Making his highest entry to date is Michel Noblet, CEO of Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH), a company he launched in 2004 with HE Sheikh Faisal bin Sultan Al Qassimi and HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Faisal Al Qassimi.
They first set up the Coral Hotels & Resorts brand, aiming to launch 25 hotels within five years. Having achieved that target within four years, Noblet was instrumental in the creation of HMH.
Since then, the company has expanded to 30 operational hotels and 20 hotels in the pipeline. It opened 10 hotels in the past 12 months including Coral hotels in Saudi Arabia and Iraq and EWA properties in UAE and Oman. Fourteen projects were signed during the same period, including three in UAE and four in KSA.
Noblet celebrates another incredible milestone this month as he completes 50 years in the business — more than any other entrant.
By the numbers
HMH Hotels open in Middle East: 30 Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East: 20 Middle East hotels opened in past 12 months: 10 Middle East hotels signed in past 12 months: 10 Middle East hotels due to open by September 2013: 16-20 Years in hospitality: 50 Years in Middle East: 20 Nationality of Michel Noblet: French