Industry Update
Appointment19 October 2018

Shannon Stickells

Appointed Food & Beverage Director
At Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Shannon Stickells

Southern Sun Abu Dhabi has appointed Shannon Stickells as the new food and beverage director. Stickells brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role.

As the F&B director, Stickells will oversee the hotel's six F&B outlets including The Foundry steakhouse and Blu Sky Lounge & Grill as well as the banquet and conference facilities.

Previously, Stickells has worked in hospitality across the globe including Australia, USA, Asia and international cruise ships. In Australia, Stickells worked at restaurants like Neil Perry's Rockpool and Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House. He went on t work various other jobs before relocating to Dubai to work at Burj Al Arab as head sommelier.

Recently, Stickells worked various managerial positions from assistant food and beverage director, to director of F&B with the Rotana Group and TDIC.

Stickells is also a certified sommelier and tutor with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

Southern Sun Hotels

Southern Sun is a leading southern African hotel group ranked in size in the top 50 worldwide and a respected player in both the local and international hospitality industry. Our collection of 80 hotels and over 13 125 rooms combines local favourites with some of the world's most respected hotel brands: InterContinental Southern Sun Hotels; Southern Sun Collection; Crowne Plaza; Southern Sun Hotels and Resorts; Southern Sun Timeshare Resorts; Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Garden Court and Express By Holiday Inn; Formula 1 and Formula Inn.
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