Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

17 – 19 April 2018

AHIC Village, Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

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17-19 April 2018
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AHIC Village, Waldorf Astoria
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

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Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and founding patron, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group

What is AHIC?

For the past 13 years, the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) has become a knowledge, networking and business platform for the Middle East’s hospitality investment community offering essential insights on investing in hotels, showcasing regional and international hospitality investment opportunities and facilitating direct connections with hospitality industry stakeholders.

Held annually in the UAE in April, it attracts around 800 hotel investors, major developers, leading financiers, and C-level hotel executives to attend three days of content, networking and events. For AHIC 2018, we are crafting a unique experience that pulls our attendees away from their day to day work routines to focus on the topics, relationships and opportunities which will move their business and the industry forward. Join us!

First Speakers For 2018

More to come!

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Keith Barr

Chief Executive Officer, IHG

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Rahul Chaudhary

Executive Director, CG Corp Global

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Amar Lalvani

CEO & Managing Partner, Standard International

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Jonathan Worsley

Chairman and Founder, Bench Events

Previous speakers

Every year, your AHIC pass guarantees you access to the knowledge and expertise of global CEO’s, policymakers and market shapers influencing the region at the highest level.

His Excellency Sheikh Mubarak A M Al Sabah, Founder & Chairman, Action Hotels

Chris Nasetta, Global Chief Executive Officer, Hilton

James Whittaker, Distinguished Technical Evangelist Microsoft

John Defterios, Emerging markets editor, CNN

Ivanka Trump, First Daughter and Advisor to the President, The Executive Office of the President of the United States

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer, flydubai

Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud Al-Saud, Chairwoman, GURA - Global United Centre for Research and Analysis, Saudi Arabia

Stephen P. Joyce, Chief Executive Officer, DineEquity

Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International

2018 Advisory Board

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Muhammad Al Amir

Managing Director, Riyada International Hotels & Resorts Co. Ltd

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Mohamed Awadella

Chief Executive Officer, Time Hotels

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Haitham Mattar 

Chief Executive Officer, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority 

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Hala Matar Choufany

President- Middle East and Africa, HVS

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Olivier Harnisch

Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group

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Pascal Gauvin

Chief Operating Officer, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG

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Filippo Sona

Director, Head of Hotels, (MENA Region), Colliers International

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Sanjeev Agarwala

Chief Operating Officer, Habtoor Hospitality and Al Habtoor Investment, Al Habtoor Group 

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Philip Wooller

Area Director Middle East, STR Global


Download the 2017 AHIC Post Event Report

As the meeting place for leaders of the region’s tourism and hospitality investment industry, AHIC 2017 brought together diverse portfolio of speakers to share their perspectives on various market challenges, identify industry innovation and discuss opportunities. Download your copy to recap or see what you missed out on.

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AHIC is generously supported by brands and stakeholders dedicated to creating opportunities and growing the market every day. All sponsors will be in attendance in 2018.

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Regular Pass

  • All access pass
  • Evening cocktail receptions
  • Networking app


Premium Pass

All features of the Regular Pass plus:

  • 2 nights accommodation at Hilton Double Tree Resort
  • On-site meetings concierge
  • Access to special industry reports
  • Exclusive breakfast briefing


VIP Pass

All features of the Regular and Premium Passes plus:

  • 2 nights accommodation at Waldorf Astoria
  • An exclusive Ras Al Khamiah experience
  • All access pass to AHIC Saudi Arabia in February 2018
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