Hotelier Middle East Power 50 2019: Number 15

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Cenk Unverdi
Cenk Unverdi

In the past 12 months, Cenk Unverdi has taken over the operation of two more hotels in the UAE – Rixos Bab Al Bah, Ras Al Khaimah, and the newly-opened this past year Rixos Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.

He has spent almost his whole career with Rixos, from a trainee to his new role as regional general manager of Rixos UAE, and told Hotelier Middle East that he wishes to strengthen the footprint of the company’s existing hotels while also looking to expand its portfolio. The current pipeline for the region is 2,171 rooms across five hotels – including three in Bahrain.

Currently, the majority of the company’s 15 operating hotels remain in Turkey, but this will change if the pipeline is achieved. Unverdi says that the company is focused on “increasing profitability for our stakeholders worldwide” with the new expansion plans.

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