Nehme Imad Darwiche Nehme Imad Darwiche

Jannah Hotels & Resorts’ founder and CEO Nehme Imad Darwiche has ambitious plans for the group to hit 33 properties open or in the pipeline by 2020. However, the group’s portfolio seems to have taken a hit this year, going from 16 operational properties in 2017 to seven this year. The group’s pipeline has also gone from seven hotels in 2017 to only two, based on information provided for this year’s ranking.

Darwiche launched Jannah Hotels & Resorts in 2013, and properties in the group’s current portfolio include Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Jannah Place Abu Dhabi, Jannah Marina Bay Suites, Jannah Place Dubai Marina, and the Jannah Resort & Villas Ras Al Khaimah. Upcoming properties include Jannah Residences City Centre Abu Dhabi, Jannah Creek Dubai, and Jannah Ras Al Khor, Sharjah.

In May 2017, the group announced it would build and operate Sharjah’s tallest tower, Jannah Ras Al Khor. It was also reported in August 2016 that Jannah was on an expansion drive, with plans to add three new properties in the UAE by 2018, although no update on this was provided to Hotelier

Anthony Ross

Chief executive officer, JA Resorts & Hotels
However, while JA had previously revealed limited information about a 20-villa property, no further information was provided to Hotelier, and the hotel seems to have been dropped from the group’s pipeline.

Nehme Imad Darwiche

Founder and chief executive officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts
Darwiche launched Jannah Hotels & Resorts in 2013, and properties in the group’s current portfolio include Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Jannah Place Abu Dhabi, Jannah Marina Bay Suites, Jannah Place Dubai Marina, and the Jannah Resort & Villas Ras Al Khaimah.

Cenk Unverdi

Cluster general manager – Dubai hotels, Rixos The Palm & Rixos Premium
Unverdi has been with Rixos for over a decade now, starting out in finance, business administration and F&B at Rixos President Astana.

Philippe Harb

Chief operating officer and partner, One to One Hotels & Resorts
One to One hinted at adding two more Ras Al Khaimah poroperties to its portfolio in 2018

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief executive officer, Seven Tides
Seven Tides had also revealed to Hotelier in March 2017 that it was working on a new resort plan that would be launched on Dubai’s World Islands

Jaydeep Anand

Chief operating officer, Five Hotels and Resorts
The group is set to add to its portfolio this year with a Jumeirah Village Circle hotel, which has been earmarked for a Q4 2018 opening.

Abdullatif Kabbara

Corporate office general manager, Somewhere Hotels
Somewhere Hotels was established in 2013

Sir Rocco Forte

Founder and chairman, Rocco Forte Hotels
Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 11 individual landmark luxury hotels and resorts, predominantly in European locations.

By THE NUMBERS

3.5 Number of years in role

3.5 Number of years with company 

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

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

 

Anthony Ross

Chief executive officer, JA Resorts & Hotels
However, while JA had previously revealed limited information about a 20-villa property, no further information was provided to Hotelier, and the hotel seems to have been dropped from the group’s pipeline.

Nehme Imad Darwiche

Founder and chief executive officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts
Darwiche launched Jannah Hotels & Resorts in 2013, and properties in the group’s current portfolio include Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Jannah Place Abu Dhabi, Jannah Marina Bay Suites, Jannah Place Dubai Marina, and the Jannah Resort & Villas Ras Al Khaimah.

Cenk Unverdi

Cluster general manager – Dubai hotels, Rixos The Palm & Rixos Premium
Unverdi has been with Rixos for over a decade now, starting out in finance, business administration and F&B at Rixos President Astana.

Philippe Harb

Chief operating officer and partner, One to One Hotels & Resorts
One to One hinted at adding two more Ras Al Khaimah poroperties to its portfolio in 2018

Abdulla Bin Sulayem

Chief executive officer, Seven Tides
Seven Tides had also revealed to Hotelier in March 2017 that it was working on a new resort plan that would be launched on Dubai’s World Islands

Jaydeep Anand

Chief operating officer, Five Hotels and Resorts
The group is set to add to its portfolio this year with a Jumeirah Village Circle hotel, which has been earmarked for a Q4 2018 opening.

Abdullatif Kabbara

Corporate office general manager, Somewhere Hotels
Somewhere Hotels was established in 2013

Sir Rocco Forte

Founder and chairman, Rocco Forte Hotels
Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 11 individual landmark luxury hotels and resorts, predominantly in European locations.