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Another new entrant on this year’s list, Jose Silva, joined Jumeirah Group in March this year, replacing interim CEO Marc Dardenne, who was filling in after Stefan Leser left the group after a year as CEO.

Despite the management shake-up, the homegrown hospitality group carried on with its expansion plans, launching new brand Zabeel House by Jumeirah in February this year. Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah and Zabeel House by Jumeirah, both opened in the Al Seef district of Dubai earlier this year.

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.

The group currently has 18 properties in the pipeline, six of which are slated to open in the Middle East.

Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah, Dubai is scheduled to open in September 2018. Two new hotels in Abu Dhabi — Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa and Jumeirah Saadiyat Island — will open in Q4 of 2018. Zabeel House by Jumeirah — The Greens, Dubai is also scheduled to open by the end of 2018. Further afield, Jumeirah Muscat Bay, Oman and Jabel Omar Jumeirah in Makkah are both scheduled to open in 2019.

Since joining the Jumeirah Group, Silva has also unveiled a new F&B strategy, tapping Michelin Restaurant and Hotel Guides executive Michael Ellis as the group’s new new chief culinary officer to oversee new restaurant concepts and refresh existing outlets.

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.

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.

By THE NUMBERS

5 Number of months in role 

5 Number of months with company 

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

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

 

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.

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.