Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

29 September - 1 October 2020 | Live + virtual across Dubai

Programme

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Day One - Tuesday 29 September 2020

At-a-glance →

AHIC Virtual Investment Den

AHIC off the record

09:00 - 10:00

Live at the Mandarin Oriental - Session 1

Round Table

Owners off the record – Hosted by HAMA – Access to this session 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.

Hosted by

René Beil President, HAMA MEA – Managing Director, Beaufort Global

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

10:30 - 11:30

Live at the Mandarin Oriental - Session 2

Round Table

Owners off the record – Hosted by HAMA – Access to this session 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.

Hosted by

René Beil President, HAMA MEA – Managing Director, Beaufort Global

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

11:00 - 11:10

Welcome Remarks

Jonathan Worsley Chairman – Bench Events

11:10 - 11:35

The Investors’ perspective: ‘After the Apocalypse’ how have investors changed their businesses and what have they learned?

The industry has experienced unprecedented times. According to the owners, how has the industry shifted in the short and long term? What changes have they made and what lessons have they learnt? What is their view on the asset class moving forward?

Nick van Marken Managing Director – van Marken Limited

In conversation with

Adeeb Ahamed Managing Director – Twenty14 Holdings

Rahul Chaudhary CEO & MD – CG Corp Global & CG Hospitality Holdings

11:35 - 12:00

Is the pandemic impacting the wider investor profile of the sector?

Are there investors checking in or checking out and what is driving these decisions? What does a shift in players mean and what opportunities does it open up as a result?

Andrew Sangster Editorial Director – Hotel Analyst

In conversation with

Charbel Boutros Senior Director Strategy & Hospitality Advisory – Ròya International

Lissa Engle Founder & Managing Director – Berkeley Capital Group

Ramsey Mankarious Chief Executive Officer – Cedar Capital Partners

Tea Ros Founder & Managing Director – Strategic Hotel Consulting

12:00 - 13:30

Hotel Investment Outlook 2020 and Beyond: Year-to-date characteristics and path to global recovery

Amr El Nady Executive Vice President, Global Hotels Desk & Head of Middle East & Africa – JLL Hotels & Hospitality

Nihat Ercan Managing Director, Head of Investment Sales Asia Pacific – JLL Hotels & Hospitality

Gilda Perez-Alvarado Chief Executive Officer Americas – JLL Hotels & Hospitality

Patrick Saade Senior Managing Director EMEA Capital Markets – JLL Hotels & Hospitality

Mark Wynne-Smith Global Head – JLL Hotels & Hospitality

13:30 - 13:50

One-on-One with Kenneth Macpherson

Nick van Marken Managing Director – van Marken Limited

In conversation with

Kenneth Macpherson Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa – IHG

14:00 - 15:00

The Transformation of Management Agreements

Workshop

In the post – Covid19 world what is the new normal? How have owners and operators reacted to the new landscape and what impact is this having on existing and future agreements?   What can you expect to see in the marketplace in the future? 

Tara Marlow Partner, Head of Real Estate, Hotels & Leisure – Al Tamimi & Company

In conversation with

Hala Matar Choufany President-Middle East, Africa and South Asia – HVS

James Donald Vice President and Deputy General Counsel – Accor

Giuliano Gasparini Senior Vice President – Asset Management, Hospitality & Leisure – Aldar Properties PSJC

14:30 - 14:50

Designing the vertical resort

The future for urban leisure developments.

Donald Bordui Managing Director, MENA & Asia – OBM International

14:50 - 15:10

Adapting properties under construction for the new world

Looking at white-labelled examples of actual projects in the final stages of completion which have been successfully adjusted. What can be done for existing properties?

Ismail AlKamal Director – AlKamal International

15:10 - 16:00

How sustainability will transform tomorrow and embedding sustainability in the early stages of hotel development

Quick baseline understanding of the talks on sustainability; presenting the systemic challenge of how hotel development is done in practice vs. how hotel operators manage sustainability and best practices for bridging the two.

Eric Ricaurte Founder & CEO – Greenview

Followed by a conversation with:

Anton Bawab Executive Director, Hospitality – The Red Sea Development Company

Khalifa Bin Braik Managing Director of Hotels – Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Cedric Sala MEA Hotel Segment Director – Schneider Electric

16:00 - 16:30

A Focus on Investment Opportunities in Saudi and how they can be accessed

Workshop

Looking at the emerging projects and how international investors are able to enter the market.

Majed AlGhanim Managing Director of Tourism and Quality of Life Sector – Ministry of Investment Saudi Arabia

Hammad AlBalawi General Manager of Tourism Investment – Ministry of Tourism

16:00 - 18:00

Live at Burj Al Arab & broadcast around the globe

GRIF @ AHIC: A Focus on the Future of Hotel F&B

How are hotels transforming their F&B offering to be COVID compliant and also compete with the ever evolving and sophisticated demands of today’s guest to ensure maximum ROI for owners? 

16:00 - 16:10

Welcome Remarks

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines Managing Director Middle East , Co-Founder, GRIF – Bench Events

16:10 - 16:30

One-on-one with José Silva

José Silva, Chief Executive Officer at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, in conversation with Richard Dean, Presenter at Dubai Eye Radio and Director of Roar Interior Design, on how and why Jumeirah has put culinary excellence as one of its key pillars; the impact of COVID on their F&B strategy and how they are moving forward.

16:30 - 16:50

Value creation for real assets in the new normal

How has COVID-19 impacted the real estate and hospitality industry and what are the long-term implications? What are the emerging trends? In this session, we look at the news 'baseline' for the industry, discuss working capital and business protection as well as F&B digitisation and other significant trends.

Richard Dean Presenter at Dubai Eye Radio – Director of Roar Interior Design

In conversation with

Dr. Martin Berlin Partner & Global Deals Real Estate Leader – PwC

16:50 - 17:10

Interview with Emma Banks

Emma Banks, VP F&B Strategy & Development, EMEA, Hilton International in conversation with David Singleton, Partner, Socius Group on how she is planning for the future across her portfolio.

17:10 - 17:35

Hotel F&B strategies for the future

In the new world, what are some options when your hotel F&B tenant leaves and re-leasing is not an option. How can you re-think space that has become available? What are some cost effective ways for a re-launch.

Helen El Mettouri Regional Director, Middle East, Africa & SEA – Keane

Hamed Parnian Associate – Compass Project Consulting

17:35 - 17:45

Dubai Restaurant Group Update

Through the formation of the Dubai Restaurant Group under the Dubai Chamber, F&B has been recognised by the government as one of the key drivers of Dubai’s economy and an important pillar of its appeal as a destination.  What is the vision for its role in the industry moving forward?

Naim Maadad Chief Executive & Founder, Gates Hospitality – Board Member, Dubai Restaurant Group

Kunal Lahori Managing Partner, Palmon Group – Board Member, Dubai Restaurant Group

17:45 - 18:10

Creating a culture of culinary excellence

How does a hotel company create and grow a culture of culinary excellence for today’s world? What structures and measures can be put in place to attract and retain world class talent? What adjustments have had to be made for the new world and guests?

Michael Ellis Chief Culinary Officer – Jumeirah Group

In conversation with

Chef Marco Garfagnini Executive Chef – Jumeirah Al Naseem and Head Chef of Sal

Chef Kim Joinié-Maurin Executive Chef – Al Mahara Restaurant