Uribe to lead Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina, Saudi Arabia


Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina has revealed the appointment of Juan Uribe to the role of general manager with immediate effect.

A Swiss national, Uribe brings a wealth of more than 25 years of experience gathered in the hotel management and hospitality sectors to the role.

During his career, he has worked with some of the world’s most renowned hotel companies, such as Sheraton, Le Meridien, and the InterContinental.

Prior to his appointment at Bay La Sun, he served as general manager at Burj Rafal Hotel Kempenski in Riyadh since 2016.

With his extensive international experience, particularly in emerging market environments, Uribe is well positioned to further develop and position the properties to discerning business and leisure customers alike.

Owned by Dubai-based Emaar and managed by Al Khozama, the elegantly designed Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina is the first hotel located in the Bay La Sun district of King Abdullah Economic City, a picturesque waterfront lifestyle destination.

The hotel straddles an impressive manmade canal and features expansive Red Sea views to one side and a breath-taking panorama of the natural lagoon to the other.

Its interior complements this stylish location, from its chic yet inviting lobby and piano lounge, to its 195 rooms and suites.

To maximise the outstanding vistas, the six suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows.

The hotel features comprehensive meetings and events facilities with 2,500 sqm of dedicated space including seven waterfront meeting rooms and a 1,500 sqm banquet and pre-function area.

With its unique architecture, waterfront location and premium banqueting space, the hotel also presents an ideal setting for weddings and other private functions.

Uribe will also be responsible for the soon to be opened Views Hotel & Residences.

Featuring 174 specious, thoughtfully equipped accommodation units, the development will further complement the award-winning Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina and offers uninterrupted and majestic panoramic views of the Red Sea.

The property offers easy access to the corporate offices at KAEC and the leisure facilities offered by both Bay La Sun Hotel and KAEC.

Commenting on the new appointment Hussien Hatata, vice president of hospitality at Al Khozama Management Company, said: “Al Khozama is proud to manage the first five-star hotel in the vibrant King Abdullah Economic City, and we would like to express our gratitude to the owners of the hotel for their continued support in helping to shape and deliver a successful operation.

“With Juan’s international and in-market experience, we are confident that he will be an outstanding addition to our senior team and help to deliver the enhanced quality experience and service excellence for which Al Khozama is renowned for.”

Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina last year took the title of Saudi Arabia’s Leading Business & Leisure Hotel at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

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