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Taking action: Sheikh Mubarak Al Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah

Taking action: Sheikh Mubarak Al Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah

It has been a trying year for Gulf businesses but Kuwait’s midmarket Action Hotels is welcoming once-luxury customers tightening their purse strings. Even so, chairman Sheikh Mubarak Al Abdullah Al Mubarak Al Sabah says he is adopting a frugal attitude to maintain growth

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Geoff Ballotti, the ebullient president of one of the largest hotel groups in the world, has grand plans to expand his empire in the Middle East — and he knows a thing or two about planes, too

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New beginnings: Gerald Lawless

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