FROM SUN AFRICA HOTELS TO SUN MULTINATIONAL DMCC – RAHUL MAKES A SUCCESS OF EVERY ASSIGNMENT
(Posted 25th June 2019)
‘Passionate‘ is how Rahul Sood, Group Managing Director – Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, Sun Multinational DMCC describes himself as he explains his career in the world of hospitality. He came to Kampala / Uganda in 2006 to open the Metropole Hotel before, after two years at the Holiday Inn in Dar es Salaam, joining Sun Africa Hotels in Nairobi. He has remained with the group ever since he joined in 2010 and he is now leading the company’s regional business, playing a leading role in its core areas of expertise.
“I am a very passionate person – on both personal and professional levels. I further derive motivation from our very own employees. The hard work and dedication they give in order to drive our company is what motivates me to lead it every day in a successful manner” he said.
Sun Multinational DMCC is a conglomerate that manages 57 companies across 10 countries with headquarters in Dubai, UAE. Its main focus lies in Duty-Free, Hospitality, Automobiles, Jewellery, Mining, Real Estate, Commodities, Petroleum, Trading, Exports, Food Retail and Forex he explained to ATCNews. Sun Multinational DMCC also manages a hot air balloon operation in Kenya, based at the company’s Keekorok Safari Lodge in the Masai Mara.
“It is a luxury experience; something entirely different compared to other destinations,” Rahul added.
Sun Multinational DMCC operates differently in each of its markets and industries, working alongside clientele to understand their demands and requirements.
“We work directly to acknowledge what is more important for the customers. This is what makes us different. When you have similar products and services as many others offer in the market, it is not just the value for money that sets you apart, but also the personalised touch you add,” he continued.
According to Rahul, Sun Multinational DMCC is looking to expand further within the key sectors it is active in.
“We have just signed a brand-new duty free in Zambia that is scheduled to open in the first week of August. We are also looking at West Africa, where we plan to operate in duty-free and hospitality in Gambia, alongside a brand-new hotel that we recently signed up for in South Africa,” he concluded.
The UAE remains the company headquarters where there are plans for expansion into Real Estate. Rahul also shared the information that Sun Multinational DMCC aims to further develop its existing hospitality brands in the coming months.
Sun Multinational DMCC has received a number of accolades for its expertise. In 2018, it was recognised by a Lifestyle and Leisure magazine for running the best Luxury Lodges in Africa, with another nomination for the same category this year.
Sun Africa Hotels was also shortlisted by Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards and World Luxury Hotel Awards for the Best Hotel Management Company in Africa in 2019 while Rahul himself was nominated by the CEOs Magazine in Africa.
Rahul Sood remains a young, well-accomplished, enterprising and dynamic business leader, motivator, and most of all remains a passionate hotelier. He has many ambitions towards the growth and success of Sun Multinational with its regional companies across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.