Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, Kuwait City has made two hires. George Safi will be heading the team as the hotel manager, while Skander Ayari has been appointed as the F&B manager.
Safi has been working with Four Seasons since 2002, when he started as a management trainee at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.
In 2017, during the property’s opening, Safi was on board as director of F&B. In his current role, Safi will handle the running of the hotel.
Lebanese by birth, Safi was raised in a family of professionals and “should have been a doctor. However, he contemplated dentistry until a school job fair opened his mind to the hotel industry.
He then moved on to hotel school in France, and then moved to the United States to learn English, and then back to France to earn an MBA, arriving around the time Four Seasons opened its first property in Paris.
A few years later he left Four Seasons to get a better insight into F&B at other properties in Paris and Geneva.
In 2016, he returned to the group in Bahrain Bay and then joined the opening team in Kuwait City.
Ayari has worked in several properties across the world including — Shangri-La Mauritius; Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson Yas Island; Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi; Le Méridien Etoile Paris; Hotel Concorde Lafayette, Paris; Hilton, Paris; Hyatt, Paris.
Born and raised in Tunisia, Ayaru was always curious about new cultures, “That’s really what drew me in. Gastronomy brings all cultures together. When we host in Mediterranean and Arabic cultures, we do it around the table. And when you travel, it’s the common ground,” he said.
Ayari moved to Europe to study hospitality and then moved to Paris to work in the F&B industry. He later moved to Abu Dhabi and Mauritius to take up management roles.