Mohamed Awadalla Mohamed Awadalla

With over a decade under his belt at Time Hotels Management, Mohamed Awadalla has taken the home grown hospitality management company from strength to strength.

Time Hotels currently operates 13 properties in the Middle East and North Africa across three brands: Time Hotels & Resorts, Time Hotels Express, Time Hotel Apartments, and Time Residence.
In April 2018, Time Hotels Management opened its Time Beach Villas Resort in Jeddah, with further openings earmarked for the kingdom.

Later this year, the group will debut its Time Express Hotels brand in Sharjah with the opening of a three-star property in Sharjah.

Given the group’s growth in operating properties Time Hotels has witnessed year-on-year growth of 13%, with profit up 19% as of June 2018

Time Hotels’ impressive growth is matched by a pipeline that is just as impressive– the group currently has 17 properties either signed or in active development, which will add over 2000 rooms to its existing portfolio of 1500 keys.

“We have built our success on providing exceptional service through our friendly and dedicated teams, and a unique collection of market relevant properties providing outstanding value. This will continue to be the basis for Time Hotels’ strategy moving forward,” Awadalla tells Hotelier Middle East.

The mid-market hotel segment will play a big role in Time Hotels’ development plans, Awadalla notes, calling it a “huge growth sector” for the hospitality industry in the region.

He says: “There is massive pent-up demand for new midscale projects and a travelling public for whom a stay in a hotel doesn’t have to mean ultra-luxury, services on tap and room rates to match. We see the growth of the mid-market accommodation bracket in the UAE, and the region, as a potential catalyst for a new wave of visitors who, if they are able to reduce the cost of their hotel stay, would allow them to free up their budget to spend in other areas, from dining and attractions to shopping and excursions.

“Between now and the end of 2020, TIME Hotels will expand its presence in the UAE, and the wider GCC region, with the management of several new mid-market hotels in locations such as Fujairah, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.”

Ignace Bauwens

Regional vice president, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Over the last two years, Bauwens has overseen the group’s portfolio grow by 30%, from 8162 rooms in 2016 to 10,593 rooms today in the Middle East and Africa.

Mohamed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management
Given the group’s growth in operating properties Time Hotels has witnessed year-on-year growth of 13%, with profit up 19% as of June 2018

Simon Casson

President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Over the last year, Casson led the opening of two new properties — the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Al Shaya in November, and the Four Seasons Hotel Tunis in December.

Henk Meyknecht

Chief operating officer Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels
In addition to the new signings, the group also lost one hotel. Kempinski Hotel Ajman was reflagged as the Ajman Hotel, under the Blazon Hotels brand early this year.

Robert Kunkler

Chief operating officer, Minor Hotels
Robert Kunkler, the leadership team have “ambitious plans to further expand Minor’s existing brands in the region and to explore strategic acquisitions with strong joint-venture partners.”

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.

By THE NUMBERS

6 Number of months in role

11 Number of years with company

13 Number of operating hotels

17 Number of Middle East pipeline hotels

 

Ignace Bauwens

Regional vice president, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Over the last two years, Bauwens has overseen the group’s portfolio grow by 30%, from 8162 rooms in 2016 to 10,593 rooms today in the Middle East and Africa.

Mohamed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management
Given the group’s growth in operating properties Time Hotels has witnessed year-on-year growth of 13%, with profit up 19% as of June 2018

Simon Casson

President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Over the last year, Casson led the opening of two new properties — the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Al Shaya in November, and the Four Seasons Hotel Tunis in December.

Henk Meyknecht

Chief operating officer Middle East & Africa, Kempinski Hotels
In addition to the new signings, the group also lost one hotel. Kempinski Hotel Ajman was reflagged as the Ajman Hotel, under the Blazon Hotels brand early this year.

Robert Kunkler

Chief operating officer, Minor Hotels
Robert Kunkler, the leadership team have “ambitious plans to further expand Minor’s existing brands in the region and to explore strategic acquisitions with strong joint-venture partners.”

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.