Sunset Hospitality Group was founded in 2011 by Antonio Gonzalez, Ahmad Hafez and Serge Dfouni with a vision to create unique experiences around the world, through a diverse mix of hospitality concepts. From the Spanish restaurants Tapeo and El Sur to specialty venues like Rare, Chic, Regina and Story, to name a few, Sunset Hospitality Group consistently delivered memorable dining experiences to residents and guests alike, both in the Middle East and abroad.

In 2016, Sunset introduced Azure Beach, followed by Drift Beach Club in 2017 and Stage in 2018. That same year, Sunset began its international expansion with openings in Kuwait and Bahrain, and also additional openings in the United Arab Emirates. The Group launched several new brands in 2019, including Mood Rooftop Lounge, Sweet Chick, and also entered key markets such as the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

For the year 2020, Sunset introduced SushiSamba, Aura Skypool, Cloud Restaurant & Lounge, Lola – Taberna Espanola and added two new divisions: Fast Casual with Max Cafe and Living with Mett Social Living. Plans are currently underway to open more than 15 new outlets in the year 2021, taking its portfolio above 35 venues, confirming its status as one of the leaders in concept development and hospitality management in UAE.

Meet Our management Team

Antonio Gonzalez

Nazih Hafez

Tony Daher

Maude El Khoury
Legal Counsel

Lorenzo Marras
Managing Director Dining

Rania Roufael
Group HR Director

Marc Maroun
Managing Director Nightlife

Guillaume Ferraz
Director of Operations - Drift

James O. Burton
Director of Operations - Azure

Dean Murphy
Director of Operations - Jumeirah Islands

Najib Yaacoub
Director of Operations - Black Tap

Christophe Hobeika
Commercial Director Living division

Iliana Orietta
Marketing Director - Daylife

Antonio Lagrutta
Regional Brand Manager - Luigia

Gilbert Khalil
Director of Design & Technical Services

Ilker Yörükoğlu
General Manager - METT