Sheikh recently relocated to Dubai to join the restaurant’s dynamic team, which is led by general manager Louis Abdilla. His extensive restaurant industry experience includes working with three-Michelin starred chef Heinz Beck.
Prior to joining Zuma, Sheikh managed the Food & Beverage operations at The Lanesborough hotel in London. His five years’ at The Lanesborough saw him make major milestones, including bringing chef Beck to Apsleys restaurant – the first restaurant created outside of Italy by Beck.
Sheikh oversaw the refurbishment of The Lanesborough’s Garden Room and Cigar Bar, which won the Cigar Bar the award for Best New Hotel Bar in the UK at the prestigious Imbibe Hotel Awards 2009.
With a large influx of travellers from Middle East to the United Kingdom, Sheikh met many customers from Dubai and the wider Gulf region and developed a better understanding of the culture. Sheikh was also a frequent visitor to the UAE.
“Moving to Dubai was a great opportunity for me to be involved with the Zuma concept, as well as to broaden my horizons,”
His role will involve the day-to-day running of the busy Japanese restaurant, continuing with Zuma’s growth and development, and servicing the restaurant’s broad clientele.
“Zuma has enjoyed considerable success since its Middle East launch and we want to build on that success and ensure we continue to provide our guests with the impeccable levels of quality and service which have become synonymous with Zuma,” added Sheikh.
Zuma’s international growth will continue in 2010, with the launch of a new outlet at the EPIC Hotel in Downtown Miami, USA.
Located in Podium 6 at The Gate Village in Dubai International Financial Centre, Zuma offers its guests complimentary parking.