Our Management
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Zulfikar Harunani (Zul), Managing Director, started Shehnai in 1984. It was a dream come true for Zul, who always hoped to one day open his own restaurant and be able to do what he loved most - to provide his clients with quality meals and excellent service. By profession, Zul is a hotelier. After successfully completing his hotel management course at Utalii College, he went into employment with African Tours and Hotels. He gained his work experience at their Mombasa Beach Hotel and at the Ngulia Safari Lodge before joining Diani Sea Lodge as General Manager. At the time, Mombasa was still yet to have an establishment explicitly serving Indian Cuisine and therefore, 25 years ago, he started Shehnai, the only restaurant then specialising in indian delicacies from the depths of Northern India.

His social ties have always been a benefit to the restaurant. He was Chairman of Mombasa & Coast Tourist Association (MCTA) from 1989 to 1993, of which he is today an executive member. He was also the Chairman of Hotels & Restaurants Authority from 2004 to 2007. He is todate an Executive Member and Conselliur Culinaire of Chaine Des Rotisseur and even the Chairman of Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK).

Zul and his staff were rewarded for their efforts in 1998, when Shehnai was officialy classified FIVE STAR and a year later were awarded a plaque of recognition from "Chaine des Rotisseure", a gourmet organisation.

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Mehboob Harunani, General Manager, joined Shehnai in 1987 as a Food and Beverage trainee. After 3 years of experience, he decided to enroll himself for various executive crash courses in hotel management at the Utalii between 1990 to 1995. In 1996 he was appointed the General Manager. His young and new ideas were almost immediately put into effect when he undertook the major project of renovating the restaurant in 1997. Shehnai remained closed for 3 months but Mehboob made sure it was worth it. The doors opened to a whole new look and it could cater for upto 100 people compared to the 50 before. He made sure the quality of food and service remained to the standard for which Shehnai has always been known. Shehnai expanded their interest in outside catering and are fully equiped to serve upto 800 people, all under the supervision of Mehboob. He is currently a member of MCTA, Committee member of SKAL club and Vice Chairman of Coast Amateur Swimming Association.


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