Another new entrant on this year’s list, Jose Silva, joined Jumeirah Group in March this year, replacing interim CEO Marc Dardenne, who was filling in after Stefan Leser left the group after a year as CEO.
Despite the management shake-up, the homegrown hospitality group carried on with its expansion plans, launching new brand Zabeel House by Jumeirah in February this year. Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah and Zabeel House by Jumeirah, both opened in the Al Seef district of Dubai earlier this year.
The group also opened its first property in Bahrain — Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain — in February this year, and further expansion into new markets, is planned, Silva tells Hotelier Middle East.
The group currently has 18 properties in the pipeline, six of which are slated to open in the Middle East.
Al Seef Hotel by Jumeirah, Dubai is scheduled to open in September 2018. Two new hotels in Abu Dhabi — Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa and Jumeirah Saadiyat Island — will open in Q4 of 2018. Zabeel House by Jumeirah — The Greens, Dubai is also scheduled to open by the end of 2018. Further afield, Jumeirah Muscat Bay, Oman and Jabel Omar Jumeirah in Makkah are both scheduled to open in 2019.
Since joining the Jumeirah Group, Silva has also unveiled a new F&B strategy, tapping Michelin Restaurant and Hotel Guides executive Michael Ellis as the group’s new new chief culinary officer to oversee new restaurant concepts and refresh existing outlets.