An exclusive pool of experts across Dubai’s vibrant hospitality industry has been gathered to judge the 2017 Middle East Hospitality Awards (MEHA).


Taking place in Dubai this September, the awards will acknowledge excellence across the region’s diverse hospitality sector by rewarding hotels, resorts and restaurants that have demonstrated exceptional performance, innovation and visitor relations in the last year.

The event has evolved from the Middle East Hotel Awards following five successful years, and will run on the second evening of The Hotel Show Dubai (19th September 2017) – the Middle East and Africa’s largest and most comprehensive hospitality industry event – during a glittering ceremony where hundreds of hoteliers will gather at the Palazzo Versace Dubai.

A distinguished judging panel of ten industry leaders, chaired by Michelin-starred Chef and Restaurateur, Gary Rhodes OBE (pictured below) will crown the winners across 18 new categories for 2017 – covering the entire spectrum of the hospitality industry like never before – celebrating best restaurants, bars, spas, sporting facilities, event and nightlife venues and more, from across the Middle East.

Gary Rhodes Gary Rhodes OBE, Michelin-starred Chef & Restaurateur

Rhodes will chair the panel of ten judges, which has today been revealed as:

Sharon Jutla Sharon Jutla, Design Director Middle East, Harrison

Ghazi Al Madani Ghazi Al Madani, Sport Tourism Manager, Dubai Sports Council

Michelle Karam Michelle Karam, Founder, Travel Junkie Diary

Rupprecht Queitsch Rupprecht Queitsch, CEO, Senior Partner, INHOCO Group

Tatjana Ahmed Tatjana Ahmed, Housekeeping Specialist, Hyatt Hotels

Sharon Barcock Sharon Barcock, Director, Spa & Fitness ME&A, Hilton Worldwide

Paul Evans Paul Evans, Managing Director, Solutions Leisure Group

Filippo Sona Filippo Sona, Director & Head of Hotels, MENA, Colliers

Marko Vucinic Marko Vucinic, SVP, Hotels & Hospitality, JLL

Rhodes, an internationally renowned, Michelin-starred Chef who has been at the forefront of the Middle East’s hospitality scene for over 10 years and currently runs two leading restaurants in Dubai – Rhodes W1 at Grosvenor House, and Rhodes Twenty10 at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa – commented: “The Middle East Hospitality Awards are a great opportunity to show the international market that we’re knocking on its door.

“There are world-class hotels here. There are world-class restaurants here. There are great eateries of all kinds – so let’s show everybody what we are all about.”

The 18 new MEHA categories for 2017 are: Luxury Hotel of the Year, Boutique Hotel of the Year, Mid-Market Hotel of the Year, Hotel Launch of the Year, Resort of the Year, Best Bar / Nightlife Venue, Best Gym / Sporting Facility, Best Spa / Wellness Centre, Most Impressive Hotel Feature, Best Hotel Developer, Best Use of Technology, Best New Restaurant of the Year, Best Event Venue, Best Team of the Year, Head Chef of the Year, Hospitality Leader of the Year, The MEHA Rising Star Award and The MEHA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The final deadline to enter is 14th July 2017 – find out more at:




Written by talkabouthospitalitycom

Senior PR Manager, dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa hospitality portfolio. Find out more about our core events: /

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