in Beirut. In this role, Alain worked on the design of the expansion of Dubai International Airport and the new Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport in Jebel Ali.

Other projects included the design of two Four Seasons hotels in Beirut and Damascus and a number of hotels and mixed-use developments and government assignments in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Angola.

Alain holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Beirut, an Executive MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris in Paris and the Advanced Certification in Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management from Cornell University in New York.

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