Aly Shariff Aly Shariff

Aly Shariff joined Citymax Hotels nine months ago to oversee the group’s portfolio of hotels and drive its expansion strategy. He has been mandated to oversee the growth of Citymax Hotels from its current portfolio of four hotels and 1,384 keys to eight hotels and 2,333 keys.

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.

In November last year, Citymax Hotels made its debut in Aswan, Egypt with the opening of Citymax Hotel Aswan, marking the group’s first international property.

Following the announcement of a new brand identity in 2017, the group unveiled its refreshed new look at Citymax Hotel Al Barsha. The renovated hotel features additional sleeping areas in rooms and smart connectivity options. Shariff enthuses to Hotelier: “I will be spearheading the launch of [Citymax Hotels’] new identity by redefining the segment and by carving out a unique position being guest-centric, market-appropriate, as well as adaptive to each location.”

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,

Markland Blaiklock

Deputy CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts
Thailand-based Centara Hotels & Resorts has expanded its footprint from 10 properties to more 60 hotels in 12 countries, opened or under development

Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi

Executive chairman, The Oberoi Group
The group currently operates four hotels in the region — The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh in Egypt; The Oberoi, Madina in Saudi Arabia, The Oberoi, Dubai; and The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zohra, which opened in Ajman in April last year.

Ranjit Phillipose

Area director – UAE & Africa, and general manager Taj Dubai, Indian Hotels Company Limited
This year, the group will open another Taj property in Dubai's JLT. Expected to be completed by the end of October 2018 or Q1 2019, the hotel will feature 200 rooms.

Anthony Ross

Chief executive officer, JA Resorts & Hotels
However, while JA had previously revealed limited information about a 20-villa property, no further information was provided to Hotelier, and the hotel seems to have been dropped from the group’s pipeline.

Nehme Imad Darwiche

Founder and chief executive officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts
Darwiche launched Jannah Hotels & Resorts in 2013, and properties in the group’s current portfolio include Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Jannah Place Abu Dhabi, Jannah Marina Bay Suites, Jannah Place Dubai Marina, and the Jannah Resort & Villas Ras Al Khaimah.

By THE NUMBERS

9 Number of months in role 

9 Number of months with company 

4 Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2018

3 Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2018

 

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,

Markland Blaiklock

Deputy CEO, Centara Hotels & Resorts
Thailand-based Centara Hotels & Resorts has expanded its footprint from 10 properties to more 60 hotels in 12 countries, opened or under development

Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi

Executive chairman, The Oberoi Group
The group currently operates four hotels in the region — The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh in Egypt; The Oberoi, Madina in Saudi Arabia, The Oberoi, Dubai; and The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zohra, which opened in Ajman in April last year.

Ranjit Phillipose

Area director – UAE & Africa, and general manager Taj Dubai, Indian Hotels Company Limited
This year, the group will open another Taj property in Dubai's JLT. Expected to be completed by the end of October 2018 or Q1 2019, the hotel will feature 200 rooms.

Anthony Ross

Chief executive officer, JA Resorts & Hotels
However, while JA had previously revealed limited information about a 20-villa property, no further information was provided to Hotelier, and the hotel seems to have been dropped from the group’s pipeline.

Nehme Imad Darwiche

Founder and chief executive officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts
Darwiche launched Jannah Hotels & Resorts in 2013, and properties in the group’s current portfolio include Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Jannah Place Abu Dhabi, Jannah Marina Bay Suites, Jannah Place Dubai Marina, and the Jannah Resort & Villas Ras Al Khaimah.