A new entry on the list, Ammar Kanaan oversees Central Hotels’ properties in the UAE.
The operator doubled its inventory of keys in Dubai, with the opening of two new hotels — the 207-room Royal Central The Palm, and 280-room Canal Central in Business Bay.
The group also has an additional six hotels in the pipeline, which will add 1160 new rooms to its inventory. These include Island Central, located within the Deira Islands development in old Dubai; Novotel The Palm, which will include 206 rooms; and a 220-room Diamond Central in Business Bay.
Following the opening of the two new hotels, Kanaan tells Hotelier the team is focusing, for at least the next six months, on setting the hotels on a profitable path before moving ahead with expansion plans.