HUSSAIN SAJWANI
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HUSSAIN SAJWANI

Chairman, Damac Properties / Damac Hotels & Resorts
The company has five hotels and 2,000 rooms in operation, and 26 pipeline properties

Six years since Damac Hotels & Resorts was founded, and its chairman, Hussain Sajwani, is sitting on a very profitable business. With 2016 revenues for Damac Properties amounting to AED 7.2bn (US $1.9bn), and the value of projects currently under development standing at US $20bn, the outlook for the company is very positive indeed.

With five hotels and 2,000 rooms in operation, and 26 pipeline properties, from hotel rooms to serviced apartments and villas, the company has now added the Damac Maison de Ville brand to its regional portfolio.

Although the hospitality arm of Damac Properties is only six years into its journey as an operator, Sajwani is well-versed in the hospitality development business. Launching the hospitality arm of the company was his answer to the growing need he saw for luxury hotel and hotel apartment properties as a result of the booming tourism sector and huge number of visitors to the region.

He tells Hotelier: “We have two more properties that are completed, one of which is ready to open as soon as next month. We are especially proud of Damac Maison Royale The Distinction, as it will be an ultra-luxury, five-star hotel apartment property, and the first to be operated under the premium hotel operator, Damac Maison Royale.”

The company is working to develop more than 20 properties, with 13,000 keys to be added to the existing portfolio, to reach 15,000 keys by 2021.

Damac Hotels & Resorts also introduced the Ghalia brand, offering the first certified Sharia-compliant serviced luxury hotel apartments for those guests that prefer Sharia-compliant amenities.

Other projects include hotels and villas – with a Hollywood theme – that will be operated by Paramount Hotels & Resorts.

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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

BY THE NUMBERS

6
Number of years in the role
15
Number of years with the company
5
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
26
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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