Aboudi Asali Aboudi Asali

Since joining Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH) last year, Aboudi Asali has set the group on an ambitious trajectory, with an aim to operate 20 hotels in the region by 2020, and an additional 30 by 2026.

The group is moving full steam ahead — it announced Bahi Hotels & Resorts, a new five-star hotel brand, last year, and the environmentally friendly Ecos Hotels brand this year at the Arabian Travel Market. The Ecos brand is built around eco-conscious practices and will focus on efficiency and simplicity. The first Ecos-branded Dubai property is scheduled to open before Expo 2020 begins.

Also adding to its portfolio, HMH took over management of the 337-room Coral Al Barsha in October 2017, and opened the 403-key Coral Medina in Saudi Arabia in recent months.

“It has been an exceptional year as we are expanding into new markets with exciting investment prospects. In the UAE, HMH is continuing to manage more properties under its various brands, with one new property scheduled to open in 2020 and another two new properties in 2021,” Asali tells Hotelier.

However, the group dropped in its rankings this year after some confusion regarding its pipeline numbers. With a pipeline of 20 hotels in 2017, HMH’s pipeline this year showed eight upcoming hotels, and two new hotels added to its operational portfolio. Hotelier reached out to HMH, but a response wasn’t provided about the 10 missing pipeline hotels.

Simon Coombs

President and CEO, Shaza Hotels
After a quiet 2017, Shaza Hotels has ramped up its plans for the regions, signing several new hotels in the GCC this year and adding to its stable of operational hotels.

Aboudi Asali

Chief executive officer, Hospitality Management Holdings
Also adding to its portfolio, HMH took over management of the 337-room Coral Al Barsha in October 2017, and opened the 403-key Coral Medina in Saudi Arabia in recent months.

Mohamed Soussan

Group general manager, Ayla Hotels & Resorts Management Company
The group is also meant to open its first hotel in Djibouti

Ammar Kanaan

Group general manager, Central Hotels
A new entry on the list, Ammar Kanaan oversees Central Hotels’ properties in the UAE.

Fadi Mazkour

Co-founder & regional director branding and business development, MENA Hotels & Resorts
Over the new few years, the group is set to double its footprint, with seven hotels in the pipeline, which will add 916 new rooms to MENA Hotels’ portfolio.

Kamal Simon Fakhoury

Chief executive officer, Cristal Group
CEO Kamal Simon Fakhoury has led the group’s expansion in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Aly Shariff

Chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels
The group is gearing up to open three new hotels in the final quarter of 2018 — one in Ras Al Khaimah and two in Dubai.

Hatem Gasmi

Founder and managing director, Auris Group of Hotels
It’s been a quiet few years for the group, with no new hotels signed or opened since at least 2015, based on Hotelier Middle East’s research.

Pierre Sokhon

General manager – hospitality division, Al Khoory Hotels
Pipeline hotels include Al Khoory Courtyard Hotel Al Quoz, Al Khoory City Hotel Al Quoz, Al Khoory Sky Garden Deira, and three yet to be named Al Khoory hotels in Oman.

Ali Hatata

Vice president, hospitality division, Al Khozama Management Company
Hussein Ali Hatata has four decades of experience under his belt at Al Khozama Management Company,

By THE NUMBERS

1.5 Number of years in role 

1.5 Number of years with company

14 Number of operating hotels in MENA in 2018

8 Number of hotels in MENA in 2018

 

Simon Coombs

President and CEO, Shaza Hotels
After a quiet 2017, Shaza Hotels has ramped up its plans for the regions, signing several new hotels in the GCC this year and adding to its stable of operational hotels.

Aboudi Asali

Chief executive officer, Hospitality Management Holdings
Also adding to its portfolio, HMH took over management of the 337-room Coral Al Barsha in October 2017, and opened the 403-key Coral Medina in Saudi Arabia in recent months.

Mohamed Soussan

Group general manager, Ayla Hotels & Resorts Management Company
The group is also meant to open its first hotel in Djibouti

Ammar Kanaan

Group general manager, Central Hotels
A new entry on the list, Ammar Kanaan oversees Central Hotels’ properties in the UAE.

Fadi Mazkour

Co-founder & regional director branding and business development, MENA Hotels & Resorts
Over the new few years, the group is set to double its footprint, with seven hotels in the pipeline, which will add 916 new rooms to MENA Hotels’ portfolio.

Kamal Simon Fakhoury

Chief executive officer, Cristal Group
CEO Kamal Simon Fakhoury has led the group’s expansion in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Aly Shariff

Chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels
The group is gearing up to open three new hotels in the final quarter of 2018 — one in Ras Al Khaimah and two in Dubai.

Hatem Gasmi

Founder and managing director, Auris Group of Hotels
It’s been a quiet few years for the group, with no new hotels signed or opened since at least 2015, based on Hotelier Middle East’s research.

Pierre Sokhon

General manager – hospitality division, Al Khoory Hotels
Pipeline hotels include Al Khoory Courtyard Hotel Al Quoz, Al Khoory City Hotel Al Quoz, Al Khoory Sky Garden Deira, and three yet to be named Al Khoory hotels in Oman.

Ali Hatata

Vice president, hospitality division, Al Khozama Management Company
Hussein Ali Hatata has four decades of experience under his belt at Al Khozama Management Company,