Sumair Tariq
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Sumair Tariq

Managing director, R Hotels
Tariq and his team understand that in placing an emphasis on guest service excellence for the hotels within its group, the company’s key resource is its staff

R Hotels has grown from strength to strength since its inception. Starting with two properties in 2010, the group now has seven in its portfolio: six operational and one to be completed in October 2017.

The group has established and furthered partnerships with the biggest hotel groups in the world and, under franchise agreements, it has been responsible for bringing four new hotel brands into the UAE. Under the leadership of managing director Sumair Tariq R Hotels’ strategies for growth and expansion have been characterised as bold yet prudent.

R Hotels, which is based in Ajman, UAE, possesses the biggest room inventory in the emirate. Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman and Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman continue to lead in occupancy in the Northern Emirates, and the group is set to increase its market share with the opening of Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche before the end of 2017.

In Dubai, the group marked its first partnership with AccorHotels in 2015, with the opening of the first Ibis Styles hotel, located in Jumeirah. In 2013, under a franchise agreement with Wyndham Hotel Group, R Hotels introduced the first Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in the UAE, situated at Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Most recently, through a franchise agreement with AccorHotels, R Hotels is opening the first MGallery by Sofitel in the UAE, dubbed the “first holistic wellness resort in the region”. The 255-key hotel and resort — The Retreat Palm Dubai — introduced the wellness resort concept to Dubai, with a holistic wellbeing centre. In order to implement the concept, which aims to tap the growing wellness tourism sector, the group invested significantly, and formed a partnership with Dubai Health Authority.

“While 2016 was not the best year for the hotel industry, the group was able to establish a good track record of successfully delivering its projects, and is continuously looking for new opportunities for investments,” Tariq says, adding that R Hotels is continuing to seek prudent new investment opportunities through the acquisition and development of new hotels in key leisure and business tourism locations, both within and beyond the UAE.

At the same time, Tariq and his team understand that in placing an emphasis on guest service excellence for the hotels within its group, the company’s key resource is its staff. Consequently, in order to boost employee satisfaction and ensure low staff turnover, R Hotels invests heavily in employee engagement activities, such as training, team-building activities, and sports initiatives, as well as in a range of CSR-related programmes.

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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

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Previous Ranking
7
Number of years in the role
10
Number of years with the company
6
Number of regional operating hotels
3
Number of hotels in regional pipeline

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