Managing director, Raffles Dubai and Sofitel Dubai Wafi, Ayman Gharib

Ayman Gharib

AccorHotels has appointed Ayman Gharib as the managing director of both Raffles Dubai and Sofitel Dubai Wafi.

Gharib will continue to oversee Raffles Dubai’s overall performance and strategic direction, and is now also tasked with the opening of Sofitel’s largest property in the Middle East, which is expected to launch in 2019.

Enthusing on Gharib’s new challenge was chief operating officer, luxury brands – Middle East, AccorHotels, Sami Nasser: “I am confident that Ayman’s expertise will be inspirational for the opening of Sofitel Dubai Wafi, as well as successfully continuing the next chapter of Raffles Dubai, following its milestone 10-year anniversary. Ayman’s charismatic and forward-thinking leadership approach enables the hotel to set industry wide benchmarks across all performance indicators and measures.”


With over two decades of luxury hospitality experience in tow, Gharib has worked at numerous properties throughout his career. Prior to joining Raffles, he worked for The Ritz-Carlton as the executive assistant manager of Sharq Village & Spa in Doha, and later relocated to Dubai assuming a similar role for the pre-opening of The Address Dubai Mall by Emaar Hospitality Group in 2008.

He joined Raffles Dubai as hotel manager in 2011 and was promoted to general manager three years later.