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After evaluating more than 4,000 applicants, Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Dubai-based global developer Emaar Properties, has announced the winner of its first-of-a- kind global initiative to scout for 'The World's Greatest Hospitality Talent.'Gabrielle Nicholson, 22, from the United Kingdom, secured the coveted position after the exhaustive process that saw applicants from 66 countries apply to win a senior level position with Emaar Hospitality Group. The comprehensive three-year all-expenses paid nurturing programme will result in a corporate directorship or General Manager position for Gabrielle at one of Emaar Hospitality Group's distinctive branded hotels.The final of the competition took place at Armani Hotel Dubai where the last eight contestants took part in a series of exercises in front of five judges including Olivier Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group; Chris Newman, Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group; and Aseem Kapoor, Corporate Director of Human Resources; and a packed audience who cheered on the young contestants in what proved to be a nail-biting affair.

Open for all young talents below the age of 26 years from anywhere in the world, Emaar Hospitality Group's international talent scouting competition set out to identify and nurture the most talented individual for a senior level position in the hotel industry.Young men and women with a passion for the industry applied for the coveted opportunity online through the submission of a personal video. Eight candidates were short-listed and invited to Dubai for a one-week casting that combined traditional and innovative selection techniques, such as a performance at Dubai Opera and team-based business simulations.Gabrielle's programme will consist of working across the diverse aspects of hospitality - at the corporate level by shadowing the Chief Executive Officer and senior managers - as well as with leaders of all other operations. Specific projects will be assigned to her and she will be part of a dedicated task force to undertake various projects. The training programme will include online modules, offline courses, and the opportunity to be part of hotel openings and other related activities.

About Emaar Hospitality Group

Emaar Hospitality Group LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, the Dubai-based global property developer, and manages Emaar’s hospitality and leisure projects globally.

Defining its competency in managing mixed-use property developments, Emaar Hospitality Group owns and manages a diversified portfolio of assets including hotels, serviced residences, golf clubs, polo club, marina and lifestyle dining restaurants.

Emaar Hospitality Group has defined its credentials in the hotel industry with the launch of three brands, each with a distinct niche – Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts and Rove Hotels.

Address Hotels + Resorts has brought a fresh identity to the global hospitality and service sector by setting new benchmarks with its gracious hospitality and exceptional service standards. Address offers a more personal and engaging experience to guests in a premium lifestyle environment, enriching the lives of its guests with luxury, style and elegance. Address Hotels + Resorts is set to operate hotels and serviced residences in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain, Maldives and other key markets in the region as well as in Dubai.

An upscale lifestyle hotel and residences brand, Vida Hotels and Resorts is for the new generation of business executives, entrepreneurs and leisure travellers. Positioned as a lively and vibrant hub where inspiring minds can create, connect and come alive, Vida hotels are a stimulating environment where style meets convenience and interactivity. Vida Hotels and Resorts has two properties in Dubai and is set to operate hotels and serviced residences in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and other key markets in the region as well as in Dubai.

A contemporary midscale hotel brand that reflects the pulse of Dubai, Rove Hotels is a joint venture between Meraas and Emaar Properties PJSC. Designed for the new generation traveller and highly mobile socially connected global nomads who recognise value, stays connected through technology and gravitate towards culturally-inspired surroundings, Rove Hotels are reliable, modern, fuss-free and super-efficient. Rove Hotels has four properties in well-connected locations across Dubai and is set to operate further properties in the city. The leisure assets of Emaar Hospitality Group include Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club and Dubai Marina Yacht Club.

Contact: Mohini Parmar / +97144507621

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