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Finalists Announced for the 3rd Middle East Hozpitality Excellence Awards in Dubai

September 21, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

After receiving 49,000 votes for the first round of voting for the Popular Choice Awards in Middle East, the finalists were announced over the weekend.

 Further voting for all the finalists will continue until end of October. The Gold and Silver winners for each category will be announced and awarded at the ceremony on 26th Nov at the brand new Rixos Premium in Dubai.

“The final result will be based on the online voting and Judges’ votes. For more information on the awards, please visit,” said Raj Bhatt, CEO, Hozpitality Group.

“These are Popular Choice Awards for the hospitality Industry where selections are purely done on basis of online voting. We are expecting a great event this year,” added Raj Bhatt.

The list of Finalists for the Hotelier of the Year category and General Manager of the Year Category is below:-

– Hozpitality Excellence:- Hotelier of the year

  • Paul Diab, VP Operations, Louvre Hotel Group MENA
  • Hosni Abdelhadi, CEO, Carlton Hotels UAE
  • Ammar Kanaan, Group General Manager, Central Hotels UAE
  • Omer Z. Kaddouri, President and CEO, Rotana Hotel Management Corporation
  • Pascal Gauvin, CEO, IndiaMiddle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Chris Newman, Chief Operating Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group
  • Siegfried Nierhaus, VP- MEA, Steigenberger Hotel Group

– Hozpitality Excellence:- General Manager of the year

  • Roudi Soubra, General Manager, Premier Inn, Ibn Batuta Mall
  • Ahmed Badawy, General Manager, Jood Palace Dubai
  • Reda Moukhtar, General Manager, Atana Hotel Dubai
  • Cenk Unverdi, General Manager, Rixos the Palm Dubai
  • Richard Jenman, General Manager, Cirque le Soir Dubai
  • Stephen Meredith, General Manager, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, Dubai
  • Leonardo Baiocchi, General Manager, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

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The Hozpitality Excellence Awards are for:

  • Hotels/Resorts/Apartments
  • Airlines (Domestic & international)
  • Restaurants (freestanding or in hotels)
  • Spas and Fitness (freestanding or in hotels)
  • Travel Companies
  • Facilities Management Companies
  • Department Nominees (One nominee from each department/company)


For a list of judges, please visit

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