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1012 25 Feb 2021

Spencer Hayato Wadama joins SLS Dubai as the new General Manager

Prior to his current position, Wadama served as General Manager at Jumeirah Living Marina Gate as well as Jumeirah Al Naseem where he directed the operating, sales and marketing efforts for the properties

United Arab Emirates, Dubai - sbe, the leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning global brands, today announcedthe appointment of seasoned leader Spencer Hayato Wadama as General Manager of SLS Dubai, set to open in the second quarter of 2021. This news comes on the heels of Accors recent announcement regarding its planned venture with Ennismore, which will see the creation of one of the worlds largest and fastest growing lifestyle and entertainment operators set to include SLS Hotels Residences. Accors introduction of the SLS brand to Dubai follows the hospitality companys global expansion of its luxury and premium lifestyle portfolio as part of a recent acquisition of sbes hotel brands.

We are thrilled to welcome Spencer to the sbe family, joining a roster of incredible General Managers across our portfolio, said Chadi Farhat, Chief Operating Officer at sbe. Spencers enthusiasm, energy, charisma and regional experience will set SLS Dubai up for success. As a team, we have no doubt that Spencer will carry out a phenomenal job and develop a fantastic local team, making SLS Dubai a global destination for locals and global travellers alike.

It is an honor to join the sbe family and to be leading the SLS Dubai team as we embark on this highly anticipated opening in Dubai. The quality of the service, top-of-the-line facilities, amenities and the skilled team are striving to deliver on the SLS brand promise, stated Spencer Hayato Wadama, General Manager of SLS Dubai. I am looking forward to exhibiting my skills and working hard to achieve even higher levels of hospitality, promising and delivering our guests upscale, memorable experiences that only SLS Dubai can offer.

With 30 years of experience in managing luxury hotels, along with extensive know-how and skills in a variety of fields in regard to luxury properties around the world, Wadama will lead SLS Dubai with his strategic planning and commitment to delivering luxury experiences. Wadama has held senior management positions for over a span of 12 years and has worked across three continents: North America, Asia and the Middle East.

As a natural-born leader, with a strong dedication to the hospitality sector, Wadama brings forth a wealth of knowledge in hotel management and international luxury operations to his role as General Manager at SLS Dubai. Spencer will oversee the day-to-day operations, including management of the hotels executive team and hotel employees, as well as the roll-out of the hotels launch that is well underway. Wadama and the expert team at SLS Dubai will carry out a new vision for the future of the stories Burj Khalifa district property.

Prior to his current position, Wadama served as General Manager at Jumeirah Living Marina Gate as well as Jumeirah Al Naseem where he directed the operating, sales and marketing efforts for the properties within a competitive and expanding market and collaboratively dealt with staff members to achieve common goals and objectives. Spencer also served as General Manager at the Armani Hotel in Dubai where he gained expertise in hospitality operations, sales, staff development, making him a valuable asset within the hospitality management industry.

SLS Dubai Hotel Residences comprises of 254 expertly designed hotel rooms, 321 hotel apartments and is one of the tallest hotels in the region. SLS Dubai featuressbe signature culinary concepts Filia,authentic Italian restaurant,and Carna, a contemporary steakhouse. S Bar, sbe's mixology lounge is locatedin the lobby,as well as signature rooftop nightlife venue, Privilege. EllaMiaisa sophisticated caf that brings its dedicated Los Angeles-based coffee culture to Dubai and at 12 Chairs Caviar Bar, caviar takes centre stage, reserved for only 12 guests, to experience and indulge.

SLS Dubai will mark the opening of the seventh SLS hotel, with seventeen additional trendsetting destinations across North America, South America, and Asia within the next five years, including SLS Cancun which is now open, and SLS Puerto Madero opening in 2021. The property will be part of the ALL Accor Live Limitless Loyalty program, guests will be able to earn and redeem points when staying at the hotel. SLS has delivered an imaginative lifestyle hospitality experience with unmatched glamour, play, and leisure since 2008. SLS Dubai is a fundamental property within sbes portfolio which aims to grow 50 hotels nationally and internationallyby the year 2021.

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About sbe
sbe is a leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs. Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, sbe is devoted to creating extraordinary experiences throughout its proprietary brands with a commitment to authenticity, sophistication, mastery and innovation. Established in 2002 by Sam Nazarian, and following the acquisition of the pioneer of boutique lifestyle hotels, Morgans Hotel Group in 2016, sbe has grown into an unparalleled global portfolio of lifestyle destinations. Accor, the world-leading augmented hospitality group, fully acquired sbes hotel brands in December 2020 after holding a 50% stake in the Company since 2018. With 28 hotels and over 200 global world-renowned culinary, nightlife and entertainment venues by the end of 2021, the company is uniquely positioned to offer a complete lifestyle experience from nightlife, food and beverage and entertainment to hotels and residences, as well as its award-winning international real estate development subsidiary, Dakota Development. The company's leading hotel and residential brands include SLS, Delano, Mondrian, Hyde, The House of Originals, The Redbury and internationally acclaimed culinary and nightlife concepts including Katsuya by ChefKatsuya Uechi, Cleo, Fi'lia, Carna and Bottega di Carna byDario Cecchini, Leynia and Diez y Seis, Hyde, Skybar, Bond, Dandelyan, Blind Spot, Smoke Mirrors and Privilege. sbe is a registered trademark of sbe Restaurant Group, LLC and is used under license.

To learn more, visit sbe.com.

SLS Dubai :

Located in the Downtown district, SLS Dubai offers incomparable 360-degree views over the city, with unobstructed views of the iconic Burj Khalifa, along with a clear overhead of the calming Dubai Creek. The SLS Hotel Residences brand is owned by global lifestyle hospitality company, sbe.

The impressive 75-storey tower makes SLS Dubai one of the tallest hotels and residences in the region. Developed in in collaboration with international architecture firmAedas, SLS Dubai comprises of254expertly designed hotel rooms by acclaimed designer Paul Bishop,371residential units,321hotel apartments and in true SLS fashion, features contemporary art, sleek accents exceptional fittings that are unique characteristics of the brands DNA.

Dakota Development, a subsidiary of sbe made up of a fully integrated team of development and design professionals, provided technical service support for the entire development process as well as collaboratively designed with Bishop Design on SLSs public spaces and food and beverage venues.

Hotel guests enter through the ground atrium, take an express elevator to the opulent Sky Lobby, located on the 71st floor. Floor-to-ceiling windows surround a deluxe lounge and lobby bar, along with panoramic views of the citys bright skyline.

Dining options feature sbes acclaimed brands including Italian restaurant Filia, serving all-day eatery with active food displays and kitchen. Located on the 74th floor, Carna is a luxury steakhouse concept by award-winning Italian butcher Dario Cecchini. SLS Dubais signature rooftop venue, Privilege, has two infinity pools, a lounge and a nightlife, located on the 75th floor.

A modern yet sophisticated coffee brand, called EllaMia, greets guest on the ground floor. Promising a sensory and sensual experience, 12 Chairs is a caviar bar that showcases the very best of caviar exclusively reserved for only 12 guests.

SLS Dubai also includes sbes signatureCiel Spa, the epitome of luxury with treatment rooms, plunge pools and relaxing rooms, a hair and nail salon, a fully equipped gym and two outdoor terraces.

SLS is amember ofsbe'scollection of global lifestyle hospitalitybrandsfeaturing award-winning hotels, residences, spas, restaurants, lounges, dayclubs and nightclubs.

SLS Dubai is the first SLS property in the Middle East, in partnership with World of Wonders Real Estate Development. SLS Dubai is an essential piece of sbes development in the region that comes on the heels of successful openings of Mondrian Doha, Katsuya restaurants in Doha, Kuwait City, Dubai and a Cleo location in Kuwait City. SLS Hotel Residences currently operates in Los Angeles, South Beach and Brickell Miami, Nassau Bahamas, and Cancun Mexico.