Hotelier Middle East Power 50 2012

Welcome to the 2012 edition of the Hotelier Middle East Power 50, the only list that recognises and celebrates the top 50 hotel professionals working in the Middle East hospitality industry.

10 )Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi

Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi
Industry : Hospitality, Finance, Retail and Real Estate
Job Title: President and CEO

With 11 hotels open and 45 upcoming, Millennium & Copthorne Middle East has one of the largest pipelines in the region thanks to the leadership of Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi, who established the business just 11 years ago.

Over the past year, the company has opened two hotels — Millennium Plaza Hotel Dubai and Kingsgate Hotel Doha — and signed nine more, including Millennium branded properties in Muscat and Mecca and a Grand Millennium in Riyadh.

In total, the company expects to open 13 hotels in the next 12 months. Lakhraim’s next big focus is Iraq, where three hotels are planned to open in Sulaimaniah by September 2013, two under the Copthorne brand and one five-star Grand Millennium.

Among the operating hotels, Grand Millennium Dubai deserves a special mention: it was number one in a guest satisfaction matrix conducted across 41 Millennium & Copthorne hotels worldwide.

By the numbers

Millennium & Copthorne hotels open in Middle East: 11 Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East: 45 Middle East hotels opened in past 12 months: 2 Middle East hotels signed in past 12 months: 9 middle East hotels due to open by September 2013: 13 Years in hospitality: 16 Years in Middle East: 16 Nationality: Emirati