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Hendrik Wirth currently holds the position of Sales Manager in charge of the Middle East region for the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, owned by Katara Hospitality. Hendrik is a hospitality professional and has gained his experience both in leisure, corporate and MICE segments. He greatly enjoys connecting with people to share experiences, cultural differences and visions. Hendrik believes that the best part of working in the hospitality industry is that it allows you to meet with a lot of different people from all parts of the world. Finding new ways to meet and exceed targets in cooperation with the local team and with the IHG teams abroad makes his every day exciting. Having lived in Dubai, Hendrik moved to Amsterdam and now travels to Dubai several times a year. We were lucky to steal a moment from his busy schedule to ask him a few questions about his Dubai experience. Do…

Sergio Taveras currently holds the position of Senior Sales Manager at Waldorf Astoria The Palm Jumeirah. Sergio is a passionate Hospitality Professional who has established himself in the MICE & Corporate Business Travel segments in both the UAE and the Caribbean. He enjoys working in fast paced environments and under pressure, and believes that his proactive attitude, ability to establish and understand strategy, along with his ambition and determination to succeed makes him a valuable asset to a results based role. Inspiring people to succeed and achieve targets is the reason he joined this industry and this is what keeps him ignited. We love to connect with passionate people, so we asked Sergio to share his Passion for Dubai with our readers. PFD: How long have you been living in Dubai and how does it compare to the other cities that you lived in?  2 years, this is…

Sami Maameri is currently working in the green building industry, helping to push the boundaries of sustainable housing. He enjoys doing sports of all kinds. Next winter season in Dubai he wants to take part in his first triathlon. Sami sat down with Passion for Dubai to share his Dubai secrets. PFD: You grew up in Greece and studied in London, was it difficult for you to adjust moving to Dubai? SM: Not really. Been moving around my whole life. Am used to living in cities also. My family lives here too, and had already visited lots of times so was pretty easy to settle in. There is lots to keep busy with here as well. Sports clubs, beaches, bars, restaurants, clubs and other group activities so it is easy to keep busy if you want to. PFD: If someone is visiting Dubai for the first time, what do you recommend…

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