Dr Badr Al Badr Dr Badr Al Badr

With a portfolio of more than 20 projects and properties worth SR 2.4 billion (US $639.9m) in the pipeline, Dur Hospitality is one of the largest and longest-standing hospitality companies in Saudi Arabia.

At its helm, CEO Dr Badr bin Hamoud Al Badr is driving the company’s focus on the development of three- to four-star hotels in the emerging Saudi markets of Jeddah, Tabuk, Yanbu and Al Hofuf.

Pipeline properties for the group include a 238-key hotel in Jeddah, and a four-star hotel in Al Hofuf city. Dur is also developing the first Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott properties in Yanbu. The 150-key project marks Marriott International’s first franchise agreement in the kingdom. Also part of Dur Hospitality’s strategic expansion plan is the group’s plan to increase the number of rooms it operates in Makkah and Madinah to more than 5,000 rooms by 2023.

Dur is also aiming to double the company’s portfolio of owned properties. With around 22 projects at different stages in the pipeline, most are scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2020, Al Badr tells Hotelier.

Additionally, in line with the nationalisation goals of the kingdom’s Vision 2030, Dur Hospitality increased the percentage of Saudi employees from 21% to 36% in 2017, achieving one of the highest rates in the sector.

Laurent A. Voivenel

Senior vice president, operations & development for the Middle East, Africa & India, Swiss-Belhotel International
A seasoned hotelier, Laurent A. Voivenel has ambitious plans for Swiss-Belhotel International’s operations in the region.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief executive officer, Dur Hospitality Company
Dur Hospitality is one of the largest and longest-standing hospitality companies in Saudi Arabia.

Hussain Sajwani

Chairman, Damac Properties/ Damac Hotels & Resorts
The property development company’s hospitality arm — Damac Hotels & Resorts is looking to boost its current portfolio of 1,700 hotel units over the next three years, delivering 15,000 operational units by 2021.

Taras Ettl

Vice president Middle East & Asia, Deutsche Hospitality
In April 2018 the group opened its third property in Tunisia — the Steigenberger Hotel Palace Marhaba on the Gulf of Hammamet — joining two hotels that opened in the country in 2017: Steigenberger Kantaoui Bay, and Jaz in Sousse. Deutsche Hospitality’s current portfolio of 10 hotels is set to nearly double, with eight new properties in the pipeline in GCC markets.

Michael Wale

Chief executive officer, Kerzner International
Adding to its One&Only portfolio in Dubai, the group will open a new One&Only Urban Resorts in 2020. The property will be located within the One Za’abeel development in the Za’abeel district.

Prateek Kumar

Regional vice president EMEA, Dusit International
Dusit International is in an important growth phase, which will see the company’s current portfolio of 27 hotels surpass 70 worldwide within the next four years.

Jose Silva

Chief executive officer, Jumeirah Group
The group also opened its first property in Bahrain — Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain — in February this year, and further expansion into new markets, is planned, Silva tells Hotelier Middle East.

Baran Turkel

Managing director, Turkey, Middle East & Central Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
In 2017, Best Western Hotels debuted its new brand Vib in Antalya, Turkey. Vib is defined by Best Western as a, “new hip, chic, boutique concept and lifestyle brand that re-imagines the Best Western hotel experience for today’s traveller who is seeking innovation, technology integration and style with an authentic, local flavour.”

Michael Cottan

Executive vice president — operations, Middle East, India and the Indian Ocean, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Additionally, phase two of Shangri-La Dubai’s extensive renovation is also due to finish this year.

Jamal Serhan

CEO and senior vice president, Warwick Hotels and Resorts
Responsible for 1,800 staff in the MENA region, Serhan previously told Hotelier Middle East he believes his priority is to help people develop their skills, empowering and leading by example.

By THE NUMBERS

6.5 Number of years in role 

6.5 Number of years with company

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

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

 

Laurent A. Voivenel

Senior vice president, operations & development for the Middle East, Africa & India, Swiss-Belhotel International
A seasoned hotelier, Laurent A. Voivenel has ambitious plans for Swiss-Belhotel International’s operations in the region.

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief executive officer, Dur Hospitality Company
Dur Hospitality is one of the largest and longest-standing hospitality companies in Saudi Arabia.

Hussain Sajwani

Chairman, Damac Properties/ Damac Hotels & Resorts
The property development company’s hospitality arm — Damac Hotels & Resorts is looking to boost its current portfolio of 1,700 hotel units over the next three years, delivering 15,000 operational units by 2021.

Taras Ettl

Vice president Middle East & Asia, Deutsche Hospitality
In April 2018 the group opened its third property in Tunisia — the Steigenberger Hotel Palace Marhaba on the Gulf of Hammamet — joining two hotels that opened in the country in 2017: Steigenberger Kantaoui Bay, and Jaz in Sousse. Deutsche Hospitality’s current portfolio of 10 hotels is set to nearly double, with eight new properties in the pipeline in GCC markets.

Michael Wale

Chief executive officer, Kerzner International
Adding to its One&Only portfolio in Dubai, the group will open a new One&Only Urban Resorts in 2020. The property will be located within the One Za’abeel development in the Za’abeel district.

Prateek Kumar

Regional vice president EMEA, Dusit International
Dusit International is in an important growth phase, which will see the company’s current portfolio of 27 hotels surpass 70 worldwide within the next four years.

Jose Silva

Chief executive officer, Jumeirah Group
The group also opened its first property in Bahrain — Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain — in February this year, and further expansion into new markets, is planned, Silva tells Hotelier Middle East.

Baran Turkel

Managing director, Turkey, Middle East & Central Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
In 2017, Best Western Hotels debuted its new brand Vib in Antalya, Turkey. Vib is defined by Best Western as a, “new hip, chic, boutique concept and lifestyle brand that re-imagines the Best Western hotel experience for today’s traveller who is seeking innovation, technology integration and style with an authentic, local flavour.”

Michael Cottan

Executive vice president — operations, Middle East, India and the Indian Ocean, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Additionally, phase two of Shangri-La Dubai’s extensive renovation is also due to finish this year.

Jamal Serhan

CEO and senior vice president, Warwick Hotels and Resorts
Responsible for 1,800 staff in the MENA region, Serhan previously told Hotelier Middle East he believes his priority is to help people develop their skills, empowering and leading by example.