Rodrigo Ofner Joins Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas as Resort Director of Food and Beverage

Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas announces the appointment of Rodrigo Ofner as the Resort Director of Food and Beverage, overseeing over 20 restaurants showcasing international flavours.

Rodgrigo brings on board an in-depth progressive industry knowledge of over 20 years from across multiple markets in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. He started his career working at the Four Seasons Hotel in Lisbon, and has taken on various F&B leadership roles with Belmond, Rocco Forte and Jumeirah Hotels Group. In 2019, he joined the Hilton family as the Food and Beverage Director at Waldorf Astoria the Palm Jumeirah Dubai, UAE; where he worked on increasing profitability of six F&B outlets and managed pool and beach, water sports, kids club and conference and banqueting operations.

In his new role, he will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities, streamlining resources to maximize performance and quality standards and implementing effective strategies that create unique dining experiences for guests. He will also focus on creating bespoke F&B concepts to roll out across the resort.

Welcoming Rodrigo into his new role, Etienne Charles-Gailliez, General Manager Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas said: “We are excited to have Rodrigo on board to support our Food and Beverage team. His extensive experience within the industry will help us further grow our complex F&B operations across local and regional markets. His appointment reinforces our commitment to sourcing great talent.”

Commenting on his new role, Rodrigo said “I am excited to work in one of the largest F&B operations in Qatar and the Middle East. Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas is home to more than 20 local and international F&B outlets, each with its own unique concept and identity. I look forward to working with the dynamic team here to provide an immersive dining experience like nowhere else for our domestic and international guests.”

Rodrigo holds a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from the  Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland, and speaks four languages fluently – Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian

Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas is located at Salwa Road, Exit 84, Qatar. Discover a unique Italian experience at Dante Cucina Italiana, enjoy authentic Arabic cuisines from Levantine or relish Middle Eastern, Asian and Western Flavours at Souk Kitchen.  For more information, visit or follow @salwabeachresort on Instagram. The property is owned by Katara Hospitality and managed by Hilton as part of its upscale Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand.


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