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.

49 )Russel Sharpe

Russel Sharpe
Industry : Hospitality, Finance, Retail and Real Estate
Job Title: Chief Operating Officer

As COO of Dubai-based Citymax Hotels, the hospitality division of Landmark Group, British-born Russel Sharpe is responsible for more than 1200 rooms in the UAE, 400 employees and is tasked with overseeing the group’s expansion in the emirates.

The business and budget hotels group has three UAE properties open in Al Barsha, Bur Dubai and Sharjah, with two more in the pipeline including a second property in Al Barsha and Citymax Hotel Fujairah.

The past 12 months have been eventful for Sharpe who oversaw the opening of the group’s Sharjah property, and the signing of the second Al Barsha hotel, which is due to open within the next 12 months alongside the Fujairah property.

With 38 years of hospitality experience, including 30 years spent in the Middle East, Sharpe’s background as a senior partner in hospitality consultancy Mezze Associates, overseeing acquisitions, finance, project and asset management, means he is well placed to steer the group’s growth.