Atmosphere Core proudly announces the promotion of Ali Shakir to the position of General Manager at OBLU NATURE Helengeli by SENTIDO, effective from February 1, 2024. This promotion marks a significant achievement for Ali Shakir and reflects the growing trend of local talent taking on leadership roles within the company.
Ali Shakir has played a pivotal role in the resort's recent renovation and relaunch, leading the property to new heights. In his new role as General Manager, he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the resort's operations, from guest services and food and beverage to creating memorable tropical experiences for global travelers.
Expressing his enthusiasm about the promotion, Ali Shakir stated, "My journey with Atmosphere Core has been truly remarkable, and I am excited about this new role. Working closely with HR and L&D, I will lead the charge in developing and implementing growth strategies for our team. Keeping the team motivated and maintaining top-notch product and service delivery is paramount. We will infuse the essence of the Joy of Giving philosophy, not only for our guests but also within our team dynamics."
Ali Shakir joined Atmosphere Core in 2019 as the Resort Manager at VARU By Atmosphere. Since then, he has been an integral part of the successful pre-opening of four properties: OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi, OBLU SELECT Lobigili, OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, and VARU By Atmosphere.
Ashwin Handa, Senior Vice President Operations at Atmosphere Core, expressed confidence in Ali's leadership, saying, "Ali Shakir's promotion to General Manager at OBLU NATURE Helengeli by SENTIDO is a testament to his expertise and commitment. At Atmosphere Core, we prioritize developing internal talent and providing opportunities for skill building and career growth. I'm confident that under Ali's leadership, the resort will evolve into a delightful haven where guests can immerse themselves in nature and enjoy thoughtful, graceful service."
Ali Shakir brings over 27 years of invaluable experience in the hospitality industry, with a background that includes work at reputed resorts such as Angsana Velavaru, Hulhule Island Hotel, and Paradise Island Resort and Spa. He holds a General Managers Program certification from Cornell University, USA, and a General Hotel Service certification from the Institute of Hotel and Catering Service, Maldives. Ali Shakir was awarded the prestigious Maldives CX Leader Of The Year 2018 Award by the Customer Experience Foundation Maldives.
OBLU NATURE Helengeli by SENTIDO, showcasing 153 beach and water villas, reopened on December 21, 2023, with a vibrant new look designed to captivate the senses. Located at the tip of the Northern Malé Atoll, Helengeli island offers an exotic house-reef and superb channel diving experience just meters from the shoreline.