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Having worked with Hyatt for more than 25 years, Kurt Straub is now responsible for the group’s operations in the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia — a role he took on six months ago.

In his new role, Straub will guide the group as it embarks on its ambitious expansion strategy to double its portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa by 2022.

In 2017, the group said it had a total of 14 new properties in the pipeline for the MENA region across the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Place, and Hyatt House brands, with plans to expand into Kuwait.
The group opened Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl in June, and second property in Jordan — Hyatt Regency Hotel in Aqaba also opened this summer.

In June 2018, the group announced that Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi will be rebranded to Andaz Capital Gate later in the year, marking the brand’s entry in the Middle East for Hyatt.

The group also had reason to celebrate in 2018 when it was named one of the top five companies to work for in the UAE by Great Places to Work. Hyatt was the only hotel group in the top five, and climbed seven places from 12 in last year’s list.

Gabriel Escarrer Jaume

Vice chairman and CEO, Melia Hotels International
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume joined family-run company Meliã over two decades ago and has served as vice chairman and CEO for nine years.

Kurt Straub

Vice president of operations – Middle East, Africa and South West Asia, Hyatt
In his new role, Straub will guide the group as it embarks on its ambitious expansion strategy to double its portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa by 2022.

Vincent Miccolis

Regional general manager, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, The Ascott Limited
As regional general manager, Miccolis has spearheaded The Ascott Limited’s entry into new markets such as Turkey, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.

Amine E. Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels Group MENA
Louvre Hotels relaunched its Golden Tulip brand to cater to millennial travellers.

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.

By THE NUMBERS

6 Number of months in role 

25 Number of years with company 

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

 

Gabriel Escarrer Jaume

Vice chairman and CEO, Melia Hotels International
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume joined family-run company Meliã over two decades ago and has served as vice chairman and CEO for nine years.

Kurt Straub

Vice president of operations – Middle East, Africa and South West Asia, Hyatt
In his new role, Straub will guide the group as it embarks on its ambitious expansion strategy to double its portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa by 2022.

Vincent Miccolis

Regional general manager, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, The Ascott Limited
As regional general manager, Miccolis has spearheaded The Ascott Limited’s entry into new markets such as Turkey, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.

Amine E. Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels Group MENA
Louvre Hotels relaunched its Golden Tulip brand to cater to millennial travellers.

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.