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.