Jumeirah appoints GM of flagship UAE hotel

UAE/EU: Ermanno Zanini has been named as general manager of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the group’s flagship hotel in the United Arab Emirates, and will maintain oversight for Italy and Spain as regional vice president.

Zanini joined the Jumeriah family in 2019 when Capri Palace in Italy was added to Jumeirah’s portfolio. He continued in his role as general manager (a position he’s held since 2002) while taking on additional responsibilities as regional vice president for Italy and Spain.

During this time, he launched two Michelin-starred restaurants at Capri Palace – Il Riccio and L’Olivo – as well as developing its wellness offerings, including the patented vascular therapy ‘The Leg School’ conceptualised by professor Francesco Canonaco, the medical director of Capri Beauty Farm.

Whilst serving as general manager for Capri Palace, Zanini also led operations as chief commercial officer from 2015-17 for Mytha Hotel Anthology (Capri Palace’s managing body at the time), overseeing a collection of seven hotels across Italy, Turkey, Croatia and Spain. 

In his new position, Zanini will maintain oversight for Italy and Spain whilst managing the operations of Burg Al Arab Jumeirah.

Zanini said: “Luxury to the sophisticated travellers – and to me – means living a transformational and intimate experience and being able to enrich ourselves and learn from it, which is exactly what Burj Al Arab Jumeirah offers. From the moment guests walk into the hotel, they are transported to a world of unparalleled luxury where memorable connections are made and anything is possible; I couldn’t be happier to be a part of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s family, and to embark on this enriching and exciting journey.”

Fergus Stewart, acting COO of Jumeirah Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ermanno Zanini in his newest role as regional vice president and general manager of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. In his new position, he will deliver the ethos of exceptional luxury at the iconic all-suite hotel where anything is possible together with his expert team, while ensuring successful operations for Italy and Spain.”

“Ermanno’s true passion for hospitality and gastronomy, and extensive expertise in the industry, will further elevate the guest experience at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah across dining service and wellness. We are extremely excited to embark on this new journey with him,” he added.

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