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New beginnings: Gerald Lawless

New beginnings: Gerald Lawless

In January, Gerald Lawless stepped down after 18 years as CEO of Dubai’s iconic hotel group Jumeirah to move into a role advising parent company Dubai Holding on its tourism and hospitality assets. He is also about to take up the chairmanship of the World Travel and Trade Council

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Conquering the world: What next for the man behind Booking.com

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Yas man: Mohammed Al Zaabi

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Lap of luxury: Fairmont's Michael Glennie

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Kuwaiti backers on plans to make $3.6bn London theme park project profitable within 2 years

Kuwaiti backers on plans to make $3.6bn London theme park project profitable within 2 years

Abdulla Al Humaidi, Group CEO of Kuwaiti European Holding Group on why he is determined the London Paramount Entertainment Resort will not go the way of popular — but loss-making — rival Disneyland Paris

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The Italian job: Sir Rocco Forte

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Keeping the faith: HMH's Laurent Voivenel

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