Walid Harouni Joins Roya International

May 20, 2015, 05:35 ET from Roya International

DUBAI, UAE, May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Highly experienced career professional will head the region's largest hotel asset management portfolio (30 hotels across 12 cities) 

Ròya , an international specialist hospitality consultancy firm based in Dubai, announced the appointment of Walid Harouni as Senior Director, Asset Management. In his role, Walid will oversee the company's Hotel Asset Management discipline - by far the largest in the region.

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Welcoming Mr. Harouni. Ròya founder and Group CEO, Ahmed Ramdan said: "Walid is well known, liked and respected by all of us in the industry.  Strategic and dynamic, he has a strong track record of delivering solid returns on the properties under his stewardship.   We are all happy to have him join us."

About Walid Harouni 

Mr. Harouni is a multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary international career hospitality professional who earned his BA in Hospitality in 1984 from L'École Hôtelière de Strasbourg and commenced his career as a management trainee at the InterContinental Hotel in Riyadh.  Attending a two year Master's Degree program in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from the Institut de Management Hôtelier International (Cornell University/ESSEC Business School Joint Programme, Paris Campus) he graduated in 1989.

He then joined Le Meridien Hotels (F&B department, Paris). Leaving for the InterContinental Hotel group, he steadily rose in various MEA properties (Oman, Cote d'Ivoire, Saudi Arabia and the UAE) to become a general manager.

After a fourteen year career in operations, he took on a different challenge joining the Abu Dhabi based National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels in 2007. In his new role, he oversaw all aspects of the group's hotel division and managed the rapid growth and evolution of the Danat Hotels and Resorts chain while asset managing various signature properties in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

On joining Ròya, Mr. Harouni said: "I am delighted to join Ahmed Ramdan, Kees Hartzuiker and the fine group of professionals that are the Ròya family.  The vision that brought this group to life 17 years ago and then developed some of the most iconic properties in the GCC region, is even more dynamic today.  I am very proud to be part of this exceptional group".

About Ròya International

Founded in 1998 by Ahmed Ramdan, Dubai based Ròya (http://www.royainternational.com) is an international specialist hospitality consultancy firm offering unparalleled expertise to the hospitality, leisure, tourism, food& beverage and real estate industries. The group and its more than 60 full time international hospitality professionals offer full range hospitality, advisory and asset management services.  Their sister company RPM http://www.rpm-itl.com are reputed project managers with a broad portfolio of large and small projects managed from concept to turn key delivery. 

Contact Rabih Feghali on rabih@royainternational.com or at +971(0)43432444 for more information.


SOURCE Roya International