Having worked with Hyatt for more than 25 years, Kurt Straub is now responsible for the group’s operations in the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia — a role he took on six months ago.
In his new role, Straub will guide the group as it embarks on its ambitious expansion strategy to double its portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa by 2022.
In 2017, the group said it had a total of 14 new properties in the pipeline for the MENA region across the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Place, and Hyatt House brands, with plans to expand into Kuwait.
The group opened Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl in June, and second property in Jordan — Hyatt Regency Hotel in Aqaba also opened this summer.
In June 2018, the group announced that Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi will be rebranded to Andaz Capital Gate later in the year, marking the brand’s entry in the Middle East for Hyatt.
The group also had reason to celebrate in 2018 when it was named one of the top five companies to work for in the UAE by Great Places to Work. Hyatt was the only hotel group in the top five, and climbed seven places from 12 in last year’s list.