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Mohamed Sobah: Orchestrating excellence at COMO Maalifushi

In the kaleidoscope of the Maldives’ hospitality panorama, Mohamed Sobah shines as a leader with passion and dedication. As the General Manager of COMO Maalifushi, he embodies the ethos of excellence and service that defines this luxurious retreat in Thaa Atoll. Sobah’s journey from a young aspirant to a seasoned leader is a testament to his unwavering commitment to the art of hospitality.

Sobah’s odyssey in the hospitality realm commenced early in his career, right after completing his schooling. His initiation into the industry began at Paradise Island Resort, where he imbibed the foundational principles of guest service and operational excellence. However, it was in 2002 that Sobah’s trajectory took a definitive turn when he seized the opportunity to join COMO Cocoa Island’s front office team.

The subsequent years witnessed Sobah’s ascent through various pivotal roles within COMO Hotels & Resorts, including Duty Manager, Assistant Front Office Manager and Front Office Manager in 2011. It was in 2013 that he embarked on a significant chapter of his career by joining the pre-opening team of COMO Maalifushi. His astute leadership and unwavering dedication were duly recognized, leading to his elevation as the Director of Rooms in 2017.

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By 2020, Sobah assumed the responsibilities of Resort Manager and Acting General Manager, steering the operations of COMO Maalifushi with finesse and acumen. In February 2022, Sobah’s journey reached a zenith when he was appointed as the General Manager, marking a historic moment as one of the first Maldivians to hold such a prestigious position within an international hotel chain.

Throughout his illustrious career, COMO Hotels & Resorts provided Sobah with invaluable opportunities for professional growth, including international cross-exposure experiences and participation in renowned training programs. In 2010, Sobah completed the hotel management training program at COMO The Halkin and COMO Metropolitan in London, laying a strong foundation for his subsequent achievements. Noteworthy among his accolades is the Master Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, where he honed his skills in leadership, revenue management, and financial acumen. Sobah also holds an MBA from Maldives Business School, further augmenting his managerial prowess.

Central to Sobah’s philosophy is a relentless pursuit of superior guest service and continuous improvement. He champions a culture of excellence within COMO Maalifushi, emphasizing the importance of motivation and empowerment for team members. Moreover, Sobah underscores the imperative of sustainability, both for the resort and the broader hospitality landscape in the Maldives.

COMO Maalifushi’s commitment to sustainability resonates deeply with Sobah, who spearheads various green initiatives such as coral propagation, actively involving guests in conservation efforts. Sobah firmly believes that sustainable practices are integral to safeguarding the pristine natural beauty of the Maldives for future generations.



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In Sobah’s own words, “My career journey has been guided by a passion for hospitality and a relentless pursuit of excellence. As a Maldivian, I take immense pride in leading COMO Maalifushi and contributing to the growth of tourism in our beautiful nation. Sustainability is not just a choice but a responsibility, and I am committed to ensuring that COMO Maalifushi sets the benchmark for eco-friendly luxury.” He also added “COMO Hotels & Resorts shares this commitment to excellence and fosters a culture that empowers and develops its team members to grow into future leaders, ensuring a bright future for hospitality in the Maldives. We believe that investing in our people is essential to our long-term success.”

For aspiring hoteliers, Sobah offers sage advice, emphasizing the importance of dedication, continuous learning, and a genuine passion for service. He encourages young professionals to embrace challenges, seize opportunities for growth, and never lose sight of the profound impact they can have on shaping memorable guest experiences.

Sobah further remarks, “In the dynamic landscape of the hospitality industry, adaptability and innovation are key. It’s essential to stay attuned to evolving guest preferences and industry trends while upholding the core values of authenticity and excellence.”

Mohamed Sobah’s journey from a budding hospitality enthusiast to a distinguished leader at COMO Maalifushi exemplifies the transformative power of passion, perseverance, and purpose. His unwavering commitment to excellence, coupled with a steadfast dedication to sustainability, cements his legacy as a trailblazer in the Maldives’ vibrant hospitality landscape. Under Sobah’s stewardship, COMO Maalifushi continues to redefine luxury hospitality while staying true to its ethos of mindful, immersive experiences amidst the splendor of the Maldives’ azure waters.