Four Seasons veteran and thought-leader within the Middle East hospitality industry
will take the helm as Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons
Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, when the property opens late next year.
will make the transition from his current position as Regional Vice President
and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Doha where he is currently based to
Dubai leading the pre-opening team in November 2013. He will continue to
fulfill his role as Regional Vice President – overseeing Four Seasons Hotels in
Damascus, Beirut, Riyadh, Baku and Tanzania, in addition to the
on the appointment, Christopher W. Norton, president hotel operations Europe,
Middle East and Africa said: “The Dubai resort is one of the most highly
anticipated within our Middle East portfolio.
We expect it to be a top player in its competitor set and Simon Casson
is the right man to be in charge. Casson’s
knowledge of the industry, his years spent in the region and his astute sense
for both the hard and soft skills needed to run a highly successful resort means
that the team in Dubai will have a highly accomplished hotelier at the helm, in
a booming market.”
24-year veteran of Four Seasons, Casson fulfilled a career-long goal to be a
general manager with Four Seasons when he moved to Doha in 2004, following time
spent with the company at properties in North America and Europe.
the GM of Four Seasons Hotel Doha for the past nine years and a Regional Vice
President Middle East for the past two years, Casson possesses a deep knowledge
of the market and what works in this region, and has been instrumental in guiding
the Middle Eastern property teams in a period of rapid growth and change.
“Dubai is the epicentre
of high-end hospitality within the Middle East and so I am excited and honoured
to have the opportunity to lead the opening of our new Resort on Jumeirah
Beach,” said Simon Casson. “This iconic
site will provide the backdrop for a resort where we will deliver the renowned
Four Seasons differentiator - intuitive, natural service excellence. We aim to be
a game changer in the Dubai luxury hotel market."
highly respected hotelier, Casson was named among the "Most Powerful
Hoteliers in the Middle East” in 2012 by Hotelier Middle East. He was also
recently named Chair of Four Seasons Global Spa Task Force, leading a 20-member
committee that oversees award winning Four Seasons Spas around the world.
on Four Seasons Resort Dubai at
Jumeirah Beach is on schedule and making strong headway with main structural
works completed on the five-storey property and interior installations due to
commence. With 237 rooms, including 49 suites, and a prime beach-front location
with convenient access to the main commercial district on Sheikh Zayed Road,
the Resort will target an almost equal mix of leisure and business guests. The
Resort will be home to multiple restaurants, and poolside dining. The function
spaces, which have beachfront access, will include a 600 square metre (6,458
square foot) ballroom and five meeting rooms. The Resort will also be home to a
world class spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts and private beach