Watch Magical Moments Unfold at MARRIOTT Hotels in ABU DHABI and DUBAI

Discover what happens when curiosity takes over and little Sammy sneaks into the hotel laundry room…!

Watch this year’s Merry Marriott festive short movie and learn exactly what is happening behind the scenes at Marriott hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the lead up to the festive season. Shot in the fashion of a classic holiday movie, escape to a magical place and follow the adventure of little Sammy as he mischievously journeys alone into the laundry while his family checks in for a festive getaway.

Indulge in the most wonderful time of year as Sammy’s wish for Santa Claus comes true right before his eyes and he finds himself in Santa’s magical workshop, where his beloved rugged old teddy is transformed into a sparkling new companion. Watch closely and you might even spot busy Santa in his hidden office and who has made it onto the naughty and nice list…

“Our UAE Marriott hotels strive to create magical moments for our guests all year round. During this special time of the year and with this festive movie, we wanted to capture a real-life example of our hotels going the extra mile for our guests”, says Miet Saelens, Market Director of PR & Marketing Communications for Marriott International’s UAE Market Organisation. “The festive season brings joy, inspiration and creativity for all ages, and the Merry Marriott story plays on the imagination of children and adults alike, provoking the question whether the hotel’s back of house is all that ordinary after all. We had a fantastic time conceptualizing and capturing the atmosphere of wonder during the festivities and hope viewers enjoy the wonderful world of Santa’s workshop as much as we did”, she added.

The movie was shot entirely at UAE Marriott property locations and the concept was created by the UAE Market Organization, starring some long-standing Marriott associates in supporting roles. Having the laundry department in the spotlight for the shoot was an exciting experience for the laundry team and Selliah Gunasekar, the Assistant Laundry Manager and a 24 year veteran in the laundry room of the JW Marriott Hotel Dubai in Deira. Shooting the scenes while keeping the 24-hour laundry operations running was not an easy task; the department washes 2,264 kg of laundry daily and presses over 8,000 pieces of laundry every single day. In his 24 years of working at the laundry of the hotel, Selliah Gunasekar has witnessed an evolution of system automation, innovations and changes in guest behaviors. His team also recently started donating linen to charity organisations.

The lead role of Sammy is played by seven year old Malek Ahmed Mahgoub who started acting at the age of four and has previously featured in Emirati music videos and advertising across the UAE.

For that extra sparkle this festive season, celebrate with Marriott Hotels across the UAE. Visit to view the video, see behind the scenes photos of the shoot or to find out more about all the fantastic festive dining and party offers at over 50 restaurants and venues in 16 Marriott Hotels across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Get in the spirit and share the video using the hashtag #MerryMarriott!