Hatton’s responsibilities will include overseeing the performance, strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the 533 room property which includes a world class portfolio of food and beverage offerings including Benjarong, the award-winning Thai restaurant, Namm Spa and over 47,500 square feet of function space.
“We are delighted to welcome Desmond Hatton at the helm of our company’s flagship property in Abu Dhabi, particularly during a time when the Dusit Thani brand grows from strength to strength in the United Arab Emirates” said Thierry Douin, Vice President Operations of Dusit International.
A native of Ireland, Hatton brings a wealth of experience with a career spanning over 34 years. He has held progressive management roles within leading hotels and resorts including the Shangri-La resorts in Fiji, Malaysia, Philippines and the extensive Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Oman. His career has also spanned multiple hospitality disciplines in kitchen, food and beverage, rooms and accounting in Germany, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. He most recently held the position of General Manager at Dusit Thani Maldives before joining Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi.
“I’m thrilled to be working in the Middle East once again while continuing to be part of the Dusit Thani family” commented Desmond Hatton. “I am excited to be given the opportunity to lead the Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi team as we continue to grow this stunning two year old property by providing unparalleled Thai hospitality for our guests, colleagues and stakeholders that Dusit Thani is renowned for.”