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.

21 )Mohammed H. Arkobi

Mohammed H. Arkobi
Industry : Hospitality, Finance, Retail and Real Estate
Job Title: VP & MD

With a team of 4000 employees, Mohammed Arkobi leads Fairmont Raffles Hotels International’s complex of three hotels in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, which as of this month, are now all fully open.

The luxury hotels, regarded as changing the face of hospitality in Makkah, comprise Raffles Makkah Palace, Makkah Clock Royal Tower —A Fairmont Hotel and the newly-opened Swissotel Makkah with 1562 rooms and suites alone.

A Saudi national, Arkobi is respected for promoting Saudisation within the industry and brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of revenue generation to the role he has held since 2007.

Arkobi continues to push the bar, seeking out new ways to proactively enhance the ‘green’ activities of the company’s operations, dedicating himself to advance the brand’s pioneering efforts on a sustainable tourism basis. He is also concentrating on further developing the FRHI Saudi Arabia Collection throughout Makkah, and across the Saudi market.

Previously, he was GM of the Madinah InterContinental Hotel and Dar Al Hijra InterContinental, making him one of the foremost authorities on operating Saudi hotels.