InterContinental® Doha The City is pleased to welcome Gilles Longuet as its new General Manager. Gilles was previously with Djibouti Palace Kempinski, and has also held the position of General Manager in Melia Hotel in Dubai and Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach.
In his role, Gilles will oversee a team of over 330 people and will maintain the service excellence synonymous with the InterContinental brand. A key responsibility in conjunction with the owning company Ajaj Al Kubaisi Trading will be to drive the strategic growth and revenue of the hotel.
Gilles brings with him a wealth of international leadership experience in the hospitality industry with over 35 years of experience, 15 years of which was spent in the GCC. His first post outside of France was at the Hotel Ivoire InterContinental in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He has, since then, spent over three decades working in over 15 countries around the world, in different award-winning hotels.
Gilles said that joining the InterContinental® Doha The City is an honour, as the hotel has an established reputation as an outstanding hotel and a leading choice for business and leisure guests and I look forward to working with the team towards many more achievements in the future.
It is also a privilege to be working alongside the owner of InterContinental Doha The City, Ahmed Al Kubaisi, with a common goal to achieve excellence.’
Passionate about the culinary arts, Gilles started his career in the culinary department and was guided by renowned Chef Jöel Robuchon for three years while attending the Ecole Hôtelière de Paris – Lycée Jean Drouant.
This is not Gilles’ first post in the country, having previously worked in Doha from 2004 – 2007. And he is pleased to be back.
I enjoyed my previous experience in Qatar and am happy to be back in the country. So much has changed since I was last here, and it is a pleasure to see how Qatar has grown, especially in the hospitality industry. It is truly a dynamic city, always on the move with ongoing projects, and it is fantastic to be part of the country’s vision moving forward.’
Originally from France, Gilles is the third generation in his family to work as a hospitality professional. He is married with two children.
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