Peter Blackburn

Peter Blackburn

president and chief executive officer, Cristal Hotels and Resorts

Peter Blackburn started his career in property development and eventually moved on to hospitality. For twenty years he travelled around London, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China and UAE looking after renowned hotel properties including Intercontinental, Thistle, Peninsula, and Rotana Hotels.

After successfully opening 23 hotels for Rotana, he realised his dream of setting up a new hotel brand – Cristal Hotels & Resorts. Hand in hand with his partner, Kamal, they personally reared their first property until its opening in April 2009.

Achievements this year include Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi and Cristal Salam Hotel awarded with a Certificate of Excellence 2012 by TripAdvisor with both properties ranked at the top five hotels in Abu Dhabi.

Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi also won ‘Leading Islamic Hotel’ at the Arab Achievement Awards 2011 during the Arab Investment Summit 2011.

Blackburn oversaw the signing of five new projects, three in KSA, once in South Africa and one in Erbil.

The rest of the year will see the on-going renovation of Cristal Itsandra Beach Hotel in Comoros Island and Cristal Grand Kadri Hotel in Lebanon.

There will also be five new additions to the current portfolio of three hotels, including properties in KSA, Iraq and South Africa.


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