Interviews

BOSS OF THE BAY

by BTM

Tue, 03 October 2017

BOSS OF THE BAY

Lebanese by descent, Mohamed has been a top player in Bahrain’s vibrant hospitality industry for the past 17 years. As the new general manager, he aims to bring Coral Bay Resort to even greater glory, with his solid expertise.

He says: “It’s been just three months here as part of Remya and Expertise Management, which manages and runs most aspects of the property owned by Seven Leisure Restaurant Management WLL. I usually work 13-hour days, but I’m enjoying every bit of it. It helps that my place of work is so scenic!”

Mohamed admits that change is never easy, and there are a few hurdles that need to be overcome, but he is happy to see that he is part of a unified team that works as one to achieve a positive result. “That is the beauty of change,” he says.

He is upbeat about the amenities that the establishment offers and has made certain changes in their operations to better suit guests. “Coral Bay is an all-in-one stop for people in Bahrain,” he says. “We are the best option for those who want to party, unwind, undertake water sports, be entertained and are seeking an unparalleled gourmet experience in a beautiful ambience.

“Our poolside is quite popular with residents and tourists alike, so we have decided to extend the timings from 9am all the way to 9pm, so guests can make the most of their relaxation here. Fish Mania offers the ocean’s best, along with a spectacular view of the waters. I guarantee that even people who are not fans of seafood will enjoy their experience here. We also organise theme nights to serve as a local getaway in the heart of Manama. Our business buffet is priced very reasonably, as we want to make it accessible for the majority in Bahrain.”

Rayes, the Lebanese restaurant, is close to Mohamed’s heart. The outlet sees a crowd of 200-250 guests even over weekdays, something that he attributes to the restaurant’s authentic cuisine and affordable prices – a fact that he wishes more people would know.

Talking about the C Hotel, Bahrain’s only floating boutique property, Mohamed says: “We really pamper guests who stay here. The exclusive rooms are always in demand and our clients really appreciate the special facilities like free access to the infinity pool and bar, the gym and a 15 per cent discount on all treatments at the luxurious Coral Spa.”

Mohamed is excited about the plans in the pipeline, and is steadily working to see them to fruition, saying: “We have already started collaborating with more international performers to bring world-class entertainment to Bahrain every weekend, not just once every few months. We cater to 1,000 guests over holidays, and they eagerly inquire about the events for the coming weeks. Sean Kingston will be performing here on October 5, and that is a much-anticipated event.”

Mohamed remains honoured that, with the support of his organisation and its efficient staff, he has been able to take steps to achieve his objectives and attract more loyal customers. “I hope that by the grace of Almighty God we can create unforgettable memories in the minds of our valued guests who patronise Coral Bay Resort,” he adds.

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