Leading the way is the seasoned management team who sets high standards for the company, allowing the group to develop the best hotels. R Hotels’ success is primarily attributed to the contributions of its strong leaders and dedicated workforce.
Cluster General Manager
Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman, Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman and Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche
Iftikhar Hamdani is the cluster general manager for Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman, Ramada Beach Hotel Ajman and Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche. He started his career with R Hotels in 2009 when he joined as director of sales and marketing of Ramada Hotel and Suites Ajman, and was later promoted to executive assistant manager. Within eight months, he was again promoted to the role of general manager, bringing several changes in hotel operations and hotel performance, exceeding expectations of the owners and guests.
Hamdani has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He started his career in Pearl Continental Hotel in Pakistan, and then moved in the UAE in 2000, when he joined Coral International Hotels.
While at Ramada, he was named as Brand Ambassador of Wyndham Hotel Group due to his active involvement in various charitable and sustainable programmes at the property. Through his groundbreaking environmental initiatives such as the Zero Landfill Project and Urban Farm, the hotel won the Wyndham Hotel Group’s Green Award in 2013 and 2014. Hamdani was also bestowed with Wyndham Hotel Group EMEA President’s Award for CSR 2016.
A true champion of green hospitality, Iftikhar Hamdani has been selected as speaker in some of the environmental sustainability conferences, including Sustainable Development Congress, Ajman Green Economy Conference; GCC Ecotourism Conference, Hotelier Sustainability Summit, among others.
The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel
Samir Arora is the general manager of The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel. With key responsibilities including contracting wellness partners across the globe, all HR and hiring processes and primary franchise agreements, Arora is instrumental to the success of the Middle East’s first holistic wellbeing resort. Driven by passion and development, he strives to take the property from concept through to internationally renowned success.
Arora brings more than 20 years of international industry experience spanning Asia and the GCC. Prior to joining R Hotels he held the title of general manager at Ramada Downtown Dubai and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR, overseeing all hotel operations and supervision of all departments. He served as resident manager at Vida Downtown and preceding this, executive assistant manager and front office manager at Al Manzil Downtown where he spearheaded the rebranding of the property.
His journey through the hospitality ranks also included various positions at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, including assistant front office manager, training manager, assistant food and beverage manager, and restaurant and bar manager.
Throughout his distinguished career, the hospitality leader has received and been nominated multiple awards for both himself and the properties he has represented, from Hotelier’s GM of the Year to Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice Award.
Ramada Downtown Dubai
Mark Fernando is the general manager of Ramada Downtown Dubai. In his role, he heads the overall operations of the 181-key hotel.
Mark Fernando has more than 30 years of hospitality experience with a proven track record on hotel operations, revenue management and business development. He worked with Starwood Hotels and Resorts for more than 25 years, spanning roles across various properties including deputy general manager at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi; revenue manager at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Resort and Marina; and customer service manager and Royal Club manager at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre.
Ibis Styles Jumeira
Muhammad Mujtaba Haider is the general manager of ibis Styles Jumeira. In his role, he leads the daily operations of the 191-key property to guarantee excellent guest experience, and heads the sales and marketing, and food & beverage strategies to ensure healthy occupancy and profitability.
Haider has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He was the project manager of ibis Styles Jumeira during its pre-opening stage and was later appointed as hotel manager when it launched in September 2015. Prior to this role, he was the executive assistant manager for sales and marketing at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR, and was also the project manager during its pre-opening phase. He also served as head of sales and marketing at Ramada Downtown Dubai. All three properties are owned and operated by the Ajman-based R Hotels.