Henning A. Fries is appointed as Regional Vice President, United Arab Emirates & General Manager, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.
In this role, Fries will be responsible for the performance of all properties in the Fairmont UAE portfolio and for properties under development, including the Fairmont Fujairah, set against the historic Hajar Mountains and consisting of 89 rooms, 13 branded residences, and dedicated meeting facilities, and Fairmont Palm Jumeirah, a 372-room luxury resort with meeting space and outdoor leisure facilities.
Fries will continue overseeing the performance and day-to-day operations of the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, the 369 room property in Abu Dhabi. Under his leadership since 2010, the property has quickly garnered acclaim, including ‘Best Business Hotel in Abu Dhabi’ and ‘Overall Best Business Hotel in the Middle East.’ from Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2011, a number of What’s On and TimeOut Abu Dhabi awards for its dining portfolio, and industry specific accolades from Hotelier Middle East Magazine and Caterer.
Fries brings a wealth of experience to this position with a career spanning over 25 years across four continents, where he has held executive positions with leading hotel companies, from Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, to nine years with the InterContinental Hotels Group, including one of London's most esteemed five star hotels, The Churchill InterContinental.
Fries first joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (then Canadian Pacific Hotels) in 1987 where he held progressive Food & Beverage roles at The Fairmont Empress, The Fairmont Royal York and Fairmont Château Laurier.
2005 saw the seasoned hotelier out of the hotel realm and into venture capital and the private equity industry as a consultant for hotels and hospitality related enterprises. In 2007, he rejoined the operational side of the industry as Regional Director, U.A.E. Refad Hotels & Resorts & General Manager, The Monarch Dubai.
Fries holds an Executive MBA from the Henley Business School, United Kingdom and a diploma in Hotel Management from Hotel School SBC, Trier, GermanyHe replaces Philip M. Barnes, who held this position since 2007 and will take on his latest role as Vice President & General Manager, Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, Canada.