Reza’s story is unique in itself. Having moved to Dubai from his native Sri Lanka 20 years ago to work as a dishwasher in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, he slowly rose through the ranks to became an operations manager 15 years ago, a role he only gave up six months ago to manager the Lebanon club. ‘I said, “I like a challenge, I’d like to take this – to make it the first to open, the first to make it work, and run it in the way that it needs to be run,”’ he explains.

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