About Se­lim El Zyr

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Prior to co-found­ing Rotana, Se­lim El Zyr forged his path in hos­pi­tal­ity, ac­quir­ing in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure with global brands. He grad­u­ated from Ecole Hôtelière de Lau­sanne in 1970 and, af­ter com­plet­ing his post­grad­u­ate stud­ies at Cor­nell and Columbia Uni­ver­si­ties, he gained his first job as chief stew­ard in the Wal­dorf in New York. He then spent 12 years with Hilton In­ter­na­tional in Ger­many, Spain, Egypt, Canada and the UAE, be­fore reach­ing the po­si­tion of re­gional di­rec­tor. El Zyr then de­cided to move into in­dus­trial cater­ing, es­tab­lish­ing a lead­ing Lebanese fast-food chain in 1982. He then moved to the UAE as vice pres­i­dent for Abu Dhabi Na­tional Ho­tels, over­see­ing their op­er­a­tions in the emi­rates, as well as over­seas.

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