A look at Kuwait’s hospitality sector with Rabih Al Atrash

A look at Kuwait’s hospitality sector with Rabih Al Atrash

In an exclusive interview, Rabih Al Atrash, GM of Arabella Beach Hotel, discusses the unique aspects of Kuwait’s hospitality sector. Furthermore, he reveals the key factors in managing a hotel in this dynamic environment.


What can you tell us about Kuwait’s hospitality sector?

 The hospitality scene in Kuwait is characterized by a diverse range of hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, catering to both local residents and international visitors. Moreover, Kuwait’s hospitality industry is renowned for its luxurious and diversified offerings, with many hotels and resorts featuring world-class amenities, spa facilities and fine-dining options.

It is important to note that the city’s hospitality sector has been growing steadily in recent years, with new hotel developments emerging to meet the demands of the expanding tourism and business travel sectors. Overall, Kuwait’s hospitality scene continues to evolve, offering a seamless blend of luxury, comfort and cultural experiences for leisure and business travelers alike.

What are the most important factors to consider when managing a hotel in Kuwait?

Managing a hotel in Kuwait involves various factors to ensure success and profitability. Firstly, cultural sensitivity, service quality, safety and local regulations are crucial considerations. Additionally, economic and political factors, sustainability and environmental concerns play significant roles. By taking these points into consideration, hotel managers can effectively navigate the unique challenges and opportunities Kuwait’s hotel industry presents.

How would you describe the Kuwaiti clientele?

 Kuwaiti clientele, reflecting unique traits shaped by local culture, economy and social norms, commonly emphasize family, luxury, tradition and technology. Moreover, general observations highlight Kuwaiti preferences, acknowledging wide individual variations. Thorough market research is crucial for successful business and marketing.

Additionally, in business or marketing to Kuwaiti clientele, understanding diverse preferences is essential. Therefore, conducting thorough market research is crucial for success.

What attracted you to the role of GM at Arabella Beach Hotel, Kuwait, Vignette Collection?

 Arabella Beach Hotel – Kuwait, Vignette Collection by IHG, provides an ideal environment for a passionate GM. It boasts ownership, a prime location, a modern product, and IHG’s name, leadership and support.

Moreover, considering these factors alongside my dedication to improvement and hospitality, the decision to work here was easy. Presently, my primary focus is ensuring the successful launch of the property, a tangible result of extensive pre-opening efforts.

Additionally, our goal is to establish the hotel as the premier destination in Kuwait’s luxury segment. To achieve this, we are committed to providing unparalleled hospitality experiences, personalized service and exquisite amenities, fostering a culture of excellence.

In conclusion, our aim is to ensure every guest enjoys a memorable stay, leaving them eager to return and recommend us to others.



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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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