Dr Badr Al Badr Dr Badr Al Badr

Having successfully led the transformation of the company's identity and brand from SharaCo to Dur Hospitality, CEO Badr AlBadr enjoyed a good year in 2016, with the firm achieving revenues of around SAR 500m (US $133m) and net profit of approximately SAR 114m (US $30m).

One of the largest and the longest-standing hospitality companies in Saudi Arabia, Dur Hospitality boasts a portfolio of more than 20 projects and properties worth SAR 2.4bn (US $640m) in the pipeline, and employs around 1,700 staff members.

In line with Dur Hospitality’s strategy to focus on the development of three- to four-star hotels, it is currently investing heavily in Saudi Arabia’s emerging cities, such as Jeddah, Tabuk, Jubail, Yanbu, and Al Hofuf. The company is currently developing a 238-room hotel in Jeddah, and a four-star, 120-room hotel in Al-Hofuf, as well as the first Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott properties in Yanbu, with an investment of SAR 87 million (US $23m) — Marriott International’s first franchise agreement in the Kingdom.

Al Badr says: “Our development pipeline is currently running in high gear, with around 22 projects at different stages. Most are scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2020.”

The CEO’s achievements also include supporting and developing several local corporate social responsibility programmes.

“We have two targets that we focus on at Dur: energy and food saving, and recycling, as well as the support of non-profit organisations through the utilisation of our resources,” Al Badr explains.

Simon Casson

President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Casson has led the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, and the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief executive officer, Dur Hospitality
Dur Hospitality boasts a portfolio of more than 20 projects and properties worth SAR 2.4bn (US $640m) in the pipeline

Antoine El Sayegh

President, Gloria Hotels & Resorts
Sayegh and his team secured a number of hotel deals for the Gloria Hotel brand pipeline, including three in Dubai

Imad Elias

CEO, Roda Hotels & Resorts
With a total of six hotels currently operational, Roda has ambitious growth plans

Vincent Miccolis

Country general manager, Middle East and Turkey, The Ascott Limited
During the last 12 months, Miccolis and his team have been busy with properties all over the region, installing pre-opening teams where needed

Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management LLC
With a decade under his belt at the company, the business is moving from strength to strength in the hospitality industry

Henk Meyknecht

Chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa, Kempinski Hotels
Meyknecht brings more than 30 years of industry experience, and 10 years of Middle East experience, to his position at Kempinski Hotels in this region

Andrew Shaw

Assistant vice president — development EMEA, Dusit International
Dusit International operates six hotels in the region and more than 1,731 rooms

Laurent A. Voivenel

Senior vice president, operations, and development for the Middle East, Africa, and India, Swiss-Belhotel International
Since Voivenel took charge of the company in April of this year, Swiss-Belhotel has introduced a number of new properties

Sumair Tariq

Managing director, R Hotels
Tariq and his team understand that in placing an emphasis on guest service excellence for the hotels within its group, the company’s key resource is its staff

By THE NUMBERS

  • Number of years in the role 5.5
  • Number of years with the company 5.5
  • Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017 12
  • Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017 11
 

Simon Casson

President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Casson has led the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, and the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief executive officer, Dur Hospitality
Dur Hospitality boasts a portfolio of more than 20 projects and properties worth SAR 2.4bn (US $640m) in the pipeline

Antoine El Sayegh

President, Gloria Hotels & Resorts
Sayegh and his team secured a number of hotel deals for the Gloria Hotel brand pipeline, including three in Dubai

Imad Elias

CEO, Roda Hotels & Resorts
With a total of six hotels currently operational, Roda has ambitious growth plans

Vincent Miccolis

Country general manager, Middle East and Turkey, The Ascott Limited
During the last 12 months, Miccolis and his team have been busy with properties all over the region, installing pre-opening teams where needed

Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management LLC
With a decade under his belt at the company, the business is moving from strength to strength in the hospitality industry

Henk Meyknecht

Chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa, Kempinski Hotels
Meyknecht brings more than 30 years of industry experience, and 10 years of Middle East experience, to his position at Kempinski Hotels in this region

Andrew Shaw

Assistant vice president — development EMEA, Dusit International
Dusit International operates six hotels in the region and more than 1,731 rooms

Laurent A. Voivenel

Senior vice president, operations, and development for the Middle East, Africa, and India, Swiss-Belhotel International
Since Voivenel took charge of the company in April of this year, Swiss-Belhotel has introduced a number of new properties

Sumair Tariq

Managing director, R Hotels
Tariq and his team understand that in placing an emphasis on guest service excellence for the hotels within its group, the company’s key resource is its staff