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In the past year, Peter Fulton has been busy introducing the Hyatt House and Hyatt Centric brands to the Middle East and North Africa. Fulton tells Hotelier Middle East that the operator aims not to “be the biggest, but the most preferred brand for our associates, guests, and other stakeholders”.

He explains: “Our purpose is to care for people so they can be their best. This is our differentiator and is at the core of all we do, and it sets us apart from the other brands in the region.”

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, and also plans to expand into
Kuwait, Fulton says.

For example, Hyatt Centric – a brand that is aimed at “millennial-minded” travellers, will be arriving in the UAE with Hyatt Centric The Palm Dubai. The property will feature twin 15-storey hotel towers, and will be located at the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah.

The Park Hyatt flag will be raised with a 275-key property in Riyadh, which will boast three restaurants, a lounge, a spa and fitness centre, and 1,450m2 of meeting and events space, complete with a 1,000m2 ballroom.

The Grand Hyatt Kuwait, meanwhile, will feature 261 guestrooms, four dining options, and meeting and events facilities. The Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl will be located in a 47-storey tower situated on the southwest end of the city’s Coastal Boulevard, in Ras Al Akhdar district. And Hyatt Regency will be opening in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and in Aqaba Ayla, Jordan.

As group president – Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Southwest Asia, Fulton is responsible for approximately 5,000 personnel in the GCC. He says he was “fortunate to be the regional leader tasked with changing how we think as a company and how we operate our hotels”.

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

Henk Meyknecht

Chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa, Kempinski Hotels
Meyknecht brings more than 30 years of industry experience, and 10 years of Middle East experience, to his position at Kempinski Hotels in this region

By THE NUMBERS

  • Number of years in the role 5
  • • Number of years with the company 35
  • • Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017 16
  • • Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017 13
 

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

Henk Meyknecht

Chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa, Kempinski Hotels
Meyknecht brings more than 30 years of industry experience, and 10 years of Middle East experience, to his position at Kempinski Hotels in this region