Regional VP, development – Middle East
and Africa Hyatt International
If you were to summarize your career in one sentence, what would you say?
My career is guided by passion and dedication to the hospitality industry.
What is your most eagerly anticipated project?
We have several exciting projects coming up in Saudi Arabia, an important market in Hyatt’s growth strategy in the Middle East. With its rich heritage and culture, Saudi Arabia has much to offer the curious, modern traveler.
What qualities define a true leader?
A successful leader must create a shared vision for the project that both the developer and the operator are satisfied with. This is achieved through effective communication between both parties.
What is your motto?
Before I engage in a serious discussion on a new project, I ask myself: “Would I like to stay at this property on my next business trip/vacation?”
Where does the company stand in terms of its growth trajectory and its strategy for the MENA region?
Our long-term strategy puts us in prime position to experience sustained growth and recovery during and following the pandemic. We occupy a unique position in the market in terms of scale and footprint, and we are able to consistently deliver high-quality and personalized experiences. At present, we have 32 Hyatt-branded properties in the region, with a robust development pipeline for 2021-2022.