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Three Young Hoteliers from Abu Dhabi and Dubai Form.... Website, a Dedicated YouTube Channel

November 26, 2007 - Patrons of the Hotel & Hospitality industry (and certainly those that run it) are no stranger to the glitz and glamour associated with it. A world different than most, comprised of the most beautiful places, experiences, designs and gastronomic delights…all driven by the dynamic and hardy people who define the industry. But while we hear so much about the tangible elements of hospitality, it is rare to find a soulful look at the people who engineer the experiences that keep you coming back for more. 

A trio of Young Hoteliers plans to change all that! A new platform and approach dubbed aims to steal a little limelight from the industry and focus it on the people that actually define it. The concept utilizes video interviews with hoteliers and those associated with the industry who can be defined as being truly “young at heart” and making these insights available on the Internet, on the website, a dedicated YouTube channel and even a fast-growing Facebook Group! The site already features a concept video, footage from the Hotelier Middle East Awards and various behind-the-scenes interviews. 

The creative team behind this initiative comprises of three energetic hospitality professionals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Joynal Abedin (Training Manager with InterContinental Hotels), Erin O’Neill (Corporate Sales Manager with Starwood) and Jitendra Jain (E-Commerce Manager with Starwood) who spend every free moment reaching out to colleagues in the industry to join in on the excitement. The vision of the site is ‘to be a home to hoteliers everywhere’ and is fuelled by a passion for people as well as a need to reach out to those looking to make a career in hospitality. 

Left to Right: Joynal Abedin, Erin O’Neill and Jitendra Jain
Our Core values are: Connect, Learn & Grow, Belong, Be different, Have fun and keep it real! 
  • Connect - with young hoteliers socially, professionally and emotionally through storytelling & sharing of experiences
  • Learn & Grow – Nurturing your potential and the natural need and want to grow through collective experiences & wisdom. We want to help talented people like you to reach their full potential and develop your confidence. Remember confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.
  • Belong – a place to simply be you, no matter where your life choices have taken you. No dress rehearsals or costumes required, just the real you
  • Be Different – Be bold. Cherish and celebrate the differences. In our daily ever-changing routines we encounter situations where it is not necessarily our fault, but it is our problem to resolve. Be different in embracing those challenges and bold in your desired perfection in your outcome!
  • Have fun and keep it real – If you do not possess that passion for people then you may just be in the wrong business! If you don’t love what you do, leave! Remember if you don’t love it, then how do you expect to get others to love it and inspire them to follow in your footsteps? has already received warm praise from industry leaders plus those looking to choose hospitality as a career. The platform is set to make its mark and grow as a hospitality gathering ground, with more features, discussion forums and exciting interviews to come!

Comments received: 

“I am very happy to see that a project like this is ongoing…it is a great ideas and will definitely help a lot of people…this business is all about people and the more you know, see people and share experiences the better it is for your future…”
Guzman Muela, GM, InterContinental Al Ain Resort, UAE 

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