Barnes’ responsibilities will include overseeing the performance and day-to-day operations of the Fairmont Dubai, the 394 room Middle East flagship property, and also the successful opening of the numerous properties under development, including the Fairmont Abu Dhabi Creek (August 2009) and the Fairmont Palm Jumeirah (2010).
A seasoned hotelier, Barnes brings a wealth of experience to this position with a career spanning over 33 years across four continents where he has held executive positions in several leading hotel companies, including over ten years with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.
Barnes first joined Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in 1998 as Regional Vice President, Operations for British Columbia for Delta Hotels & Resorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairmont Hotels, where he also held General Manager positions and oversaw the successful openings of three new Delta hotels.
In 2001, his responsibilities were enlarged to encompass all the Delta Hotels & Resorts in Western Canada.
In 2004, Barnes was appointed Regional Vice President and General Manager, Pacific Northwest for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a role that encompassed six iconic Fairmont Hotels & Resorts properties in the region in addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
In July 2007, Barnes moved to Dubai as Regional Vice President, Middle East, and was responsible for all developments in the region, including the performance of existing Fairmont hotels in the region and also the successful opening of properties under development.
He lives in Dubai with his wife Heidi and their three children Catherine, Austin and Nicholas.
Barnes replaces Kamal Naamani at the Fairmont Dubai, who joins the pre opening team of the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China, as General Manager.