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79072 29 May 2019

Mathieu Van Alphen Returns to IHG as New Area General Manager of Flagship UAE Hotels in Dubai Festival City

The Dutch national has 28 years’ hands on experience with IHG and this global brand stalwart has worked in Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

DUBAI, UAE. May 2019: As a stalwart of the InterContinental brand Mathieu van Alphen has worked within InterContinental Hotels Group for 28 years. Beginning his career in 1987, van Alphen has worked across Europe, Russia and the Middle East in the luxury arena.

His career ladder has seen him move from his start in accounting and progressing to financial controller roles, before assuming the position of Hotel Manager at the InterContinental Frankfurt.

Mathieu went on to accept his first General Manager post at the InterContinental Köln and subsequently held several other General Manager positions in different InterContinental properties across Europe.

Mathieu’s strong financial background, his many years as a hotelier in IHG, with a focus on customer experience and team excellence has paved the course for the operational success of the various properties he has managed.

His calling to the Middle East took him to Abu Dhabi where he was the Cluster General Manager of Beach Rotana’s flagship location since August 2015.  Within his new position Mathieu will be responsible for InterContinental, InterContinental Residence Suites, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn at Dubai Festival City as well as the 6,000 sq. m events venue Festival Arena.

Bastien Blanc, Vice President, Middle East & North Africa said ‘We welcome Mathieu back to the IHG family and look forward to the continued success of our flagship properties in Dubai Festival City.’


About IHG Hotels, Dubai Festival City:

Taking prime location within Dubai’s newest and most exciting retail, leisure and entertainment destination, Dubai Festival City is only minutes from Dubai International Airport, the major commercial hubs of Dubai and connecting roads to Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and beyond.

The IHG hotels in DFC sit on the water’s edge of the historic Dubai Creek and are just a stones-throw away from the momentous Dubai Festival City Mall, allowing visitors to benefit from the best of both worlds, old and new.

Encompassing the Intercontinental (508 rooms), InterContinental Residences Suites (212 rooms), Crowne Plaza (316 rooms) and the brand-new Holiday Inn (517 rooms), plus almost 10,000 sqm of diverse event spaces including the Festival Arena and 11 restaurants and bars, Dubai Festival City is the perfect destination for anyone spending time in Dubai.

For more information on the hotels at Dubai Festival City, please visit: dubaifestivalcityhotels.com