Karim Abdelhamid, the Corporate Director of Operations at AMLAK, is lending his 18 years of international hospitality experience to the judging panel at the Hotelier Middle East Awards 2015 for the second consecutive year. The Awards will take place at the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City on Wednesday October 28.
A native New Yorker, Karim’s hospitality experience spans the United States of America, as well as Egypt and Qatar. Today he is the Corporate Director of Operations at AMLAK, the Qatari holding company that manages a strategic portfolio of assets in Qatar, including the Qatar National Convention Centre, The Chef’s Garden, Marwan Club and Al Shaqab Hotel, amongst others. Currently overseeing the entire hospitality division at AMLAK, including hotel development, operations, and food and beverage – Karim is perfectly poised to stand on the judging panel at this year’s awards.
“At AMLAK we want to boost Qatar’s hospitality industry to ever-increasing heights and Karim’s participation in the Hotelier Middle East Awards 2015 will allow him to provide his vast industry knowledge to the judging panel,” said Abdul Aziz Al Emadi, Chief Executive Officer, AMLAK. “Participating in industry events gives AMLAK exclusive insights into industry trends and global best-practices so that we can create a culture of influence and drive these best-practice models throughout our own hospitality business.”
Speaking about the Hotelier Middle East Awards 2015, Karim Abdelhamid said: “I am thrilled to be part of the judging panel for the second consecutive year. Industry events are vital, not only for learning about the latest regional trends, but also offer a networking opportunity for hoteliers around the region to share insights. Hotelier Middle East is such an influential publication, and I am honoured that they asked me to reprise my role as a judge for 2015. The part that the Awards play in supporting Hotelier’s goal of championing the heroes of the region’s hospitality industry and celebrating their success is something that I support whole heartedly.”
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