GLORIA HOTELS & RESORTS consists of a large professional graduate team of hoteliers, with a combined total of over 250 years experience in the field spread among the senior executive team, and with thorough knowledge of the UAE, GCC and Middle-East cultures and customs.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Antoine is a Hotel Management graduate from Oxford Polytechnic, Oxford UK in 1976.
Antoine worked his way up, by gaining experience at various hotel chains in London, such as Trust House Forty, Crest Hotels, Hilton, IHG to name a few.
In 1986, he moved to East Africa making his way towards the Gulf, while occupying general manager positions at Intercontinental Hotels prior to becoming a board member at Gloria Hotel in Dubai, in 2006.
Antoine is a Fellow of the Hotel and Catering Institutional Management Association (HCIMA).
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Hesham graduated from Cairo University, Egypt in 1977, with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce.
Hesham started his career in the banking industry before moving to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to join the Meridien Group. Within a short span of time, he was promoted to executive positions in Finance, Human Resources and Administration with well-known international chain of hotels.
Hesham was holding the position of owner’s representative / financial consultant for a chain of over 15 hotels before joining Gloria team.
Hesham’s expertise is in all aspects of hotel financial feasibility studies, strategic planning and development.
Ghassan, is a graduate in Hotel Management from the Hotel School in Brussels.
He worked in Paris for 11 years with ACCOR Group before moving to Lebanon in 1995, where he held the position of General Manager of several hotels in Beirut, and member of opening teams.
In 2002, he moved to the Gulf and was appointed as EAM for Khalidia Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
His strong experience in the hospitality is an added value to the company.
Paterno is a university graduate in Bachelor of Science in Commerce with Accounting major.
He holds more than 30 years of experience in accounting, financial duties, budgeting, and financial analysis for new hotel projects in the Middle-East and Hong Kong.
Paterno is highly qualified in preparation of feasibility studies for new projects, renovations and asset management.
Riyad is a graduate from Alexandria University with a Marine Electromechanical Engineering degree.
Thereon moved into real estate, assisting in the completion and pre-opening of prestigious hotel chains and world class residential establishments in addition to Facilities Management for Prestigious properties, shopping Malls, commercial properties etc.
In his 26 years Career path, Riad worked for the Hospitality Industry with Sheraton and Holiday Inn, Movenpick, Emaar group to name a few.
His strength lies in the diversity of hotel projects from the drawing board to fully operational luxury hotels.
Riyad is a certified FLS & Hygiene Cleaning / JAFZA. Furthermore, he has extensive expertise in facilities management, international codes and standards such as BICs and FMA 230.
Riyad is also expert in resolving complicated engineering issues or dealing with difficult tasks of Renovation and major repairs to Hotels and shopping Malls whilst being operated!
Hassan holds a Bachelor Degree in Law and Business Administration, and General Diploma in Hotels and Hospitality Management.
He is expert in hotels’ opening and brings together a wealth of experience in Human Resources and Employee Development.
He has held executive level positions with Le Meridien, Hilton, Safir Hotels and Starwood within the Middle East, Europe, Canada and Turkey.
Seddik is the Corporate Consultant of Human Resources and Employee Development for the Gloria Hotels Group.
Gloria Hotels Group is proud to be associated with Seddik, an expert in the field of HR and training for the hospitality industry and applying talent management solution to identify the training needs within a hotel department while using the well proven “International Harrison Assessment’s Smart Questionnaire”.
Pentapyramid conducts all corporate recruitment and training for Gloria Hotels.
Rachid graduated from Damascus University in 1983 with Honours in B.A Commerce and Business Administration degree. He is certified in Hospitality Management from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Motel Association.
Rachid has served for more than 10 years as general manager of international hotel chain brands, with 21 years sales & marketing experience in hospitality within MENA region.
Mohammed has a wealth of experience in 5-star hotels with 30 years spent mostly in the GCC countries.
He holds a degree in Bachelor of Law and has held high positions in Starwood, Hyatt and Intercontinental Hotels.
At present, he is developing the Gloria Brand in the Saudi Market.
A French national who started her career as early as 10 years old, learning from her father who was a famous architect in the Toulouse area.
She acquired a university degree in Architecture.
Francoise has designed many traditional and new hotels and restaurant projects in France, and expanded her practice recently into the Gulf, whilst simultaneously maintaining an office in Paris.
Dr. Ibrahim M. Makarem (PhD.) is our General (legal) Counsellor.
He is one of the eminent lawyers in the Arab States, and served as a Former Judge at the Egyptian High Court of Appeal in 1983. He was the Deputy to the Head of the State Department of Legal Advice and Legislation i.e., (General Solicitor) – 1988.
Dr. Makarem served as General Legal Counsellor to Safir International Hotel Co. of Kuwait (1991 – 1996), the Kuwait Commercial and Industrial Chamber, Kuwait State Audit Bureau, Commercial Bank of Kuwait, and other investment groups.
He is one of the eminent local and international arbitrators, Advocate at the Cassation and the Constitutional Court.