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Rotana recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, having opened in first hotel in 1992.

The group is on track to open 14 properties by the end of 2018, taking the total number of operating hotels to 63. This will see the home-grown hotel operator entering new markets such as Iran and Tanzania.

On his vision for the company, president and CEO Omer Kaddouri says: “My vision for the future of the company is to take forward this legacy and further strengthen its global presence, while also reinforcing Rotana’s position as the biggest hospitality success story from the region”

Staff empowerment is an important aspect of Kaddouri’s job and he has played an instrumental role in the development of TAROT – The Accelerated Refinement of Talent – a Rotana initiative aimed at ambitious college or university students as well as existing team members who Rotana believes will drive the future of the hospitality sector. So far, 98 participants have benefitted from the programme, which is now in its fourth year. Past candidates are now holding leadership positions at Rotana.

In efforts to fulfil Rotana’s responsibility as a home-grown company, Omer is also at the forefront of the company’s ‘Duroob’ programme, which is focused on hiring nationals in every market Rotana operates in. Aimed at students, graduates, and unemployed nationals, the programme matches every individual with suitable openings and, once employed, provides them with hands-on training to hone their skills in various hospitality functions. As a result of the programme, Rotana has increased its local employee base by 4% year-on-year.

Rotana plans to achieve its target of managing 100 properties, by 2020 and double that to over 200 by 2030.

Saudi Arabia tops Rotana’s list of markets for expansion. Three properties are scheduled to open in different cities of the Kingdom by 2018 with an emphasis on its affordable lifestyle hotels brand “Centro by Rotana”.

Rotana is currently working to develop 43 new properties in 26 cities in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey. Once complete, the new properties will add 11,087 rooms to Rotana’s inventory, taking its total number of rooms to 27,841.

Pascal Gauvin

Managing director, India, Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group
IHG debuted InterContinental Resort Fujairah, the first of its brand in the UAE. It also expanded its presence in Cairo with the signing of Crowne Plaza Sheikh Zayed City.

Omer Kaddouri

President & CEO Rotana Hotel Management Corporation
The group is on track to open 14 properties by the end of 2018, taking the total number of operating hotels to 63. This will see the home-grown hotel operator entering new markets such as Iran and Tanzania.

Tim Cordon

Area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey and Africa Radisson Hotel Group
Tim Cordon was appointed the new area senior vice president in November 2017, the youngest area senior vice president in the company’s history

Ali Al Zaabi

President, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Africa
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi has been the prolific head leading Millennium Hotels & Resorts as the president for the last 16 years and in the last year, the self-made Emirati hotelier has made noticeable strides in his efforts to expand the footprint of the company.

Olivier Harnisch

Chief executive officer, Emaar Hospitality Group
Over the last 12 months, Emaar’s focus has been to strengthen the footprint of its existing three main hotel brands – Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts, and Rove Hotels.

Marc Descrozaille

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts president, Middle East & Africa
Marc Descrozaille has paved his way into this year’s Power 50 ranking after taking over as president for Middle East & Africa only nine months ago after Andreas Mattmuller retired from his position as chief operating officer for Mövenpick MEA after 16 years of service in the company.

Kamel Ajami

Vice President, Operations, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & Levant, Hilton
Saudi Arabia has been a key area of focus for Hilton as it is its largest developmental market in the in the region and the company expects to grow from 10 to 40 properties in the country within the next five years.

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.

By THE NUMBERS

4.7 Number of years in role

21 Number of years with company

63 Number of operating hotels in the region as of july 2018

43 Number of East pipeline hotels as of july 2018

 

Pascal Gauvin

Managing director, India, Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group
IHG debuted InterContinental Resort Fujairah, the first of its brand in the UAE. It also expanded its presence in Cairo with the signing of Crowne Plaza Sheikh Zayed City.

Omer Kaddouri

President & CEO Rotana Hotel Management Corporation
The group is on track to open 14 properties by the end of 2018, taking the total number of operating hotels to 63. This will see the home-grown hotel operator entering new markets such as Iran and Tanzania.

Tim Cordon

Area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey and Africa Radisson Hotel Group
Tim Cordon was appointed the new area senior vice president in November 2017, the youngest area senior vice president in the company’s history

Ali Al Zaabi

President, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Africa
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi has been the prolific head leading Millennium Hotels & Resorts as the president for the last 16 years and in the last year, the self-made Emirati hotelier has made noticeable strides in his efforts to expand the footprint of the company.

Olivier Harnisch

Chief executive officer, Emaar Hospitality Group
Over the last 12 months, Emaar’s focus has been to strengthen the footprint of its existing three main hotel brands – Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts, and Rove Hotels.

Marc Descrozaille

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts president, Middle East & Africa
Marc Descrozaille has paved his way into this year’s Power 50 ranking after taking over as president for Middle East & Africa only nine months ago after Andreas Mattmuller retired from his position as chief operating officer for Mövenpick MEA after 16 years of service in the company.

Kamel Ajami

Vice President, Operations, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & Levant, Hilton
Saudi Arabia has been a key area of focus for Hilton as it is its largest developmental market in the in the region and the company expects to grow from 10 to 40 properties in the country within the next five years.

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.