Dubai stalwart David Thomson makes a return to the Power 50 after president and CEO Kevin Wallace’s departure from the group.
Thomson started his career with what we now know as JA Resorts & Hotels back in 2001 as director of sales and marketing, then GM of Jebel Ali Golf Resort in Dubai, before being appointed regional general manager in 2010.
A core pillar of Dubai’s hotel community, he was promoted to chief operating officer in 2012 having been instrumental in the JA Resorts & Hotels rebrand.
JA Resorts & Hotels has been operating properties in the UAE market for 30 years and has five operational properties: JA Palm Tree Court, JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel, JA Ocean View Hotel, JA Oasis Beach Tower and Hatta Fort Hotel.
The group opened its first international property, the Enchanted Island Resort in the Seychelles this year, paving the way for further international expansion in Asia, the Indian Ocean and East Africa.