Since 2005, Syriani has overseen the completion of 60 Rotana properties in the region as the regional brand continues its expansion not just in the region, but also in overseas territories such as Africa, Eastern Europe, India and South America. After graduating from the Lebanese University with a master’s degree in architecture, Syriani worked as project architect with a Dubai-based contracting company , DCE, before moving on to join Rotana’s architecture team. In his current assignment, Syriani heads a team of architects, interior designers and engineers responsible for monitoring the company’s expansion plans in the GCC, MENA and India.
Over the course of his responsibility at Rotana, Syriani has closely collaborated with the region’s top design firms such as Wilson Associates, HBA, Godwin Austen Johnson, HLA, LW Design and Bishop Design among others. In addition to the external design teams, the Lebanon-native also works with industry stakeholders, helping him to be involved in the entire decision making process from inception to design development, all the way through construction and completion of hospitality projects. Rotana’s upcoming projects include the Saadiyat Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi and The Johari Rotana in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The company aims to develop 100 hotels by 2020, and Syriani is driving the design mandate of these properties.