Outstanding Contribution to the Industry
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi President – Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Africa
Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi
President – Millennium Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Africa
As Founder, President of Millennium & Copthorne Middle East, Mr. Alzaabi is responsible for bringing
the international hotel group to the region. Since 2001, he has cultivated partnerships with reputable
owners to build a portfolio of 40 operational properties with a vision to have 100 hotels by 2020,
Millennium has firmly established its self as one of the fastest growing hotel management companies in
the region. With a clear vision to innovate and capitalise on new trends, Mr. Alzaabi has created and
introduced an array of distinct brands to the region, serving different market segments and representing
quality and value in every class. Mr. Alzaabi’s involvement in the MEA hospitality sector extends beyond Millennium & Copthorne, with a number of investment companies operating across the hospitality
market spectrum, with such landmark properties as The Ritz-Carlton Dubai International Financial
Centre, and Crown Plaza Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road, amongst others.
Graduating from California State in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science & Engineering Management
(electrical engineering) Mr. Alzaabi began his illustrious career when he joined the Abu Dhabi
Investment Authority as an Assistant Manager of the Real Estate Department. In 1996, he joined Abu Dhabi National Hotels as General Manager before being promoted to Deputy Director General in 1999. He has since contributed significantly to the development of the hotel and hospitality services sector across the Middle East region and was regarded by Hotelier as one of the “Top Ten Most Powerful Hoteliers”, and amongst the highest-ranking hospitality professionals in the Arabian Business Power 500.
Mr. Alzaabi has considerable expertise and has partnered with many well-known global companies across a diverse range of sectors including hospitality, food & beverage, private equity investments, real estate investments, public transport operations, contracting and services. He invests and partners with those businesses that can contribute to the growth and development of both the UAE and the region. Mr. Alzaabi’s philanthropic endeavours include the development and operation of the Hamad Centre for Special Needs in Abu Dhabi, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping children with autism from 2010 till 2018.
Chairman and Founder of the Lakhraim Business Group of companies
Founder and Chairman of Tetra Hospitality Investments, a leading UAE hotel investment/ownership company
Founder and Chairman of Zain Capital, a leading UAE property development and investment company
Founder and President of Millennium & Copthorne Middle East.
Chairman of Zone Parking Solutions LLC, UAE-based parking solutions company
Chairman of Arady Properties (PSC), a private joint stock company focused on private equity in real estate in GCC countries.
“Middle East’s Leading Personality for Outstanding Services to Tourism 2015” – World Travel Awards
“Top Ten Most Powerful Hoteliers" - Hotelier Middle East
“Top 100 World’s Most Powerful Arabs” – Arabian Business
“Highest-ranking Travel and Hospitality Professional” – Arabian Business Power 500
“Top 10 Power List 2017” – Hotelier Express Middle East
“Top 10 Power List 2018” – Hotelier Middle East