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Mr. Dawood-Farah

Majed Dawood-Farah

Food & Beverage Director, Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Majed Dawood-Farah is Food and Beverage Director of Hyatt Regency Atlanta. In his role, he oversees banqueting for the hotel's 180,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and direct in-room dining for its 1,260 guest rooms. Mr. Dawood-Farah also manages the innovative new restaurants, Sway and Twenty-Two Storys, as well as the hotel's 24-hour market. Mr. Dawood-Farah launched his Hyatt career as Director of Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. It was the first of several positions he held at the hotel, including Director of Banquet Operations, Director of Catering and Convention Services, and for five years, Food and Beverage Director. In 2010, he relocated to Florida to become Food and Beverage Director of Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, where he managed an $18 million F&B operation that finished in the top 10 in customer service scores for all Hyatt hotels in 2011. Mr. Dawood-Farah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration from Missouri State University, as well as a Technical Diploma in Tourism/Culinary from the Ministry of Tourism in Damascus, Syria. Mr. Dawood-Farah is fluent in Arabic, French and English and holds a diploma in Mediterranean Cookery and French Cuisine. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Carol, and their two daughters.

Mr. Dawood-Farah can be contacted at 404-577-1234 or majed.dawood-farah@hyatt.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.