Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

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


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Day Two - Wednesday 30 September 2020 - Live plenary Sessions at Rixos Premium Dubai JBR

At-a-glance →

Start the day with an AHIC Run, Roya Tennis Tournament or Yoga.

07:00 - 09:00

5Km Run followed by Breakfast at the Wyndham Dubai Marina sponsored by The First Group

08:30 - 09:30

Yoga with Zee

09:30 - 10:30

Owners off the record

Round Table

Looking at getting the most from your asset and your operator. This is an invitation only session

10:45 - 11:00

Welcome Remarks

Jonathan Worsley Chairman – Bench Events

11:00 - 11:40

Presentation of the 2020 AHIC Leadership Award to H.E. Helal S. K. Almarri

To be presented by Mark Willis, Chief Executive Officer, Accor Hotels Middle East & Africa

Followed by:

H.E. Helal S. K. Almarri, Director General at DTCM, in a one-on-one conversation with Richard Dean, Presenter at Dubai Eye Radio and Director of Roar Interior Design

Presentation of AHIC 2020 Lifetime Achievement award to Rudi Jagersbacher

Rudi Jagersbacher, Non-Executive Chairman, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Hilton

11:40 - 12:00

Global Hotel Performance Update

A review of key performance indicators and a look at the regional pipeline.

Robin Rossmann Managing Director – STR

12:00 - 12:30

The industry perspective on the new normal

How are owners coping with the current reality, preparing for the future and planning to navigate the new levels of ADR and RevPAR? How do they see their relationship with operators evolving? How are owners structuring their businesses to cope with the current environment?

Turab Saleem Head of Hospitality – Al Rajhi Investments

In conversation with

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

Kevork Deldelian Chief Executive Officer – Millennium Hotels & Resorts

Alison Grinnell CEO – RAK Hospitality Holding LLC

Omar Issa Director of Strategy – Dur Hospitality

12:30 - 12:45

Fettah Tamince on the Future of All-Inclusive

Nick van Marken Managing Director – van Marken Limited

In a one-on-one with

Fettah Tamince Founder and Chairman – Rixos Hotels

12:45 - 13:00

Expo 2020 Update

Sumathi Ramanathan, Director – Market Strategy & Sales at Expo 2020, in conversation with Richard Dean, Presenter at Dubai Eye Radio and Director of Roar Interior Design.

13:00 - 13:30

AHIC Insights CEO Chat

Mark Willis Chief Executive Officer – Accor Hotels Middle East & Africa

In conversation with

H.E. Eng. Essa Al Hajj Al Maidoor Director General – Dubai Developments

on what they see in the future for the hotel market.

13:30 - 14:00

The journey to alternative management: when does franchise work and what other options are available?

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

In conversation with

Khalid Anib Chief Executive Officer – Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC

Bani Haddad Founder & Managing Director – Aleph Hospitality

Christophe Landais Chief Executive Officer – Action Hotels Company

AHIC Your Way Breakout Streams – Includes AHIC interactive & AHIC off the record sessions

14:00 - 14:20

Is the hotel industry fit for a Post-COVID world?

Embracing disruptive technologies

Cyrus Mewawalla, MA, FCA Head of Thematic Research – GlobalData Plc

14:15 - 14:40

Conversions, rebrands and soft brands: what are the developers seeing in the market? Where is the movement in the current market? Are there opportunities?

What (if anything!) is keeping development teams busy? What options are owners looking at?

Neil George – Independent advisor

In conversation with

Louis Abi Abboud Vice President, Development Middle-East & Lifestyle Lead Middle East & Africa – Accor

Matthew Tripolone Vice President Development – Middle East & Africa – InterContinental Hotels Group

14:20 - 14:45

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

What can be done to prepare your business?

Richard Thompson Editorial Director – MEED

In conversation with

Donald Bremner Managing Director – Stirling Hospitality Advisors

Olivier Harnisch Head of Hospitality – Public Investment Fund

Jalil Mekouar Founder and CEO – inHovate Solutions

14:40 - 15:10

Building Back Better: Real estate evolution to meet the changing demands for community build online and in real life.

How can this transformation serve to assist in diversification & risk management? What are the keys to successfully building it into new and existing projects? Who are the ideal collaborators who can ensure the future-proof security of your investment? Communities, online and in real life, transforming real estate to meet new community demands, while diversifying & managing risk.

Marloes Knippenberg Chief Executive Officer – Kerten Hospitality

In conversation with

Abdulsalam Alkuwaity CEO – SEA Ventures

Lynn Chouman News Editor – LinkedIn

Amro Nahas Partner & Managing Director – Ritz Banc Group

14:45 - 15:15

How have the operators and owners embraced technology in this period?

How are they leveraging technology to create a COVID compliant offering?  How are they boosting traveller confidence? How has it been utilised to increase efficiencies?

Floor Bleeker Chief Information Officer Middle East & Africa and Global Strategic Programs – Accor

In conversation with

Willem Both EVP Information Technology – Kerzner International

Waleid Ibrahim Vice President, Global Information Technology - Middle East & Africa – Marriott International

Sanjay Sharma Head of Information Technology – Jumeirah Group

15:30 - 16:30

Hotel Innovation: Tech Trends and Startup Showcase - powered by Plug and Play ADGM

Now more than ever, innovation and tech startup solutions are a business imperative for hotels. Join us to listen in to some of the latest tech trends and hear from exceptional startup founders and disruptors that are bringing real value and innovation to hotels locally and internationally.

Presentation by:

Lio Chen Managing Director Travel & Hospitality (Silicon Valley) – Plug and Play

Startup Innovation Showcase:

Roy Azzi CEO – HYBRID Installations/HYPERVSN

Antonio Bustamente CEO and Founder – Chekin

David Phillips Co-founder and President – Jurny

Scott Long Director – Go Moment

Mohamed Nassar COO & Co-Founder – FunDok