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Principal, EMEA Leader for Leisure + Culture, AECOM
Head of Commercial Real Estate, MENA, Standard Chartered
Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels
Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Chief Executive Officer, Bob Puccini Group
Director of Development, Melia Hotels
Vice President, Hill International Inc.
Founder and Managing Director, Riyada international Hotels & Resorts Co.
Head of Credit, Tourism Finance Corporation
Wolfgang M. Neumann
President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group
Frits van Paasschen
President and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Executive Director Tourism Development & Investments , Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM)
Managing Director, CH Stirling
Managing Director, R Hotels
Senior Director of Lodging Development, Marriott International Inc. & Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC
Analyst, Meed Insight
President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts
Ziad El Chaar
Managing Director, DAMAC Holding Co. LLC
President & CEO, Shaza Hotels
Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst
Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels Co.
Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD
CEO, IFA Hotel Investments
CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company
Asset Manager, IFA Hotel Investments
Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group
Amro Attia Gomaa
Investments Principal, Holding Company for Tourism, Hotels & Cineama (HOTAC)
Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan
Immediate Past President, Maldives
Director, A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises
Global Leader of Leisure and Culture, AECOM
Founder and Group CEO, Roya International
President, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa , ACCOR
HE Helal Almarri
Director General, DTCM
Regional Vice President – Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City
Group CEO, SKAI Holdings
Hala Matar Choufany
Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai
Associate Manager Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International
Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)
President & Managing Director, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants International
Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC
Managing Director, STR Global
Chief Executive Officer, ESPA
HE Dr. Lahcen Haddad
Tourism Minister, Kingdom of Morocco
Gabriel Von Bonsdorff
Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.
Senior Manager Commercial Development, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)
Christopher R.J. Knable
Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality
Amr Abdel Ghaffar
Regional Director - Middle East, UNWTO
President, Hospitality Asset Managers Association Asia Pacific (HAMA AP).
Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting
HH Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum
Executive Chairman, SHUAA Capital and the Chairman of Dubai International Holding Company
Senior Vice President Development Middle East & Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide
Chairman, Orascom Development Holding AG
Chief Executive Officer, Europe - Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL
President & Managing Director Middle East & Africa, Marriott International, Inc.
Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief Executive Officer, SHARACO
CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC
Associate Director, HVS Dubai
Partner, Chrystal Capital Partners LLP
Vice President Asset Management Hotels, Jumeirah Group
Dr Martin Berlin
PwC Partner , PricewaterhouseCoopers
Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Executive Director Asset Management, Seven Tides
Principal, Head of Economics, AECOM
Funding Advisor, IFA Hotel Investments
Dr Salah Al-Bukayyet
Deputy Secretary General - Investments, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
Chief Operating Officer, Citymax Hotels - Landmark Group
VP Sales & Development, WorldHotels
Senior Consultant, Hotels, MENA Region, Colliers International
Co-Founder, CEEMEA Business Group, President, Global Success Advisors
Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Director | Head of Hotels (MENA Region), Colliers International
DGM, Investment & Development, Head of Investment Management Group, Oman Arab Bank SAOC
Khalaf Al Habtoor
Chairman, Al Habtoor Group
H.E. Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi
Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority
Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL
, Gostelow Report
Executive Vice President- Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East & Africa, JLL
Regional Director, Design & Engineering, MEA, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Middle East and Africa (IHG)
Travel Editor, CBS News
Rui M. Barros
SVP & Managing Director Europe, Middle East & Africa, Wyndham Hotel Group
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Airports
Executive Director at Project & Specialised Finance, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)
Chief Executive Officer & Director, Gulf Hotels Group
Chief Investment Officer , IFA Hotels & Resorts
Vice President, Development, Middle East & Africa , Fairmont Raffles Hotels International
HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz
President & Managing Director, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA)
Director of Development Middle East, ACCOR
Chief Executive Officer , Hotel Partners Africa
Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Spec
UAE Country Director & Head of Project Management ME, Faithful + Gould
CEO, Roya International
Secretary General, Kuwait Hotel Owners Association
Samer Abu Ayash
Senior Vice President Design,Construction and Real Estate, Kingdom Investments
Nick van Marken
Global Head – Hospitality, Deloitte LLP
Vice President Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide
Vice President - Global Strategic Accounts Buildings Business, Schneider Electric
Local Customs & Visas
Information concerning visa requirements for those travelling to the UAE are subject to change and should always be checked with your local travel agent or nearest UAE embassy before travelling.
For further information regarding visa requirements for entering the UAE please click here
Please note that the organizers are not in a position to sponsor visa applications.
Dress code – Dress code in Dubai is liberal compared to other Middle Eastern cities, however care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing which is too revealing.
Tipping - In Dubai most hotel and restaurant bills will have a 10% service charge and another 10% municipality tax added on, if not a figure of 10% is standard. If you are tipping porters or valets 5 or 10 Dirhams is plenty.
Photos – Avoid taking photos of government and military sites. As common courtesy dictates, permission should be granted before photographing individuals, especially women.
Taxis – Taxis are easily found in Dubai and can also be ordered by calling +971 4 208 0808. Try to have a supply of smaller notes as taxis often struggle to provide change.
Language – The official language of the UAE is Arabic, although English is widely spoken especially in business and trade fields.
Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate with year round sunshine. The hottest months of the year are from June until September when temperatures can reach well over 45oC.
During the month of May the weather conditions are as follows:
Rainfall (mm) 0
Min Temp (oC) 24
Max Temp (oC) 37
Min Temp (oF) 75
Max Temp (oF) 99
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The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT. There is no summer time savings when clocks are altered.