Industry Update
Appointment12 March 2019

Mark Kirby

Appointed Area General Manager
At Address Downtown, Palace Downtown, Address Fountain, and Address Sky View in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mark Kirby

Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Emaar Properties PJSC, has appointed hospitality veteran Mark Kirby as the Area General Manager of four premium luxury hotels under Address Hotels + Resorts.

Bringing more than two decades of regional and international experience, Mark will drive all aspects of the hotel operations of Address Downtown and will oversee Palace Downtown as well as the soon to open Address Fountain Views and Address Sky View. He is mandated with strengthening the iconic flagship hotel, Address Downtown's brand distinctiveness and directing operations, marketing, sales and administrative functions of the hotels.

Previously, Mark was the General Manager of Armani Hotel Dubai for the last four years and was responsible for directing the commercial strategy and the all-round operations of the hotel, ensuring that it sustains and builds on its reputation as one of the world's most admired properties.

A highly motivated and experienced professional, with a bachelor's in hospitality management from the University of Central England in Birmingham, Mark has demonstrated dynamic leadership, while focusing on ensuring strong levels of productivity and resource use efficiency.

Under his leadership, Armani Hotel Dubai clinched several global recognitions, from outstanding design and architecture to exceptional dining and lifestyle facilities in the region. He is actively involved in charity work and fundraising through sports including marathon running.

Recent Appointments at The Address Hotels + Resorts

David Simon - General Manager

20 October 2017 — David Simon has been appointed as the new General Manager of Palace Downtown, a palatial destination managed by Address Hotels + Resorts. Formerly the Hotel Manager, David will play a key role in driving the hotel’s ongoing growth strategy as well as staff leadership, recruitment, and management.
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Michael Sorgenfrey - General Manager

29 June 2012 — Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, has appointed Michael Sorgenfrey as General Manager of The Palace – The Old Town, the five star premium retreat located in Downtown Dubai.
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Philippe Georges Zuber - General Manager

10 April 2012 — Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business subsidiary of Emaar Properties, has appointed Philippe Georges Zuber as General Manager of The Address Downtown Dubai, a flagship property of The Address Hotels + Resorts, owned and managed by the Group.
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