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JA Resorts & Hotels Appoints 4 New Talents to launch 10 New F&B Concepts

JA Resorts & Hotels is ready for the challenge with 4 new leadership additions to the portfolio of one of Dubai’s longest-serving homegrown hospitality brands.


Dubai, 31st July 2019 – 10 new restaurants set to open in 2019 alongside several collaborations with international chefs of Michelin star acclaim, calls for a talented food and beverage team. JA Resorts & Hotels is ready for the challenge with 4 new leadership additions to the portfolio of one of Dubai’s longest-serving homegrown hospitality brands.

 JA Resorts & Hotels cites their food and beverage vision as ‘creating community-focused restaurants providing one-of-a-kind experiences that energise everyone, with an enthusiastic welcome, exceptional service, awesome food, killer tunes and an unforgettable time, resulting in profitable restaurants’. The people charged with leading this vision are Olivier Belliard, Director of Culinary and Kyra Bommelje, Director of Food & Beverage - both at JA The Resort, and Devid di Benimeo, Cluster Executive Chef and Petra Humphers, Cluster Director of Food and Beverage - both working across JA Ocean View Hotel and JA Oasis Beach Tower.

Olivier Belliard is a French National who has worked in 7 different French hotels with Michelin stars. Belliard was awarded a master’s degree in hospitality management from New York’s prestigious Cornell University and has vast experience in high end hotels across Mauritius, GCC, Egypt, Thailand and the USA. Together with Cluster Director of Food & Beverage Kyra Bommelje, a Dutch national who has worked with the company for 4.5 years, they will lead a barrage of openings in the new JA Lake View Hotel in September, along with reopening of the JA Beach Hotel after extensive renovation. Kyra was appointed to the position of Cluster Director of Food & Beverage after an outstanding performance with JA The Resorts’ large catering function and brings a wealth of experience from brands such as Jumeirah, Le Meridien in addition to her JA Resorts & Hotels experience in both the UAE and Maldives.

JA Lake View will feature the brand new ‘81’ restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, ‘Republik’ - a new contemporary gastropub inspired by the Sydney and Melbourne dining scene, and finally a rooftop mixology lounge with a DJ and panoramic views of the golf course, aptly named ‘Bibé’, after the Latin word for drink. Another highly anticipated venue at JA Lake View Hotel is Kinara by Vikas Khanna, a vibrant Indian restaurant by Chef Vikas Khanna - the globally renowned Indian chef. JA Beach Hotel will launch a stunning new Italian restaurant, Sette, with 360 dome views of the resort, as well as Phoenicia restaurant – a collaboration with the master of modern middle eastern cuisine – multi award-winning Greg Malouf.

Devid di Benimeo, Cluster Executive Chef and Petra Humphers, Cluster Director of Food and Beverage will lead the culinary and service direction at the new sports bar in JA Ocean View Hotel called Offside and launch the brand-new pizzeria concept called Motorino. Motorino is a fast-paced brick-oven style pizzeria with locations in New York City, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore with authentic New York – Naples style Pizza. A fully licensed venue with indoor and outdoor sections, Motorino will offer the world-famous pizza throughout the day and evening. Devid di Benimeo, Cluster Executive Chef, is from the Lazio region of Italy and has already led the culinary function at several UAE luxury hotels and resorts, including One&Only and Palazzo Versace. With a master’s in hospitality management from Cornell University, Devid has experience spanning from roles in a private members club in Australia, to Frescobaldi restaurant in Harrods, London.

Czech National, Petra Humphers joins the JA Resorts & Hotels team with extensive international luxury experience primarily with Four Seasons Hotel properties from Dublin, Prague, Santa Barbara to Abu Dhabi. She brings many years of hotelier and restaurant management experience and has been in the UAE for the past six years opening luxury properties such as the Waldorf Astoria and Four Seasons. Petra will be responsible for the operations of all outlets at JA Ocean View Hotel and JA Oasis Beach Tower, including Phoenicia restaurant, in collaboration with Greg Malouf of Michelin star acclaim.

The new JA Resorts & Hotels Food & Beverage team have been handpicked for their talent and creativity, in advance of the busy Q4 period when all the restaurants and bars are scheduled to open.


 About JA Resorts & Hotels

A legacy UAE brand, JA Resorts & Hotels was born in 1981 and has a widely recognised reputation for excellence, in the management and operation of award-winning resorts and hotels. Taking its name from the original Jebel Ali (JA) Beach hotel, JA Resorts & Hotels portfolio now features 8 distinct properties across the UAE and Indian Ocean, each dedicated to curating unique experiences and creating unforgettable memories. Tropical escapes include JA Manafaru, the idyllic luxury island resort in pristine, lagoon-ringed Haa Alifu Atoll, at the northern tip of the Maldives and JA Enchanted Island Resort, an ultra-luxurious hideaway of 10 exquisite villas on a private island, in the middle of the protected Saint Anne Marine Park. Within the UAE, guests can choose from the five-star JA Ocean View Hotel, as well as the deluxe hotel apartments of JA Oasis Beach Tower, both located along ‘The Walk’ in Jumeirah Beach Residence.  Other attractive options include the acclaimed JA The Resort - Dubai’s largest experience resort, with 1 million square metres of thrilling activities and 3 unique hotels offering 795 suites and rooms between them– the award-winning JA Beach Hotel and Mediterranean style villa suites of JA Palm Tree Court and JA Lakeview Hotel, a stunning new Golf Course adjacent property due to open in September 2019. The JA Hatta Fort Hotel completes the portfolio as Dubai’s only mountain resort, a secluded getaway amidst the stunning Hajar Mountains landscape. JA Resorts & Hotels is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, bringing together more than 30 brands with over 550 hotels in 75 countries. 

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