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.

Antoine Sayegh

President & CEO

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).

Hesham Mourad

Executive Vice President

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 Nehme

Corporate Director of Operations
Gloria Founding Member

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 Sicat

Corporate Budgeting
& Financial Analyst

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.

Vinod Suhag

Group Housekeeping Director

Vinod is a graduate in Bachelor of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (BHMCT), from Rajasthan University in Jaipur, India in 2009.
He has a wealth of experience in pre-opening of large 5-star hotels such as Oberoi, Accor, Taj, Dusit, JW Marriott to name a few.
Vinod is well-known for his good housekeeping practices in maintaining the highest levels of standards. He believes and practices “on the job training” by working hand in hand with the team.

Manoranjan Jeerakun

Corporate Chief Engineer

Manoranjan is a graduate in MSC Engineering, CEOE (Certified Engineering Operations Executive from American Motel and Hotel Association), BES (Building Environmental Systems), Facility Management, Associate degree in Business Administration, Diploma in Health and Safety Management, and a Certified Aquatic operator.
He is a specialised electro-mechanical facility manager and brings with him a diversified experience in the hotel maintenance and pre-openings.
He has served as Director of Energy & Environment, Director of Engineering for Jumeirah International, Starwood Hotels and Accor Group.
Manoranjan was nominated and short-listed as top three best Chief Engineers in the Middle East in 2005.

Hassan Bayerli

Corporate Pre-opening
General Manager Mourouj Gloria Hotels & Resorts

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 Abdelmeguid

MD Pentapyramid Consultancy

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 Hilal

Area Corporate Director for Brand Development & Marketing, East Asia Kuwait & Bahrain

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 Amin

Regional Director of Business Development for Saudi Arabia

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.


Francoise Morel

Interior Decorator Director

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

Advocate at The Cassation
& Constitutional High Court

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.