Imad Elias
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Imad Elias

CEO, Roda Hotels & Resorts
With a total of six hotels currently operational, Roda has ambitious growth plans

Dubai hospitality newcomer, Roda Hotels & Resorts, is a Hotelier Middle East Power 50 newcomer as well.

The company, which started four years ago as the hospitality arm of Dubai International Real Estate (DIRE), has expanded fairly rapidly since its inception.

In November, Rotana and DIRE mutually agreed to the termination of the management agreement of Al Bustan Hotel and Al Murooj Hotel in Dubai, effective from 1 January, 2017. In December 2016, the owners of the two properties appointed Roda Hotels & Resorts, which at the time was relatively untested within the UAE hospitality industry, to take over the management.

Prior to taking the role as Roda Hotels & Resorts’ CEO, Imad Elias’ extensive hospitality career included serving as general manager, regional director, vice president, and chief operating officer for Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Rotana Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East.

With a total of six hotels currently operational, Roda has ambitious growth plans. Nine new hotels and approximately 4,500 room keys are in the pipeline at the moment.

Elias explains to Hotelier that Roda’s ultimate vision is to ensure that the company succeeds in reaching its goals through a combination of “efficient and streamlined operational services”.

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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

4
Number of years in the role
4
Number of years with company
9
Number of regional operating hotels: 6 Number of regional pipeline hotels

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