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TIME Hotels Executive Team

Fast growing and forward-thinking, the Emirati hospitality team at TIME Hotels is supplemented by an infusion of international talent that has helped us elevate our vision beyond the United Arab Emirates. With the skills of team members from across the world, we have launched successful properties in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, and Doha, and now anticipate our expansion into Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and beyond. On every level, from in-room guest services to events staffing, our team’s talent and passion for hospitality has earned us accolades and continued our path to excellence. 

Excellence in Leadership is core to our belief in what makes TIME Hotels’ continued success. Meet the Executive team! Carefully selected as the best talents to drive TIME Hotels’ vision forward.

Mr. Mohamed Awadalla

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Awadalla is an international hotelier with over three decades of experience. He has worked with leading global hospitality companies including Mövenpick, Hilton and Rotana. 

After completing his studies, Mr. Awadalla began his career with the Swiss hotel group, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. Whilst at Hilton International, he ran the travel trade division with responsibility for 12 properties, moving on to become Rooms Division Manager and then Director of Business Development. His reputation for operational excellence saw him recruited by Rotana Hotels Management Corporation where he went on to head up various properties as General Manager.

In 2007, Mr. Awadalla joined the hospitality division of a regional investment company as Area Vice President, and in 2012 co-founded TIME Hotels where he took up the position of CEO. Today, with overall responsibility for the company’s Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Apartments, Express Hotels, Residences and Motels, Mr. Awadalla's remit is to spearhead future development and drive the commercial success of TIME Hotels’ rapidly expanding portfolio across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Mr. Richard McGrath

Chief Financial Officer

Following his graduation in 1987, Mr. McGrath traveled to Boston to continue his studies as part of the Association for International Training Program and joined Marriott as a front line employee. In 1989 Mr. McGrath relocated to London and completed his professional certificate from HCIMA at Oxford Brooks University, also attaining a Diploma from the British Association of Hotel Accountants. Over the ensuing 18 years, Mr. McGrath progressed with Marriot, spending time in Poland, Hungary and the UK, eventually becoming the Area Director of Finance of Marriott in the UK & Ireland.

Currently Mr. McGrath works with the Owners of TIME Hotel Management to assist in developing the brand, with a focus on laying the ground work in the finance discipline to ensure that the business is ready for rapid expansion over the next five to ten years.

Mr. Gaetan Lavoie

Corporate Director of Technical Services

Mr. Lavoie began his career with the Novotel Hotels in Canada in 1991 and, over the next nine years oversaw the opening and renovation of properties across North America. In 2002, he took responsibility for the new property Renaissance Hotel in Montreal, overseeing the property’s eventual sale four years later. In 2007, Mr Lavoie joined the SNC Lavalin as Facility Manager, overseeing 97 locations, and in 2014 he joined TIME Hotels as Corporate Director of Technical Services.

Mr. Ahmed Al Mulla

Corporate Director of Security & Government Protocol

A UAE National, Mr Al Mulla, who was born and raised in Umm Al Quwain, has been with TIME Hotels since 2012. With over 20 years in the security industry, Mr Al Mulla gained a wealth of international experience working for the Dubai Airport and different Government facilities. As the Groups’ Corporate Director of Security, Mr. Al Mulla is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the overall company process for security strategy. Mr Al Mulla builds and maintains key relationships with the Government and private sectors to ensure TIME remains aligned with State standards as it expands internationally. Mr Al Mulla is a key player in supporting TIME’s vision, operations and the protection of its stakeholders, assets and interests.

Mr. Joseph Fayad

Corporate Director of IT

An IT expert specializing in hospitality for over 15 years, Mr. Fayad has worked with a number of reputable hospitality operators, handling computing and communications technology functions, introducing and performing IT standard reviews, establishing multi-property systems and data centers, and insuring that IT operations are performing at their highest levels of efficiency and security.

Mr. Fayad recently completed a 12-month re-structuring project at the American University of Technology in Lebanon across three branches, established a vision and action plan for a preventive and proactive IT; in addition, he designed the data center infrastructure using cloud computing and introduced a new Learning Management System.

Prior to this, Mr. Fayad was the Managing Partner of Computer Communication Services in Lebanon; there, he consulted on a number of hospitality and real estate client projects in Lebanon, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. Senior roles have given Mr. Fayad a well-rounded experience covering all aspects of the operation, from the planning and implementation of new systems and system migration to IT solution provision and involvement in the technological application of corporate marketing strategies.

Mr. Eddie Ignatius

Corporate Director of Quality & Business Excellence

Mr. Ignatius began his career with Rosewood Hotel & Resorts in 1998, joining Hilton International in 2002. After four years with Hilton, Mr. Ignatius was invited to join the pre-opening team of the landmark Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, then joining Rotana Hotels in 2007. He later joined TIME Hotels, developing and implementing the Front Office Operations system used in all TIME Hotels, His contributions to the Human Resources Department earned him the role of establishing and managing the Learning & Development in addition to oversees the Quality Assurance, HACCP & Food Safety implementations and Sustainability Project for TIME Hotels. Currently he is managing Quality and Business Excellence for the group.

Zafar Khader 

Regional Director of Sales 

With more than 17 years’ experience, Mr. Zafar Khader has worked with a range of local & international hospitality brands and most recently for TIME Hotels where he oversees sales for the TIME Hotels Portfolio.

Prior to TIME Hotels Mr. Zafar was overseeing 3 properties in Dubai as a General Manager of Dunes Hotel Apartments. He also managed The Country Club Hotel & Belvedere Court Hotel Apartments.