“Every day, there is something new.”
Anan El-Kady recognizes the importance of keeping up-to-date with technology. Coupled with her passion for doing what she loves, her success in the hospitality industry speaks for itself.
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
My name is Anan El Kady. I am Egyptian from the city of beauty, Alexandria.
I am someone who enjoys travelling and getting to know new people every day. I also love reading.
Tell us about your education.
I studied at Alexandria University Faculty of Arts Oriental Languages department (Turkish Class) and got my MBA in Business Administration and Marketing certified from Cambridge University.
What are the highlights of your career so far?
I started my career at a very young age, while I was still a student at college, and that played a great role to shape my personality and define my passion for doing what I love. I worked as a radio presenter, instructor and marketing communications project manager. I proudly did three openings for local and international hotel chains in Egypt and GCC.
Did you always want to work in the hospitality industry?
Yes, passionately. I have always loved to get involved in this ‘people’s industry’ especially when you mix it with marketing and creativity.
What are your main responsibilities as the Cluster Marketing Communication and PR Manager?
Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Al Thuraya City, is a landmark hospitality complex with a great heritage and reputation in the city. This gives me a huge responsibility to 1) sustain the hotel luxury image, 2) spread the hotel name everywhere in Kuwait and 3) keep running the market engagement with our happenings and events as well as driving great results to all hotel facilities.
What do you think is most difficult (and most interesting) in your work as a PR Manager?
The best aspect of the marketing world is the creativity part of our day-to-day job. Also, thinking outside the box by bringing new ideas to our work place and meeting new people every day. On the other hand, marketing is a very progressive and growing field so it is essential to cope every day with new technology or new media platforms. It requires a non-stop studying and reading process in order to keep up-to-date with state-of-art technology because every day, there is something new.
What have been the most difficult periods in your career so far and what do you consider your personal success?
It was during a big hotel chain opening in Egypt. I was the marketing manager of the opening team and the responsibility to establish such a big hotel from scratch was huge. The success story of the hotel now makes me always very proud of what I did as it became one of the best luxury hotels in Egypt.
Tell us about the different dining outlets available at the hotel and which one is your personal favourite?
We have an extensive variety of outlets including Nokhaza Seafood, Shabestan Iranian food, Ahmadi all day dining, Sakura Japanese cuisine, Ayam Zaman and Ayam Zaman express Lebanese cuisine. My favourite is Sakura as I love Japanese and Asian food.
What features of the hotel set it apart from other hotels in Kuwait?
The hotel has the largest convention capacity in the city. We also have Al Barka Ballroom which is the biggest in town accommodating up to 2500 guests. Also, Spa Aquatonic is a unique product using high end brands and boasting 17 treatment rooms with its one of a kind Aquaponic pool.
What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at the office?
I write down my list of to-dos, check my emails and then have my very own coffee.
What are some of your hobbies?
I love travelling and reading. Also, like all other ladies, shopping is something in my blood!
How do you spend your day off?
I love to see movies and to catch up with my friends. And shopping, for sure!
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