MAAD International Co
Chief Hospitality Officer
Abdellah Essonni is a passionate hospitality and real estate specialist with over 30 years of international experience spanning four continents and encompassing the industry’s various facets from operations to development and asset management.
Abdellah joined Maad International in January 2017 as Chief Hospitality Officer, where he is preparing to deliver the single largest hospitality complex in Makkah with 21 towers totalling 11,000 rooms and residences.
Before his current role, Abdellah spent over five years as CEO of Abjar Hotels International, a subsidiary of Almulla Group, that owns and operates 9 managed and franchised hotels in Dubai under renowned global brands. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at Actif Invest, a Casablanca-based hospitality investment fund with development and asset management mandates across Morocco. Before Actif Invest, he was head of hospitality at Sama Dubai, a government owned master developer.
In the first two decades of his career, Abdellah held several executive positions of increasing responsibility with major groups such as Hyatt, Four Seasons, Jumeirah and Kempinski.
Abdellah graduated in tourism management from Institut Supérieur de Tourisme in Tangier, Morocco.
Abdellah a regular key speaker at leading hotel investment conferences and a member of several advisory boards
Sarah Khalifa, Senior Associate, Real Estate & Hospitality, Clyde & Co
Claude Attala, Chief Hospitality Officer, Shamayel Development
Stephen Cheesebrough, Executive Director of Business Development, Public Investment Fund (PIF) – Amaala Project
Abdellah Essonni, Chief Hospitality Officer, MAAD International Co
Norbert Vas, VP Business Development, Archipelago International