22-23 January 2018
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, UAE

Conference Day One: Monday, 22 January 2018

8:00 am - 8:50 am Start of conference registration with welcome refreshments

8:50 am - 9:00 am Opening remarks from the conference chairman

Benjamin Piper - Partner & Design Principal Killa Design
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Benjamin Piper

Partner & Design Principal
Killa Design

Market potential: What does 2018 have in store for the Middle East?

9:00 am - 9:30 am Change in the hospitality landscape: New paradigms and perspectives

Olivier Chavy - CEO & President Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
The industry is ever-evolving, and knowledge of hospitality trends is crucial in order to stay competitive in the market. From zero-waste hotels to Internet of Things, the industry is modernising from the ground up. However, hoteliers must carefully evaluate the upcoming opportunities and choose only those that will guarantee an increase in market share and guest satisfaction.
This presentation will highlight the latest trends to impact the hospitality landscape and the overall guest experience.
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Olivier Chavy

CEO & President
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

9:30 am - 10:00 am Attracting millennials through sustainable and smart design concepts

Olivier Harnisch - CEO Emaar Hospitality Group
Experts predict that millennials will make up over 50 per cent of the world’s hotel guests by 2020.
This is why hotel brands are rushing to meet and exceed the needs of these travelers.

This presentation will express how hotels can meet the expectations of tech-savvy guests while simultaneously renovating and upgrading their infrastructure and offering sustainable design concepts to embrace millennials and secure future revenue.
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Olivier Harnisch

CEO
Emaar Hospitality Group

10:00 am - 10:30 am Choosing the right brand partner for your hotel project

Henri Kennedie - CEO & President Swiss International Hotels & Resorts
Successful completion of your hotel project depends on on-going collaboration between many different stakeholders: developers, consultants, architects, designers, contractors and suppliers.
The right partners will help you reach your goals efficiently, on time and within budget. However, choosing the best team is becoming even more challenging. This presentation will highlight the most important criteria when choosing the project partner and explain how to make sure that suppliers are reliable.
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Henri Kennedie

CEO & President
Swiss International Hotels & Resorts

10:30 am - 11:00 am Hotels development and operations efficiency

Khalid Anib - CEO Abu Dhabi National Hotels
This presentation will address the best ways to manage hotel operations efficiently when margins are tight and competition is extremely high.
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Khalid Anib

CEO
Abu Dhabi National Hotels

11:00 am - 11:30 am Networking break and refreshments

The Middle East holds one of the largest hotel development pipelines in the world with more than 300 hotels in the construction phase. Therefore, competition across the region is extremely high and hotel owners and operators have to continuously upgrade their infrastructure to increase their market share and stay competitive.

In this session, leading hoteliers will discuss what their plans are to ensure the future competitiveness of their hotels.

This session will address:
  • Key driving factors behind the impressive pipeline of hotels coming up in the Middle East
  • Life after Expo 2020: Future plans to ensure the continued prominence of the hospitality industry after the expo is over
  • Strategies to cope with the supply and demand challenges and maintaining high Average Daily Rates given the rising competitiveness
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Benjamin Piper

Partner & Design Principal
Killa Design

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Olivier Harnisch

CEO
Emaar Hospitality Group

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Henri Kennedie

CEO & President
Swiss International Hotels & Resorts

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Khalid Anib

CEO
Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Best practices to overcome design and planning challenges in hotel construction

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm Master plan challenges in designing hotels

Andrew Forte - Vice President, Architecture, Design & Construction MEA Hilton Worldwide
  • Considering the consequences of hotel projects that lacked appropriate designs
  • Detecting flaws during early stages of development to prevent redesign, reconstruction and safety issues
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Andrew Forte

Vice President, Architecture, Design & Construction MEA
Hilton Worldwide

12:40 pm - 1:10 pm The benefits of partnering with a solution provider

Ross Horton - Senior Specification Manager Alshaya Enterprises
• Working together to support project priorities
• Common challenges within hospitality
• An introduction to Alshaya Enterprises

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Ross Horton

Senior Specification Manager
Alshaya Enterprises

1:10 pm - 1:40 pm Saint-Gobain’s Multi-Comfort Strategy for the hospitality sector and how comfort levels affect the hospitality experience

Antonios Agiovlasitis - Key Account Manager – Habitat Saint-Gobain - Middle East
• Saint-Gobain Group and Multi-Comfort strategy
• The correlation of comfort levels and the hospitality experience
• References and examples
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Antonios Agiovlasitis

Key Account Manager – Habitat
Saint-Gobain - Middle East

Creating a fire strategy for your hotel

1:40 pm - 2:10 pm Firestopping in hotels: Ensuring the life protection and property safety

Karim Elshafie - General Manager MVL Firestop
With the increase of building fires in the Middle East region, the issue of fire safety has framed the concerns of hotel owners and operators. This presentation will discuss some of the advanced technologies and fire-stop materials that professionals should consider when they look to safeguard their hotels.
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Karim Elshafie

General Manager
MVL Firestop

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm A holistic design approach to fire & life safety

Robert Davies - Head of Fire & Life Safety WSP Middle East
The presentation outlines the approach to fire safety design for hotels and highlights how a fire strategy is holistic, meaning all elements of the design are important and a coordinated design and construction is essential if the fire strategy is to be properly implemented.
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Robert Davies

Head of Fire & Life Safety
WSP Middle East

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm Networking lunch and end of the conference day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.