Industry Update
Appointment 4 September 2018

Ashraf Saleh

Appointed Executive Assistant Manager
At The Cove Rotana Resort in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Ashraf Saleh

With over 12 years of hospitality experience, Ashraf began his career in Food & Beverage department at leading establishments across the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. Prior to this appointment, Ashraf was the Food & Beverage Manager of Shangri-la Hotel, Dubai where he managed all the hotel outlets as well as banqueting and outside catering.

In addition to his professional experience, Ashraf completed his UK degree in Middlesex University, Bachelor of Arts, International Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Middlesex County College

Ashraf Saleh (Class of 2009) is a graduate of Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey - United States
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Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Ltd.

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation (Rotana) was founded in 1992, by a partnership between two visionary thinkers, Nasser Al Nowais and Selim El Zyr, who were joined three years later by Nael Hashweh and Imad Elias.
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