At The Helm of Excellence: An Interview with Hospitality Leader, Hameed Ali

Bahrain Confidential speaks with the Manager of The Gulf Hotel Bahrain

What does it take to be a Hospitality Leader? In an industry that never slows down, it takes utmost dedication and a mindset for excellence to deliver quality guest experiences day in and day out. Each year, Bahrain Confidential highlights leaders across the hospitality industry on the island to understand what’s new, what’s next, and what makes them the best.

What was the best-ever lesson in leadership that you learned, and from whom?

Stakeholders’ Engagements. I learned from my professor, Robert Kourtnik, at Cornell University to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders.

Do you have any major plans for the property?

Our current plan is to carry on the helm of The Gulf Hotel Bahrain in Bahraini hospitality and culinary excellence with our 10 signature restaurants, 3 cafés, and 3 bars. Renovations are due for the hotel lobby and two restaurants in the near future.

What have been your biggest challenges (and successes) over the past few years?

The biggest challenge is the “changing market trends” in terms of technology and safety.

Other than a great team, is there one unique quality that makes your hotel stand out in Bahrain?

The Gulf Hotel Bahrain distinguishes itself with the highest number of signature restaurants (ten) on the island.

What challenges and opportunities do you see for Bahrain’s hospitality industry in the coming years?

The biggest challenge would be the increased competition from neighbouring countries and the lack of skilled labour.

Is there a particular saying or motto that guides you?

Discipline, listening, communication, and attention to detail are the hallmarks of success.