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Taj Dubai Appoints New General Manager

Taj Dubai has recently appointed Ranjit Phillipose as Area Director and General Manager Taj Dubai. Ranjit joins the team with an impressive hospitality record of more than twenty years’ progressive experience in luxury hotels across five countries and three continents, across diverse cultures and economies.  
An Indian-born British national, Ranjit started his journey in 1993 with the iconic Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces in Chennai (India). Quickly rising through the ranks, Ranjit moved to St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel, London where he worked for six years. Ranjit subsequently moved to the United States to work with Taj Hotels in New York and Boston where he took charge as Director of Rooms and Hotel Manager respectively, and also had the opening of Taj Campton Place San Francisco under his purview. 
Ranjit’s achievements include being at the helm of eight hotel openings and rebranding projects including three hotels in the United States, 51 Buckingham Gate London, Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Mauritius, Taj Dennis Island Seychelles, Taj Wellington Mews Mumbai and the $50m+ restoration project of the Taj Group’s fourth Heritage Palace Taj Falaknuma Palace. His expertise lies in bringing the essence of the Taj brand and blending rich Indian heritage with local culture and an international flavour. 
“I am delighted to join the team at Taj Dubai, and am honoured to have been given this opportunity to lead the group’s first luxury property in the Middle East. It is indeed an exciting time for the hotel and the company with its vast expansion plans, and I look forward to driving the hotel and further strengthening its position in a highly competitive landscape,” said Ranjit.  
Through his career, Ranjit has a proven record of success at leading, providing the vision, strategies and leadership required to translate conceptual business models into specific growth strategies, expand market share, increase revenues and improve PBT. Ranjit’s most recent achievement has been hosting the BRICS Summit at Taj Exotica Goa– an annual international relations conference attended by the heads of state for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. 
Recipient of the JRD Tata Award for Quality and Excellence in 2005, Ranjit was recently awarded ‘Best Five Star General Manager’ by Goan Hospitality Awards of Excellence 2016 and Taj Awards for Business Excellence in both 2013 and 2014. He has led his hotels to numerous prestigious awards and accolades such as – (Taj Falaknuma Palace) Hotel of Year 2011 for Restoration; (Heritage Category) - HVS India; Best Body Treatment Award by Vogue Beauty 2011 Winner Overseas Leisure Hotel - Asia and Indian Ocean; Conde Nast Reader Awards 2011;  Best Lifestyle and Luxury Hotel - CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2011; Winner Favourite New Hotel in India, Conde Nast India Readers Awards 2011; and Best Ambiance and Design, Conde Nast UK Gold List 2012. Taj Falaknuma Palace also appeared on the Top 20 Places in the world to visit in 2011 by New York Times, the Hot list 2011 by CNTraveller, Best of Best Hotels 2011 by Robb Report, 50 Best New Hotels 2011 by Travel and Leisure USA and 100 Best Suites, Elite Traveler USA. (Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives); Top 20 Places in the world to visit in 2011 - New York Times: The 2011 Hot List - CNTraveller– to name a few. Yet, Ranjit's greatest satisfaction comes from seeing his team members grow and prosper, which benefits them as well as the company.
Ranjit lives with his wife, and enjoys a game of squash and badminton when he's not working. Ranjit also enjoys travelling the world to explore new cultures and cuisines.

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