ABDULLATIF KABBARA
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ABDULLATIF KABBARA

Corporate office general manager, Somewhere Hotels
Somewhere Hotels was established in 2013

Somewhere Hotels was established in 2013. Today, the Dubai-based group operates four hotels in the Middle East, including: Somewhere Hotel Residence Deira, Dubai; Somewhere Hotel Residence Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia; Somewhere Hotel Hop Barsha Heights, Dubai. In 2018, the group opened Somewhere Hotel Bliss in Al Ahsa Saudi Arabia.

Speaking to Hotelier last year, Somewhere Hotels corporate office general manager Abdullatif Kabara said the mid-market hotel group was bullish about prospects in Saudi Arabia.

“Even though the market has gone down, there are areas which are always doing very well, such as Makkah,” he said, adding that Somewhere Hotels was in discussions over management of a property in Al Khobar, with details to be disclosed once the agreement is finalised.

The group is also looking at integrating more technology in front of house processes. The company intends to o introduce kiosk check-in robots in two of its properties in Barsha Heights and Al Ahsa.

“Personally, I am a big fan of technology. This is an area where, if you constantly invest in and upgrade, then this is where you can actually compete with bigger, more established hotel groups,” Kabbara said when the news was released.

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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

5
Number of years in role
5
Number of years with company
4
Number of operating hotels in the region as of July 2018

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