Ali Shakir has been elevated to the position of General Manager at OBLU NATURE Helengeli by SENTIDO.

Atmosphere Core has announced the elevation of Ali Shakir to the role of General Manager at OBLU NATURE Helengeli by SENTIDO, effective from February 1, 2024. This marks a significant milestone for Ali Shakir and reflects the growing trend of local talent assuming leadership roles within the company.

Having successfully overseen the renovation and relaunch of the resort as the sole leader on the property, Ali Shakir will now be responsible for heading the resort’s operations. This encompasses a range of responsibilities, from guest services to the intricacies of food and beverage, all aimed at creating unforgettable tropical experiences for global travelers.

Expressing his excitement 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 played a crucial role in 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, commented on Ali Shakir’s promotion, stating, “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.”

With over 27 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Ali Shakir has previously worked at renowned 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 honored with the Maldives CX Leader Of The Year 2018 Award by the Customer Experience Foundation Maldives.

OBLU NATURE Helengeli by SENTIDO, which reopened on December 21, 2023, boasts a vibrant new look designed to captivate the senses. Featuring 153 beach and water villas, the four-star superior resort is situated at the tip of the Northern Malé Atoll. The island of Helengeli offers an exceptionally exotic house-reef and a superb channel diving experience, just meters from the shoreline.

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