Summit Schedule

The region's only b2b conference for the serviced apartment, branded residence, aparthotel, corporate accommodation and short-term rental sectors

Pick up your delegate pack, start networking and take the opportunity to engage with exhibitors in the hall of solutions

An introduction for the day ahead.

Piers Brown, CEO of International Hospitality Media.

Day 1

Piers Brown

International Hospitality Media

Optional participation in our collective 'mind-nourishment' meditation exercise.

• Led by Kirsty Heaton, coach at Mindful ME.

Hadi Moussa, GM - MEA and Central Eastern Europe highlights the successes and challenges Airbnb has faced within the region with a look to the future.

Presentation: A comprehensive overview of the mixed use, serviced apartment and short term rental model, including top tips on managing inventory, strategy, and positioning for success.

Christopher Lund, Head of Hotels, Colliers International MEA

Investor v operator v developer strategies at the forefront of hospitality.

Hosted by Simon Townsend, Senior director, Strategic Advisor, CBRE Middle East


• Anil Bhardwaj, Director, A.A Almoosa Enterprises, ARENCO GROUP.
• Sherman Ho, VP Development, Oakwood Worldwide (Asia)
• Simon Hasdell, VP hospitality asset management, IFA Hotels and Resorts


Presentation: Market analysis of Dubai holiday homes: Airbnb and how the peer to peer sharing economy in the emirate is shaping the hospitality real estate sector by

Ali Manzoor, Partner, Hospitality and Leisure Development Consultancy (MENA), Knight Frank, Middle East

Followed by conversation with leaders from innovative companies with 'game changing' business models in the short term rental and holiday home sector.

• Reem Al Khatib, Managing Director, GuestReady
• Adlène Djekiref, MEA Hotels & Serviced Apartments Regional Manager, Airbnb
• Paul Mallee, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Maison Privee
• Patrick Sheldon Wee, Founder and Managing Partner, Ease by EMAAR

An opportunity to discover more product solutions to help your business succeed

Join one of our stellar co-working and co-living round table workshops.

As investors and operators get their heads around co-working and co-living, consider how this will change traditional accommodation? What other big ideas are out there and could invade the hotel and apartment space soon? Put yourself in the minds of digital nomads, start-ups, student accommodations and more.

Hosted by George Sell, Editor-in-chief, IHM with 'huddle' leaders:

  • Developing shared working in boutique hospitality environments - hosted with Omar Al Mheiri, Co-founder, letswork
  • Creating a hybrid between the home and the office
  • Global shared living/work space with a sense of community for the digital nomad - hosted with Jonathan Humphries, Chairman, HoCoSo, Hospitality Consulting Solutions
  • Café culture coworking! Creating a relaxed working environment - hosted with Rami Shamaa, Co-founder and Managing director, Maison Privee

A full 60 mins to discuss what you've learnt so far and do business with fellow industry leaders over a healthy lunch.

Combining the advantages of modern accommodation with the smartness of micro-living.

Jonathan Humphries, Chairman, HoCoSo, Hospitality Consulting Solutions

Development workshop combining investors and operators interest to create an innovative extended stay concept. The workshop will trigger creative ideas

Workshop lead by Jonathan Humphries, Chairman, HoCoSo, Hospitality Consulting Solutions

Focus group huddles to include:
• Investor considerations - hosted by Selim El Zein, AVP Hospitality, DEYAAR
• 'Smart' room design - hosted by Bianca Van der Merwe, Senior Interior Designer and LEED Green Associate, Gensler
• Services and operations - hosted by Rico Picenoni, Executive Director Development – Residential & Extended Stay, Accor Hotels 
• Public spaces and networks in the neighbourhood - hosted by HVS (tbc)
• Distribution and the booking experience - hosted by Tony Kaldas, Booking Home Partner Manager,

The steps a Dubai real estate developer took to discover the best and most appropriate use of his building to maximise profitability.

Ali Manzoor, Partner, Hospitality and Leisure Development Consultancy (MENA), Knight Frank, Middle East

Last chance to re-energise and take a look at our exhibitors

Speed interviews with the new wave of hospitality and real estate innovators that are pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo with their business models.

Piers Brown, CEO, IHM in conversation with:

• Rana Mukherji, Founder and CEO, Hotelier Coin - The value of 'trust': the new reputation currency
• Khurram Shroff, Chairman IBC Group
• Khaled El Sayyad
, Founder, Prime Residential - Egypt's first provider of serviced apartments
• Mahwussh Alam, Managing Director and co-founder, OnePerfectStay

Day 1

Piers Brown

International Hospitality Media

The empty chair and quick fire Q and A

A quick summary of the key points arising from the collective discussion.

Prize draw:

4 x $100 USD travel vouchers courtesy of Airbnb

1 night stay at ROVE Marina Hotel, Dubai courtesy of EMAAR 

2 Minut devices with 12 months of no cost support, courtesy of Minut

2 night stay in any Nomad Aparthotel, courtesy of Nomad Aparthotels

and more

You've got to be in the room to win!

Another chance to engage with your fellow attendees about the day over a cool drink or two, and optional tour of Letswork

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I found it very interesting, there has been a lot of information today, and we are looking forward to sharing our insights with the audience.

Tony Kaldas, booking home partner manager,

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