Sumair Tariq, Managing Director, R Hotels Sumair Tariq, Managing Director, R Hotels

31. Sumair Tariq, Managing Director, R Hotels

R Hotels is set to grow beyond the UAE, with Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom in Sumair Tariq’s sights

R Hotels managing director Sumair Tariq aims to make the company one of the top performing hospitality groups in the region, and to be recognised as one of the best hospitality companies to work for in the Middle East.

In addition to growing the portfolio in the UAE as well as growing the team, R Hotels, under Tariq, seeks to expand its presence in other regional cities including Jeddah and Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in London, United Kingdom.

Tariq says: “Together with the senior management team, we make sure we look after the welfare of our teams. With the growing number of hotels and the opportunities that come with the developments, we know that our people will remain as the core of our business and we continuously look for ways to provide them with personal and professional growth. We provide our employees with career growth opportunities within the group, and invest on training and physical well-being through various sports initiatives.”

R Hotels capped off 2015 with an average occupancy of 86% for all five properties. The group’s revenue was up by 6% from 2014, with almost 300,000 room nights sold. For the first half of 2016, the firm’s occupancy figures stand at 85%.

“We are on track to open the first holistic health and wellness resort and spa in Palm Jumeirah by April 2017, as well as another hotel at Ajman Corniche. We are currently reviewing two hotels for acquisition, and we are consistently seeking new properties to manage, in order to enhance our market presence in the UAE and Middle East region,” adds Tariq.

By the numbers

6 Number of years in the role
9 Number of years with company
5 Number of Middle East operating hotels
4 Number of Middle East pipeline hotels

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