Whether acquiring a luxury resort in the Maldives, finding an operator for a three-star hotel in London, developing an eco-resort in the Seychelles or selling a real estate property in Germany, we have the contacts, experience and know-how to make it happen. Our team has proven regional and international hands-on hospitality experience and direct access to the industry’s leading consultants. We have close working relationships with some of the world’s finest architects, roya international hotel investments, contractors, international hotel operators and hospitality consultants.
Ahmed Ramdan, the founder of Ròya International. Now the most recognized hospitality advisory firm in the GCC, Ròya is directly responsible for over a hundred completed assignments. His involvement was an instant success in all key areas. Shaping investor visions, transforming them into highly regarded, often iconic hotels and mixed-use developments, Ahmed is an industry champion of efficient hospitality designs. He and the Roya team are committed to delivering significant cost-savings, ultimately leading to enhance long term return on investments.
Dubai Media City, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Reem Island and Saadiyat Island. Ahmed is a strong and passionate advocate for the development of young Emirati and GCC talent to join the field. Overseeing all aspects of Ròya International, Kees leads an interdisciplinary team of 60 consultants and specialists, and is charged with key areas such as development advisory, asset management and hospitality services. A recognized leading hotelier, Kees brings with him global expertise and experience, having assumed senior roles in three continents, initially in Europe, followed by the Middle East North Africa regions and then Asia. Beverage development across the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. Most recently, as Vice President Asia, he led the company’s operations during its fast paced, multi-brand growth in Asia and the Asian subcontinent, including key markets such as India and China.
Thanks to Kees’s diverse and comprehensive broad insight at both unit and corporate level, he adds invaluable knowledge and direction to Ròya’s services. Gerhard is a diverse hotelier with more than 30 years of regional and international experience in the hospitality industry. Through his work with renowned international hotel chains, including a-22 year tenure with Hilton Hotels, Gerhard has acquired a broad and diverse skill set from a hands-on perspective in operations, to management and corporate responsibilities. Walid is a multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary international hospitality professional who earned his BA in Hospitality in 1984 from L’Ecole Hoteliere de Strasbourg. With a combination of specialist capabilities in Investment Strategy, Financial Management and Architecture, Charbel provides significant value and contributions to a number of Roya’s projects both regionally and internationally. Having gained his primary experience in Canada and Lebanon prior to moving to the UAE in 2004, Charbel has since acquired diverse exposure in markets including the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Oman, Maldives, Pakistan, Seychelles and the United Kingdom. At Roya, Charbel is responsible for the management of a portfolio of new and existing hospitality projects, all of which have deepened his understanding of hotel development and operations.
Charbel currently manages a complex team of specialist consultants while taking on the role of Client Representative and remaining at the forefront of current market trends. Charbel’s diverse range of capabilities and versatile expertise are behind his successful hospitality and strategic advisory management and execution skills. With a foundation in Architecture and more than 30 years of experience, Tony has a proven track record in developing and building successful operating hotels. In his role as Design Development Director, Tony has provided invaluable contributions to a number of hotel projects in the region overseeing their evolution from concept to development through to operational handover.
With Tony’s extensive design and development knowledge, clients are provided with the confidence that they will achieve maximum efficiency and design functionality in their hotel project. Andrew has a remarkable career spanning 22 years. A chef by trade, Andrew started his career with Hyatt Hotels and rose to head chef working in some of the world’s most iconic hotel properties and independent restaurants including stints at Bather Pavilion, Mission Hill Family Estate and Hayman Island to name a few. After more than ten years leading kitchen teams to success on three continents, Andrew turned his sights in 2008 to the UAE and more of an operations role. A tenure at Emirates Palace was instrumental in setting Andrew up to help launch a new food group and the development of three new brands for the UAE market. With a major in Business Finance and a solid understanding of a number of different markets including the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Europe, the Caribbean, Pakistan, Asia and Africa, Asif brings a wealth of market exposure and capability for the successful oversight of hotel financial systems.
Asif provides significant contributions to Roya’s hospitality projects and plays a key role in Hotel Management Oversight Services, both as a project leader as well as a team support member. Madhu is a chartered accountant by profession and hotelier by choice. Resorts and Imperial Hotels Group, Madhu has expanded her financial skill-set and gained wide hospitality market expertise. Madhu’s primary role is on the search, selection and negotiation with hotel operators. Responsible for Ròya’s business development activities, Rabih spent the early part of his career working in New York City at iconic properties such as The New York Palace, The Plaza and the Westin before moving back to Abu Dhabi to run a boutique hotel.