32 Na­jee Syr­i­ani

COR­PO­RATE VICE-PRES­I­DENT PROJECTS, ROTANA HO­TELS

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Since 2005, Syr­i­ani has over­seen the com­ple­tion of 60 Rotana prop­er­ties in the re­gion as the re­gional brand con­tin­ues its ex­pan­sion not just in the re­gion, but also in over­seas ter­ri­to­ries such as Africa, Eastern Europe, In­dia and South Amer­ica. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Le­banese Univer­sity with a master’s de­gree in ar­chi­tec­ture, Syr­i­ani worked as project ar­chi­tect with a Dubaibased con­tract­ing com­pany , DCE, be­fore mov­ing on to join Rotana’s ar­chi­tec­ture team. In his cur­rent as­sign­ment, Syr­i­ani heads a team of ar­chi­tects, in­te­rior de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers re­spon­si­ble for mon­i­tor­ing the com­pany’s ex­pan­sion plans in the GCC, MENA and In­dia.

Over the course of his re­spon­si­bil­ity at Rotana, Syr­i­ani has closely col­lab­o­rated with the re­gion’s top de­sign firms such as Wil­son As­so­ciates, HBA, God­win Austen John­son, HLA, LW De­sign and Bishop De­sign among oth­ers. In ad­di­tion to the ex­ter­nal de­sign teams, the Le­banon-na­tive also works with in­dus­try stake­hold­ers, help­ing him to be in­volved in the en­tire de­ci­sion mak­ing process from in­cep­tion to de­sign devel­op­ment, all the way through con­struc­tion and com­ple­tion of hospi­tal­ity projects. Rotana’s up­com­ing projects in­clude the Saadiyat Rotana Ho­tel in Abu Dhabi and The Jo­hari Rotana in Dar Es Salaam, Tan­za­nia. The com­pany aims to de­velop 100 ho­tels by 2020, and Syr­i­ani is driv­ing the de­sign man­date of these prop­er­ties.

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