The Taj Palace Dubai has announced the appointment of Samer Abiad as its new Director of Food & Beverage. The Lebanese national brings over 12 years of experience in the hospitality sector, during which he served in a range of management positions in 5-star properties across Beirut, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
(TRAVPR.COM) UAE - August 12th, 2012 - The Taj Palace Dubai has announced the appointment of Samer Abiad as its new Director of Food & Beverage. The Lebanese national brings over 12 years of experience in the hospitality sector, during which he served in a range of management positions in 5-star properties across Beirut, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Samer is holding a post-graduate certification in Strategic Hospitality Management from Cornell University following a degree in Hospitality Management from American Hotel and Lodging Association. Starting as Restaurant Manager with the InterContinental in Doha, he quickly rose through the hierarchy to become Director of Food & Beverage at Traders Hotel in Dubai (a brand of Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts), the position he held prior to joining the Taj.
His career journey has seen him build up an enviable knowledge-cum-experience base in all facets of F&B operations, which he has put to good use in developing and managing a variety of banqueting and F&B outlets with these well-established hospitality brands that also include Rotana Hotels and Resorts.
Samer now joins an equally renowned brand famous the world over for the legendary Taj hospitality, where he faces the challenge of sustaining and promoting its inimitable dining options that include the award-winning northern-Indian restaurant Handi, Japanese cuisine restaurant Sakura, Arabic/Turkish restaurant Topkapi, international all-day dining Le Rendezvous, as well as the Lobby Lounge and Room Service.
“Yes, improving an already excellent product is a real challenge which should put to the test all that I have learned. Specialty chefs are a rarity. It’s their special techniques and skills that establish the signature character of dining outlets. I look forward to nurturing such talent to enhance the illustrious Taj hospitality,” says Samer.
“The clientele is also a factor in the process of change, as we have seen in the case of Topkapi, which expanded its Turkish flavour to include Arabic delights in response to local culinary demands. So I look forward to adding those extra touches that will make the Taj Palace Dubai a preferred destination for those looking for culinary experiences to remember,” he adds.
The Taj Palace Hotel Dubai has plenty to offer business and leisure travellers as well as family vacationers, its location giving them easy access to the city’s prime entertainment, shopping and tourist attractions while its in-house fitness and recreation facilities include a spa and roof-top swimming pool.