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Having only entered the Middle East market in 2014, Warwick Hotels and Resorts currently operates 12 hotels, with another two in the pipeline in countries such as the UAE, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Moving forward, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon are key destinations in
Warwick Hotels and Resorts’ expansion plans.

Earlier this year, the group announced it would open seven new hotels in Saudi Arabia during the first half of the year. These include: Al Hamra Palace by Warwick, Dabab Hotel by Warwick, Makeen Homes by Warwick, Warwick Riyadh; four luxury hotels situated in the capital, Salsabil by Warwick and Salsabil Residence by Warwick in Jeddah and Warwick Al Khobar on Corniche Road.

In 2016, the group (formally called Warwick International Hotels) completed a company-wide rebranding exercise that introduced a new company identity and logo.

Additionally, the group also streamlined its staff uniforms, guest room collaterals, colour schemes, communication materials, signage, and staff training programmes.

Serhan, with 35 years of experience under his belt, plans to “create a very strong brand for our company across the globe, especially in the MENA region, and develop a great team that makes a difference in the industry”.

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.

He said: “I am [at the top] in this position, however, I strive to learn and find new ways to operate.”

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.

Sumair Tariq

Managing director, R Hotels
Ajman-based R Hotels marked its 10th anniversary in 2018. The group possesses the largest room inventory in the emirate, and under managing director Sumair Tariq’s leadership, R Hotels has grown from two properties in 2010 to seven operational hotels across the UAE today.

Simon Coombs

President and CEO, Shaza Hotels
After a quiet 2017, Shaza Hotels has ramped up its plans for the regions, signing several new hotels in the GCC this year and adding to its stable of operational hotels.

Aboudi Asali

Chief executive officer, Hospitality Management Holdings
Also adding to its portfolio, HMH took over management of the 337-room Coral Al Barsha in October 2017, and opened the 403-key Coral Medina in Saudi Arabia in recent months.

Mohamed Soussan

Group general manager, Ayla Hotels & Resorts Management Company
The group is also meant to open its first hotel in Djibouti

Ammar Kanaan

Group general manager, Central Hotels
A new entry on the list, Ammar Kanaan oversees Central Hotels’ properties in the UAE.

Fadi Mazkour

Co-founder & regional director branding and business development, MENA Hotels & Resorts
Over the new few years, the group is set to double its footprint, with seven hotels in the pipeline, which will add 916 new rooms to MENA Hotels’ portfolio.

Kamal Simon Fakhoury

Chief executive officer, Cristal Group
CEO Kamal Simon Fakhoury has led the group’s expansion in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Aly Shariff

Chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels
The group is gearing up to open three new hotels in the final quarter of 2018 — one in Ras Al Khaimah and two in Dubai.

By THE NUMBERS

7 Number of years in role

28 Number of years with company

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

2 Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July2018

 

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.

Sumair Tariq

Managing director, R Hotels
Ajman-based R Hotels marked its 10th anniversary in 2018. The group possesses the largest room inventory in the emirate, and under managing director Sumair Tariq’s leadership, R Hotels has grown from two properties in 2010 to seven operational hotels across the UAE today.

Simon Coombs

President and CEO, Shaza Hotels
After a quiet 2017, Shaza Hotels has ramped up its plans for the regions, signing several new hotels in the GCC this year and adding to its stable of operational hotels.

Aboudi Asali

Chief executive officer, Hospitality Management Holdings
Also adding to its portfolio, HMH took over management of the 337-room Coral Al Barsha in October 2017, and opened the 403-key Coral Medina in Saudi Arabia in recent months.

Mohamed Soussan

Group general manager, Ayla Hotels & Resorts Management Company
The group is also meant to open its first hotel in Djibouti

Ammar Kanaan

Group general manager, Central Hotels
A new entry on the list, Ammar Kanaan oversees Central Hotels’ properties in the UAE.

Fadi Mazkour

Co-founder & regional director branding and business development, MENA Hotels & Resorts
Over the new few years, the group is set to double its footprint, with seven hotels in the pipeline, which will add 916 new rooms to MENA Hotels’ portfolio.

Kamal Simon Fakhoury

Chief executive officer, Cristal Group
CEO Kamal Simon Fakhoury has led the group’s expansion in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Aly Shariff

Chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels
The group is gearing up to open three new hotels in the final quarter of 2018 — one in Ras Al Khaimah and two in Dubai.