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Keeping the faith: HMH's Laurent Voivenel

Keeping the faith: HMH's Laurent Voivenel

UAE-based Hospitality Management Holdings’ chain of Sharia-compliant hotels is expanding quickly, in line with the growth in the region’s hospitality market. New chief executive Laurent Voivenel says he is keen to target the mid- and low-range segments of the industry

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Let me entertain you: Pragma's Joe Tabet

Let me entertain you: Pragma's Joe Tabet

Pragma Group’s deal with Italian designer Roberto Cavalli to operate branded cafes, clubs and hotels around the world put the Lebanese firm on the map, but there is a lot more to the company than meets the eye. Chairman Joe Tabet reveals how it is on...

Interview: Staywell Hospitality chief Simon Wan

Interview: Staywell Hospitality chief Simon Wan

Simon Wan is planning to expand StayWell Hospitality to 100 properties worldwide. Many of those are likely to be based in the Middle East.

Interview: Qatar's tourism chief Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

Interview: Qatar's tourism chief Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi

It may be late to the party in attracting international tourists, but Qatar Tourism Authority chairman Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi says the industry is vital as the country looks to diversify its economy

Lap of luxury: FRHI Int'l president Jennifer Fox

Lap of luxury: FRHI Int'l president Jennifer Fox

The hotel giant that runs the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands is putting its faith in the Middle East. But, as FRHI International president Jennifer Fox says, its focus will remain in the five-star bracket

Interview: Bahrain restauranteur Roaya Saleh

Interview: Bahrain restauranteur Roaya Saleh

Bahraini restaurateur Roaya Saleh is the founder of Villa Mamas and is carrying the flag for the local cuisine with ambitious plans to expand across the world

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Five minutes with: Rita Gilligan, Hard Rock Cafe's oldest employee

Five minutes with: Rita Gilligan, Hard Rock Cafe's oldest employee

The 72 year old talks about her experiences since the first restaurant opened in 1971 and what her latest role as culture attache involves

A spa with a difference

A spa with a difference

Standing out in the crowded Dubai spa marketplace is never easy. We speak to Moira Pirzad about how her business, De La Mer Day Spa, offers something different to those looking for some personal pampering

Women’s travel group is flying high

Women’s travel group is flying high

Passionate travel fan Paulomi Bhatt explains why and how she launched women-only travel platform The World at her Feet

Interview: Saudi Arabia's Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Al Hokair

Interview: Saudi Arabia's Sheikh Abdul Mohsen Al Hokair

Dubbed ‘the sheikh of Gulf tourism’, Abdul Mohsen Al Hokair has been running hotels and entertainment centres for nearly half a century. In an exclusive interview, the owner of the Al Hokair Group says the firm is ratcheting up its expansion plan in light...

Reach for the stars

Reach for the stars

Marriott International has just opened the tallest hotel in the western hemisphere and the first double decker hotel in the US. It’s also the model for a roll-out of dual pack Courtyard and Residence Inn hotels and an example of how strong brands can...

Interview: Rotana's Selim El Zyr

Interview: Rotana's Selim El Zyr

It’s all change at Rotana this year, with co-founder Selim El Zyr stepping down from his role as CEO after 21 years. Here, he reflects on a lifetime dedicated to hospitality, how he’s signed close to 100 hotels and why his successor has the drive, energy...

Success at her fingertips: Shabana Karim

Success at her fingertips: Shabana Karim

Founder and owner of The Nail Spa, Shabana Karim, tells StartUp how she has been able to grow her business to be a leading light in the region’s beauty industry


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Ravi to riches
Dr Ravi Pillai launched his first business at the age of 14, trading in coconuts so he could afford school books. Three decades later, his RP Group brings in revenue of $4bn and employs 80,000 staff, helping make him one of the world’s richest Indians. But in his first personal interview to date, he explains why a happy workforce and a good reputation are far more important than money. He also talks of the launch of his latest venture — RP Global — a real estate company that will build luxury projects in Dubai this year.

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