Time Hotels Management has unveiled plans for a new four-star hotel in Dubai’s Al Barsha shopping district, Time Asma Hotel, which will aim for 80 per cent of team members to be female, led by general manager Ghada Mahgoub, with dedicated facilities for female guests.
The announcement was made during a press conference at Arabian Travel Market, which is currently taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre.
“The concept will provide career opportunities for more than 100 women, contributing towards goals set out by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE, to increase the presence of women in the workplace,” commented Time Hotels chief executive Mohamed Awadalla.
The property will feature 232-rooms over six floors, a gym, swimming pool, jacuzzi, four meeting rooms, a business centre and two restaurants, for both male and female guests.
Due to open in quarter four 2017, plans are in place for two floors of the hotel to be reserved exclusively for female travellers, with dedicated services, including: dedicated room service, a female-only check-in counter, dedicated women-only guest relations, in-house baby-sitting services, in-room tablets highlighting all of the services offered for women such as bespoke beauty products, in-room beauty treatments, as well as enhanced amenities in each room.
The hotel will also offer options to book women-only taxis and female-dedicated parking spaces.
“True to its name, the hotel will offer a truly unique experience for women, we want to make them feel special.
“And that message is also extended to our female staff, we want them to feel special as well, part of an exciting initiative advancing the case for more women in hospitality board rooms,” added Awadalla.
The latest statistics clearly underpin Awadalla’s comments, showing women continue to be under-represented in the hospitality industry, especially in senior management positions.
“We see almost equal numbers of male and female graduates leaving hospitality school, but fewer women enter in the hotel workforce, which shows the industry must do more to attract and support female professionals and their aspirations for career development,” said Awadalla.
With a target of 80 per cent, women will be integral to the hotel’s recruitment and human resources policies, led by Time Asma Hotel’s first female general manger, Ghada Mahgoub.
Over the course of her 20-year career, Mahgoub has held senior positions in hotels in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Ras Al Khamaih, Sharm El Sheikh and Dubai, leading teams across the reservations, events and rooms departments.
“Time Asma Hotel will hold open recruitment for female employees, with training and development offered in-house to support the successful candidates in achieving their career goals,” said Mahgoub.
And quite apart from the issues of gender, the concept has a commercially viable strategy.
Globally, women make 80 per cent of all decisions concerning travel and spend more than $125 billion every year, with women aged between 40 and 60 representing the largest growth of any age bracket.