Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

09 – 11 April 2019 | AHIC Village, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Day Three: Thursday, 11th April 2019

At-a-glance →

07:00 - 07:45

Getting Active with AHIC – Run or Yoga

Join your fellow delegates and get the blood pumping with some fresh air and exercise ahead of the start of sessions.

08:45 - 09:00

Welcome Back

Jonathan Worsley Chairman and Founder, Bench Events

09:00 - 09:30

The Growth of Asset Management in the UAE – Why it is Paying Dividends for Owners


Rene Beil Managing Director, Beaufort Global Partners LLC

In conversation with

Yannis Anagnostakis Chief Executive Officer, RAK Hospitality Holding LLC

Joel Russo Chief Hospitality Asset Management Officer, Dubai Holding

09:30 - 10:00

Franchising – is it the future in the GCC? What does it take to do it well?

Learning from those who have been excelling at it for years


Nick van Marken Global Advisory Board Member, Bench Events

In conversation with

Jerome Briet Chief Development Officer, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International

Patrick Fitzgibbon Senior Vice President Development EMEA, Hilton

Dimitris Manikis President & Managing Director - Europe, Middle East, Eurasia, Africa, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

10:00 - 10:30

What are the Benefits of Management Companies vs Third Party Management companies


Damien Rizzi Head of Asset Management - Global Hospitality, Drees & Sommer

In conversation with

Khalid Anib Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC

Aaron Greenman Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Development - EMEA, Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Jad Shamseddin Managing Director - Hotels Division, Al Hokair Group

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee and refreshments break

11:00 - 11:15

Creating a world class resort destination

Nicholas Naples Chief Executive Officer, Public Investment Fund – Amaala

11:15 - 11:45

​Uncovering KSA

How are its industry leaders working to realise its potential for international and domestic travel and tourism? Where are the opportunities for international investors? What is the government doing to help support the industry? How is the market dealing with the increase in supply?

Dr Badr Al Badr Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality

11:45 - 12:15

Technology leadership panel

Tech Leaders address their vision for the future of hospitality technology, how it will impact guests, staff, and owners in the coming years and how they are integrating it into the business. 


Ted Horner Owner, E Horner & Associates and Information Technology and Services Consultant

In conversation with

Neetan Chopra Group Chief Technology Officer, Jumeirah Holdings

Waleid Ibrahim Regional Vice President, Global Information Technology, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International

12:15 - 13:00

What can hotel investors learn from the world of luxury retail and yachts

13:00 - 15:00

Lunch at the AHIC Village and beach bar