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Mark McCarthy, Rotana

General Manager, Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana

A consummate hotelier, Mark McCarthy joined Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana in March 2011 bringing with him a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry – 19 successful years in the business, most of them spent managing the daily operations of a prestigious international hotel brand in several key markets, in addition to delivering strong financial results and overseeing major renovation programmes.

McCarthy’s extensive experience includes five years as a Senior Consultant at major accounting firm Laventhol and Horwath and a solid managerial track record as part of the InterContinental Group at properties across the Middle East – in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt – in addition to Zambia and the US.

In his current position, McCarthy oversees and manages the pre-opening activities of Rotana’s largest project – the 5-star Al Ghurair Rayhaan with 428 guest rooms, and Al Ghurair Arjaan with 193 deluxe apartments. His role in the crucial pre-opening phase has involved hiring 460 team members, purchasing operating equipment, establishing all operating procedures and negotiating all contracts.

Prior to his appointment at Al Ghurair Rayhaan & Arjaan by Rotana, McCarthy spent four years as General Manager of the Towers Rotana Hotel in Dubai.

McCarthy holds a BSBA in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Denver, Colorado, gained in 1978, and graduated with an MBA from the same institute the following year.

An American born in Saudi Arabia, McCarthy has two children and counts golf, tennis, photography and travel among his passions beyond the field of hospitality.


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