Omer Kaddouri graduated in 1986 from Les Roches in Switzerland with a diploma in hotel management. Since then, 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 Hotel Management over the past 28 years.
Omer joined Rotana in 1998 as Resident Manager of the Al Bustan Rotana in Dubai and progressed within the company to Area Vice President, Senior Vice President UAE-Operations in 2008, and Executive Vice President and CEO of Rotana in 2010.
In January 2014, Omer Kaddouri assumed the position of President and CEO of Rotana, taking the helm of a highly successful hotel management company with a portfolio of over 85 properties throughout the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe.
His great belief in the online trend has moved the company forward with its investment in technology infrastructure and in its brand website, giving Rotana an even larger opportunity to expand its distribution.
Omer has led many initiatives involving the retention and succession planning of colleagues in line with the company’s expansion plans. One of the major programs is TAROT – The Accelerated Refinement Of Talent – which targets ambitious college or university graduates, as well as passionate existing team members whom Rotana believes have a bright future. This confirms his belief that human resources will remain a key factor in the growth of the company.
As President and CEO, Omer is responsible for paving the way for Rotana’s aggressive expansion plans to operate 100 hotels by 2020.