Raki Phillips


Raki Phillips

SVP Development,

Senior Partner

Education, licences and certifications

Masters of Organizational Management (Honors), University of Phoenix.

BSBA Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida

Raki Phillips

A 15 Year Hospitality veteran working for some of the world’s most global brands including Universal Studios Orlando, Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Raki was named one of the “Top 20 Most Powerful Arab Hoteliers” and has over 15 years of experience in global hospitality ranging from sales, marketing, theme parks, revenue management and hotel development, most recently with FRHI Hotels & Resorts (Fairmont, Raffles, Swissôtel) as Regional Director, MEAI (annual revenues of USD $550M). He developed hotel project pipeline exceeding USD $5B in assets and hotel deals for global luxury brands in 12 countries and 26 markets, as well as numerous F&B concepts such as Hard Rock Live Orlando, Noire the Middle East’s first Dinner in the Dark concept, SoBe at Monte Carlo Beach Club Abu Dhabi, District Lounge in DIFC & District47 Dubai’s highest rooftop at Warwick Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road, Basta Street food Sandwiches in Dubai and SugarMoo Desserts, Dubai’s first online Dessert Delivery bakery.

Some of Raki’s related engagement include:

  • Operator search & selection, master planning, asset management of a 5-star luxury development in the Caribbean
  • Operator search & selection, negotiations of management agreements & advisory services for two midscale hotel development in Muscat, Oman
  • Asset management of 5 Star Luxury hotel conversion in Doha, Qatar
  • Operator search and selection for 5 Star new build development in Riyadh, KSA
  • Operator search and selection for 5 Star development in Jeddah, KSA
  • F&B concept development for prime asset in Dubai
  • Pre-opening
  • Global hotel transactions and acquisitions
  • Fund raising for greenfield hotel development