Managing Director – Hospitality and Leisure Projects
Kamal Naamani is the Managing Director – Hospitality & Leisure Projects UAE. Kamal joined the Al Habtoor Group LLC in June 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the operations of the company’s portfolio of new developments. These include the soon to open Al Habtoor City – a multi-billion dirham development featuring luxury properties the W Dubai, Westin and St Regis, managed by Starwood , alongside a purpose built permanent Franco Dragone Entertainment Group theatrical production and multiple leisure outlets.
Further projects include the Metropolitan Sheikh Zayed Road, a four-star city hotel due for completion in 2016, as well as the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club – a luxury development that will incorporate a St Regis hotel and residential villas, state-of-the- art polo club and equestrian centre.
Kamal brings to the group more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry having made significant contributions in the areas of business development, strategic planning and sales and marketing.
Prior to joining the Al Habtoor Group, Kamal was Managing Director, Asia Pacific of Pragma Group and Pragma Lifestyle. He was responsible for the development and expansion strategy of Cavalli branded properties, to establish and develop the Roberto Cavalli lifestyle brands and Cavalli Square boutique hotels and other F&B brands throughout Asia Pacific.
Known as a highly accomplished and visionary leader, Kamal was the opening General Manager of the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai and previously opened and managed The Fairmont Dubai in Dubai, UAE, and The South Hampton Princess Resort and Golf Club in Bermuda. He also oversaw several multi million dollar restorations to iconic hotel properties including Banff Springs resort and Hotel Vancouver in Canada, amongst others.