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Ajman-based R Hotels marked its 10th anniversary in 2018. The group possesses the largest room inventory in the emirate, and under managing director Sumair Tariq’s leadership, R Hotels has grown from two properties in 2010 to seven operational hotels across the UAE today.

R Hotels has established and furthered partnerships with the biggest hotel groups in the world and, under franchise agreements, it has been responsible for bringing four new hotel brands into the UAE.
In Dubai, the group marked its first partnership with AccorHotels in 2015, with the opening of the first Ibis Styles hotel, located in Jumeirah. In 2013, under a franchise agreement with Wyndham Hotel Group, R Hotels introduced the first Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in the UAE, situated at Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Its latest property, Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche, which opened in April 2018, was the first Wyndham Garden branded hotel in the UAE. The group also opened the first holistic wellness resort in the region — The Retreat Palm Dubai M Gallery by Sofitel — in December 2017, through a franchise agreement with AccorHotels. The beachfront resort is designed with natural elements, earth tones and guided by Feng Shui. Central to the resort is the Rayya Wellness Centre, and Dubai Health Authority-endorsed wellness experts — including lifestyle coaches and nutritionists, a wellness chef, and a doctor of naturopathy – are on hand.

Looking ahead, the group is eyeing expansion outside the UAE, including markets such as the United Kingdom as it seeks to diversify its portfolio. R Hotels is also exploring the possibility of being a listed company in the future, Tariq reveals.

R Hotels also has a strong corporate social responsibility mandate. The group’s hotels are all actively involved in various sustainability and charitable initiatives. The group has established partnerships with various organisations such as Emirates Red Crescent, Dubai Centre for Special Needs, and Friends of Cancer Patients. Through these activities, R Hotels is keen to “encourage businesses and lead the industry in reaching out to and creating a positive impact in the community”, Tariq says.

Jamal Serhan

CEO and senior vice president, Warwick Hotels and Resorts
Responsible for 1,800 staff in the MENA region, Serhan previously told Hotelier Middle East he believes his priority is to help people develop their skills, empowering and leading by example.

Sumair Tariq

Managing director, R Hotels
Ajman-based R Hotels marked its 10th anniversary in 2018. The group possesses the largest room inventory in the emirate, and under managing director Sumair Tariq’s leadership, R Hotels has grown from two properties in 2010 to seven operational hotels across the UAE today.

Simon Coombs

President and CEO, Shaza Hotels
After a quiet 2017, Shaza Hotels has ramped up its plans for the regions, signing several new hotels in the GCC this year and adding to its stable of operational hotels.

Aboudi Asali

Chief executive officer, Hospitality Management Holdings
Also adding to its portfolio, HMH took over management of the 337-room Coral Al Barsha in October 2017, and opened the 403-key Coral Medina in Saudi Arabia in recent months.

Mohamed Soussan

Group general manager, Ayla Hotels & Resorts Management Company
The group is also meant to open its first hotel in Djibouti

Ammar Kanaan

Group general manager, Central Hotels
A new entry on the list, Ammar Kanaan oversees Central Hotels’ properties in the UAE.

Fadi Mazkour

Co-founder & regional director branding and business development, MENA Hotels & Resorts
Over the new few years, the group is set to double its footprint, with seven hotels in the pipeline, which will add 916 new rooms to MENA Hotels’ portfolio.

Kamal Simon Fakhoury

Chief executive officer, Cristal Group
CEO Kamal Simon Fakhoury has led the group’s expansion in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Aly Shariff

Chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels
The group is gearing up to open three new hotels in the final quarter of 2018 — one in Ras Al Khaimah and two in Dubai.

Hatem Gasmi

Founder and managing director, Auris Group of Hotels
It’s been a quiet few years for the group, with no new hotels signed or opened since at least 2015, based on Hotelier Middle East’s research.

By THE NUMBERS

8 Number of years in role

11 Number of years with company

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

2 Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of july 2018

 

Jamal Serhan

CEO and senior vice president, Warwick Hotels and Resorts
Responsible for 1,800 staff in the MENA region, Serhan previously told Hotelier Middle East he believes his priority is to help people develop their skills, empowering and leading by example.

Sumair Tariq

Managing director, R Hotels
Ajman-based R Hotels marked its 10th anniversary in 2018. The group possesses the largest room inventory in the emirate, and under managing director Sumair Tariq’s leadership, R Hotels has grown from two properties in 2010 to seven operational hotels across the UAE today.

Simon Coombs

President and CEO, Shaza Hotels
After a quiet 2017, Shaza Hotels has ramped up its plans for the regions, signing several new hotels in the GCC this year and adding to its stable of operational hotels.

Aboudi Asali

Chief executive officer, Hospitality Management Holdings
Also adding to its portfolio, HMH took over management of the 337-room Coral Al Barsha in October 2017, and opened the 403-key Coral Medina in Saudi Arabia in recent months.

Mohamed Soussan

Group general manager, Ayla Hotels & Resorts Management Company
The group is also meant to open its first hotel in Djibouti

Ammar Kanaan

Group general manager, Central Hotels
A new entry on the list, Ammar Kanaan oversees Central Hotels’ properties in the UAE.

Fadi Mazkour

Co-founder & regional director branding and business development, MENA Hotels & Resorts
Over the new few years, the group is set to double its footprint, with seven hotels in the pipeline, which will add 916 new rooms to MENA Hotels’ portfolio.

Kamal Simon Fakhoury

Chief executive officer, Cristal Group
CEO Kamal Simon Fakhoury has led the group’s expansion in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Aly Shariff

Chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels
The group is gearing up to open three new hotels in the final quarter of 2018 — one in Ras Al Khaimah and two in Dubai.

Hatem Gasmi

Founder and managing director, Auris Group of Hotels
It’s been a quiet few years for the group, with no new hotels signed or opened since at least 2015, based on Hotelier Middle East’s research.