Anthony McHale takes up the role as of 11th January 2015, joining Jumeirah Group after more than five years as General Manager of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London. During his time at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, he successfully opened Bar Boulud in 2010, as well as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in 2011, which has secured two Michelin stars and worldwide recognition. In 2011 he also spearheaded the opening of One Hyde Park Residences, the most expensive real estate in Europe.

His 35-year career in the luxury hospitality business includes nine years with Orient Express Hotels, (now Belmond) as General Manager of Keswick Hall Club and Estate in Charlottesville Virginia, and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to Orient Express he was Hotel Manager at Hotel Bel Air, Los Angeles for three years and also held senior management positions with a variety of hotel groups, including The Peninsula Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Welcoming Mr. McHale to the leadership of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Nicholas Clayton, CEO of Group Operations at Jumeirah Group, said: “We are delighted that Tony is joining Burj Al Arab Jumeirah as it celebrates its fifteenth year of operation. Our guests expect the very highest level of luxury hospitality and Tony has both the experience and the profile that promises to guide our hotel and its 1,500 colleagues to continued success in the market place. As Dubai continues to grow as an internationally recognised destination for both leisure and business travel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah stands as a beacon of luxury and a symbol of the city’s successful growth. We look forward to Tony helping us take the hotel to new levels of excellence, as Dubai builds momentum towards EXPO 2020.”

Born and brought up in the UK, Mr. McHale also has US and Canadian citizenship and has been a member of the Chaine des Rôtisseurs, an officer of Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and a board member of the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Association.