Nehme Imad Darwiche
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Nehme Imad Darwiche

Founder and chief executive officer, Jannah Hotels & Resorts
Darwiche's luxury brand is heavily influenced by the Bedouin culture in the Emirates

Lebanese hotelier, Nehme Imad Darwiche, started his career as a stewarding supervisor before progressing to leadership roles with Anantara Hotels & Resorts. Today, Darwiche has 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He launched Jannah Hotels & Resorts in 2013.

An encounter with a real-life Bedouin, of whom he dreamt planting olive trees in the desert, helped spark the idea from which Jannah Hotels & Resorts was born. Darwiche’s luxury brand is heavily influenced by the Bedouin culture in the Emirates.

Jannah Hotels & Resorts was formed in the Liwa Desert of the UAE. Properties in the portfolio include Jannah Burj Al Sarab, Jannah Place Abu Dhabi, Jannah Marina Bay Suites, Jannah Place Dubai Marina, and the Jannah Resort & Villas Ras Al Khaimah. Upcoming properties include Jannah Residences City Centre Abu Dhabi, Jannah Creek Dubai, and Jannah Ras Al Khor, Sharjah.

In May 2017, Jannah Hotels & Resorts announced it would build and operate Sharjah’s tallest tower, Jannah Ras Al Khor. Darwiche was quoted as saying that the tower would span 57 floors and comprise a mall, offices, a luxury hotel, deluxe residential options, and dining outlets.

It was reported in August 2016 that Jannah was on an expansion drive, with plans to add three new properties in the UAE by 2018, and an additional four by 2020. With six hotels currently operating under the Jannah brand in the country, the operator aims to have 13 hotels in the UAE by 2020. Jannah is also in talks with a property owner in Morocco about managing a hotel in the African country.

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ALEX KYRIAKIDIS
President and managing director
OLIVIER GRANET
Managing director and chief operating officer
PASCAL GAUVIN
Chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa
MARK WILLIS
Area senior vice president Middle East, Turkey, and Africa
ANDREAS MATTMÜLLER
Chief operating officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
ALI HAMAD LAKHRAIM ALZAABI
Founder, president, and CEO, Millennium Hotels & Resorts
OMER KADDOURI
President and CEO
ROBERT KUNKLER
Chief operating officer
KAMEL AJAMI
Vice president operations
AMINE MOUKARZEL
President/ partner
IGNACE BAUWENS
Wyndham Hotel Group regional vice president
SAMI NASSER
COO luxury brands
PETER FULTON
Group president – Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Southwest Asia
HUSSAIN SAJWANI
Chairman
Simon Casson
President – hotel operations, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief executive officer
Antoine El Sayegh
President
Imad Elias
CEO
Vincent Miccolis
Country general manager, Middle East and Turkey
Mohamed Ahmed Awadalla
Chief executive officer
Henk Meyknecht
Chief operating officer, Middle East and Africa
Andrew Shaw
Assistant vice president — development EMEA
Laurent A. Voivenel
Senior vice president, operations, and development for the Middle East, Africa, and India
Sumair Tariq
Managing director
Baran Turkel
Managing directorTurkey, Middle East, and Central Asia,
Hatem Gasmi
Founder and managing director,
Aboudi Asali
Chief executive officer
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume
Vice chairman and CEO
Jamal Serhan
CEO and senior vice president
Hussein Ali Hatata
Vice president, hospitality division
Marc Dardenne
Group chief operating officer and interim CEO
Siegfried Nierhaus
Vice president Middle East
Rob Weeden
Vice president sales and marketing Europe
Kamal Fakhoury
Chief executive officer
Nehme Imad Darwiche
Founder and chief executive officer
Mohamed Soussan
Group general manager
Simon Coombs
President and CEO
Suparat Chirathivat
Vice president business development
David Grant Thomson
Chief operating officer
Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi
Executive chairman
Philippe Zuber
President and chief operating officer
Anton Bawab
Regional president
Frederic Flageat-Simon
Chief executive officer
Sir Rocco Forte
Founder and chairman
Philippe Harb
Chief operating officer and partner
Ranjit Phillipose
General manager

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Previous Ranking
2.5
Number of years in the role
2.5
Number of years with the company
16
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
9
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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