Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

21-22 September 2020 | Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E


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Day One - Tuesday 14 April 2020

At-a-glance →


Registration opens for AHIC 2020

11:00 - 13:00

A focus on hotel F&B - Hosted by grif (OPEN TO PREMIUM & VIP DELEGATES)


Back after a successful 2019 debut we put the spotlight on the latest trends, New concepts & business models emerging in hotel F&B.  How are Hotels transforming their F&B offering to compete with the ever evolving and sophisticated demands of today’s guest to ensure maximum ROI for owners? 

11:00 - 13:00

A Focus on Investment Opportunities in Africa - hosted by AHIF (OPEN TO PREMIUM & VIP DELEGATES)


13:00 - 14:00

Opening Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

LinkedIn Workshop (Open to Premium & VIP delegates)


Transforming Your Digital Brand Strategy: It’s Personal, It’s Business

How can you use your social media and online presence the right way for your business and personal brand? Learn the easiest ways to use impactful digital and social media tools for yourself and for your company.

Sherif El-Kheir Account Director - Acquisition & Growth Accounts – LinkedIn

Ali Shahid Marketing Director – Bench Events

15:00 - 18:00

Day of Transformation – How is the industry transforming through technology and changing consumer preference?

15:00 - 15:25

Transformation through technology

What technologies have the potential to transform tomorrow for the hotel industry and guest experiences?

Floor Bleeker – Chief Information Officer MEA and Global Strategic Programs, Accor; President, HTNG

15:25 - 15:40

AI in Action

See Cognitive AI in action and how can be integrated and leveraged to enhance guest experience, in-house and online.

Tomy Varghese Director – Times World

15:40 - 16:10

How will big data and AI translate into asset performance and value?

What can you do to prepare your business?

Donald Bremner Director – Hospitality Advisory Partners LLC

Mark Hamilton Head of Digital Solutions, MENA P&DS – JLL

Jalil Mekouar Founder and CEO – inHovate Solutions

16:10 - 16:25

Transforming Tomorrow through construction, development and design innovations

Christian Merieau Founding Partner – MMAC Design Associates

16:25 - 16:40

The benefits of Green Building

Looking at how implementing smart technologies in construction and operation can provide real long-term operating cost savings and help to retain asset value.

16:40 - 17:00

Navigating nutrition when you are living out of hotels - Top tips from an F1 insider

When travelling constantly how can you navigate the hotel breakfast buffet to ensure that while your airmiles soar your keeping your waistline and health in check.

Mark Arnall – Performance Coach for F1 Driver Kimi Raikkonen

17:00 - 17:15

Sleeping better through mindfulness and meditation

The importance of sleep is now being recognized as a powerful tool to improve your work and life.  Learn how to make the most of your time in bed. 

Stephen Marks Thought Leader Global Wellness Institute & Founder – Mind Body Building

15:30 - 17:30

AHIC off the record - The Closed-Door Conversation Rooms

Round Table

A series of round tables focused around some of the key markets and development opportunities in the GCC.  Meet, pose questions and share knowledge with industry experts as well as fellow attendees. Please be aware for some of the session attendees will be asked to sign up in advance and entry will be restricted.

Regional Geopolitics

Closed door conversation with MEED experts on the state of the geo-political landscape, economic conditions and what the future holds.

Richard Thompson Editorial Director – MEED

Re-financing Round table with the bankers

What are they really thinking and looking for in projects? What can you expect and how should you go about it in the current market?

Zain Qureshi Head of Real Estate – Mashreq Bank

Owners off the record - hosted by HAMA

Access is by application and attendees must be owners, investors, appointed asset managers or owners’ representatives.  Numbers are strictly limited and only those who have pre-registered will be admitted. Participants will be asked to put forward topics which they would like to table for discussion in advance to the moderator.

Rene Beil Managing Director – Beaufort Global Partners LLC

Amit Nayak,CHA Vice President and Executive Board Member – HAMA

17:15 - 18:00

The Five Minute Pitch – Innovation

Call for innovators! Do you have an innovation that is going to be a game changer for the hotel industry? Submit your application to for the opportunity to pitch to our audience of investors and industry leaders.

Hosted by

Noelle Homsy Development Manager – Shaza Hotels

18:30 - 21:00