Gender diversity becoming more 'open' in the Middle East

Gender diversity becoming more 'open' in the Middle East
Published: 30 April 2019 - 9:30 a.m.
By: Ashley Williams

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach’s general manager Amery Burleigh believes that the Middle East is becoming more “open” with women in higher hospitality roles.

Speaking to Hotelier Middle East at the Arabian Travel Market show in Dubai, Burleigh said as part of her role as general manager at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, she wanted to continue breaking down “cultural barriers” and “stereotypes” across the region.

Burleigh, who is an American national, became general manager of the hotel earlier this month and was previously the first female appointed GM for the Sofitel Brand in Australia, where she worked for Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach.

“I am very much a champion of gender diversity of women in executive positions in the hospitality sector,” said Burleigh. I know there are stereotypes in terms of women being in higher hospitality roles in the Middle East, but I think there has been more openness now then there ever has been.”

In her new role at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Burleigh will oversee the entire hotel management and operations, and set strategic plans to continue achieving the hotel’s revenue, operating and environmental goals.

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