Mövenpick’s Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai has appointed a new General Manager to oversee the five-star hotel.

Ian Rydin, originally from Sweden, has three decades of expertise in the hospitality industry where he recently served as the General Manager and District Director of four hotels in Nairobi and Kigali, Kenya including various key roles within the Radisson Hotel Group.

His career has taken him to different parts of the world including Africa, Europe, and the Middle East where he was the pre-opening general manager for Radisson Blu Hotel in Downtown, Dubai in 2010.

Mr Rydin holds an International Hospitality Management Diploma from Gothenburg International Hospitality College in Sweden; a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, UK; and completed a General Manager Programme from the UK’s Cranfield University.

Mr Rydin will oversee the overall operations and strategic direction of the 396-room, five-star property, including its eight dining outlets. The hotel is also the location for the UAE’s Customer Experience Masterclass.

“I am honoured to join Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai and be a key driver in ensuring the success of the property and its continued business development. Following Mövenpick’s recent inclusion to the Accor premium portfolio, I see a bright future for the Hotel as we continue to solidify its iconic presence in the region and the Brand’s expanding global footprint,” he said.