Senior executives from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide met with Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group on Monday, March 4.
The delegation from Starwood included Frits van Paasschen, President & CEO; Guido De Wilde, Senior Vice President & Regional Director Middle East; Neil George, Vice President, Acquisitions & Development and Aaron Glick, Director, Loyalty Marketing Analytics and Strategy. Also present from the Al Habtoor Group were Maan Halabi, Executive Director and Sanjeev Agarwala, Director Strategy & Business Development and Henning A Fries, Group Director of Operations for Habtoor Hotels. The group discussed mutual future business interests.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide will manage the Al Habtoor Group’s new mega hotel project, Habtoor Island (Habtoor Palace), which will bring together three of their brands. The development, located on a one million square-foot property on Sheikh Zayed Road, will include the first St Regis hotel in Dubai, a W Hotel and a WESTIN.
Starwood already has a partnership with the Al Habtoor Group. It operates the historic Le Méridien Budapest, which the Al Habtoor Group acquired last year.
Khalaf Al Habtoor said, “We have a very good working relationship with the Starwood and we have a prosperous future together with our new products coming on board.”