Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

president and CEO, Millennium and Copthorne MiddleEast

With 11 hotels open and 45 upcoming, Millennium & Copthorne Middle East has one of the largest pipelines in the region thanks to the leadership of Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, who established the business just 11 years ago.

Over the past year, the company has opened two hotels — Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai and Kingsgate Hotel Doha — and signed nine more, including Millennium branded properties in Muscat and Mecca and a Grand Millennium in Riyadh.

In total, the company expects to open 13 hotels in the next 12 months. Lakhraim’s next big focus is Iraq, where three hotels are planned to open in Sulaimaniah by September 2013, two under the Copthorne brand and one five-star Grand Millennium.

Among the operating hotels, Grand Millennium Dubai deserves a special mention: it was number one in a guest satisfaction matrix conducted across 41 Millennium & Copthorne hotels worldwide.


Gerald Lawless
president and group CEO
Rudi Jagersbacher
area president Middle East and Africa
Guido De Wilde
senior vice president and regional director - Middle East
Selim El Zyr
co-founder, president and CEO
Alex Kyriakidis
president and managing director – Middle East and Africa
Christophe Landais
managing director
Pascal Gauvin
chief operating officer for India, the Middle East and Africa
Michel Noblet
chief executive officer
Amine E. Moukarzel
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi
president and CEO
Bani Haddad
regional vice president Middle East and africa
Sami Nasser
VP Operations, GM
Mark Willis
area vice president for the Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa
Pascal Duchauffour
area vice president, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Peter Fulton
managing director
David Roberts
executive vice president Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa
Ulrich T. Eckhardt
president, Middle East and Africa,
Simon P Casson
regional vice president and general manager
Fadi Mazkour
regional director, founder
Mohammed H. Arkobi
VP and MD
Hussein Ali Hatata
vice president - hotels division
Kevin Wallace
president and CEO
Ziyad Bin Mahfouz
Sultan B. Al Otaibi
general manager
Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla
chief executive officer
Raj Shetty
chairman and managing worker
Magdi Samman
regional director of operations & development
Glenn De Souza
VP Int'l operations - Asia and the Middle East
Simon Coombs
president and chief executive officer
Hatem Gasmi
founder, managing director
Michel Koopman
director of operations - Middle East, general manager
Serge Zaalof
president / managing director
Peter Blackburn
president and chief executive officer
Mohamed Awadalla
area vice president
Darroch Crawford
managing director
Tarek El Sherif
managing director
Carl Henderson
general manager
Dr Ali Kasapbashi
group general manager
Shuja Zaidi
general manager, vice president of projects
Bernhard Haechler
vice president/general manager
Jiri Kobos
vice president operations
Samir Daqqaq
senior vice president, development, Middle East and Africa
Paul Arnold
vice president development - Europe, Middle East & Africa
Abdin Nasralla,
vice president
Anton Bawab
regional president
Anders Dimblad
area general manager
Russel Sharpe
chief operating officer
Daniele Vastolo
group director of operations


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Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East
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