Nugzar Makaridze has been appointed as director of restaurants at Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl.
Makaridze oversees the portfolio of restaurants and food and beverage options at the 5-star property, including the grand opening of Lexx bar and re-launch of main restaurant Sahha.
“Nugzar brings considerable experience with major luxury brands in the hospitality industry,” said general manager Julien Gonzalvez. “I trust that his skills, commitment and passion for providing the highest standards of service to guests will be an asset to Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl.”
Makaridze, who joined the hotel in August, previously worked at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts as the restaurant general manager of one of its concepts at its property in Dubai. His experience also includes an F&B managerial position at Waldorf Astoria’s luxury steak house restaurant in RAK, a member of the reopening team for Café Russe restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, and managing an Italian concept restaurant at Rixos President Astana in the Kazakh capital, including a two-month stint replacing the F&B director.
Of Georgian-Greek parentage, Makaridze began his hospitality career in Moscow. He is a graduate of the Sochi State University of Hospitality Management.
“I am delighted to be part of the Hyatt team at this beautiful property in the heart of Abu Dhabi. It promises to be an exciting journey as we ensure our restaurants offer the most authentic and quality-oriented concepts to our guests and establish Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl as the most welcoming property in the capital,” Makaridze said.