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
Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief Executive Officer – Dur Hospitality
Dr. Badr Al-Badr is a veteran business leader, serial entrepreneur, a published author, a blogger, and a social activist. The Chief Executive Officer of one of the oldest Saudi publicly listed companies, Dur Hospitality Company, a Saudi Joint Stock hospitality company established in 1976, recognized for its extensive record in managing, developing and operating a wide portfolio of hotels and residential compounds across the kingdom.
Prior to being with Dur, Dr. Badr held many leading positions in local and multinational companies, earning him numerous “Best Manager” awards during his career. He was the MD of Cisco Systems Saudi Arabia which, under his leadership, won the “Best Business Environment” Award twice in Saudi Arabia. He was also the CEO of AwalNet Company and CEO of Al Alamiah Internet and Communication Company.
Dr. Badr earned his masters and PHD from Washington University, USA and his B.A degree from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran. An entrepreneur and contributor to leading and developing emerging business, Dr. Badr actively participated in many leadership programs at several renowned universities including Oxford, Cornell, and George Washington University.
Dr. Badr serves on the board of directors of a number of hospitality and IT companies. Ranked 17th in the list of top 50 most influential hospitality professionals in the Middle East in 2016 by hotelier magazine, and 65 on the list of top 100 CEO in the GCC for the year 2016 by TRENDS magazine and INSEAD – international business school. Dr. Badr speaks in major conferences such as Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, Global Competitive Forum, Hospitality Summit, and IPD MEA Summit. He is also an activist on social media promoting leadership and entrepreneurship.