Russel Sharpe

Russel Sharpe

chief operating officer, Citymax Hotels

As COO of Dubai-based Citymax Hotels, the hospitality division of Landmark Group, British-born Russel Sharpe is responsible for more than 1200 rooms in the UAE, 400 employees and is tasked with overseeing the group’s expansion in the emirates.

The business- and budget hotels group has three UAE properties open in Al Barsha, Bur Dubai and Sharjah, with two more in the pipeline including a second property in Al Barsha and Citymax Hotel Fujairah.

The past 12 months have been eventful for Sharpe who oversaw the opening of the group’s Sharjah property, and the signing of the second Al Barsha hotel, which is due to open within the next 12 months alongside the Fujairah property.

With 38 years of hospitality experience, including 30 years spent in the Middle East, Sharpe’s background as a senior partner in hospitality consultancy Mezze Associates, overseeing acquisitions, finance, project and asset management, means he is well placed to steer the group’s growth.


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