Hard Rock International has appointed Ragheb (Raj) Dajani as the new SVP, development. In this role, he will be responsible for leading the maintenance of new real estate development prospects, directing real estate development strategy and overseeing the brand’s strategic business growth plans and goals. Dajani will report directly to Joe Emanuele, chief design and development officer.
“We’re thrilled to have Raj join our real estate development team as we continue to further cement the Hard Rock brand as a pillar in the global luxury hospitality space,” said Emanuele. “His extensive experience in bringing top-of-the-line luxury integrated resort concepts to life makes Raj an invaluable addition to the Hard Rock team.”
Dajani has more than 30 years of experience in development. His expertise includes planning, design and construction of integrated resort developments such as luxury residential, hospitality and casino properties, according to the company. He began his career engaging in bidding and execution of general contracting works for U.S. luxury residential projects. During his tenure at top hospitality firms such as Kerzner International, Dajani held several positions including VP, during which he developed luxury towers including The Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas, Morocco and Dubai, and several One&Only hotels and resorts in the Bahamas, Mexico and the Mohegan Sun Resort. Dajani later returned to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas to plan and implement a one-of-a-kind development program under Brookfield Hospitality Management.
In his most recent role, Dajani was the head of planning for Galaxy Entertainment Group in Tokyo, where he established a development operation to pursue a license to develop and operate a multibillion-dollar integrated resort.