Industry Update
Appointment 2 September 2015

Rutger Smits

Appointed Chief Operating Officer
At Abu Dhabi National Hotels in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Rutger SmitsAbu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) welcomed Rutger Smits to their team yesterday to head up its operations as Chief Operating Officer. In his new role at ADNH, Smits will oversee the operations of the Hotels Division, Retail Division and Sunshine Travel and Tours. Hareb Al Muhairy, Board Member of ADNH, said: “Rutger joins ADNH at a time when the company is strategically steering towards new challenges. His leadership skills and wealth of expertise will contribute to further enhance the overall asset management approach while providing advisory support for regional and international expansion”. Before joining ADNH, Smits was CEO of Qatar’s Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company (ARTIC). At ARTIC, he was responsible for the successful management and growth of a portfolio of luxury hotels and related business divisions, spread across the Middle East, Europe and North America. With 30 years’ experience in the field, Smits brings a unique blend of expertise in hospitality investment, development and hotel operations to his role at ADNH.
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Hotelschool The Hague

Rutger Smits (Class of 1985) is a graduate of Hotelschool The Hague in The Hague - Netherlands, The
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Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Established more than 30 years ago, Abu Dhabi National Hotels PJSC (ADNH) has grown to be the leading hospitality company in the United Arab Emirates. Its interests cover a wide spectrum of the hospitality sector including ownership of 5-star hotels in city of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai, catering, facilities management, transport and tour operations.
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