Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai Appoints New Director of Engineering

Mr Julius Okot-Chono
Mr Julius Okot-Chono

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai has announced the appointment of Mr Julius Okot-Chono as the new Director of Engineering. Mr Okot-Chono brings over 18 years of outstanding experience in the hospitality industry out of which he spent 9 years in the UAE. His most recent posting was as the Assistant Director of Engineering at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

Making the announcement, Mr Simon Moore, General Manager of Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, said, “We are delighted to welcome Mr Okot-Chono to our team and are confident he will prove to be a valuable asset for us. With his strong track record and solid experience, he will play an instrumental role in the management of engineering and maintenance operations within the hotel, including energy conservation to the highest standards.”

Mr Okot-Chono has a strong academic background and holds a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) certification from IFMA. Mr Okot-Chono began his career at Sheraton Kampala Hotel in Uganda in 1996 and progressively grew in the ranks to reach the post of Deputy Director of Engineering at the hotel in 2001. He remained in the position until 2006 before taking over as Project Manager at the hotel. In 2008,  he moved to Dubai to join Emirates Hotels & Resorts (previously part of Emirates Airlines Group) as Property Maintenance & Facility Manager. Mr Okot-Chono subsequently worked as Director of Engineering at some other well-known hotel chains in UAE.

Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East and Africa

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels is a dynamic, global hotel company, which owns, asset manages and operates over 130 hotels worldwide. With almost 40,000 rooms and a portfolio of brands; including Biltmore, Grand Millennium, Millennium, Millennium Place, M Hotel, Copthorne, Agarwood, Kingsgate, Millennium Executive Apartments and Studio M, that serve different market segments, representing quality and value in every class.

Currently operating 29 hotels in the Middle East and Africa, the Group has an extensive expansion strategy in place, with 40 hotels in the pipeline. Each property in the region is unique, catering to the varying tastes and needs of the international business and leisure traveller but with a consistent promise to provide a first class service and a rewarding experience for guests. Millennium & Copthorne is committed to differentiating itself by embracing the true spirit of diverse traditions, with a sincere respect to historical heritage and local culture.

With the motto “More than Meets the Eye”, Millennium & Copthorne is committed to a customer-centric philosophy and complete guest satisfaction.


Background Millennium Hotels and Resorts was launched in 1995 by CDL Hotels International, a subsidiary of Hong Leong, after several hotel acquisitions worldwide during 1980s and 1990s. 1996 Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc was listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:MLC)

The company began its expansion into the Middle East, with several management contracts in the United Arab Emirates in 2001

Management The Middle East and Africa Regional Head Office is based in Dubai, UAE and led by President and CEO Mr. Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

Owned and managed hotels worldwide More than 130

Total operating hotels in MEA                               29

Total operating rooms in MEA                              9,000

Hotels in pipeline                                                    40 hotel

Brands currently in operation or due to open in MEA                    

  • Grand Millennium
  • Millennium
  • Millennium Executive Apartments
  • Copthorne
  • Kingsgate
  • Studio M
  • M Hotel
  • Biltmore
  • Agarwood
  • Millennium Place

Properties Currently Managed              

  • Grand Millennium Al Wahda Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Kingsgate Hotel Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Copthorne Hotel Dubai, UAE
  • Grand Millennium Hotel Dubai, UAE
  • Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, UAE
  • Copthorne Hotel Airport, Dubai, UAE
  • Millennium Plaza Hotel, Dubai, UAE
  • Copthorne Hotel Sharjah, UAE
  • Millennium Hotel Fujairah, UAE
  • Bab Al Qasr Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Millennium Resort Mussanah, Oman
  • Millennium Executive Apartments, Oman
  • Grand Millennium Hotel Muscat, Oman
  • Grand Millennium Hotel Amman, Jordan
  • Millennium Hotel Doha, Qatar
  • Copthorne Hotel, Doha, Qatar
  • Kingsgate Hotel, Doha, Qatar
  • Millennium Plaza Doha, Qatar
  • Al-Jahra Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Kuwait
  • Millennium Hotel & Convention Centre, Kuwait
  • Copthorne Hotel Baranan, Sulaimaniya, Iraq
  • Millennium Kurdistan Hotel & Spa, Iraq
  • Grand Millennium Sulaimani Hotel, Iraq
  • Millennium Taiba Hotel Madinah, Saudi Arabia
  • Millennium Al Aqeeq Madinah, Saudi Arabia
  • Millennium Hotel Hail, Saudi Arabia
  • M Hotel Mekkah, Saudi Arabia
  • Copthorne Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi, Georgia

Properties Due to Open in 2017

  • Millennium Hotel Jizan, Jizan, KSA, 276 Rooms & Suites
  • Millennium Hotel Madinah Airport, Madinah, KSA, 222 Rooms & Suites
  • Millennium Makkah Al Naseem, Makkah, KSA, 822 Rooms & Suites
  • Copthorne Makkah Al Naseem, Makkah, KSA, 502 Rooms & Suites
  • Millennium Tabouk, Tabouk, KSA, 218 Rooms & Suites
  • Copthorne Falcon Hotel Muscat, Muscat, Oman, 164 Rooms & Suites
  • Millennium Deyaar Rose Apartments, Dubai, UAE, 198 Apartments
  • Grand Millennium Business Bay Hotel, Dubai, 251 Rooms & Suites
  • Millennium Golden Horn Hotel Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey, 153 Rooms & Suites