Nobu Hotel Riyadh has been Welcomed by “The Leading Hotels of the World”

Nobu Hospitality Announces that the Nobu Hotel Riyadh has been Welcomed by “The Leading Hotels of the World” as a New Provisional Member, with the Hotel led by Newly Appointed Key Executives.

The Nobu Hotel Riyadh is planned to be the most stylish boutique hotel experience in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Nobu Hospitality announced that the Nobu Hotel Riyadh has been accepted as a Leading Hotel of the World with provisional membership to be converted to full membership status upon opening of the hotel.  Leading Hotels of the World is the prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas, with offices in more than 20 major markets across the globe.

The Nobu Hotel Riyadh ( will be the first Nobu Hotel in the Middle East to open, developed by Dhaliliyah Est and owned by Najmatic Co.  The Nobu Hotel is being developed and designed by Dhaliliyah Est and the Rockwell Group and will offer its guests stylish interiors showcasing natural materials fused with Nobu’s signature elegance.

Dhaliliyah Est, a Saudi Arabian investment and development group and Nobu Hospitality anticipate identifying wider global opportunities to build on the strengths of the two organizations and are exploring specific expanding opportunities with other destinations.

This announcement comes after the recent opening of the Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas which garnered praise and accolades for its originality, distinctive design and attention to service and detail. Just weeks into its debut, CNN Travel named the Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace as one of the Hottest New Hotels of 2013, and Elite Traveller has awarded the Nobu Hotel its esteemed award of “Top Suites of the World”.

In addition Nobu Hospitality has announced the appointment of senior executives to the Nobu Hotel Riyadh executive committee team. Robert Todak has been named General Manager of the Nobu Hotel Riyadh and Area Director for Nobu Hospitality, and Kym Barter has been named EAM Food and Beverage of the Nobu Hotel Riyadh and Vice President of Food and Beverage for Nobu Hospitality.

Robert Todak

Todak has been a driving force in the hospitality industry for the past 25-years most recently as General Manager at the Acqualina Resort, achieving the coveted AAA Five Diamond award, previously having attained the winner of the Conde Nast Travelers coveted “Hotel List” for The Betsy Hotel South Beach.  Todak was the opening General Manager of the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, having previously served as the General Manager of the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago gaining for both the AAA Four Diamond status and the Conde Nast Hotel List award.  Todak has held a variety of key management positions in New York and Miami with hotel groups such as Chris Blackwell’s Island Outposts with the Tides and Marlin Hotels, Ian Schrager’s Morgans Hotel Group with the Delano, Shore Club and Paramount Hotels, and Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria

Kym Barter

Barter formerly served as the General Manager Premium Restaurant Operations of Crown Melbourne, overseeing 20 restaurants including various award-wining destinations including Nobu, Number 8, Silks, and Koko in addition to venues such as The Merrywell and Mr. Hive Kitchen & Bar (formerly Maze by Gordon Ramsay).  Prior to joining Crown Melbourne, Barter was Food and Beverage Director with various hotel companies throughout Asia including the InterContinental Bangkok, Shangri-La’s China World Hotel, Beijing and the flagship Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong.  Barter has held a variety of key management positions previously with Crown Melbourne, Crown Towers Resort and Marina Mirage in Australia.

Nobu Hospitality

Nobu is one of the premier luxury lifestyle brands in the world and is owned by Chef Nobu, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper. With operations spanning five continents, the Nobu brand thrives in many global capitals as a focal destination. The natural growth of the Nobu luxury brand built on service, image and hospitality offers the complete spectrum of hotel and restaurant management for unique projects around the world.

NOBU Hospitality
Struan McKenzie, COO

Nobu Hotel Riyadh
Robert Todak, General Manager

Media Contact: Struan McKenzie, Nobu Hospitality, 13059033358,

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