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PETER BLACKBURN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CRISTAL HOTELS AND RESORTS

Following a successful career with hotel chains including InterContinental, Peninsula and Rotana Hotels — with which he opened 23 properties — Peter Blackburn made the bold move in 2006 to set up Cristal Hotels & Resorts.

In the past five years, he has racked up numerous milestones with the group, which currently operates Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi and will open Cristal Salam Hotel, also in Abu Dhabi, in September this year.

With sustainability one of the core objectives, Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi was the first hotel in the UAE capital to submit, report and implement the Environment, Health and Safety Management System as per ADTA guidelines.

Blackburn has set ambitious targets for Cristal Group, which plans to increase its portfolio to 25 properties within the next five to 10 years throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Aiming to expand the premier Cristal Hotels & Resorts brand globally, Blackburn recently signed a MoU for a Joint Venture with Rufi Group, one of the largest real estate development companies in Pakistan.

The new joint venture is targeting to open at least 10 contemporary properties in the forthcoming five years in Pakistan ranging from budget to luxury hotels to suit every budget of the discerning travellers.

Cristal Group has also signed joint venture to develop hotels in Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Tanzania.

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ALI HAMAD LAKHRAIM ALZAABI
PRESIDENT AND CEO
SARMAD N. ZOK
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
BANI HADDAD
VP DEVELOPMENT — MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
SAMI NASSER
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER
PASCAL DUCHAUFFOUR
AREA VICE PRESIDENT, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
H.E. KHALID AHMED BIN SULAYEM
DIRECTOR GENERAL
H.E. MUBARAK HAMAD AL MUHAIRI
DIRECTOR GENERAL
RICHARD RILEY
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
AMINE MOUKARZEL
PRESIDENT, SVP AND MD
ENG. AHMED AL-EISSA
GENERAL DIRECTOR FOR LICENSING AND QUALITY ASSURANCE
ULRICH T. ECKHARDT
PRESIDENT MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
MOHAMMED ARKOBI
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MICHAEL SCULLY
MANAGING DIRECTOR — HOSPITALITY
SIMON CASSON
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PATRICK HEUZE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
TALAL JASSIM AL-BAHAR
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PETER FULTON
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ALAN LEIBMAN
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JAMES PRINGLE
ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
JOE SITA
PRESIDENT
David Roberts
Executive vice president operations Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa
DARROCH CRAWFORD
MANAGING DIRECTOR
HUSSEIN HATATA
VICE PRESIDENT - HOTELS DIVISION
PETER BLACKBURN
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SAMI AL-ANSARI
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PAM WILBY
COMPLEX GM
CHANTEL MOORE
GENERAL MANAGER
SIEGFRIED NIERHAUS
MANAGING DIRECTOR
FADI MICHEL MAZKOUR
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TAREK EL SHERIF
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DAVID THOMSON
REGIONAL GENERAL MANAGER
ABDIN NASRALLA
VICE PRESIDENT
SIMON COOMBS
PRESIDENT AND CEO
VICTOR LOUIS
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
RON HILVERT
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PAUL ARNOLD
VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT, MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA AND INDIAN OCEAN