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12745 27 Jun 2024

Sofitel Dubai Downtown Appoints Mohamed Hawwam as General Manager

Part of the Sofitel Dubai Downtown team since 2020, Mohamed assumes his new position as General Manager following a three-year stint as Director of Operations.

27 June 2024, Dubai - Sofitel Dubai Downtown, the renowned French hotel, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mohamed Hawwam as General Manager.

With an illustrious background spanning 20 years in the luxury hospitality space, Mohamed’s career is underpinned by a commitment to excellence.

A distinguished hotelier, Mohamed is celebrated for his extraordinary leadership and visionary prowess. Throughout his illustrious career, he has consistently surpassed profit and market growth targets while setting new standards for customer satisfaction. Mohamed’s strategic acumen and innovative initiatives have redefined luxury in the industry, establishing him as a paragon of excellence and inspiration.

Mohamed made his foray into the world of Sofitel in 2016, serving as the Director of Revenue and E-commerce at Sofitel Jeddah Corniche. Five years later, he progressed to Director of Operations at Sofitel Dubai Downtown “As the Vice President of Operations for IMET Sofitel Legend, Sofitel, MGallery, and Emblems, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Mohamed Hawwam over the years. In Mohamed Hawwam, we find not just a leader, but a visionary whose commercial acumen has delivered exceptional results for countless hotels in our portfolio. His unwavering commitment to excellence and unparalleled strategic prowess have cemented his position as an inspiring asset to Accor and Sofitel in this region. From delivering stellar results year after year to spearheading transformative projects like Expo 2020, Mohamed's leadership has set a new standard for excellence. His dedication to our sustainability vision and relentless pursuit of improvement have firmly established Sofitel Dubai Downtown as the house of French art de vivre in Dubai. With hiswell-deserved promotion to General Manager, we congratulate Mohamed on his outstanding journey with us and eagerly anticipate the continued brilliance he will bring to our luxury hospitality landscape. Together, we embark on a journey of innovation and achievement, set to redefine the future of luxury hospitality.” – Mark Sawkins, Vice President of Operations for IMET Sofitel Legend, Sofitel, MGallery, and Emblems.

The multi-award-winning hotelier is no stranger to facing and overcoming challenges, with a commendable employee engagement score despite the daunting uncertainties posed by the Covid pandemic.

Commenting on his new role, Mohamed Hawwam shares: "I’m delighted to progress to this exciting new role. My career is a canvas on which I paint the aspirations and achievements of not just myself, but those I have had the privilege to inspire and guide. The true measure of success lies not in personal accolades, but in the impact I have on others. I look forward to elevating Sofitel Dubai Downtown to new heights.”

Dedicated to his continued pursuit of excellence in the hospitality sector, Mohamed with his extensive experience and expertise, aims to further contribute to the success and growth of Sofitel Dubai Downtown, while also focusing on environmental responsibility and sustainability initiatives that deliver positive impact.


About Sofitel Dubai Downtown:

French elegance, in the heart of the iconic downtown Dubai. Apart from the immediate proximity to the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, the hotel is a few minutes away from Dubai Arena, Dubai Opera, City Walk and also offers shuttle bus service to Kite Beach, La Mer beach, Mall of the Emirates, and other popular destinations in Dubai.

The hotel offers an exceptional setting for business, leisure and exploration within the new and old Dubai. Welcome to the finer side of sophistication where you can step into a world of refined European heritage linked to a local culture, elegance and seamless luxury.

Each Sofitel draws inspiration from local culture and tradition while celebrating innovation and the French art de vivre to offer a one-of-a-kind, luxurious hotel experience. From design details to exhibitions and events, discover what makes our hotel so unique.

Sofitel Dubai Downtown was recognised as the Best Business Hotel in Dubai at the BTME awards 2022, Best Leisure Hotel 2023, Best Luxury Hotel 2023, and the prestigious RiiSE Award 2023 among others.

About Sofitel:

A pioneer of French luxury hospitality since 1964, Sofitel today embodies heartfelt and committed luxury with a French zest. A seamless blend of the richness of each local culture and the French joie de vivre, the brand delights travelers who appreciate delicacy and subtle refinement, offering them heartfelt and authentic service.

At Sofitel, beauty is in the details: life's simple pleasures such as gastronomy and sleep are art forms for an incomparable experience. Sofitel now boasts more than 120 hotels, all elegant and unique, in the world's most sought-after destinations. Among its most remarkable properties: Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opera, Sofitel London St James, Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, Sofitel Mexico City Reforma and Sofitel Ambassador Seoul. The brand also offers a selection of heritage luxury hotels under the Sofitel Legend banner, renowned for their timeless elegance and fascinating history, such as Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena and Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

Sofitel is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group counting over 5,500 properties throughout more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL - Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences.

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About Accor:

Accor is a world-leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,200 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries.

The group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more.

Accor’s unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the fastest growing categories in the industry – is led by Ennismore, a creative hospitality company with a global portfolio of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and approximately 260,000 team members worldwide.

68 million members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program – ALL - Accor Live Limitless – a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity.

Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information visit group.accor.com, or follow Accor on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


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