Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you to a luminary in the demesne of hospitality, the esteemed Wajeed Bagwan. With a distinguished career spanning over three decades, Wajeed has etched his name in the annals of Indian and Middle Eastern hospitality with finesse and distinction. His journey has been one of orchestrating the stateliness of starred properties, a maestro in the ensemble of luxury, comfort and excellence.
Wajeed’s path has been graced by collaborations with world-renowned hospitality giants, such as the legendary Taj Group of Hotels, the opulent Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, the iconic Leela Group, the prestigious Radisson Hotels & Resorts, and the global presence of Oakwood Worldwide Inc. His expertise, finely tuned in the domains of pre-opening and operations, has yielded a resounding chorus of success.
In his transcription of these harmonious endeavours, Wajeed has crafted a legacy marked by efficient operational paradigms and a unique style of nurturing the growth and aptitude of his teams. Notably, his laurels resonate with the magnificence of hotels that have risen under his baton, celebrated with honours such as the ‘Award of Excellence,’ the prestigious ‘Best Smart Hotel Award’ at the Middle East Hotel Awards, and the title of ‘Luxury Business Hotel of the Year’ at the Luxury Travel Guide Awards.
His exceptional touch even reached the global stage, where he earned the title of ‘Global Winner Best Luxury Boutique Hotel’ by the World Luxury Hotel Awards, and a certification as an ‘International Five Star Hotel’ by none other than Rolls Royce Motor Cars. Wajeed’s legacy is further adorned with the titles of ‘Best Airport Hotel’ in the Arabian and Dubai arenas, the ‘Best Debut Mid-Market Hotel’, and the ‘Best Serviced Apartment of the Year’. His proficiency extends to India, where he’s proudly clasped the ‘India’s Signature Award for Best Luxury Serviced Apartment’.
Wajeed’s pledge to accomplishment reaches even greater heights, as he stands as a National Finalist for the esteemed ‘Upper Upscale GM of the Year’. He is celebrated with the citation of “Hospitality Superstars” and stands tall as a shortlisted candidate for the illustrious ‘General Manager of the Year’ accolade, alongside his esteemed Hotel Team, in the grandeur of the Hospitality Excellence Awards-MENA.
This luminary is not just a virtuoso of operations; he is also a scholar, one of the rare few bestowed with a scholarship for the prominent General Manager’s Program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA.
But his contributions extend beyond the lavish interiors of his hotels, as Wajeed’s commitment to brilliance was recognised by the Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai, UAE. His unwavering dedication was acknowledged through the Business Excellence Awards since 2012, encompassing the Dubai Quality Award and the Dubai Human Development Award. He earned the merit of leading the “Best Team” in the DHDA Assessment cycle, a testament to his holistic obligation to fineness.
In the dominion of hospitality, Wajeed Bagwan stands as a symphony of superiority, a chieftain of opulence, and a true achiever in every sense.