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With two operational hotels and four more in the pipeline, Ranjit Phillipose is directing IHCL's Taj Hotels through its expansion strategy in the UAE and Africa.

This year, the group will open another Taj property in Dubai's JLT district. Expected to be completed by the end of 2018 or Q1 2019, the hotel will feature 200 rooms.

A third Taj property — Taj property on Palm Jumeirah — is scheduled to open in 2019, and will comprise 325 rooms and suites. Earlier this year, IHCL also announced it has signed its first project in Saudi Arabia — a Taj hotel in Makkah — which will open in January 2023.

While overseeing the group’s expansion in the region, Phillipose is also juggling his role as general manager of Taj Dubai, the only operational Taj property in the UAE at the moment.

“As area director UAE & Africa, I am aggressively seeking development opportunities to grow the Taj brand in UAE and Africa. At the same time, as general manager of Taj Dubai, I relentlessly seek to improve the welfare and performance of my team,” Phillipose tells Hotelier Middle East.

Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi

Executive chairman, The Oberoi Group
The group currently operates four hotels in the region — The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh in Egypt; The Oberoi, Madina in Saudi Arabia, The Oberoi, Dubai; and The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zohra, which opened in Ajman in April last year.

Ranjit Phillipose

Area director – UAE & Africa, and general manager Taj Dubai, Indian Hotels Company Limited
This year, the group will open another Taj property in Dubai's JLT. Expected to be completed by the end of October 2018 or Q1 2019, the hotel will feature 200 rooms.

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.

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Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi

Executive chairman, The Oberoi Group
The group currently operates four hotels in the region — The Oberoi, Sahl Hasheesh in Egypt; The Oberoi, Madina in Saudi Arabia, The Oberoi, Dubai; and The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zohra, which opened in Ajman in April last year.

Ranjit Phillipose

Area director – UAE & Africa, and general manager Taj Dubai, Indian Hotels Company Limited
This year, the group will open another Taj property in Dubai's JLT. Expected to be completed by the end of October 2018 or Q1 2019, the hotel will feature 200 rooms.

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.