Gerrit Gräf will lead JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai and Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
Industry veteran Gerrit Gräf takes on the role as the new multi-property general manager at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai and Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, effective from September 2023.
Gräf’s career spans more than two decades with Marriott, having held roles across eight of the hospitality group's brands in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He brings with him a wealth of experience having overseen 14 successful hotel openings throughout his career.
He joined Mariott in 1996 as the director of F&B at the Renaissance Cologne Hotel in Germany before heading to the UAE in 2000, where he assumed the role of director of F&B at JW Marriott Hotel. He was promoted to director of operations at the property within three years.
After eight years in Dubai, Gräf relocated to Doha to assume the position of hotel manager at the Renaissance, Courtyard and Marriott Executive Apartments complex.
In the same year, he assumed the position of regional director of operations, overseeing South Asia, Malaysia, Australia and the Maldives. In 2014, he spearheaded the opening of the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit and Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Thonglor as multi-property general manager.
In 2015, Gräf returned to the Middle East as hotel manager for the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah, and within a year, he assumed the position of general manager at The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh.
His experience led to his appointment as area vice president for Marriott’s Premium Select Brands for the UAE in 2019. In this role, he oversaw Marriott’s 32 Premium and Select Brands within the UAE.
Speaking about his new role, Gräf said: "I'm excited about my return to Dubai and I'm honoured to take on this role, continuing my journey with Marriott in such a dynamic region.
"I'm committed to not only maintaining but elevating the exceptional standards these iconic properties are known for and to lead the dedicated teams at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai and Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites to create extraordinary guest experiences."
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