By Anton Constantinou
Our London office sees lots of visits from property partners. Some operate locally and pop in to see us often; others come from overseas with word of new openings from abroad.
Gary Toshack from Two Seasons Hotel And Apartments is someone we work closely with to facilitate serviced apartment bookings in the Middle East. As Director of Sales, it’s his job to grow Two Seasons’ business in Dubai via the UK, and this achieves through connecting people to properties.
He came to see us in our London office, and had lots to share about the Two Seasons brand and why Dubai is such a great place for them to operate.
What makes your service unique?
Our apartments offer a quintessential home from home in the heart of Dubai. A typical Two Seasons apartment is roughly 70m2 and caters for both corporate clients and families.
Two Seasons Hotel and Apartments boasts more than 20 meeting facilities, which makes it ideal for large groups of people. All apartments enjoy fantastic connectivity in terms of Wi-Fi and transport links. Internet City Metro Station, for example, is located just opposite the hotel, while the Burj Khalifa skyscraper is just two stops away by train.
Briefly run us through some of the luxury extras you offer
Guests have a wide choice of health and leisure facilities including a swimming pool, gym and Jacuzzi. We have a multi-purpose sports court, and offer fitness classes and personal trainers. Families can take advantage of our children’s club, and the various activities that come with it.
Our hotel has not one but seven on-site restaurants, serving international cuisine. Everything from Indian to Japanese food is available, either buffet style or à la carte.
What is it about Dubai that makes it such a great place to operate?
Dubai is a major commercial hub and tourist destination. It’s easily reached by plane, offers impressive tax breaks, and is a good stopping point for people travelling on business. It, therefore, makes good business sense for us to operate there.
What challenges does the Middle East pose from an operational perspective?
The Middle East brings with it cultural differences in the way business is approached. Western ideals differ from Arabic ideals. What’s more, the hospitality industry is relatively new in Dubai, so there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done in educating people about it.
And now for the quick fire round:
Burj Khalifa or the Princess Tower?
Cardio or weights?
Weights, all the way.
Train or plane?
Ocean or mountains?
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