MICHAEL WALE
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MICHAEL WALE

Chief executive officer, Kerzner International
Adding to its One&Only portfolio in Dubai, the group will open a new One&Only Urban Resorts in 2020. The property will be located within the One Za’abeel development in the Za’abeel district.

Starwood veteran Michael Wale joined Kerzner International as CEO in February this year and will oversee the Dubai-based operator’s growth strategy over the coming years.

Amongst the group’s most exciting developments is The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, which is slated for a late 2019 opening. The resort will offer 231 residences and 795 new guest rooms and suites.

When it opens, The Royal Atlantis will join its mammoth, 1,539-room sister property Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, which remains one of the most popular destinations one the island. The hotel reported record occupancy rates of 96% in Q1 of 2018, and is in the middle of a US $100-million refurbishment that began last year.

Another Atlantis property — the $1.6 billion Atlantis Sanya — debuted in China this summer. Kerzner also signed an Atlantis resort in Hawaii. The 800-key Atlantis Ko Aline will be the “most expensive” resort in Hawaii, and will be located near Disney’s Aulani Hotel at Ko
Olina Resort.

Adding to its One&Only portfolio in Dubai, the group will open a new One&Only Urban Resorts in 2020. The property will be located within the One Za’abeel development in the Za’abeel district.

However, it’s not all great news — One&Only Al Seef, Bahrain, which was scheduled to open in 2017, and was then pushed to 2018, has now been cancelled, and will operated by Jumeirah Group, Hotelier Middle East has learned.

Another One&Only hotel was announced for Jeddah. However, Kerzner has not provided any further information on the matter and it’s not clear whether the hotel will still go ahead with its original opening schedule of 2019.

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ALEX KYRIAKIDIS
President and managing director
PASCAL GAUVIN
Managing director
OMER KADDOURI
President & CEO
TIM CORDON
Area senior vice president
ALI AL ZAABI
President
OLIVIER HARNISCH
Chief executive officer
MARC DESCROZAILLE
president
KAMEL AJAMI
Vice President
IGNACE BAUWENS
Regional vice president
MOHAMED AWADALLA
Chief executive officer
SIMON CASSON
President – hotel operations,
HENK MEYKNECHT
Chief operating officer
ROBERT KUNKLER
Chief operating officer
GABRIEL ESCARRER JAUME
Vice chairman and CEO
KURT STRAUB
Vice president of operations
VINCENT MICCOLIS
As regional general manager
AMINE E. MOUKARZEL
President
LAURENT A. VOIVENEL
Senior vice president, operations & development
DR BADR AL BADR
Chief executive officer
HUSSAIN SAJWANI
Chairman
TARAS ETTL
Vice president
MICHAEL WALE
Chief executive officer
PRATEEK KUMAR
Regional vice president
JOSE SILVA
Chief executive officer
BARAN TURKEL
Managing director
MICHAEL COTTAN
Executive vice president
JAMAL SERHAN
CEO and senior vice president
SUMAIR TARIQ
Managing director
SIMON COOMBS
President and CEO
ABOUDI ASALI
Chief executive officer
MOHAMED SOUSSAN
Group general manager
AMMAR KANAAN
Group general manager
FADI MAZKOUR
Co-founder & regional director branding and business development
KAMAL SIMON FAKHOURY
Chief executive officer
ALY SHARIFF
Chief operating officer
HATEM GASMI
Founder and managing director
PIERRE SOKHON
General manager
ALI HATATA
Vice president, hospitality division
MARKLAND BLAIKLOCK
Deputy CEO
PRITHVI RAJ SINGH OBEROI
Executive chairman
RANJIT PHILLIPOSE
Area director
ANTHONY ROSS
Chief executive officer
NEHME IMAD DARWICHE
Founder and chief executive officer
CENK UNVERDI
Cluster general manager
PHILIPPE HARB
Chief operating officer and partner
ABDULLA BIN SULAYEM
Chief executive officer
JAYDEEP ANAND
Chief operating officer
ABDULLATIF KABBARA
Corporate office general manager
SIR ROCCO FORTE
Founder and chairman

BY THE NUMBERS

6
Number of months in the role
6
Number of months with the company
4
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2018
2
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2018

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