With a background in architecture and urban planning, MD Stephan Konzelmann is responsible for Roya Project Management’s operations, building and managing the project teams and driving business development.
He was previously MD and associate of a renowned German project management firm in the UAE and during his career, has managed a number of developments in Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, China, UAE, Iran and Qatar.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on at Ròya?
We are currently heavily involved in the new Doha airport project in Qatar. The level of quality, materials, people involved, our role and the complexity of it all is highly interesting and challenging.
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What challenges do you foresee for the hotel industry globally?
From a technical point of view hotels need to respond to the growing demand to be more environmentally friendly. Still, technology applied and systems installed are of a very conventional nature. Energy cost is growing and so the reduction of water and power consumption is a must.
What upcoming project in UAE are you most excited about?
The Business Bay-Safa Park canal project will be the project that will change the face of Dubai in a very positive way. First of all stagnating water in the Business Bay area will start to circulate, public transport around the newly created island can be shifted to boats and shuttles on the water, the quality of recreational areas around the canal will be one of a kind in the area. Central Dubai will experience water in a new, urban way.
If you could introduce or manage any one project anywhere in the world, what would it be and why?
Something that really is needed to make things better for people that suffer.
What’s your proudest career moment?
Presenting projects I have worked on to dignitaries such as Ròyalty and presidents and receiving the respective appreciation.
What one thing can make or break a hotel experience for you?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who from? And what was the worst advice?
Go to Dubai (2003) from the chairman of my previous company. The worst advice was to leave Dubai (in 2008).
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