Rotana Announces Shaikha Al Nowais’ Promotion to Vice President, Owner Relationship Management

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Published October 15th, 2018 - 09:23 GMT
Shaikha Al Nowais, Vice President, Owner Relationship Management
Shaikha Al Nowais, Vice President, Owner Relationship Management

Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region with hotels across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, has announced a key promotion within its executive team. Shaikha Al Nowais, previous Director of Internal Audit, has taken up the new position of Vice President - Owner Relationship Management (ORM). The role has been created as part of Rotana’s ongoing drive to further enhance and strengthen the relationship with all of Rotana’s property owners.

Since joining Rotana in May 2011, Shaikha Al Nowais has leveraged her considerable knowledge and expertise to successfully lead the company’s Internal Audit team, where her contribution has been central to maintaining consistently high standards and driving improved efficiencies throughout its operations and as a result helped all properties deliver the Rotana promise of “Treasured Time” to all their guests across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. The promotion will see Shaikha report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, with the objective of strengthening the close working relationships between Rotana and hotel owners and ensuring they are kept fully up to date on all the latest developments and initiatives implemented at their properties.

Shaikha’s promotion in a traditionally male-dominated industry underlines the company’s ongoing commitment to career development and reputation as a progressive, equal opportunities employer.

Omer Kaddouri, President & CEO, Rotana, said: “Following her highly successful seven-year tenure as head of our Internal Audit team and her involvement in several of our operations like Yas Island Rotana, Park Rotana and lately the luxurious Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, we are delighted to announce Shaikha Al Nowais’ appointment as Vice President - Owner Relationship Management. Shaikha’s deep understanding and knowledge of the industry and our owner’s needs in addition to her impressive communication skills demonstrated over the years makes her the ideal and natural choice for this highly important role.”

Shaikha Al Nowais is a graduate of Dubai’s Zayed University, where she attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Sciences – Finance.

Background Information

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation

Rotana was founded in 1992, by a partnership between two visionary thinkers, Nasser Al Nowais and Selim El Zyr, who were joined three years later by Nael Hashweh and Imad Elias.

Operating as Rotana, it opened its first property in Abu Dhabi in 1993 and is today one of the leading hotel management companies within the Middle East and North Africa.

Rotana is a company offering the best of both worlds. A unique understanding of the culture and communities of the Middle East combined with the collective expertise of an executive team contributing over 35 years of international experience in the service industry.

Rotana aggressive expansion plans have seen the company grow from 2 properties in 1993 to a total of 70 by 2014. With several further properties planned for opening and new projects in the pipeline confirming the company's intention to have a Rotana managed property in all the major cities throughout the Middle East and North Africa within the next five years. 

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