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Omer Kaddouri has seen eight properties open in the last year, taking the number of operating hotels up to 56. Ten agreements have also been signed, keeping a healthy pipeline figure of 49.

In April he told Hotelier: “The next 18 to 24 months are going to be the months of opening hotels. We have 17 hotels to open up between now and the end of 2018. We’re sitting at 56 operating hotels and about 49 to 50 in the pipeline, so we normally keep it at a 50:50 ratio. Our wish is to be stronger in the whole Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and GCC area.”

Hotels opened in the last year include the Downtown Rotana; Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana; the Amman Rotana; Centro Shaheen, Jeddah; Kin Plaza Arjaan, Kinshasa; and the Erbil Arjaan by Rotana. However, Rotana also lost two properties in the last year: the operator and the owner, Dubai International Real Estate (DIRE), mutually agreed to the termination of the agreement for the management of Al Bustan Hotel and Al Murooj Hotel in Dubai in late 2016.

Signed agreements include two in Iran, along with the Cayan Arjaan, Dubai; the Cayan Residences by Rotana, Dubai; the Sharjah Rayhaan; the Sharjah Arjaan; Barsha Heights Rayhaan, Dubai; Rayhaan Al Mouj, Muscat; Sabah Rotana, Dubai; and the Jebel Ali Rotana, Dubai.

Rotana celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, and Kaddouri tells Hotelier that not only will the local operator have achieved its target of managing 100 properties by 2020, but that his vision is to further double that number to more than 200 hotels by 2030.

Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

Founder, president, and CEO, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa
Under Alzaabi’s leadership, development and acquisitions at the company have raced ahead, with 40 new contracts signed in the last 12 months

Omer Kaddouri

President and CEO, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Ltd
Rotana celebrated its 25th anniversary this year

Robert Kunkler

Chief operating officer, Minor Hotels
Minor Hotels now has 14 hotels spanning 2,678 rooms coming up in the years ahead

Kamel Ajami

Vice president operations, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Levant, Hilton
Under his leadership, Hilton’s footprint in KSA and the Levant is set to triple in the region

Amine Moukarzel

President/ partner, Louvre Hotels Group/ Golden Tulip Hotels MENA
His leadership has overseen the overhaul of the core four-star brand, Golden Tulip Hotels

Ignace Bauwens

Wyndham Hotel Group regional vice president, Middle East and Africa
Wyndham has 27 hotels and 6,167 rooms in the MENA pipeline, while already operating 49 hotels and 8,528 rooms in the region

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

By THE NUMBERS

  • Number of years in the role 3.5
  • Number of years with the company 20
  • Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017 56
  • Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017 49
 

Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

Founder, president, and CEO, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East and Africa
Under Alzaabi’s leadership, development and acquisitions at the company have raced ahead, with 40 new contracts signed in the last 12 months

Omer Kaddouri

President and CEO, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation Ltd
Rotana celebrated its 25th anniversary this year

Robert Kunkler

Chief operating officer, Minor Hotels
Minor Hotels now has 14 hotels spanning 2,678 rooms coming up in the years ahead

Kamel Ajami

Vice president operations, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Levant, Hilton
Under his leadership, Hilton’s footprint in KSA and the Levant is set to triple in the region

Amine Moukarzel

President/ partner, Louvre Hotels Group/ Golden Tulip Hotels MENA
His leadership has overseen the overhaul of the core four-star brand, Golden Tulip Hotels

Ignace Bauwens

Wyndham Hotel Group regional vice president, Middle East and Africa
Wyndham has 27 hotels and 6,167 rooms in the MENA pipeline, while already operating 49 hotels and 8,528 rooms in the region

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