Hospitality leaders receive accolades at 3rd Middle East Hozpitality Excellence Awards


The brand new Rixos Premium hotel in Dubai hosted the 3rd Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards on Sunday 26th Nov 2017. The sold out event was attended by over 500 top hospitality leaders in Middle East. The glamorous evening included a reception, a great meal and excellent entertainment, in addition to the actual awards ceremony. The show was presented by Tom Urquhart and Laura Buckwell.

Cris Newman, CEO, Emaar Hospitality, won the Hotelier of the Year Award while Cenk Unverdi, GM of Rixos Palm Dubai walked away with ‘General Manager of the Year’ title.

Among the other prominent winners were:

  • Hotel of the year (5 star):- Rixos The Palm Dubai
  • Hotel of the year (Best Weekend Getaway):- Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
  • Hotel of the year (Best Heritage Resort):- Palma Beach Resort and Spa, Umm Al Quwain, UAE
  • Hotel of the year (Best Boutique Hotel):- Armani Hotel Dubai
  • Car Rental of the year:- Thrifty Car Rental UAE
  • Best Travel Company of the year:- Dnata Dubai
  • Hotel Team of the year:- Dusit Thani Dubai
  • Celebrity Chef of the Year:- Chef Atul Kochhar
  • Excellence in Customer Service:- Five Palm Jumeirah
  • Visionary Leader of the Year:- H.E. Mr. Khalil Al Sayegh, Chairman, Roda Hotels & Resorts
  • Emirati/Arab Hotelier of the year:- Mohammed Khoori, General Manager, Golden Sands Hotel Apartments Dubai
  • Best new Luxury Hotel of the Year:- Rixos Premium Dubai

“We received an amazing response to online voting for the 3rd Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards 2017 with over 107,600 votes for various categories. The Awards were presented to recognize top industry organizations which have shown skill, creativity, ingenuity and success in the Middle East & North Africa’s growing hospitality industry,” said Raj Bhatt, CEO, Hozpitality Group.

“We are happy to have the consistent support from our sponsors from the beginning, Delta Foods, Danube Home, Karcher ME, Zarya Wellness, Imperial Royal, Ishukoshi, Barakat Foods, TTG MENA, TTN, Zee TV, Radio Suno102.4 FM, Thrifty Car Rental, Absolute Frame, Silver Sword, said Raj Bhatt. “We are very thankful to Fusia Events and Teddy for handling the event production so well,” Raj added.

“Hozpitality Group also announced the exclusive awards for Chefs in MEA ‘Chef Excellence Awards’ on Wednesday 2nd May, 2018 to be held at the luxurious Five Palm Jumeirah. We are partnering with Emirates Culinary Guild and ICCA and are looking for a great event together,” said Raj Bhatt.


About Hozpitality Group:

From hospitality jobs in Dubai and the UAE, retail jobs in Asia, and cruising jobs around the world, millions of workers all around the globe are proud to call themselves hospitality employees. Whether you want to greet hotel guests in Dubai, Frankfurt, Davos; become an executive chef in Abu Dhabi or Tokyo; or serve up coffee in Qatar, there is a rewarding hospitality career designed to match your unique skills and interests. To find prospective global hospitality jobs, just search by industry, department, level, and/or location. You can also search by keyword(s), such as ‘Dubai hotel jobs’ or ‘Qatar hotel jobs’.

In addition to listing jobs in Dubai, UAE, Mumbai, Europe and around the world, offers professional CV designing, a community network for employers and job seekers, a directory of hospitality suppliers, Latest Hospitality News, Hotel News, Movements and Appointments and Hospitality announcements, hospitality travel bookings etc. We do more than just list jobs; we provide an effective platform where all hospitality professionals can unite. 

Hozpitality Consulting is a Global Executive Search consultancy based out of Toronto, Canada. Our success lies in building a long term relationship and delivering results quickly and efficiently for a ‘much lower cost’. We are experts in locating the best possible suitable executive and management candidates for placements in all types of hospitality organizations around the world. Through our matchless database, communication and networking, over the world, we provide our clients with the most skillful candidates.

‘Hozpitality Buzz- The inside scoop’ is a TV show based on the hospitality industry in Dubai and UAE, is in English and telecast-ed on a premier TV channel in Middle East & North Africa reaching out to approx. 10-12 million viewers. 

Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards are presented to recognize top industry organizations which have shown skill, creativity, ingenuity and success in the Middle East & North Africa’s growing hospitality industry. The 3rd Awards event was held at the new Rixos Premium Dubai on 26th Nov 2017.