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Cenk Uverdi was promoted was promoted to his current role as cluster GM of two Rixos hotels in Dubai — Rixos The Palm Dubai and Rixos Premium Dubai.

Unverdi has been with Rixos for over a decade now, starting out in finance, business administration and F&B at Rixos President Astana. Unverdi eventually moved to Dubai and joined Rixos the Palm Dubai as operations manager, overseeing the pre-opening of Rixos The Palm Dubai in 2012, and was later promoted to general manager. Rixos Premium Dubai, which opened in June last year, was then added to his responsibilities.

While not under his remit, Rixos operates another four hotels in the Middle East, including Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah; and three hotels in Egypt. A fourth hotel in the UAE — Rixos Saadiyat Island — is earmarked for a 2018 opening, but no opening date has been pinned down.

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

3 Number of years in role 

11 Number of years witH company 

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

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

 

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.