Sami Nasser

Sami Nasser

VP Operations, GM, Sofitel Middle East, Egypt and Indian Ocean, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach

Sofitel has once again extended its regional reach this year with the openings of hotels in Egypt, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

These developments included the debut of the Legend brand in the region at the Old Cataract Aswan on the banks of the River Nile — which originally opened in 1899 and was restored over a three-year period — and the opening of the first thalassotherapy spa facility in the Middle East at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa.

Overseeing these developments is Sami Nasser, who has spent his 25-year hospitality career working for parent company Accor. Appointed to the position of vice president operations and GM of the Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah, Nasser then transferred to Dubai in 2009 to open the Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach as GM and assume his regional role.

His portfolio now totals 11 hotels in key locations from the UAE to Beirut and Saudi Arabia, but two hotels scheduled to open in enviable Dubai locations by the end of 2013 — Sofitel Resort Spa Palm Jumeirah and Sofitel Burj Khalifa Downtown — are likely to elevate the luxury brand’s reputation further still.

: 11 : 6 : 3 : 0 : 2 Years in hospitality: 25 Years in Middle East: 4 Nationality: 


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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