The new General Manager at Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski in Riyadh has been appointed: Mr. Christian Ruge, who brings 26 years of experience in the hospitality industry with him into his new position. Christian Ruge began his career with InterContinental Frankfurt in Germany, followed by various leadership positions in revenue, front office and executive office operations in New York and Germany.
He continued his career path with French luxury hotel brand Sofitel from 2004 to 2012 in Germany, Poland and Egypt, where he held several General Manager positions. He joined Kempinski in 2012 as a Hotel Manager for Kempinski Hotel Airport in Munich, Germany, and most recently held the General Manager position at Kempinski Hotel Ajman, UAE. In February 2018, Ruge took on the assignment of Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski as its General Manager, and will henceforth be overseeing the award-winning Kempinski property in Riyadh.
Christian Ruge graduated in 2003 from Cornell University, U.S.A, with certificates in Strategic Management and Rooms Management, followed by the MBA in General Management at the University of Wales/Fern Uni Hagen in 2010.
“I am honoured to be a part of and to support this fantastic team of hoteliers, where everyone is bringing in the best of their culture, and I am thrilled to be working in this interesting, fast-developing environment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to witness the continuous success and achievements of Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski, Riyadh,” said Christian Ruge on his appointment.
Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski is located in the heart of new business and financial district of Riyadh, which combines luxury residences and retail, Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski comprises 23 floors of this vertical compound. Only a 25-minute drive from King Khaled International Airport on King Fahd Road the hotel sits at the heart of Riyadh’s business district. Guests enjoy the best views of the city from its 349 luxury guest rooms and suites and a variety of dining experiences in its three restaurants and three cafés and lounges. Conference facilities and a ballroom can accommodate up to 2000 guests, and two separate spas and wellness centres for men and women offer the best in relaxation and rejuvenation.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 74 five-star hotels and residences in 32 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.