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Julie Moraine May 18, 2023 2 min read
Hard Rock International Appoints Dajani as SVP of Development
Ragheb Dajani will be responsible for new real estate development projects and will oversee the company's growth plans and goals
Hospitality and gaming operator Hard Rock International (HRI) announced the appointment of Ragheb “Raj” Dajani as its new Senior Vice President of Development.
Help HRI Cement Position in Luxury Hospitality
The appointment of Dajani as SVP of Development will bring on board HRI an accomplished real estate professional with more than 30 years of real estate development experience gained across planning, design and construction of integrated resorts, including luxury residential, hospitality and casino properties.
Commenting on the new appointment, Joe Emanuele, Chief Design and Development Officer at HRI, was excited to see Dajani join the company’s Real Estate Development team in times during which HRI is continuing “to further cement the Hard Rock brand as a pillar in the global luxury hospitality space.”
On Dajani’s future impact, Emanuele added that “his extensive experience in bringing top-of-the-line luxury integrated resort concepts to life makes [him] an invaluable addition to the Hard Rock team.”
As SVP of Development for HRI, Dajani will be responsible for new real estate development prospects, setting up real estate development strategy direction and overseeing the company’s growth plans and objectives, and will be reporting directly to Emanuele.
Experience in Building Luxury Towers and Resorts
In his most recent role as the Head of Planning for gaming and hospitality operator Galaxy Entertainment Group, Dajani was instrumental in establishing a development operation in Tokyo to pursue a casino license for the development and operation of a multi-billion integrated resort.
During his stay with top hospitality firm, Kerzner International, Dajani helped develop several luxury towers – The Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas, Morocco and Dubai – as well as several One&Only hotels and resorts in the Bahamas, Mexico and the Mohegan Sun Resort in Connecticut.
Dajani, whose career began in the US luxury residential sector where he engaged in bidding and execution of general contracting work, was also central in planning and implementing a revitalizing development program for Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, under Brookfield Hospitality Management.
With venues in over 70 countries and spanning 290 locations featuring owned, licensed or managed hotels, casinos, rock shops, live performance venues, and cafes, HRI is one of the world’s most recognized companies.
One of its recent development projects, Rocksino by Hard Rock Deadwood in South Dakota, featuring a boutique hotel, a casino, a full-service restaurant, and a bar, is set to open its doors to the public in August this year.
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