Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

17 – 19 April 2018

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

2018 Programme

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Day One – 17 April 2018

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09:00 - 13:00

Ras Al Khaimah Experiences*

  • Experience the world's longest zipline as you leap off Jebel Jais, the UAE's highest mountain. Certified by Guinness World Records, with 2.83km span of zipwire, equivalent to 28 soccer pitches, reaching speeds of 160km/h


  • Join the amazing dune bashing and falconry experience as you journey through Ras Al Khaimah's desert landscape 


*Only for AHIC 2018 VIP Pass holders

14:30 - 15:00

The Disruptor’s Feast with Frits van Paasschen

Most companies will wake up too late to disruption.  Established interests, change-blindness, set ways of working make it nearly impossible for incumbents to survive.  However, there are ways for leaders to improve their odds of success.  Former CEO of Starwood and author of The Disruptor’s Feast challenges industry leaders.  

Frits van Paasschen photo MODERATOR

Frits van Paasschen

15:00 - 15:40

Challengers of the Status Quo

Business models are looking to upend the status quo and bring a certain, special type of mindset and approach to growth. Hear from the few challengers - how they bring change to their industry and what we can learn (or embrace).

Eric Fulwiler photo MODERATOR

Eric Fulwiler

Maha Abouelenein photo

Maha Abouelenein

Richard Fitzgerald photo

Richard Fitzgerald

Ritesh Tilani photo

Ritesh Tilani

15:40 - 16:00

The World in Flux - Risk Comes with Opportunity

Big picture talk on the state of the global economic, regulatory and geopolitical landscape. Identifying key global trends, risk and opportunities that are overlooked.

Basim Al-Ahmadi photo

Basim Al-Ahmadi

16:00 - 16:30

A Live Audience with a Hacker – What is the threat to you and your brand?

In an age where IoT is integrated into the every-day life of the guests and hotel staff alike, it’s critical that Cybersecurity is on top of the priority list. The question you need to ask yourself is: do I feel safe in Cyber-Space? What’s at risk, my money, my brand, or both?

Richard Neale photo

Richard Neale

Simon Taylor photo

Simon Taylor

16:30 - 16:50

Ferrari F1 Tips to Stay in Racing Shape

Modern Leadership positions demands that you spend a large chunk of the year travelling around the globe. Take it from an expert who has trained and conditioned a World Champion F1 racer, there are better ways to do it

Mark Arnall photo

Mark Arnall

16:50 - 17:20

Using Blockchain to circumvent the OTAs

Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies are changing the way governments and financial entities are doing business. What change does it hold in store for hospitality and your investment?

Maksim Izmaylov photo

Maksim Izmaylov

17:20 - 17:40

Industry Opportunity: Property Crowdfunding

In an environment where even the financing of a hospitality project can be disrupted, pioneers in alternative investments open the doors to new possibilities

Siddiq Farid photo

Siddiq Farid

Jake Wright photo

Jake Wright

17:40 - 18:00

Disrupting the Marketing Model - What the Hotel World Can Learn from Luxury Retail

In a world where it is increasingly difficult to cut through the noise and  foster customer loyalty, what can the hotel world learn from high-end retailers? 

Thuy Tranthi Rieder photo

Thuy Tranthi Rieder

18:00 - 18:20

Addressing the World - 3 words at a time

Richard Lewis photo

Richard Lewis

18:30 - 19:30

Networking Business Card Exchange

networking

19:00 - 21:00

AHIC OPENING RECEPTION

networking

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