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Anantara brings a little bit of Thailand to the GCC

Anantara brings a little bit of Thailand to the GCC

Chairman and CEO explains why the region is so enticing

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Luxury hotel brand finally coming to the GCC

Luxury hotel brand finally coming to the GCC

Following numerous unfulfilled promises and delays, Langham Hotels set to open four properties in the Gulf, all in the space of a year

Room for change: AccorHotels CEO Sébastien Bazin

Room for change: AccorHotels CEO Sébastien Bazin

A few months after buying FRHI Hotels & Resorts from investors including Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holding, AccorHotels CEO Sébastien Bazin denies the hotel management firm is growing too fast. In fact, he intends to pick up the pace – especially...

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Sizing up Sharjah: Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal

Sizing up Sharjah: Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal

Often cast into the shadows of Dubai, the neighbouring emirate is pushing back with plans to develop industries as vast as healthcare, media, logistics and tourism. The CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Marwan Bin Jassim Al Sarkal,...

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Culinary creator: Kuwaiti restaurateur Basil Al Salem

Culinary creator: Kuwaiti restaurateur Basil Al Salem

Kuwaiti restaurateur Basil Al Salem has pioneered a string of unique food concepts in the Gulf during the past decade, including the American burger revival and artisan coffee shops. He tells Arabian Business about plans for global expansion and his thoughts...

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...

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Brand of its own: Preferred Hotels' Lindsey Ueberroth

Brand of its own: Preferred Hotels' Lindsey Ueberroth

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is giving independently-owned and managed properties a global reach they have never before had. CEO Lindsey Ueberroth explains why GCC hotels are fast signing up

Dining with the Tsars: Evgeny Kuzin

Dining with the Tsars: Evgeny Kuzin

Evgeny Kuzin, founder and managing partner of one of Dubai’s major hospitality players, Bulldozer Group, talks market challenges, future plans, and $300,000 customer bills

Entrepreneur Omar Samra's extraordinary business

Entrepreneur Omar Samra's extraordinary business

The famous Egyptian mountaineer-turned-serial entrepreneur Omar Samra advises start-up founders to safeguard their entrepreneurial passions from greed-fuelled growth plans, pointing out that it is small and fragile business ventures that might help them...

Checking in: Managing Marriott's growing business in the Middle East

Checking in: Managing Marriott's growing business in the Middle East

Marriott’s man in the Middle East and Africa, Alex Kyriakidis, discusses taxes, trends and the upcoming tie-up with fellow hospitality giant Starwood.

The dream maker: Soneva's Sonu Shivdasani

The dream maker: Soneva's Sonu Shivdasani

Thirty years ago, after visiting the Maldives for a holiday, Sonu Shivdasani decided to build his own home there. The end result is a luxury resort empire across several continents, which next year could be worth close to $500m when it lists on the stock...

Opportunity knocks: Shangri-La's CEO Greg Dogan

Opportunity knocks: Shangri-La's CEO Greg Dogan

The hotel brand inspired by a legendary land described in a 1933 novel is spreading its story across the GCC. Global CEO Greg Dogan discusses expansion plans and the industry's new emphasis on “lifestyle”

Hotel giant: Wyndham's Geoff Ballotti

Hotel giant: Wyndham's Geoff Ballotti

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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