Aqeel Raees
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Aqeel Raees

chief executive officer, Gulf Hotel Group

Having first joined the Gulf Hotel, Bahrain in 1974 as a management trainee, Aqeel Raes has spent the last 39 years working his way up to the position of CEO in what has now become a multinational hotel group.

Since taking on the role of chief executive in 2002, Raees has been in charge of handling the development of the Ocean Paradise Resort in Zanzibar, of which the Gulf Hotel Group has a 10% stake, as well as the K Hotel Bahrain. Looking to the future, Raaes will oversee the opening of two new hotels: the Gulf Hotel Dubai and the Gulf Residence Amwaj, which is due to open before the end of 2014.

Raees has particular pride at having witnessed The Gulf Hotel, Bahrain grow phenomenally over the years, with turnover increasing twofold and profit having quadrupled over the last 10 years.

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