Name: Philippe Zuber
Title: Chief operating officer
Company, city: Emaar Hospitality Group, Dubai
Number of employees: 4,200
Recent project: Vida Downtown Dubai, The Address The BLVD Downtown Dubai, The Address Emaar Square in İstanbul
First job: Corporate trainee
Little-known fact about you: I am a passionate hotelier. I believe in innovation, consistency and timeless design.
Essential business philosophy: Simplicity is the ultimate challenge.
Best way to keep a competitive edge: Curiosity and humility
Yardstick of success: Always defeat obstacles, push your own limits and keep moving forward.
Phillippe Zuber as a Traveler
What is the most important item you take when traveling? A silk scarf
How do you spend your time on board? I watch movies.
What is your favorite restaurant in the world? Maison Troisgros in Roanne, France
What is your favorite destination in the world? India. Also, Courchevel in the French Alps in winter, and Seoul.
About Emaar Hospitality Group
Tell us about the evolution of The Address Hotels + Resorts brand. The Address Hotels + Resorts, the flagship 5-star premium brand of Emaar Hospitality Group, was launched five years ago with a goal to energize Dubai’s hospitality industry. We wanted our hotels to provide the perfect harmony of business and leisure amenities, catering to a full spectrum of travelers. The brand started out with The Address Downtown Dubai, the flagship property, and evolved into one of the most sought-after hotel brands in the world. Today, The Address Hotels + Resorts houses an array of award-winning culinary and recreation outlets and unmatched meetings and events facilities, in addition to its differential philosophy of being located within key shopping and retail destinations, thereby providing guests with tangible benefits.
What’s in store for the future? Where can our readers expect to see new hotels? The Address Hotels + Resorts is marking its fifth anniversary this year and has already expanded its portfolio with 10 properties, including a newly launched hotel and serviced apartments in Downtown Dubai. In addition to five established hotels in Dubai, The Address Hotels + Resorts will lend its expertise to upcoming Emaar properties in Downtown Dubai — The Address The BLVD, The Address Residence Fountain Views and The Address Residence Sky Views — while strengthening its regional and international portfolio with The Address Masai Mara in Kenya, The Address Marassi Golf Resort & Spa in Egypt and The Address Residence Emaar Square in İstanbul. The group will continue to focus its energies on the current emerging and key feeder markets while exploring opportunities in other markets.
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