Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

president and CEO, Millennium & Copthorne Middle East and Africa

Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, Alzaabi set up the Middle East arm of Millennium & Copthorne in 2001, following a position as deputy director general of Abu Dhabi National Hotels.

Since then, he has been pioneering private enterprise within the international hotel operating firm and securing future growth, despite competition from larger global hotel chains.

A prestigious hotel owner too through various separate ventures, Alzaabi is committed to delivering his vision for Millennium & Copthorne: to reach 100 hotels by 2020.

Last year was a record year for new signings, with 3000 rooms joining the portfolio. With 15 hotels now open and a confirmed pipeline of 30, he is now focused on consolidating the company — evidenced in a recent move of its headquarters to Dubai — and building brand equity and awareness.

“In the same time, we have taken strategic initiatives at both a regional and global level in order to achieve our objective of over 100 hotels or 25,000 rooms for the region of Middle East & Africa by 2020. We remain confident on our current track and we essentially foresee our region becoming not only the growing engine but also the leading example in best practices within Millennium Hotels & Resorts worldwide,” he says.

“Our constant growth results from our vision to become one of the leading hotel companies in the region. We have started very late compared to other international operators but facts show that Millennium Hotels & Resorts is already reaching the inventory of competitive brands that have been here for much longer,” he says.

Expansion is largely focused in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and emerging markets such as Iraq, with Copthorne Baranan in Sulaimaniah, Millennium Jordan in Amman and Copthorne Sharjah among recent openings.


Rudi Jagersbacher
Pascal Gauvin
chief operating officer, India, Middle East And Africa
Guido de wilde
senior vice president and regional director - Middle East
Alex Kyriakidis
president, Middle East & Africa
Christophe Landais
managing director
Selim El Zyr
president & CEO
Gerald Lawless
president and group CEO
Bani Haddad
regional vice president for the Middle East and Africa
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi
president and CEO
Amine E. Moukarzel
president, president
Pascal Duchauffour
area vice president EMEA
Ulrich T. Eckhardt
president Middle East & Africa
Simon Casson
regional vice president and GM
Andreas Mattmuller
chief operating officer
Josef Kufer
chief operating officer
Sami Nasser
senior vice president, operations, Middle East, Africa and India
Peter Fulton
group president
Mark Willis
area vice president for the Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa
Michel Noblet
president & founding partner
Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla
chief executive officer
Mahmoud Mokhtar
vice president of operations for KSA
David Thomson
chief operating officer
Jiri Kobos
vice-president operations
Glenn de Souza
vice president for international operations - Asia and Middle East
Moritz Klein
GM, Area GM
Anton Bawab
regional president
Paul Arnold
vice president of development, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Raj Shetty
chairman & managing worker
Ziad Al Chaar
managing director
Magdi Samman
regional director of operations & development
Sultan B. Al Otaibi
general manager
Simon Coombs
president & CEO
Mohammed H. Arkobi
vice president & managing director
Fadi Mazkour
managing director hotel division
Darroch Crawford
managing director
Hussein Ali Hatata
vice president — hospitality division
Peter Blackburn
president & CEO
Russel Sharpe
chief operating officer
Tarek el Sherif
managing director
Serge Zaalof
president/managing director
Aqeel Raees
chief executive officer
Dr Ali Kasapbashi
group general manager
Hatem Gasmi
founder and managing director
Anders Dimblad
area general manager
Horsten Ries
managing director
Patrick De Groot
general manager
Rupprecht Queitsch
General manager


Millennium & Copthorne hotels open in Middle East
Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East
Millennium & Copthorne hotels opened in past 12 months
3, with six more in final negotiation
No. of Middle East Millennium & Copthorne hotels signed in past 12 months
No. of Middle East Millennium & Copthorne hotels due to open by end 2014
Years in hospitality
Years in Middle East

From social media