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Starwood veteran Michael Wale joined Kerzner International as CEO in February this year and will oversee the Dubai-based operator’s growth strategy over the coming years.

Amongst the group’s most exciting developments is The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, which is slated for a late 2019 opening. The resort will offer 231 residences and 795 new guest rooms and suites.

When it opens, The Royal Atlantis will join its mammoth, 1,539-room sister property Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, which remains one of the most popular destinations one the island. The hotel reported record occupancy rates of 96% in Q1 of 2018, and is in the middle of a US $100-million refurbishment that began last year.

Another Atlantis property — the $1.6 billion Atlantis Sanya — debuted in China this summer. Kerzner also signed an Atlantis resort in Hawaii. The 800-key Atlantis Ko Aline will be the “most expensive” resort in Hawaii, and will be located near Disney’s Aulani Hotel at Ko
Olina Resort.

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.

However, it’s not all great news — One&Only Al Seef, Bahrain, which was scheduled to open in 2017, and was then pushed to 2018, has now been cancelled, and will operated by Jumeirah Group, Hotelier Middle East has learned.

Another One&Only hotel was announced for Jeddah. However, Kerzner has not provided any further information on the matter and it’s not clear whether the hotel will still go ahead with its original opening schedule of 2019.

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.

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.

By THE NUMBERS

6 Number of months in the role 

6 Number of months with the company 

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

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

 

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.

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.