Vardaraj Shetty

Vardaraj Shetty

Chairman & Managing Worker, Ramee Group of Hotels & Resorts

Ramee Group puts developing five-star hotels at the top of its agenda.

Ramee Group of Hotels & Resorts has come a long way since opening Dubai’s first hotel.

The group, which currently has more than 35 properties across the Middle East and an additional three in development, is an undisputed, home-grown hospitality success story.

According to Shetty, chairman & managing worker, the firm is now “looking at possibilities of opening hotels in Qatar”.

Geographical expansion will go hand-in-hand with plans to compete in the five-star market space and “work for excellence”, he adds.

The hotel and managed apartment operating company, which also has a substantial business in India, is looking to improve its environmental credentials and streamline its business operations in 2015.

“We are trying to make foolproof standard operating procedures, trying to optimise profits and [make] cost savings wherever required without hampering the quality and operational aspects,” says Shetty.

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“I look no further than my father, who gave me values and preached that to come up I have to work hard and give my best”


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Vardaraj Shetty
Chairman & Managing Worker


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