General Manager and Senior Vice President, Operations, Atlantis Dubai
Tom Roelens, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Operations Atlantis Dubai, has more than 25 years of international experience in the hospitality industry and has held senior management positions for the past 20 years.
Having joined in January 2020, Tom’s position places him at the helm of Dubai’s most bold and innovative resorts, Atlantis Dubai. On a day-to-day basis, he oversees operations at Atlantis, The Palm and Atlantis Aquaventure, as well as the pre-opening of Atlantis The Royal, Dubai’s most anticipated entertainment destination icon.
Prior to joining Atlantis Dubai, Tom held the General Manager position in the pre-opening team of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, launching the mixed-use development and establishing the property as a rate leader in the city.
Subsequent to this, Tom served in various leadership positions over 20 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, opening Four Seasons Resorts Maldives, Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach in California, The Regent Jakarta as well as leading the extensive transformation of Four Seasons Resorts in Lanai, Hawaii.
Tom began his hotelier training with an A1 Degree with Honours in Hotel Management from the Hoger Technisch Instituut in Belgium before obtaining his Postgraduate Degree in Public Relations and Media Management at Ghent University. Following this, he completed his education at Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, with certificates in Hospitality Financial Management, Strategic Management, and Hotel Real Estate Investments.
When he is not working, Tom enjoys a wide range of hobbies, including hiking, running, Hawaiian outrigger canoeing, and scuba diving – some of his favourite dives being in the Maldives, Bora Bora, and French Polynesia. To date, he has visited over 60 countries around the world and lived in seven. He is joined in Dubai by his wife, Sara, with whom he has been travelling around the world since 1995.