Press Release


Thomas Guss Joins Shangri-La and Traders Hotels in Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi as General Manager

Abu Dhabi, 19 October 2014 – Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Shangri-La Residences and Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi recently welcomed Thomas Guss as general manager.  Mr. Guss joins the Qaryat Al Beri complex from Shangri-La Hotel, Xi’an in China.

Mr. Guss comes to Abu Dhabi with four years of experience in Asia, particularly in mainland China and India. The Middle East is not new to him, as he worked in this region previously for five years. A decade ago at the age of 32, Mr. Guss he became one of the youngest general managers in luxury five-star hotels with extensive restaurant and bar operation experience.

Born in Germany with a childhood in Paris, he belongs to the third generation of hoteliers in his family, successfully combining his background with sharp attention to details and an eye for unique style.

“I am delighted and proud to join this impressive Arabian property with stunning architecture, 2.5km private beach and a magical view, making it an iconic landmark in Abu Dhabi,” said Mr. Guss. “With more than 48 different nationalities working together, Shangri-La hotel, the Residences and Traders hotel serve our guests straight from the heart to continually exceed their dreams and expectations.”

Located in the Qaryat Al Beri complex, Shangri-La hotel captivates their guests with 214 rooms and suites, while Traders hotel has 301 rooms and suites. The complex also houses Shangri-La Residences with 161 apartments, six luxury villas with private pools, two well-known Asian restaurants – Shang Palace and Hoi An, all-day dining restaurants – Sofra bld and Afya, gourmet dining options – the French cuisine Bord Eau and the eclectic seafood Pearls & Caviar, as well as a selection of six bars. Moreover, CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La and Souk Qaryat Al Beri complete the facilities, making this complex a destination by itself.