Hospitality Innovation Summit slated for March 2023

Hospitality Innovation Summit slated for March 2023

Leading markets for hospitality projects include Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which together represent one of the largest project pipelines, as well as some very spectacular ones. With such wealth of opportunities comes the challenge of establishing a lucrative business and making the right business connections, gathering in-depth knowledge of the market in order to efficiently navigate through the various stages of project development. GBB proficiently addresses this issue through their exclusive by-invite-only decision-makers’ business summits, bringing together top developers, investors, architects, designers, contractors, consultants and suppliers from some of the leading brands in the business.

The Hospitality Innovation Summit – Saudi Arabia and the UAE is set to take place on March 15-16, 2023, at Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City. It will forge a hospitality fraternity between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, allowing trade people to meet, build, and co-create new business collaborations with solution providers and industry peers.


  • Strategic business-to-face meetings
  • Free-flowing and structured networking opportunities
  • Panel discussions
  • Product showcase

Panel discussions 

  • Hospitality innovation: View from the boardroom
  • Fire-side chat: Innovation with a vision
  • Project innovation: Building the structure of long-term success.
  • Hotel innovation: How to ensure relevance today and tomorrow
  • Mastering the masterpieces
  • Design innovation: Creating iconic hotels
  • Technology innovation: The future battleground of the hospitality business


  • Wahdan Al Kadi, Chief Business Officer, Tourism Development Fund
  • Phillip J. Jones, Chief Destination Marketing and Management Officer, Royal Commission of AlUla
  • David Thomson, Senior VP of Brand and Business Development, TFG Hotel Management
  • Tatiana Veller, Managing Director, Stirling Hospitality Advisors
  • Ian Williamson, Group Chief Projects Delivery Officer, Red Sea Global
  • Imran Changezi, Development Senior Director, Diriyah Gate Development Authority
  • Ian Wilson, Regional Director for Hospitality at THE LINE, NEOM
  • Luca Dini, Founder, Luca Dini Design & Architecture
  • Darryl Custer, Managing Director, KEO Design
  • Scott Henshaw, Group Head of Design, Red Sea Global
  • Nadine Atta, Senior Director of Design, The First Group
  • Stephen Laucirica, Senior Director, Design & Engineering India – Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
  • David Glennon, Senior Digital Delivery Director, Red Sea Global
  • Pedro Deakin, SVP – Brand & Design, Jumeirah Group
  • Mohamed Belkhodja, Director Investments & Special Projects, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority
  • Rahul Deo Gupta, Executive Director – EPMO, Boutique Group
  • Samit Sheth, Digital Transformation Lead, MEA, JLL

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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