Schoen appointed president of Wynn Al Marjan Island

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An experienced hospitality executive, Schoen will oversee all operational aspects of the new resort, Wynn’s inaugural development in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region and its first beachfront destination.

Schoen joins after more than seven years with Marriott International’s Pine Cliffs Resort in the Algarve in Portugal, where he served as complex general manager.

Prior to this, he spent over seven years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, including three-and-a-half years as area manager for Egypt and almost six years as area manager for Poland.

“We’re delighted to welcome Thomas to lead our operating team at this new venture,” Wynn Resorts chief executive Craig Billings said. “In his role, he will lead the delivery of the exceptional Wynn guest service for which we are so well known. 

“Thomas’ passion for hospitality and extensive experience will be an important part of the success of Wynn Al Marjan Island.”

Schoen added: “I am delighted to lead the operations of Wynn Al Marjan Island and feel privileged to be part of such a significant new chapter for the group. 

“The iconic destination will not only mark a new one-of-a-kind guest experience in the Emirates but will further establish the brand across the globe. I look forward to embarking on this exciting journey.”

Due to open in early 2027, the land-based venue will be built on the man-made Al Marjan Island in the city of Ras Al-Khaimah. The development is expected to cost Wynn $3.90bn (£3.12bn/€3.55bn)

The initial design for the project, which was unveiled last week, includes a gaming area, 1,500 hotel rooms, dining and lounge options, a spa and wellness centre, a high-end shopping esplanade, events centre, an on-site theatre and a range of other entertainment facilities.

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