Omer Kaddouri assumed the position of President & CEO of Rotana in January 2014, at the helm of the highly successful hotel management company with a portfolio of over 85 properties throughout the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe. British-Iraqi, Omer graduated in 1986 from Les Roches in Switzerland. Since them he has gained a wealth of experience in various fields of hotel management and has worked with chains such as Hilton International in UAE and London, Shangri-La in Kuala Lumpur and Rotana over the past 28 years. Omer’s extensive knowledge and innovative approach have been critical to the success of Rotana’s projects and its Food & Beverage concepts. He believes that working in Asia opened his eyes to so many new creative, cultural and entrepreneurial ideas. Omer joined Rotana in 1998 as Resident Manager of the Al Bustan Rotana in Dubai. In 2000, he was offered the opportunity to manage the Beach Rotana in Abu Dhabi, with the main objective to prepare for its US$68 Million expansion project.