We manage your hotels,
residences and workspaces

We brand your residence(s), and create footfall and experiences with our restaurant concepts. All our brands are 100% owned. We operate following brand guidelines and not brand standards, which allows us to be adaptable and flexible to your project, vision and location.






Owned Brands


Room Keys


m2 Serviced offices & collaborative hub

Highlights at the ATM Week 2021

We have been part of AHIC Bench Advisory Board, the event that will be rocking everyone’s boat! Our CEO Marloes Knippenberg was on the panel discussing New Hospitality together with key industry peers exploring the Reimaged Hospitality space. The highlight at the forum was the announcement of our new glamping projects in Ras Al-Khaimah that we announced alongside Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. Both campsites are to Sustainability, desert-farming, ecotourism, traditional and authentic Emirates hospitality combined with a trip down memory lane to Bedouin traditions.

We next touch down in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for some very exciting new developments…… #Gigaprojects, #Monshaat, #HumanCapitalDevelopmentPrograme, #Neom, #RedSeaDevelopment.

Most Innovative Hospitality Group UAE 2020

Best Full-Service Hospitality Group

Winner of Best Recruitment and Onboarding Strategy 2020

Hotelier Middle East Women in Hospitality 2020 Power List

Finalists Best Serviced Apartment at the Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards 2020

Finalists Best Recruitment Strategy

Finalist Executive Chef of the Year

Finalist Young Hotelier of the Year

Over 30 Projects in 12 Countries

Our projects range in size from 20 to 1000+ keys, and from prime to up and coming locations owned by visionary developers, funds and real estate owners. Kerten Hospitality has become the exclusive Hospitality partner to many, playing a key role in the development of communities, destinations and bringing together the right mix of brands to create demanded real estate. Sustainable developments and next AGE of hospitality, is the common thread you will see across all our projects. Have a peek, and connect with us if you aspire to build, develop or rebrand your own.


Cloud7 Residence Ayla Aqaba

Ayla Oasis is a game-changing waterfront development situated along Jordan’s Red Sea coast is a trend-setting ‘bleisure’ destination that provides…

Saudi Arabia

Creating Destinations in Saudi Arabia

Located in the heart of Jeddah, The House Hotel Jeddah will be the first design luxury boutique hotel within a Mixed-Use project in Saudi Arabia. Adjacent to CityYard Plaza…

More than just a room

We manage your hotels and serviced apartments. We brand your project that includes a savvy combination of different components creating a destination to stay, work, shop, dine and socialize. We can operate all the outlets on your behalf and build a lifestyle destination with a community feel inside and out each space.

Our brands

We assist you with the planning of the most commercially savvy combination of all components hotel, serviced apartments, branded residences, serviced/home offices, restaurants, health care, retail, and anything else that is relevant to your project and vision.

Executive Team of Kerten Hospitality

Leona McDarby, CFO

Experienced financial leader in charge of global corporate fund raising Leona has 20+ years of IPO listing, commercial and financial management experience in global companies with significant operating scale and complexity. Her portfolio includes the building and opening of hotels, Global Asset Management, managing international transformational programs and served as CFO of large property development and investment groups.

Sanam Khan, Group General Counsel

Group General Counsel of Kerten has 13 years’ experience in the legal services industry, and is specialized in Corporate and Commercial Law, Succession, International Arbitration and Compliance. Qualified in Law from BPP Law School, London, she is fluent in local laws and regulations in the UAE, and the legal frameworks and practices in the GCC. Her advisory areas include cryptocurrencies, international insurance, company restructuring, distribution agreements, joint ventures, franchising and business setup, in addition to providing pre-litigation counsel and structuring transactions.

Mishary Alhajery, Country Director KSA

Mishary Alhajery is a prominent Riyadh-based real estate owner who has developed multiple hospitality projects in the past and who is an avid advocate for value-driven partnerships with organisations such as Monshaat, the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises, SAGIA and innovative drivers of the Smart City infrastructure. He is not only steering the growth of Kerten’s projects in Saudi Arabia, he has been proactively building communities around mixed-use projects.

Nicolai Padoan, Global Commercial Head and Director Development- Europe

An experienced hotelier who is Kerten Hospitality’s Global Commercial Head with the dual role of Director of Development Europe. He has a proven track record of delivering success by building successful teams and challenging the norm. Has 15+ years’ experience working in commercial roles within the hospitality sector, including a variety of Sales & Revenue and strategic positions for Hilton.

Antony Doucet, Brand and Marketing Director

Since the birth of the group, Antony has been involved, and led, the development of all 100% owned brands. He has been part of the opening of Hyatt Park Paris, editor of the Louis Vuitton City guide and has always been responsible for community build. One of Antony’s focus points is building communities and connecting people, which is essential to deliver successful mixed-use products.

Jaume Puigdengolas, Corporate Executive Chef

Michelin Star Chef Jaume Puigdengolas is the man behind the creation and development of the company’s growing portfolio of current and future F&B concepts. He has been Head Chef in numerous restaurants in Spain and has a vast experience in the Middle East.

Velina Nacheva, Head of Communications

Velina is a communications, PR and marketing professional with over 15 years’ of experience across the Middle East, Canada and Eastern Europe as part of global agencies, international media outlets and in-house marketing and communications teams. She is a synergies creator, an offline networker and a corporate storyteller with a passion for all things hospitality, aviation and travel. If she is not reading a book by the sea, she could be seen watching documentaries or setting personal and industry benchmarks.

Yeshwant Desai, Board Advisor

A veteran Middle East professional who has spent more than 40 years in the financial services industry, Yeshwant Desai is a Board Advisor to Kerten. He started his career in commercial banking and moved to the Middle East in 1975. In 1985, he joined Bank Muscat in Oman where he laid the groundwork for the company’s success. During his time as CEO of the bank, Yeshwant was heavily involved in mergers and acquisitions as well as overseas expansion initiatives. An astute businessman, he has actively advised leading private investors and institutions in Oman.

Ibrahim Nsouli, Project Manager, Kerten Hospitality

Ibrahim is a Beirut-born hospitality professional who grew up in Geneva’s multicultural environment and found a second home in Switzerland. Ibrahim’s career journey started in the field of Headhunting and Executive Search, before taking the Project Management portfolio with a focus on Business Development for a Real Estate Developer. Ibrahim has pan-GCC work experience having been part of a Catering and Facility Management for a leading entity in Qatar. His career path in hospitality combined with a passion for watches has taken him to the next step of his career as a broker for luxury timepieces. Ibrahim will be instrumental in Kerten’s success in the Middle East and will support the team to lead a GCC-focused PM portfolio.
He graduated Public Administration, with a minor in Political Science from the American University of Beirut.

Ramamurthy Thevar, Technical & Engineering Project Director

Ramamurthy is a well-qualified and experienced Engineer, very well versed with Hotels, Hospitals, Schools and other engineering industries where he corelates with Human living spaces and advises on all Technical and Engineering areas for all projects in Kerten Hospitality’s portfolio. He holds extensive knowledge and has years of experience specifically on Hotels in designs verifications, operations and maintenance. His expertise is also enhanced by many folds as he is a certified 6 Sigma coach black belt having practiced 6 sigma in Starwood Hotels and Resorts worldwide – where the “Pursuit for Perfection” has been practiced. Before joining Kerten Hospitality, he was with Starwood Hotels and Resorts as a Regional Director of Engineering for the Middle East, Africa, CIS countries and Saudi Arabia-based hotels.

Figen Caglar, General Manager Cloud 7 Residence Ayla Aqaba

Figen has over 25 years in the hospitality industry including 12 years as a Commercial Leader in leadership roles and multinational experience with global chains like Shangri-La, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Jumeirah and Moevenpick in Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Istanbul. Figen is a motivational leader specialised in structuring and positioning hotels with the passion of excellency, developing talent and creating energetic working environments for greater achievements.

Younis Al Dawoodi, General Manager

Younis Al Dawoodi is an experienced hospitality professional from the United Arab Emirates who has successfully established impactful commercial relationships with private-public entities, the Government and the local Ministries throughout his 15 years in the local market. He approaches his portfolio with a laser-focus and a strong Business and Commercial approach that ultimately delivers to the bottom line of the organisation. He has a passion for community build, sustainability implementation across the creation of unique projects. He has been instrumental in the Emiratisation strategy introduction and implementation as part of the team in local and international hospitality brands like Hyatt Hotels, Rotana Hotels and Hilton Hotels & Resorts. He holds an MBA in Business Management and Hospitality Management.

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Maria Bou Eid, The House Mixed-Use General Manager

A hospitality professional who joined the industry space over 15 years ago in different capacities having worked with small, family business as well as big hospitality chains and part of hotel groups in Lebanon, Qatar and the GCC. In her current role with Kerten Hospitality as a General Manager of The House Hotel Jeddah CityYard, Maria will oversee the organisation’s lifestyle Hotel destination in Jeddah, lead the team on the ground and contribute to the innovative hospitality initiatives at the project that will bring the community together. In her previous roles, Maria has brought to life 3 other pre-opening projects – and admits to always seeking to leave a special print in every place she has worked in and with every person she was on a team.

Federica Polato, Project Director, Nakhati

Federica has lived in the world’s 5 biggest cities on 4 continents: Madrid, London, New York, Tokyo and Dubai. She started her career in banking but soon turned to the world of food, which till date has remained her real passion. She has worked for high-end Italian brands Eataly and Grom, il gelato come una volta where, for the past 10 years, contributing to their expansion strategy, launch and spearhead the entry into new geographies from the Far East to the West.
She started Polato Consulting: a Boutique consultancy agency focused on expansion beyond borders of food concept chains and FMCG retail products. Part of her income she provides to fund projects which support women empowerment through entrepreneurship. 

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