Pop Up Hotel Concept: The New Trend in Hospitality

Date: Tuesday - 02 June 2020

Time: 12:00 - 14:00 (UAE Time)

About the Webinar:

The unexpected market shift has left hotel operators around the world wondering what to do and how to keep their guests safe while providing them with a unique experience. Although still relatively rare, the concept of pop up hotels are being implemented by a number of operators around the world and will soon become increasingly popular in the Middle East.

The webinar on Pop up Hotel Concepts: The New Trend in Hospitality provided insights on experiential travel concepts and how they will become the destination of choice for travelers.

The webinar outlined the four main concepts in pop up hotels including:
• Modular Building
• Container Built
• Trailers
• Mirror House (or Nature 360)


Monika Moser
Regional Managing Director
Wilson Associates

Born in Venezuela with a German citizenship, Moser earned a Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University and an MBA in Hospitality Management from ESSEC Business School. She brings a deep understanding of luxury hotel service and a unique cultural perspective to each of Wilson Associates’ global strategic initiatives. Moser has a passion for art, music, literature, and linguistics – she is fluent in five languages. In her free time, she frequents the opera.

Kevin McLachlan
Founder and CEO
NOMADlK Design Studio

Gaurav Sinha
Founder & CEO
Insignia Worldwide

A vibrant thought leader in the luxury, travel and lifestyle marketing sector, Gaurav has been working in the Middle East for the past 19 years and is known as an innovator in creative strategy and a protagonist in his field. He injects his passion as an aesthete and keen observer of design trends, consumer insights and emerging sensibilities in hospitality, retail, dining and lifestyle venues.

As the Founder & CEO of Insignia and Circadian, he has nurtured the alliance of these two unique organisations to benefit over 120 hotels across 20 countries, 140 restaurants and lifestyle venues.

Michel Hanna
Group General Manager

Michel is an experienced Group General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. He is skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Operations Management, Sales, and Project Estimation. Michel is a strong business development professional with a EMBA focused in Business Administration and Management, General from Cass Business School.

Leanne Henderson
Hospitality Advisor
Taurima | Hospitality by Design

Leanne Henderson has the unique background of having been on the consultant, owner/developer and brand side of hotels through design, construction and operation. Leanne formed Taurima as she believes that there will be a growing need for injecting high level hospitality advice into upcoming hotel and events projects to assist owners, brands, and their project teams, to fast track the delivery of these while also achieving a successful revenue generating entity that excites both guests and colleagues. A lot of owners would love to have this type of specialty in house but in these current times it is more cost effective to work with boutique advisory firms like Taurima to get the right injection of advice at the right time, often supporting their existing delivery teams. Over the last few years Leanne has been supporting hotel owners in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for both new build and major refurbishments. One of which was a boutique fast-track resort in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which saw a 45-key resort designed and constructed in just under four months. 

Arch. Ihab El Haddad
Corporate Director of Design & Technical Services
Shaza Hotels

In 2016 Arch. Ihab EL Haddad joined Shaza hotels to work with its leaders to develop and tailor the brand vision a vision that reflects the Middle East culture . In the past four years with his leadership team he has developed the brand vision of Shaza Hotels upscale brand Mysk where they created many hotels, upscale city hotels, retreats, and resorts which include: Mysk AL Mouj, Mysk Palm, Sharjah Collection Retreats and Al Badayer retreat.