Darwiche to offer keynote address at Gulf & Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit
Darwiche Worldwide Legacy founder Nehme Darwiche, left, is joined on stage by Enver Cebi, co-founder of HalalBooking.com

Darwiche to offer keynote address at Gulf & Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit

Nehme Imad Darwiche, founder of UAE-based hospitality group Jannah Hotels & Resorts, has been revealed as a keynote speaker for the two-day Gulf & Indian Ocean Hotel Investors’ Summit 2018.

The event is focused on hotel real estate investors and brings together hotel company chief executives and other senior executives from around the region to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the dynamic hospitality industry.

Key industry players, including hotel owners, developers and investors, will convene on January 29th-30th in Abu Dhabi to hear from around 60 speakers and discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the evolving hotel industry, including the markets diversification, the rise of the mega-travel companies, new and fast-rising hotel real estate companies and changes in the power structure of the industry.

Nehme, who is also president of Darwiche Worldwide Legacy, said: “GIOHIS not only brings persons of the industry together, but also creates constructive panels to discuss the burgeoning trends in global and local business.

“I am honoured to be given a platform to open a discourse on new business opportunities and niches in the region.”

Among the other confirmed speakers at the event are Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general of Abu Dhabi TCA; Khalid Anib, chief executive of Abu Dhabi National Hotels; Enver Cebi, chief operations officer and co-founder of HalalBooking.com; Olivier Chavy, chief executive of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts; Marc Dardenne, group chief operating officer of Jumeirah; Haitham Mattar, chief executive of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority; and Jalil Mekouar, chief executive, Hotels of Majid Al Futtaim.

Darwiche will address the forum on the topic of “Halal Tourism - what are its prospects and how widely can it appeal?”

With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, a master’s degree in hospitality management, and further studies conducted in Cornell University in New York, the young Lebanese hotelier founded Darwiche Worldwide Legacy in 2010.

The luxury hospitality brand Jannah Hotels & Resorts followed in 2011.

From hotel operator to investor, DWL has aggressively explored potential business opportunities beyond the hospitality industry.

Today DWL has so far been successful in overseeing the following under its umbrella: the Jannah brand which manages seven hotels with five more projects in the pipeline, the Andalus brand, a five-star housekeeping facility, a luxury chauffeured car rental service, and a high-end laundry service.


The team from Jannah Hotels & Resorts is recognised by the World Travel Awards

Jannah Hotels & Resorts

Jannah Hotels was born and raised in the Liwa Desert of the United Arab Emirates.

Founded on the spirit of the noble Bedouin hospitality and pioneered with an infrastructure that is innovative, creative and dynamic, Jannah Hotels & Resorts has blossomed into the hotel management company of choice.

Offering leading proprietary technology and evolutionary programs, the company offers intelligent and efficient hotel management services that are focused on ensuring properties managed under the Jannah Hotels & Resorts brand’s reach their operating potential in every aspect.

Properties in the portfolio include Jannah Burj Al Sarab (recognised as the United Arab Emirates’ Leading Hotel Residences by the World Travel Awards), Jannah Marina Bay Suites, Jannah Place Dubai Marina, Jannah Resort & Villas Ras Al Khaimah, Jannah Place Villas Ras Al Khaimah and Jannah Place City Centre.

Upcoming properties include Jannah Creek Dubai and Jannah Ras Al Khor, Sharjah.