Peter Blackburn started his career in property development and eventually moved into hospitality. For 20 years he travelled around London, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China and UAE looking after renowned hotel properties for brands such as InterContinental, Thistle, Peninsula, and Rotana Hotels.
After successfully opening 23 hotels for Rotana, he realised his dream of setting up a new hotel brand – Cristal Hotels & Resorts. Together with partner Kamal Fakhoury, he developed the brand and opened the first property in the UAE capital in April 2009.
Achievements this year include Cristal Hotel Abu Dhabi and Cristal Salam Hotel awarded with a Certificate of Excellence 2012 by TripAdvisor, with both properties ranked in the top five hotels in Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, Blackburn oversaw the signing of five new projects, three in KSA, one in South Africa and one in Erbil.
Looking ahead, the renovation of hotels in Comoros Island and Lebanon is underway and there will be five new additions to the current portfolio, including properties in KSA, Iraq and South Africa.