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As the chief executive officer of UAE-headquartered property developer giant Emaar’s hospitality group, Olivier Harnisch has enjoyed a busy five months since his appointment.

Earlier this month, it emerged that Emaar has 6,310 hotel rooms in its pipeline, with Vida Dubai Mall being the latest hotel project to be announced.

Emaar Hospitality Group has big plans. It is expanding its portfolio, with 27 upcoming projects already announced in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and Turkey. The group also plans to introduce its brands in key gateway cities and tourist destinations in Europe, the Middle East, India, and China.

Emaar completed a dizzying array of UAE projects between July 2016 and July 2017, including the Address Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, and three of the four operational hotels under the Rove Hotels brand, including Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City, and Rove Trade Centre. It has also announced the first Address Hotels + Resorts hotel in Saudi Arabia, Jabal Omar Address Makkah. This is in addition to plans to complete 10 Rove Hotels in Dubai by 2020.

While Harnisch has completed half a decade in the region, Emaar’s new CEO boasts an impressive total of 30 years’ hospitality industry experience.

According to Harnisch, who is responsible for a total of 4,000 employees across the group, the first quarter of 2017 saw Emaar’s hospitality revenue alone grow by 8% from January to March, to AED 437m (US $119m) from AED 406m ($111m) in the same period in 2016. Gross profit increased by 39%, from AED 158m ($43m) in Q1 2016 to AED 219m ($60m) in Q1 2017. Address-branded hotels under the Emaar Hospitality Group recorded an average occupancy of 92% during Q1 2017, which Harnisch adds is higher than the industry average.

Harnisch’s vision for the future of the company is to “set strong global roots”.

Sami Nasser

COO luxury brands, AccorHotels Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean
More than 30 properties are under development, which will add a further 9,000 hotel rooms to the group’s luxury upscale segment by 2021

Olivier Harnisch

CEO, Emaar Hospitality Group
Emaar’s new CEO boasts an impressive total of 30 years’ hospitality industry experience

Peter Fulton

Group president – Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Southwest Asia, Hyatt International
Hyatt has a total of 13 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

Hussain Sajwani

Chairman of Damac Properties / Damac Hotels & Resorts
The company has five hotels and 2,000 rooms in operation, and 26 pipeline properties

Simon Casson

President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Casson has led the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, and the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief executive officer, Dur Hospitality
Dur Hospitality boasts a portfolio of more than 20 projects and properties worth SAR 2.4bn (US $640m) in the pipeline

Antoine El Sayegh

President, Gloria Hotels & Resorts
Sayegh and his team secured a number of hotel deals for the Gloria Hotel brand pipeline, including three in Dubai

Imad Elias

CEO, Roda Hotels & Resorts
With a total of six hotels currently operational, Roda has ambitious growth plans

Vincent Miccolis

Country general manager, Middle East and Turkey, The Ascott Limited
During the last 12 months, Miccolis and his team have been busy with properties all over the region, installing pre-opening teams where needed

Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management LLC
With a decade under his belt at the company, the business is moving from strength to strength in the hospitality industry

By THE NUMBERS

  • Number of months in the role 5
  • Number of months with the company 5
  • Number of operating hotels in the Region 14
  • Number of pipeline hotels in the region 27
 

Sami Nasser

COO luxury brands, AccorHotels Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean
More than 30 properties are under development, which will add a further 9,000 hotel rooms to the group’s luxury upscale segment by 2021

Olivier Harnisch

CEO, Emaar Hospitality Group
Emaar’s new CEO boasts an impressive total of 30 years’ hospitality industry experience

Peter Fulton

Group president – Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Southwest Asia, Hyatt International
Hyatt has a total of 13 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

Hussain Sajwani

Chairman of Damac Properties / Damac Hotels & Resorts
The company has five hotels and 2,000 rooms in operation, and 26 pipeline properties

Simon Casson

President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Casson has led the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, and the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief executive officer, Dur Hospitality
Dur Hospitality boasts a portfolio of more than 20 projects and properties worth SAR 2.4bn (US $640m) in the pipeline

Antoine El Sayegh

President, Gloria Hotels & Resorts
Sayegh and his team secured a number of hotel deals for the Gloria Hotel brand pipeline, including three in Dubai

Imad Elias

CEO, Roda Hotels & Resorts
With a total of six hotels currently operational, Roda has ambitious growth plans

Vincent Miccolis

Country general manager, Middle East and Turkey, The Ascott Limited
During the last 12 months, Miccolis and his team have been busy with properties all over the region, installing pre-opening teams where needed

Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla

Chief executive officer, Time Hotels Management LLC
With a decade under his belt at the company, the business is moving from strength to strength in the hospitality industry