Welcome to Checking In, our feature that spotlights fascinating associates across the company and globe. Today, Heart of the House checks in with Shelly B., Events Planning Manager and Tamer M., Pastry Chef at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Both Shelly and Tamer were featured in our new film Two Bellmen Two.
HOTH: What is your daily routine like?
Shelly: Every day is completely different and this is what I enjoy most about my job. I am responsible for taking care of each event from start to finish, including menu tastings, site inspections, booking rooms, arranging transportation, compiling all event details and supporting the team on the day of the event.
Tamer: My daily routine starts early in the morning, baking and serving fresh croissants and bread for the La Farine customers.
HOTH: How long have you been working in this hotel? With Marriott?
Shelly: Since September 2015. I previously worked at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott hotel in London for four years.
Tamer: Since we opened in November 2012. I have been happily working with Marriott for almost six years now.
HOTH: How was the Two Bellmen Two experience?
Shelly: It was great working with the cast and production team and seeing the movie come together as the week went on.
Tamer: It was great! It was an exciting experience and amazing opportunity to be part of this movie. One of the reasons why I love Marriott is because something new and cool is always happening.
HOTH: Was it the first time you worked on a movie?
Shelly: I had previously worked with Warner Bros. at a previous property on the filming of the final Harry Potter movie.
Tamer: Yes, it was my first time being an actor. Next stop, the Oscars!
HOTH: What are you expecting from the final movie?
Shelly: I was only involved with scenes filmed at the hotel, but I read the complete script. I am very excited to see the scenes that were filmed off site and see how everything comes together. I have no doubt that the movie will be amazing, as well as very funny.
Tamer: I am expecting that the hotel will look great and attract even more guests. I also think that it will be great for the city of Dubai because it shows so many attractions and has a sense of adventure.
HOTH: What will you be most proud of?
Shelly: Seeing it all come together and knowing that I was part of the whole experience.
Tamer: I am proud to have been involved in this production, it was a good learning experience and a great story to tell.