Sol Kerzner, Chairman and CEO of Kerzner International is set to present His Excellency, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, Dubai World with the AHIC 2009 Leadership Award at the fifth Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (on May 3, 2009).
Bin Sulayem, who is frequently acknowledged by the real estate and hospitality industries for his role in steering growth in the region, has been singled out by the hotel investment sector in recognition of his contribution to the growth of Dubai.
According to AHIC co-organiser, Jonathan Worsley, Bin Sulayem won the award following online nominations made by AHIC's 50-strong, key industry leader, advisory board.
As an AHIC Leadership Award winner Bin Suyalem joins HRHPrince Al Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, CEO of Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Holding Company (2005); HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai (2006); Maurice Flanagan, Vice Chairman and Group President of Emirates, UAE's international airline (2007) and His Excellency, Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar (2008).
"This award for leadership in the investment sector recognises Bin Sulayem's dedication to the growth of the investment sector in the region and for his efforts in helping to put Arabia on the map, especially through his steadfast role at Dubai World," said Worsley.
Worsley observed that the 2009 conference theme, The Challenge of Maintaining Growth, reflects the critical role that Bin Sulayem has played in developing Dubai World into a truly global brand and business.
He confirmed that for the fifth year running, AHIC is held under the patronage of HH Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
"We are thrilled to have His Highness Shaikh Ahmed confirm his support and attendance again this year. This is a true sign that AHIC has cemented its place as the significant event on the region's hotel investment calendar," Worsley said.
The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference will run from May 2-4, 2009 at Dubai's Madinat Jumeirah Convention Centre and is jointly organised by The Bench and MEED.
The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference is organised by Bench Events and MEED Events. Details can be found on www.arabianconference.com.
About the organisers:
As organisers of top conferences for the hotel and investment industry, Bench Events is a growing entity which currently hosts hotel investment conferences in Berlin, Dubai and Moscow in partnership with other leading providers. Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events is one of the organisers and founders of the International Hotel Investment Forum held each year in Berlin. In 2005, he was responsible for launching the successful Arabian Hotel Investment Conference in Dubai and in 2008, hosted the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference in Moscow. Worsley sits as an advisor to the World Travel & Tourism Council which represents many of the leading companies operating worldwide in the travel and tourism industry. He is also a shareholder and board director of STR Global which is the new entity for global benchmarking outside North America following the merger of The Bench, Smith Travel Research and Deloitte's Hotel Benchmark. www.benchevents.com
MEED is internationally recognised as providing essential business intelligence for anyone doing business in, or with, the Middle East and North Africa. With journalists and contacts across the entire Middle East and North Africa region, MEED provides reliable, up-to-date business news, analysis and data in both print and online. MEED attracts customers from across 78 countries worldwide. www.meed.com / www.meedprojects.com