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Address Hotels + Resorts Appoints David Simon General Manager of Palace Downtown

DUBAI, UAE. October 24, 2017 - David Simon has been appointed as the new General Manager of Palace Downtown, a palatial destination managed by Address Hotels + Resorts.

Formerly the Hotel Manager, David will play a key role in driving the hotel’s ongoing growth strategy as well as staff leadership, recruitment, and management. He will continue to direct all aspects of daily operations, revenue generation and guest retention.

With more than 20 years of hospitality experience, he has worked in the USA, India, South Korea, Hong Kong and Dubai, among others, with renowned hotel brands in a variety of managerial capacities.

David has demonstrated strong leadership skills by developing staff development programmes, and played an integral role in attracting new front of house and culinary staff to numerous positions.

Olivier Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “David’s appointment is representative of our forward-thinking for our premium luxury hotel and serviced residences brand, Address Hotels + Resorts, and for Palace Downtown. David will drive the growth of this exceptional hotel with a focus on building new clients and guest loyalty as well as transforming the hotel in line with our digital transformation goals.”

David Simon added: “Our hotel stands apart for its highly individualistic architecture and its commitment to offer the highest levels of service to guests from all over the world. As part of the Address Hotels + Resorts portfolio, the hotel has set its own remarkable niche with its inimitable design and superior location.”

Classic themes and Arabian tradition meet at Palace Downtown. Its luxurious guest rooms and suites feature captivating Middle Eastern themes, with an array of award-winning food and beverage options from across the globe including Thiptara, the hotel’s Thai offering; Asado, a lively Argentinean Grill, and Ewaan, serving a tempting blend of Arabic and Oriental specialties.

Additionally, the hotel possesses a majestic and exclusive Spa retreat inspired by traditional heritage that is dedicated to well-being and relaxation in a breath-taking setting. The Spa offers traditionally inspired therapies to stimulate the senses, relax the body and restore spiritual balance elevating the Palace Downtown’s offering for business and leisure travellers from around the world.

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