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Dubai hospitality newcomer, Roda Hotels & Resorts, is a Hotelier Middle East Power 50 newcomer as well.

The company, which started four years ago as the hospitality arm of Dubai International Real Estate (DIRE), has expanded fairly rapidly since its inception.

In November, Rotana and DIRE mutually agreed to the termination of the management agreement of Al Bustan Hotel and Al Murooj Hotel in Dubai, effective from 1 January, 2017. In December 2016, the owners of the two properties appointed Roda Hotels & Resorts, which at the time was relatively untested within the UAE hospitality industry, to take over the management.

Prior to taking the role as Roda Hotels & Resorts’ CEO, Imad Elias’ extensive hospitality career included serving as general manager, regional director, vice president, and chief operating officer for Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Rotana Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East.

With a total of six hotels currently operational, Roda has ambitious growth plans. Nine new hotels and approximately 4,500 room keys are in the pipeline at the moment.

Elias explains to Hotelier that Roda’s ultimate vision is to ensure that the company succeeds in reaching its goals through a combination of “efficient and streamlined operational services”.

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

Baran Turkel

Managing director, Turkey, Middle East, and Central Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Best Western plans to expand with nine more hotels — with 1,238 more rooms — in the region

Hatem Gasmi

Founder and managing director, Auris Group of Hotels
The Auris Group of Hotels has already mapped out new development projects in Jordan, Sudan, and Tunisia

By THE NUMBERS

  • Number of years in the role 4
  • Number of years with company 4
  • Number of regional operating hotels: 6 Number of regional pipeline hotels 9
 

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

Baran Turkel

Managing director, Turkey, Middle East, and Central Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Best Western plans to expand with nine more hotels — with 1,238 more rooms — in the region

Hatem Gasmi

Founder and managing director, Auris Group of Hotels
The Auris Group of Hotels has already mapped out new development projects in Jordan, Sudan, and Tunisia