Hussein Ali Hatata Hussein Ali Hatata

In 2016, Hussein Ali Hatata and his team opened Al Khozama’s first resort property, Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa.

Later, in May 2017, according to sister publication, Construction Week, Al Khozama Management Company appointed global contractor Selini Impregilo to handle the US $293m redevelopment of Al Faisaliah Centre, which encompasses extensive renovations to Al Faisaliah shopping mall, Al Faisaliah Hotel, and Al Faisaliah Suites, and will include the construction of a five-star Al Khozama Hotel, expected to open in 2018.

Al Khozama Management Company is intent on its quest to be Saudi Arabia’s leading hospitality brand, as Hatata has revealed in numerous interviews over the past few years. Hatata joined the firm in 1978, and is a proponent of the company’s diversified business model of owning, investing, and operating.

He has shown keen interest in the company’s expansion across Saudi Arabia — citing Al Khobar and Dammam as targets — as well as further afield, revealing intentions to open Sharia-compliant hotels in the UAE and the Maldives. Although Al Khobar features in the group’s active pipeline, no announcements have been made for the other destinations.

Currently, the company’s management portfolio includes Al Shohada Makkah and Bay La Sun Hotel & Marina in King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah.

Jamal Serhan

CEO and senior vice president, Warwick Hotels and Resorts
Jamal Serhan has spent six years with Warwick Hotels and Resorts as its CEO

Hussein Ali Hatata

Vice president, hospitality division, Al Khozama Management Company
Al Khozama Management Company is intent on its quest to be Saudi Arabia’s leading hospitality brand

Marc Dardenne

Group chief operating officer and interim CEO, Jumeirah Group
Jumeirah has released a statement revealing that “a search for Stefan’s replacement has been initiated and, in the meantime, Marc Dardenne, will run the business

Siegfried Nierhaus

Vice president Middle East, Deutsche Hospitality
Since Nierhaus took over as VP, the operator has expanded to new markets in the region, such as the UAE, Oman, and Tunisia

Rob Weeden

Vice president sales and marketing Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
During his five years in the role, he has witnessed and contributed to the opening of new properties in EMEA

Kamal Fakhoury

Chief executive officer, Cristal Group
The group operates five properties in the Middle East and North Africa currently, and plans to manage seven more in the coming years

Nehme Imad Darwiche

Founder and chief executive officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts
Darwiche's luxury brand is heavily influenced by the Bedouin culture in the Emirates

Mohamed Soussan

Group general manager, Ayla Hotels & Resorts
The Al Ain-based hotel management company currently operates three properties in its home city

Simon Coombs

President and CEO, Shaza Hotels
Saudi Arabia is high on the company’s agenda, with openings planned in Riyadh in 2018 and Jeddah in 2019

Suparat Chirathivat

Vice president business development, Centara Hotels & Resorts
Chirathivat says he is seeking to make Centara “one of largest international hotel groups of Thai origin”

By THE NUMBERS

  • Number of years in the role 12
  • Number of years with the company 39
  • Number of regional operating hotels 6
  • Number of hotels in regional pipeline 3
 

Jamal Serhan

CEO and senior vice president, Warwick Hotels and Resorts
Jamal Serhan has spent six years with Warwick Hotels and Resorts as its CEO

Hussein Ali Hatata

Vice president, hospitality division, Al Khozama Management Company
Al Khozama Management Company is intent on its quest to be Saudi Arabia’s leading hospitality brand

Marc Dardenne

Group chief operating officer and interim CEO, Jumeirah Group
Jumeirah has released a statement revealing that “a search for Stefan’s replacement has been initiated and, in the meantime, Marc Dardenne, will run the business

Siegfried Nierhaus

Vice president Middle East, Deutsche Hospitality
Since Nierhaus took over as VP, the operator has expanded to new markets in the region, such as the UAE, Oman, and Tunisia

Rob Weeden

Vice president sales and marketing Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts
During his five years in the role, he has witnessed and contributed to the opening of new properties in EMEA

Kamal Fakhoury

Chief executive officer, Cristal Group
The group operates five properties in the Middle East and North Africa currently, and plans to manage seven more in the coming years

Nehme Imad Darwiche

Founder and chief executive officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts
Darwiche's luxury brand is heavily influenced by the Bedouin culture in the Emirates

Mohamed Soussan

Group general manager, Ayla Hotels & Resorts
The Al Ain-based hotel management company currently operates three properties in its home city

Simon Coombs

President and CEO, Shaza Hotels
Saudi Arabia is high on the company’s agenda, with openings planned in Riyadh in 2018 and Jeddah in 2019

Suparat Chirathivat

Vice president business development, Centara Hotels & Resorts
Chirathivat says he is seeking to make Centara “one of largest international hotel groups of Thai origin”