Our team at Travel Trade Maldives decided to gain some insight into the inspirational story of Ahmed Latheef, Assistant Director of Information Technology at Four Seasons Hotel in Kuwait.
1. What interests you about your particular job?
Technology infrastructure management is something I am passionate about and being part of a team facilitating our guests to have un-scripted memories is something that gives me a sense of contentment and I am proud to be part of such a team.
2. How long have you been working abroad?
It has been 4 years and currently going with the 5th year. I started in Doha, Qatar joining the opening team of The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa and then moved here in Kuwait to join the pre-opening team of Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya.
3. Why are you willing to work overseas?
I just took my chances in the opportunities which opened for me which I’m very grateful for. The past 4 years have helped me to gain a lot personally and professionally with regard to knowledge, ethics, discipline and how you treat people. It has also taught me to stay humble and to be thankful.
4. How did you adapt to overseas work culture?
When I first went to Doha, I set my mind that the operations and culture/traditions of the country will be different. I set my mind to be flexible for change. Also, treating everyone you meet the way you would like yourself to be treated is what we call the Golden Rule in Four Seasons; this is something seriously taken in the company and helps to maintain a wonderful environment within the employees. It is people who give life to a property, building or an island resort; the touch of people which creates an impeccable experience for the guests. We have employees of 51 nationalities in Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya which is something remarkable. The other thing I had to adapt was to the high pace of work in business city hotels.
5. Do you believe that working abroad helps your career? Why?
This journey has made me a better person in many perspectives. I have dealt with companies and professionals with huge portfolios from whom I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience. I have worked with people from different parts of the world which has taught me about people management, adaptability and communication skills. The two pre-opening experiences have given me a very detailed insight into how the projects are designed and consulted from the very beginning in terms of technology.
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I will continue to contribute to the hospitality industry in terms of technology; hopefully in the Maldives giving back to the roots from where I started.