Global Restaurant Investment Forum

24-25 May 2022 | Riyadh Airport Marriott Hotel

24-25 May 2022 | Riyadh Airport Marriott Hotel

Speaker Profile

Naim Maadad

Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality

With over 28 years in the hospitality world across Australia, Asia, & the Middle East in various senior management roles, Naim has launched & operated some of the world’s best Hotels, Resorts, Spas & Lifestyle Food & Beverage Concepts.

Naim's career has exposed him to some of the best properties around the world and he partook & orchestrated several amazing openings & operations.

Covering a wide spectrum of positions within senior leadership, including the role of Managing Director for both Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas and The Anantara Group respectively. During his time with these exclusive properties, he was instrumental in nurturing sound relationships with owners, securing the best possible locations, negotiating and formalising contractual agreements, and appointing teams to infuse and reflect the ethos of the brands.

Being based in the ME over the past 18 years, he has witnessed tremendous industry growth, gained a deep cultural understanding & have been endorsed by principals & organizations alike.

In 2012, he established “Gates Hospitality” A homegrown Hospitality Company representing handpicked Concepts catering for the affluent life-stylers.

Gates Hospitality, the parent company of well-known homegrown brands such as; Ultra Brasserie, the internationally acclaimed concept; Reform Social & Grill Dubai, Folly by Nick & Scott, as well as Publique, Dubai's premier "Apres Ski chalet", The Black Lion, Bistro Des Arts and ownership of Six Senses Zighy Bay.

Continuing the successful growth of Gates Hospitality’s portfolio 2017, Via Veneto Osteria e Cucina opened Q3 this year; as well as Red Farm at Covent Garden, London, U.K., the first global foray of the group vide an international venue outside the region would be launched early 2018.

In principal, GH expertise that are extended are indicative but not limited to; Hospitality Guidance | Asset Management | Pre-opening Foundation | Day-to-day Operational Success.

Naim's philosophy & approach are simple, connecting like-minded investors, operators & brands to define concepts, successful portfolios & continue on shaping the hospitality industry.

Affiliations - on the Advisory Boards of :-

  • Caterer Middle East
  • Hotelier Middle East
  • BNC Publishing
  • Middle East Food Forum
  • New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

Contributing Columnist for magazines :-

  • Hotelier Middle East
  • Caterer Middle East
  • Hospitality News Middle East