Elaine Watson

Cluster General Manager, Marriott International

The first female general manager for Marriott in the Middle East in 2001, Elaine Watson has had a diverse career, working across several of the hospitality group‘s brands.

As well as the UAE, She has held assignments in Egypt and South Africa and, in 2008, won the Hotelier Middle East award for General Manager of the Year.

Her greatest professional accomplishment to date was being able to transfer from the finance sector as a qualified ACCA into an operational role which is where her passion lies.

The three hotels (Aloft Me’aisam, Element Me’aisam and Aloft Dubai South) that she currently manages are continuing to develop their presence both in the larger UAE market and within their respective neighbourhoods.

Watson and her team are on a continuous journey to increase revenue and improve efficiencies and consistency in operations to ensure maximum returns for all stakeholders

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