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1960s. They provided a fascinating glimpse into the Emirate’s past. We
learned that these had been taken from the private photograph collection of
His Highness Sheikh Suroor binMohammed Al Nahyan. It’s that personal
touch again!
A wealth of experience
As we had hoped, we absolutely adored our room. Every luxury and comfort
had been carefully thought through, with the aim of providing each guest
with an absolutely first class experience. And with the team that the Jumeirah
has in place, you wouldn’t expect anything less. The General Manager, for
example, is Doris Greif. AGerman national, Greif is fluent both in her native
language and in English – and she has amassed a truly impressive wealth of
experience in luxury hospitality.
A graduate of the Hotel School Kermess in Munich, Germany, Greif
occupied various front office roles for Munich Hilton (Germany) after her
studies before moving to the United Arab Emirates in 1990. She became
Area Director for Front Office Operations in the Middle East and Africa for
Hilton International in 1994. Doris then joined Jumeirah and Jumeirah
Beach Hotel (1999), and has never looked back. In 2000, she was appointed
General Manager of Jumeirah Beach Club Resort and Spa. She took over
Jumeirah Emirates Towers in 2004, and was then appointed to manage the
pre-opening team for Jumeirah’s first hotel in China. After an 18-month
break as Chief Operating Officer in City Operations for the Dubai
International Financial Centre, Greif came back to Jumeirah as General
Manager of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in 2010 – and that’s something we
can all be thankful for.
Greif’s name alone is enough to ensure that guests at the Jumeirah will
experience the very highest class of hospitality. And she has the right people
working for her to ensure that the commitment to quality runs right through
the hotel’s staff. Another key member of the talented team at the Jumeirah
is Stephan Fuchs, the Hotel Manager. Also a German national, Fuchs has
won an array of awards in his senior management career, which has fittingly
taken in both the hotel industry and the event and food service industry.
Fuchs first moved to the Middle East in 1999, when he held the position of
Food & BeverageManager for the Diplomatic Club – the private beach club
for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Doha, Qatar. He followed this with
stints as Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Ritz Carlton,
Doha, and Head of Catering with the Doha Asian Games 2006 Organising
Committee. Following Doha, Fuchs moved to Moscow, where he became
the Director of Catering and Conference Services at the prestigious Ritz
Carlton Moscow.
Fuchs first joined Jumeirah in 2006, as the Director of Food and Beverage
at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. In 2009 he then moved to the UAE’s
capital as Executive Assistant Manager in Charge of Food and Beverage at
the Emirates Palace, before joining Jumeirah once again as Hotel Manager
of the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers – also in Abu Dhabi. Like Greif, he’s fluent
in both English and German, and he’s also impressively qualified. He
studied at the Hotel Management School in Bavaria, Germany, where he
gained an MBA, Master of Hotel Management, as well as a Master’s
Certificate in Restaurant Management.
Staggering achievement
With this kind of talent behind the hotel, it’s no surprise at all that our room
was of the very highest class. But you can only really appreciate the
achievement of the management when you consider the Jumeirah in its
entirety. The hotel has an impressive 382 guest rooms and suites, along with
199 serviced residences and a total of 12 restaurants, bars and lounges.
The hotel’s fourteen Club Suites (on levels 51 – 57) have hugely spacious
and elegant living and dining areas. Covering an area of 110 square metres
(1184 square feet), these suites have already become renowned for their
gorgeously appointed bedrooms and opulent bathrooms. When you
combine this level of luxury with flawless service and magnificent views,
then it’s easy to see why the standard of living here is routinely described as
‘divine’. Continuing in this vein of sheer quality are the two Etihad suites,
which occupy prestigious corner locations on level 58. These suites measure
a generous 93 square metres (1001 square feet). They each have a spacious
and elegant living and dining room, a generously appointed bedroom and a
sunlit en-suite bathroom.
The Sky Suite is so lavish that there’s only one. Situated on level 59, it’s huge
(241 square metres/2594 square feet) and is designed to suit the most
discerning of guests. Its large sitting room is fitted with plush couches and
striking contemporary art. There’s a private dining table for ten guests – who
can be catered for using the fully-equipped in-suite kitchen and the exclusive
butler services. The expansive bedroom features a deluxe king bed, a walk-
in dressing room and a dressing table. There’s a sunlit en-suite bathroom
with a free-standing bathtub, twin vanities, and a walk-in raindrop ceiling
It’s clear that staying in the Sky Suite would be incredibly rejuvenating. And
a similar level of luxury is on offer at the exquisite Royal Etihad Suite, located
on Level 60. This suite spans 980 square metres (10,550 square feet) and
features four bedrooms, sitting rooms, dining facilities, bathrooms and butler
facilities – as well as exclusive pieces of fine art and a specially-designed grand
piano. With this kind of splendour and grandeur on offer, guests at the Royal
Etihad Suite cannot fail to be impressed by its enduring atmosphere of
sophistication and elegance.
Alongside these fabulous suites there’s an array of amazingly luxurious
rooms: 48 Tower Rooms, 132 Deluxe Rooms, 72 Grand Deluxe Rooms, 24
Tower Club Rooms, 41 Deluxe Club Rooms, and 47 Grand Club Rooms.
And alongside these impressive rooms and suites, the Jumeirah also has 199
fully-serviced permanent residences (conveniently located on levels 2 to 25).
Sharing an exclusive reception area, the residences range from studios of 57
square metres (614 square feet) to spacious one, two and three bedroom
apartments of up to 170 square metres (1830 square feet). They are all
inspirationally designed, and offer outstanding comfort combined with
irresistible sea views.
Prestigious Lounge
We can easily see why people would want to live here – the level of luxury
is just astounding. And the hotel’s management know that successful people
often lead 24/7 lifestyles – and need first class business facilities even when
on the move. That’s why they’ve ensured that guests on shorter stays, too,
have all the amenities to allow them to carry on their lives seamlessly and in