Simon P Casson
The glamorous launch party was not as star-studded as the pre-opening. Welcoming UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the hotel prior to opening our doors was special; a memorable moment indeed.
As Regional Vice-President and General Manager of Four Seasons Dubai I don’t have time for low points. Mistakes happen, many and often, but therein lies learning and success.
I make it a point to tour the resort daily, shaking as many employee hands as I can. It adds energy and purpose to the new day and encourages people to reach higher.
Our Abu Dhabi property is set to open next year. Other hotels in my remit include ones based in Amman, Beirut, Damascus, Moscow and St Petersburg.
I ride motorbikes and plan to learn to play the piano. I’ve just bought a Steinway baby grand. Music is a constant in my life and every period of my life is defined by a song. Right now my theme seems to be All of Me by John Legend.
I have been following fashion-stalwart The Sartorialist from the start of his career.
I need to be informed about what my contemporaries in other countries are up to.
As a passionate foodie I am always looking for dining suggestions and this is a great source of information.