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Philippe Harb

One to One Hotels & Resorts

COO

I am an hotelier with more than 18 years of extensive experience, managing diverse hospitality properties as well as establishing food and beverage (F&B) concepts across the Middle East.  I have moved up the rank in various progressive positions with leading hospitality companies such as the Hyatt, IHG and Rotana, after obtaining my Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Cesar Ritz Switzerland.

My diverse and multinational exposure enabled me to bridge between the cultures of the west and the east.  It has also allowed me to apply worldwide customer service standards, coupled with excellence in executing best practices and allowing my organization to contribute to shareholders’ financial gains, as well as deliver at a high level through brand recognition in the markets we serve.

Three years ago, I decided to lead a local group One to One Hotels and Resorts.  At that time, The Village hotel in Abu Dhabi had lost its alcohol license.  The company only had 2 hotels and was about to shut down the management. I took the challenge, with my new Executive Committee, to improve the firm’s status, promising to resign if I this didn’t happen.  Together, with strong belief in change and commitment to turning the situation around, we did! We moved from 2 hotels to 17 in operations and pipe line.

Voted among the 50 most powerful hoteliers in the Middle East in 2014 according to http://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com, I continue to apply my expertise and contribute to this amazing industry, as well as stay close and up-to-date with the innovations in the hotelier sector.  I have a lot to offer, and my passion is my driver to excel and make a difference, with an objective to move the company from a national presence to an international one, and soon from ownership to corporate.