Viceroy Hotel Group has appointed Mikael Svensson as general manager of Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, ahead of the property’s opening in 2016.
A dynamic leader in the international luxury hotel industry, Svensson is well placed to oversee the launch of the USD$1 billion property, Viceroy Hotel Group’s first venture into Dubai.
In his role as general manager, Svensson will utilise his rich experience and background in modern luxury hospitality to oversee operations of Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, and will lead the helm in delivering the company’s premier standards of service.
The hotel – the group’s first branded property in Dubai, and second in the United Arab Emirates – is poised to debut as the ultimate beachfront property in one of the world’s most desirable destinations.
Swedish-born Svensson joins Viceroy Hotel Group from his current role as general manager at Park Hyatt Canberra, one of the most respected properties in Australia, which rounds out his 21 years with Hyatt.
“As one of our most significant hotel openings in the region, we are delighted to bring someone of Mikael’s caliber to lead the team at Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah.
“His level of expertise, passion and dedication will prove invaluable to the launch, and we expect this property to set a new bar in beachfront luxury worldwide,” said Bill Walshe, chief executive of Viceroy Hotel Group.
Previously, Svensson held a number of successful leadership positions with Hyatt in Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Osaka, Mumbai, Tokyo, and Hua Hin in Thailand.
Commenting on his appointment, Svensson stated: “It is an honour to be heading up such an exciting new opening, and I know the hotel will make a significant mark on Dubai’s hospitality landscape. I look forward to the adventure that lies ahead.”
Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah, owned by SKAI Holdings, will offer 477 rooms and suites, and 222 signature Viceroy Residences, all with breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf made possible by innovative architecture and design.
In addition, the property will feature ten international and specialty restaurants, 800 square meters of spa facilities, three outdoor swimming pools and more than 350 square meters of indoor fitness facilities.