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2015 Speakers

Catalin Cighi

Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)

Simon Lazarus

Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Ramzy Fenianos

Development Director - EMEA, Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Rawaf Bourisli

Director of Development, Action Hotels & General Manager, Board Member, Action Real Estate Company (kscc)

Neil George

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Taras Ettl

Vice President Development - Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) 

Mark Wynne-Smith

Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Philip Shepherd

Partner, PwC

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Nick Skea-Strachan

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Ali Borhani

Founder CWO, Incubeemea

Nicolas Mayer

Partner & Industry Leader - Lodging & Tourism Clients Group, PwC

Shaun Hinds

Managing Director – EMEA and APAC , BridgeStreet Global Hospitality

David Thomson

Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels

Simon Enders

Project Director, Faithful+Gould

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Graciëlla Karijomedjo

Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute

Khatija Haque

Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide

Suma Venkatesh

Senior Vice President- Real Estate & Development, Taj Group (Indian Hotels Company Ltd)

Stephen Tate

Chairman, Cristal International Standards

Anil Bhardwaj

Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Daniel Silke

Director, Political Futures Consultancy

Dr Jeroen Oskam

Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague

Farida Al Raisi

Director of Human Resources , Shangrila Hotel and Traders Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

John T.A Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

Gaurav Sinha

Founder & CEO, Insignia Worldwide

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Saad A Al-Qahtani

Accommodation Sector Manager, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Andrew Sangster

Editorial Director, Hotel Analyst Group of Titles

Gabriel Von Bonsdorff

Senior Manager – Hospitality & Leisure, Aldar Properties P.

Daniel Ruff

President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group

Michael Glennie

President & Chief Operating Officer, FRHI Hotels & Resorts

Gordon Drake

Chief Financial Officer and Head of M&A, Kingdom Hotel Investments

Alain Debare

Chief Executive Officer, Action Hotels

Dr Badr Al Badr

Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

Rafi-uddin Shikoh

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard

Darroch Crawford

Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International

Hubert Viriot

CIO – IFA Hotels & Resorts &, CEO – Yotel Ltd, UK

Munir Ahmed

Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vice President Global Partnerships,

Ignace Bauwens

CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Paul Diab

Vice President-Operations, Golden Tulip MENA

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Denis Sorin

President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality

David Vely

Senior Vice President Development Middle East, Africa & India, Premier Inn International

Elie Younes

Executive Vice President & Chief Development Office, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Simon Coombs

President & CEO, Shaza Hotels

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Amine Moukarzel

President, Louvre Hotels & Golden Tulip in the MENA Region

Moses Solemon

Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.

Alex Kyriakidis

President & Managing Director - MEA, Marriott International

His Excellency Hesham Abdulla Al Qassim

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Asset Management Group

Robert Swade

Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group

Mark Shea

Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould

Jean-Jacques Dessors

Chief Executive Officer Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), ACCOR

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Satyan Joshi

Senior Industry Manager , Google

Rutger Smits

CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company

Hiran Cooray

CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Prab Thakral

Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))

Carlos Khneisser

Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Wolfgang M. Neumann

President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group

Mustafa Al Hashimi

Chief Executive Officer, wasl Hospitality

Olivier Granet

Senior Vice President of Development Middle East, ACCOR

Piers Brown

CEO, International Hospitality Media

Kees Hartzuiker

CEO, Roya International

Scott Antel

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner Abu Dhabi/Dubai

Maria Zarraluqui

Global Development Managing Director, Melia Hotels International

Ahmed Ramdan

Founder and Group CEO, Roya International

Filippo Sona

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

Christoph Härle

Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL

Jean-Luc Chrétien

Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR

Henning Fries

Managing Director – Hospitality, Al Habtoor Group

Hala Matar Choufany

Managing Partner, HVS Dubai

Oliver Ebner

Executive Director at Project & Specialised Finance, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)

Assem Kaissi

Chief Operating Officer, Alesayi Group

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

Executive Vice President- Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East & Africa, JLL

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Gerald Lawless

President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group

Market Intelligence

Welcome to the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2014, we aim to provide you, through our publications, reports and features, with up-to-date industry information on the hotel industry and opportunities across the region.

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STR Global Reports

Saudi Arabia


MEED Board Reports

MEED Special Report - Tourism: Shift in dynamics in the industry

MEED's Qatar Hotel and Tourism Report 2014

MEED's Oman Hotel and Tourism Report 2014

MEED's Saudi Arabia Hotel and Tourism Report 2014

MEED's Bahrain Hotel and Tourism Report 2014

MEED's Jordan Hotel and Tourism Report 2014

MEED's Egypt Hotel and Tourism Report 2014

MEED's United Arab Emirates Hotel and Tourism Report 2014

MEED's Kuwait Hotel and Tourism Report 2014


Press Releases


February 2015

  • Colliers Monthly Hotel Market Index – January 2015 (requires additional form completion)
  • Emirates Growth to 2020 - Sheikh Majid Al Mualla (requires additional form completion)


January 2015

  • JLL Q4 2014 Dubai Real Estate Market Overview


November 2014

  • Collier's Global Investor Sentiment Report (requires additional form completion)
  • World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2014 (requires additional form completion)
  • Oman Air’s Role Tourism in Oman by Abdulrahman Al Busaidy, Chief Operating Officer, Oman Air (requires additional form completion)
  • Tourism in Dhofar by Edward Chaaya, Dhofar Tourism Company (requires additional form completion)
  • Oman Hotel Performance Trends by Philip Wooller, MENA Area Director at STR Global (requires additional form completion)


October 2014

  • Middle East Hotel Performance by Philip Wooller, MENA Area Director at STR Global, at the AHIC 2015 Advisory Board Meeting in September. (requires additional form completion)


August 2014

  • Q2 Perspective - includes a review of quarterly hotel performance in nine key markets in the GCC, as well as an overview of restaurant supply in fifteen key markets in the GCC


May 2014

  • AHIC Quarterly Newsletter 'Perspective' in conjunction with Cain Hospitality Innovation
  • Colliers International  -  Egypt Hotels Market Snapshot
  • Colliers International - Serviced Apartments - Fostering High Returns
  • Colliers International - KSA Holy Cities
  • Collers International - Hotel Asset Management - Managing your hotel life cyccle
  • Colliers International - KSA Economy Hotels II
  • Colliers International - UAE & KSA Hotel Branded Residences - A Premium Opportunity
  • Colliers International - UAE Spa Market Overview