Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

09 – 11 April 2019

AHIC Village, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

2018 Session

The Macro Outlook

Lynn Chouman photo

Lyn has covered numerous business stories that have moved the markets and interviewed top business leaders and decision makers. She delivers the live daily economic bulletins and stock market updates on AlArabiya News Channel. Prior to joining AlArabiya she worked for the World Bank office in Beirut. She holds a BA in Economics from the American University of Beirut.

Samih Sawiris photo

Samih Sawiris, born in Cairo on the 28th of January 1957 as the middle son among three sons of Onsi  Sawiris, founder and president of Orascom conglomerate. He received his Diploma in economic engineering from the Technical University of Berlin in 1980, Samih is married and has 5 children.     He is the founder and Chairman of Orascom Development Holding (ODH.SW), a Swiss-incorporated company listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX). Orascom Development is a leading developer of fully integrated destinations that include hotels, private villas and apartments, leisure facilities such as golf courses,  marinas and supporting infrastructure. Orascom Development’s diversified portfolio of destinations is  spread over nine jurisdictions (Egypt, Oman, Montenegro, Switzerland, UAE, Morocco and UK). The Group currently owns a total of 35 hotels with 8,016 rooms and controls approximately 100.3 million sqm of land. ODH operates several destinations: El Gouna in Egypt, Lustica Bay in Montenegro, Andermatt in Switzerland, Salalah and Jebel Sifah in Oman and The Cove in UAE.

Samih is a major shareholder of Orascom Construction Industries (OCI N.V.) a Dutch based global producer of natural gas-based chemicals and engineering and construction contractor with projects and investments across Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. He is also a significant  stakeholder in Lafarage (LG.FP); world leader in building material & major player in the cement, aggregates and concrete industries, operating in 64 countries and listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.  
In addition, Samih is a member of Sawiris Foundation which was founded in April 2001, with an endowment from the Sawiris family, dedicated to social development. 

Saad Audeh photo

Saad Issa Audeh, entrepreneur, visionary and shareholder of the Audeh Group, a family business formed in 1990 which is now a conglomerate of over 30 companies operating in 11 countries across Europe, Near & Middle East, GCC and Africa.

Mr Audeh achieved a degree from the University of Reading in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and later, in 1991, he joined the family business and developed a powerful network of interconnecting business operations and business partnerships.    He was responsible for the introduction of numerous products for international brands including Heinz and Nabisco and other FMCG in the former Soviet Union.  Mr Audeh’s creativity and clever use of design served him well when he created a coffee brand from concept to sale and distribution.  Over the years, his ability to identify, attract and nurture new business as a result of his strong networking skills has ultimately resulted in mutually beneficial and successful business relationships within a diverse international market.

His visionary skills attracted him to one of his current projects within the US $5 Billion Al-Abdali development in Amman, Jordan, a unique Real Estate Development Project.  This mixed-use development will become a new visible centre for Amman and act as the major business district in one of the region’s fast growing cities.

Mr Audeh initially connected with Campbell Gray Hotels to brand and operate his part of the project and in doing so, he saw the potential to expand his portfolio into the service and hospitality industry.  Having now acquired Campbell Gray Hotels as part of the Audeh Group, “Campbell Gray Living”, the brand, has recently launched the company’s residential, office and retail spaces. 

Always looking to the future, Mr Audeh is also involved in developing ecological and environmentally friendly products which include Water solutions and Renewable energy. Mr Audeh’s varied interests include playing polo and shooting.