Alaa Mahmoud

Alaa Mahmoud

Cluster Hospitality Division Manager at GulfRelated-The Galleria Mall
Lives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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About me

Outgoing, dynamic Front Office Manager climbed the ladder of success in a journey of
16 years in Hospitality industry. Has a relentless drive to deliver more than just results.
and has a track record of effectively leading while managing all aspects of Front Office,
and creating ultimate experience for every guest.

• True desire to satisfy the needs of others
• Excellent customer service skills
• Refined written and oral communication skills
• Strong leadership qualities
• Ability to work well under pressure
• Flexibility and ability to work on own directive


10 years

  • Cluster Hospitality Division Manager

    GulfRelated-The Galleria Mall - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Customer Service
    March 2019 - Now · 11 months

  • Front Office Manager

    Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Rooms division
    April 2017 - September 2018 · 1 year and 6 months

     Finalised the budget of 2019 with savings of 20% Vs. 2018 budget while ensuring guest experience gotten also improved.  20% Savings were results of following up the P&L monthly and thoroughly analysing areas of potential savings.  Increased upselling revenue by 15% by enhancing the program to include Value added upsells and re-train the team on its tactics and technicalities.  Improved the actual length of Check in and Check out from 14 minutes in average to 8 minutes by conducting the Time & Motion study.  The study also resulted in internal developments of 8 colleagues and cutting off 4 vacancies from the budgeted manning.  The 8 colleagues’ development was also based on managing team member’s performance providing cross exposure and development opportunities.  Leading a department of 40+ colleagues divided into: Reception, concierge, Bell men, Valet, Operator, Guest relation, Health club and Transportations.  Started the Pool Upgrade project after analysing the areas of improvement in the department, prepared all the study and contacted suppliers and managed to obtain management and owner’s approval, project is on-going.  Increased by 10% YOY 2018-2017 number of Wyndham Rewards members after analysing the enrolment process, guests targeted and re-training the team on methods of explaining the program and benefits to guests.  Reduced the number of repeated product-caused complaints by 70% by implementing “in-house feedback report", analysing it and action it accordingly  Improved “” scores from 7.8 to 8. And Overall score on Revinate from 3.8 in Feb 2018 to 4.2 July 2018. By managing the online reviews, working with the team to proactively increase our scores and action plan was prepared and followed.  Voted as Positivity Icon by hotel heads in results of receiving the highest number of positive feedbacks from guests (38YTD and 35 in 2017)

  • Hotel Duty Manager

    Burj Al Arab - Jumeirah Group - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Rooms division
    June 2010 - March 2017 · 6 years and 10 months

     Joined as Guest Service Manager and promoted to Assistant Operations Manager after 8 months of joining – February 2011  Take full charge of VIP groups and long staying guests. Successfully took charge of TOP VIP KSA Royal group consisted of 15 suites for 45 nights.  Handling guest's complaints bearing in mind the difficult nature some of Burj Al Arab's guests and the exceptional way those guests needs to be treated. Converting most of those from negative to positive feedbacks resulted of having the highest rating of customer satisfaction among other managers.  Rotating on quarterly basis on all the administrations tasks of the department i.e. Recruiting, Budgeting, ordering from suppliers...etc.  Forming a part of the dream team managers where each manager directly manages a team of Six Team leaders and Thirty Butlers with all their work related.  Being the main point of contact for some of the Arabic Princes and Sheikhs taking full charge of their bookings and stays.  Manage colleague’s med-year and yearly appraisal and ensure that my team’s appraisals are done punctually to highest qualities.  Handling the team roster on rotation bases.  Finished cross training with Front Office Manager covering: FOM responsibilities, Profit and Lost, Further enhancing my interviewing skills…etc.

  • Front Desk Manager

    Yas Island Rotana - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Front Office reception
    August 2009 - May 2010 · 10 months


  • Higher Diploma

    Hotel and tourism management academy - Damascus, Syria

    September 2002 - June 2005

    Hotel Management


3 languages

  • Arabic

    Native or fluent

  • English

    Native or fluent

  • Russian

    Limited working

Personal information


  • Syrian


10 skills

  • Budgeting
  • Cost control
  • Guest-focused
  • Guest oriented
  • Manning
  • Opera PMS
  • P&L control
  • Pre opening experience
  • Talent developer
  • Talent management
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