Wakeb has 22 years' experience in business development, market access & commercial operations management. He started his career in San Francisco, California then relocated to Abu Dhabi in 1997. From there, he headed several pre-opening teams for properties in UAE, one of which was the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Dubai. Wakeb joined the pre-opening team of The Fairmont Dubai in 2001 as their associate director of sales and in 2004 was promoted to the role of director of business development.
A three-time recipient of the Fairmont Masters award, Wakeb holds a bachelor degree from San Francisco State University with a major in French and international business studies; and a diploma in advanced marketing from Cornell University, New York.
16 October 2019 —
Katia joins Fairmont Dubai from her most recent role as Director of Housekeeping at the Fairmont Marina Abu Dhabi, where she has been part of the pre-opening team since April 2018. Prior to this role, Katia was chosen to assist the housekeeping department at the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore to reopen the property after a two-year renovation.
15 October 2019 — Prior to his new capacity, Kourotsidis served as the general manager at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa Bahrain, where he successfully managed an extensive 12-month refurbishment.
Kourotsidis will be responsible for the overall operations, performance and strategic directions in conjunction with the brand strategy in delivering exceptional results.