Sami Nasser, Chief Operating Officer, Luxury Brands, Middle East, in agreement with Zallaq Resort Company B.S.C., is pleased to announce the appointment of Mehdi Hanayen as General Manager, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa Effective, June 1, 2018.

Mehdi Hanayen has been appointed for role of General Manager of the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, after having joined the property as Director of Operations in 2017. In this role as General Manager, Mehdi will bring his strong attention to detail and his years of experience of leading and motivating teams to drive hotel performance. The Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is an ideally located 5-star luxury property overlooking the Arabian Gulf on Bahrain’s west coast, housing 262 luxurious rooms and suites with amazing views of the sea.

Mehdi will report to Sami Nasser, Chief Operating Officer, Luxury Brands, Middle East. Mehdi first joined AccorHotels in 2008, working for Sofitel El Gezirah in Cairo, Egypt as Food & Beverage Manager till 2011.

He then moved to the United Arab Emirates, and became Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche for two years, and later was promoted as Director of Food & Beverage in 2013, and later became Executive Assistant Manager from 2015. In 2017, he moved to Bahrain where he worked for Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thallassa Sea & Spa as Director of Operations and took over responsibility of managing the property as acting General Manager by early 2018. Mehdi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Finance and Revenue Management, from the Glion Institute of Higher Education, in Bulle, Switzerland and a Master’s degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell University.