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ANTHONY ROSS

Chief executive officer, JA Resorts & Hotels
However, while JA had previously revealed limited information about a 20-villa property, no further information was provided to Hotelier, and the hotel seems to have been dropped from the group’s pipeline.

Another new entry on this year’s list, Anthony Ross joined Dubai-based JA Resorts & Hotels in January this year as the group’s new CEO. The Australian hotelier has more than 30 years’ industry experience, spanning roles on multiple continents.

In his new role, Ross leads a team of more than 2000 associates across Dubai, Seychelles and the Maldives.

While the group’s number of operating hotels in the Middle East and Africa has remained flat at five, two of the properties in the UAE, JA Hatta Fort Hotel and JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, have undergone modernisation and expansion. The group also operates two hotels outside the UAE – JA Manafaru in Maldives, and JA Enchanted Island Resort in Seychelles.

JA Resorts is expected to announce plans soon for a new property — JA Lake View Hotel — which will add 348 rooms to the group’s portfolio and is expected to open in September 2019, Ross tells Hotelier Middle East.

Explaining the group’s strategy, he says: “We have a clear vision to not only develop the offerings of our existing properties but to expand on our current portfolio and this starts with our upcoming announcements of the new re-positioning of JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort to The Resort, Jebel Ali Beach effective of November 2018 and a new property, JA Lake View Hotel, due to open in September 2019.

Our iconic resort will then comprise of three properties; JA Palm Tree Court, JA Beach Hotel and JA Lake View Hotel.
“These developments follow the revamp of our recognised mountain retreat in Hatta — JA Hatta Fort Hotel — that remains a focus for us as we continue to explore and develop our offering to drive local and international business.”

However, while JA had previously revealed limited information about a 20-villa property, no further information was provided to Hotelier, and the hotel seems to have been dropped from the group’s pipeline.

JA Resorts was added to the Global Hotel Alliance earlier this year, joining a network of more than 35 independent brands and 500 hotels.

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President and managing director
PASCAL GAUVIN
Managing director
OMER KADDOURI
President & CEO
TIM CORDON
Area senior vice president
ALI AL ZAABI
President
OLIVIER HARNISCH
Chief executive officer
MARC DESCROZAILLE
president
KAMEL AJAMI
Vice President
IGNACE BAUWENS
Regional vice president
MOHAMED AWADALLA
Chief executive officer
SIMON CASSON
President – hotel operations,
HENK MEYKNECHT
Chief operating officer
ROBERT KUNKLER
Chief operating officer
GABRIEL ESCARRER JAUME
Vice chairman and CEO
KURT STRAUB
Vice president of operations
VINCENT MICCOLIS
As regional general manager
AMINE E. MOUKARZEL
President
LAURENT A. VOIVENEL
Senior vice president, operations & development
DR BADR AL BADR
Chief executive officer
HUSSAIN SAJWANI
Chairman
TARAS ETTL
Vice president
MICHAEL WALE
Chief executive officer
PRATEEK KUMAR
Regional vice president
JOSE SILVA
Chief executive officer
BARAN TURKEL
Managing director
MICHAEL COTTAN
Executive vice president
JAMAL SERHAN
CEO and senior vice president
SUMAIR TARIQ
Managing director
SIMON COOMBS
President and CEO
ABOUDI ASALI
Chief executive officer
MOHAMED SOUSSAN
Group general manager
AMMAR KANAAN
Group general manager
FADI MAZKOUR
Co-founder & regional director branding and business development
KAMAL SIMON FAKHOURY
Chief executive officer
ALY SHARIFF
Chief operating officer
HATEM GASMI
Founder and managing director
PIERRE SOKHON
General manager
ALI HATATA
Vice president, hospitality division
MARKLAND BLAIKLOCK
Deputy CEO
PRITHVI RAJ SINGH OBEROI
Executive chairman
RANJIT PHILLIPOSE
Area director
ANTHONY ROSS
Chief executive officer
NEHME IMAD DARWICHE
Founder and chief executive officer
CENK UNVERDI
Cluster general manager
PHILIPPE HARB
Chief operating officer and partner
ABDULLA BIN SULAYEM
Chief executive officer
JAYDEEP ANAND
Chief operating officer
ABDULLATIF KABBARA
Corporate office general manager
SIR ROCCO FORTE
Founder and chairman

BY THE NUMBERS

7
Number of months in role
7
Number of months with company
5
Number of operating hotels in MENA in 2018
1
Number of piepline hotels in MENA in 2018

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