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Abdulla Bin Sulayem

CEO, Seven Tides
The company plans to start operating properties itself, which it says will “bring additional flexibility to the operation”

Despite having just launched its first operated hotel, Seven Tides has already started to set out long-term growth strategies.

In 2006, Abdulla Bin Sulayem joined Nakheel as director of operations. After six successful years with the Dubai-based developer, he moved to real estate and hospitality developer, Seven Tides International, in the role of CEO, with overall responsibility for the company’s portfolio of luxury five-star properties.

The company owns four hotels in the Dubai: Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Dukes Dubai, Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, and Avani Hotel in Deira. The management contracts of these hotels are held by Minor Hotels, in the case of Anantara, and Mövenpick, for Mövenpick Ibn Battuta.

Moving forward, however, the company plans to start operating properties itself, which it says will “bring additional flexibility to the operation”. This was seen with the announcement of a new property in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lake Towers district [see page 8 for more details].

Seven Tides had also revealed to Hotelier Middle East in March 2017 that it was currently working on a new resort plan that would be launched on Dubai’s World Islands. There has been no update on the project since, however.

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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
6
Number of years with the company
1
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2017
1
Number of pipeline hotels in the region as of July 2017

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