Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

April 2020 | United Arab Emirates


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Day Three: Thursday, 11th April 2019

At-a-glance →

07:00 - 07:45

Getting active with AHIC – Run or Yoga

Join your fellow delegates and get the blood pumping with some fresh air and exercise ahead of the start of sessions.

YOGA - A perfect opportunity for attendees to refresh and recharge. A beginner friendly 45-minute yoga and meditation session in the lush gardens of Waldorf Astoria. Click here to register.

For the Run be in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria at 7am. A bus will then take runners
to the starting point opposite the Double Tree by Hilton Marjan Resort & Spa. For those
participating in yoga it will be taking place at 7am on the Function Lawn of the Waldorf
Astoria. Please ensure you pre register for both activities.

08:45 - 09:00

Welcome Back

Jonathan Worsley Chairman and Founder – Bench Events

09:00 - 09:30

The growth of asset management in the UAE – Why it is paying dividends for owners

Rene Beil Managing Director – Beaufort Global Partners LLC

In conversation with

Anil Bhardwaj Director – A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises LLC

Donald Bremner Managing Director – Stirling Hospitality Advisors

Stuart Etherington Vice President Hospitality Asset Management – Dubai Holding

Zoltan Kali Senior Vice President – OMRAN Hospitality

09:30 - 10:00

Franchising – is it the future in the GCC? What does it take to do it well?

Learning from those who have been excelling at it for years

Nick van Marken Managing Director – van Marken Limited

In conversation with

Jerome Briet Chief Development Officer, Middle East & Africa – Marriott International

Patrick Fitzgibbon Senior Vice President Development EMEA – Hilton

Dimitris Manikis President & Managing Director - Europe, Middle East, Eurasia, Africa – Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Elie Younes Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer – Radisson Hotel Group

10:00 - 10:30

What are the benefits of management companies vs third party management companies

Damien Rizzi Head of Asset Management - Global Hospitality – Drees & Sommer

In conversation with

Khalid Anib Chief Executive Officer – Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC

Aaron Greenman Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Development - EMEA – Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Bani Haddad Founder & Managing Director – Aleph Hospitality

Jad Shamseddin Managing Director - Hotels Division – Al Hokair Group

10:15 - 11:15

Workshop In the Discussion Room - Sweating your Asset


Squeezing the most from your operating costs to enhance ROI without compromising on quality.

Ali Manzoor Partner, Hospitality and Leisure – Knight Frank

10:30 - 10:50

Creating a world class resort destination

Stephen Sackur Presenter – HARDTalk


Marc Dardenne Chief Operating Officer – Public Investment Fund – Amaala

10:50 - 11:20

Coffee and refreshments break

11:15 - 12:00

Workshop In the Discussion Room - Your Questions Answered: Expert Advice on Technology Investments

Round Table

Ted Horner Information Technology & Services Consultant and Owner – E Horner & Associates

David Sjolander Chief Operating Officer – HTNG

11:20 - 12:00

Midmarket resorts and non-traditional midmarket investment opportunities

Beyond traditional four- and three-star hotel products where are the emerging opportunities for investors to get value for money?

Christopher Lund Head of Hotels – Middle East & North Africa – Colliers International


Abdullah Al Abdooli Managing Director & CEO – Marjan

Rami A. Moukarzel Vice President Development & Acquisitions, Middle East & North Africa – Louvre Hotels Group

Benjamin Oppl Development Director Middle East and North Africa, Meliá Hotels International 

Raki Phillips Chief Citizen – Earth Hotels

12:00 - 12:20

AHIC Hard Talk - ​How is India’s OYO disrupting the hotel business model using technology?

Stephen Sackur Presenter – HARDTalk


Abhinav Sinha Global Chief Operating Officer – OYO Hotels and Homes

12:20 - 13:00

Outward investment and travel from China

The impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on the hospitality and tourism industry worldwide and what is the ideal structure for attracting Chinese investment?

Filippo Sona Managing Director, Global Hospitality – Drees & Sommer


Dr. Hong Deng Bian Chairman of the Board / Secretary General – China Baobei Investment Group / World Silk Road Forum

Benson Huang Chairman of the Board & Managing Director, – Sichuan New World Investment Group

Dustin Pan Senior Vice President – Oceanwide Investment and Securities

Dr. Adam Wu Chief Operating Officer – China Invests Overseas by CBN

Followed by a discussion with REGIONAL developers

His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal Executive Chairman – Sharjah Investment and Development Authority - Shurooq

Samuel Sidiqi Chief Executive Officer – RAK Properties

13:00 - 15:00

Lunch at the AHIC Village and beach bar