Just before you step off the seaplane at Hurawalhi Maldives, prepare yourself for the speed with which the island sweeps you off your feet. If you’ve come to feast your eyes on dazzling white sand beaches that slip into a ridiculously blue sea, you’ve come to the right place.
But Hurawalhi is not merely a stunning island – what aids in making it a resort with all the ohs and ahs is its well-versed team. Helping develop a winning game plan and encouraging the 330-member team to give their best performance is Mohamed Solah, Director of Operations at Hurawalhi.
In football terms – he is no exception to the ‘all Maldivians love football’ rule – Solah is Hurawalhi’s vice-captain, the more experienced on-pitch leader who, in his daily runnings of the resort, knows how to strike a balance between defense and offense: he reacts to guests’ feedback as well as takes initiative on how service could be improved.
Having been a hospitality professional for 15 years, Solah understands that when a new resort gains ground, the same commitment to excellence that it took to get here is required to stay on the top.
Solah’s horizon is wide: ‘Thanks to my supportive parents, I’ve been fortunate to get quality education and have been able to follow my passion. I take pride in having travelled to 20 countries so far, and having worked at several fabulous resorts in the Maldives, Seychelles and Abu Dhabi. Each day at these places was an eye-opening experience that has shaped me as a person and as a hospitality professional. Even though I’m now living on a 400m x 165m patch of sand, I’m thinking outside of the ‘island’ box, proving to the company, my family and myself that I can successfully manage the day-to-day operations at this 5-star, multicultural and ever-improving resort.’
Solah knows that what happens off the field matters just as much: ‘In order for guests to be happy, the team have to be happy and share a passion for the workplace. It’s similar to football: each player has their name on the back of the jersey, but they all play for the name on the front.’
Hurawalhi is pleased to have Solah on the team – both his colleagues and guests undoubtedly agree that he’s a rare find.
Mohamed Solah started his career with CCR in 2002 and has gained professional experience by working at most of it properties, as well as at Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, at a competing resort in the Maldives, and at the Zaya Nurai Island in Abu Dhabi. Solah holds a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Studies from University of Toulouse and University College, Malaysia. He’s fluent in English and French, a keen environmentalist, football fan and diver.