Mohammed H. Arkobi

Mohammed H. Arkobi

VP and MD, Fairmont Raffles Hotels Int'l, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

With a team of 4000 employees, Mohammed Arkobi leads Fairmont Raffles Hotels International’s complex of three hotels in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, which as of this month, are now all fully open.

The luxury hotels, regarded as changing the face of hospitality in Makkah, comprise Raffles Makkah Palace, Makkah Clock Royal Tower —A Fairmont Hotel and the newly-opened Swissotel Makkah with 1562 rooms and suites alone.

A Saudi national, Arkobi is respected for promoting Saudisation within the industry and brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of revenue generation to the role he has held since 2007.

Arkobi continues to push the bar, seeking out new ways to proactively enhance the ‘green’ activities of the company’s operations, dedicating himself to advance the brand’s pioneering efforts on a sustainable tourism basis. He is also concentrating on further developing the FRHI Saudi Arabia Collection throughout Makkah, and across the Saudi market.

Previously, he was GM of the Madinah InterContinental Hotel and Dar Al Hijra InterContinental, making him one of the foremost authorities on operating Saudi hotels.


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