Industry Professionals to Craft Unique Experiences at Rosewood Abu Dhabi

March 5, 2013

Rosewood Abu Dhabi is led by a multi-cultural team of hospitality experts

Rosewood Abu Dhabi, the ultra-luxury 5-star hotel on the waterfront at Sowwah Square, which is set to open its doors on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi in May 2013, is assuring success with an innovative and diverse executive team at its helm.

The executive management team, which includes Luigi Romaniello - Managing Director, Jacques Oudinot - Hotel Manager, Roddy Gordon - Director of Marketing, Wolfgang Eberle - Executive Chef, Thomas Gebler- Director of Food & Beverage, Annie Monnier - Director of Rooms, Viraj Patil - Director of Engineering and Maria Elkaer - Director of Human Resources, will be charged with bringing a fresh perspective to luxury hospitality in Abu Dhabi.

As seasoned professionals, with a range of international experiences in the hospitality sector, the executive management team brings an array of impressive expertise and best-practice methods in luxury hospitality leadership. Moreover, all members of the international team have been carefully selected to culminate together, forging a group with innovative personalities, strong leadership and vast industry knowledge.

“Leading the launch of Rosewood Abu Dhabi is a great honor”, says Luigi Romaniello, Managing Director of Rosewood Abu Dhabi, “I have been with the Rosewood Group for over 13 years and have immense respect for our company’s unique philosophy, rich heritage and our ability to bring the highest caliber of talented professionals together.”

Mr. Romaniello oversees all elements of Rosewood Abu Dhabi from staff recruitment and guest service to the property’s range of signature restaurants and Sense, a Rosewood Spa®. A seasoned hotelier, with more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Romaniello has served in top positions at some of the world’s finest and most luxurious hotels and brings this wealth of experience to Abu Dhabi.

“I look forward to forging close bonds with our internal team, loyal guests, and further members of the community in the UAE. Rosewood is such a unique brand – I am extremely excited about launching it to the discerning Abu Dhabi market as well as helping the positioning of Abu Dhabi on the global luxury scene” he added.

As the Director of Human Resources, Maria Elkaer will be responsible for implementing programs in training, development and recruitment at Rosewood’s flagship luxury hotel in the UAE

“They are truly a remarkable team of professionals”, commented Elkaer, “A very skilled and multicultural group, who have had experience in their respective fields in leading luxury hospitality brands. Moreover, they are all keen to embrace Abu Dhabi as their new home, and establish Rosewood Abu Dhabi as a new hallmark in hospitality in the UAE.”

Responsible for the culinary journeys undertaken in Rosewood, Executive Chef Wolfgang Eberle recently transferred to Rosewood Abu Dhabi from Rosewood’s sister property in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Al Faisaliah. Prior to joining Rosewood International Group, Mr. Eberle gathered experience and expertise from working in Switzerland, United States, Philippines, China, India, Sri Lanka and Canada which will be reflected in the gastronomic experiences.

About Rosewood Abu Dhabi
An ultra-luxury five-star hotel on the waterfront at Sowwah Square, Rosewood Abu Dhabi will feature 189 rooms and suites, 58 serviced residences, 73 residences for long term lease and four penthouses. The 34-storey landmark hotel is strategically located on Al Maryah Island (formerly Sowwah Island), in the heart of Abu Dhabi's new Central Business District (CBD) and features direct climate-controlled links to neighbouring Sowwah Square offices, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and The Galleria at Sowwah Square.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi embraces Rosewood’s A Sense of Place® philosophy, reflecting the history, architecture,  and sensibilities of Abu Dhabi. The hotel will offer premium accommodations, nine distinctive restaurants and lounges, the luxury Sense, A Rosewood Spa® and fully equipped business facilities and services.  With 18 properties in eight countries, the Rosewood collection comprises of some of the most legendary hotels and resorts in the world. Rosewood Abu Dhabi is the fourth Middle East property managed by Rosewood, including Al Faisaliah Hotel and Hotel Al Khozama in Riyadh and Rosewood Corniche in Jeddah.

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