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Another new entry on this year’s list, Anthony Ross joined Dubai-based JA Resorts & Hotels in January this year as the group’s new CEO. The Australian hotelier has more than 30 years’ industry experience, spanning roles on multiple continents.

In his new role, Ross leads a team of more than 2000 associates across Dubai, Seychelles and the Maldives.

While the group’s number of operating hotels in the Middle East and Africa has remained flat at five, two of the properties in the UAE, JA Hatta Fort Hotel and JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, have undergone modernisation and expansion. The group also operates two hotels outside the UAE – JA Manafaru in Maldives, and JA Enchanted Island Resort in Seychelles.

JA Resorts is expected to announce plans soon for a new property — JA Lake View Hotel — which will add 348 rooms to the group’s portfolio and is expected to open in September 2019, Ross tells Hotelier Middle East.

Explaining the group’s strategy, he says: “We have a clear vision to not only develop the offerings of our existing properties but to expand on our current portfolio and this starts with our upcoming announcements of the new re-positioning of JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort to The Resort, Jebel Ali Beach effective of November 2018 and a new property, JA Lake View Hotel, due to open in September 2019.

Our iconic resort will then comprise of three properties; JA Palm Tree Court, JA Beach Hotel and JA Lake View Hotel.
“These developments follow the revamp of our recognised mountain retreat in Hatta — JA Hatta Fort Hotel — that remains a focus for us as we continue to explore and develop our offering to drive local and international business.”

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.

JA Resorts was added to the Global Hotel Alliance earlier this year, joining a network of more than 35 independent brands and 500 hotels.

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.

Cenk Unverdi

Cluster general manager – Dubai hotels, Rixos The Palm & Rixos Premium
Unverdi has been with Rixos for over a decade now, starting out in finance, business administration and F&B at Rixos President Astana.

Philippe Harb

Chief operating officer and partner, One to One Hotels & Resorts
One to One hinted at adding two more Ras Al Khaimah poroperties to its portfolio in 2018

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief executive officer, Seven Tides
Seven Tides had also revealed to Hotelier in March 2017 that it was working on a new resort plan that would be launched on Dubai’s World Islands

Jaydeep Anand

Chief operating officer, Five Hotels and Resorts
The group is set to add to its portfolio this year with a Jumeirah Village Circle hotel, which has been earmarked for a Q4 2018 opening.

Abdullatif Kabbara

Corporate office general manager, Somewhere Hotels
Somewhere Hotels was established in 2013

Sir Rocco Forte

Founder and chairman, Rocco Forte Hotels
Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 11 individual landmark luxury hotels and resorts, predominantly in European locations.

By THE NUMBERS

7 Number of months in role

7 Number of months with company

5 Number of operating hotels in MENA in 2018

1 Number of piepline hotels in MENA in 2018

 

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.

Cenk Unverdi

Cluster general manager – Dubai hotels, Rixos The Palm & Rixos Premium
Unverdi has been with Rixos for over a decade now, starting out in finance, business administration and F&B at Rixos President Astana.

Philippe Harb

Chief operating officer and partner, One to One Hotels & Resorts
One to One hinted at adding two more Ras Al Khaimah poroperties to its portfolio in 2018

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief executive officer, Seven Tides
Seven Tides had also revealed to Hotelier in March 2017 that it was working on a new resort plan that would be launched on Dubai’s World Islands

Jaydeep Anand

Chief operating officer, Five Hotels and Resorts
The group is set to add to its portfolio this year with a Jumeirah Village Circle hotel, which has been earmarked for a Q4 2018 opening.

Abdullatif Kabbara

Corporate office general manager, Somewhere Hotels
Somewhere Hotels was established in 2013

Sir Rocco Forte

Founder and chairman, Rocco Forte Hotels
Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 11 individual landmark luxury hotels and resorts, predominantly in European locations.