Ziad El Chaar

Ziad El Chaar

Managing Director, Damac Hotels & Resorts

Damac’s Ziad El Chaar replaces Shaun Langdon on the Power 50 list, as he bids to guide the firm’s surge into the hospitality sector.

Just three years after the launch of the company’s hospitality arm, Damac Hotels & Resorts has five operational hotel apartment buildings, and 10,000 units confirmed in the pipeline, with many more under negotiation. At the helm of parent company Damac Properties is managing director El Chaar, who has been the driving force behind the hospitality division’s successful launch.

The firm’s aggressive expansion saw Damac Maison The Vogue, and the debut property of new brand Naia Hotels & Resorts, Naia Breeze, added to the collection at the end of March. These contributed 500 rooms to the existing portfolio, which comprised the December-launched Damac Maison Cour Jardin; Damac Maison Canal Views, which made its debut in October last year; and the original Damac Maison Dubai Mall Street, which opened its doors in December 2013.

Fun Fact

Ziad El Chaar graduated with a degree in biology in 1990.


Rudi Jagersbacher
President, Middle East & Africa
Alex Kyriakidis
President & Managing Director, Middle East & Africa
Christophe Landais
Chief Operating Officer
Guido De Wilde
Senior Vice President and Regional Director Middle East
Pascal Gauvin
Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and Africa
Omer Z. Kaddouri
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Gerald Lawless
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Ziad El Chaar
Managing Director
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Dr Badr Al Badr
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Anton Bawab
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Thierry Douin
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Hussein Ali Hatata
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Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla
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Rob Weeden
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