Giordano banner ad for Dec 2017

Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Leon Salinel – Thoughtleader


Corporate Director for Sales & Marketing


The hospitality industry in the Middle East is one of the most dynamic in the world. In this highly competitive environment, Leon stands out as a frontrunner. In terms of expertise and workplace excellence, his career record is second to none. As Sales & Marketing Corporate Director for Oman-based, Omran Hospitality Group, Leon manages the company’s owned assets which includes Atana Khasab, Atana Musandam, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, Masira Island Resort, City Hotel Duqm and Al Hoota Cave. Of his successes, Leon says: “As a Filipino in an industry that is predominantly rostered by Caucasians and Arabic speakers, it brings me great pride and joy to see just how far I have managed to advance my career, and in doing so, break the glass ceiling for my fellow Filipinos in the Gulf. To head a 25-strong team of various nationalities and experience is not an easy task – one that I surmount through determination and plain ol’ hardwork. What’s even better is that through the guidance and training that I provide to my team, I learn a great deal about myself too.”

His advice to his fellow Filipinos trying to find greater success in the Middle East: “Believe in yourself and find your passion, your calling and the very reason why you wake up in the morning. Trust in your capacity, your capabilities. Take risks and focus in reaching your goals. Don’t lose yourself and continue learning. Never tell yourself it’s enough. Be your own worst critique and don’t forget that the most important thing in your life is your family. Fight the good fight of the faith.”


Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.

Facebook Comments

Author: Illustrado

From the Middle East to the rest of the world, IllustradoLife shares the stories of Filipinos expats from around the world, providing a global venue championing the world class Filipino. IllustradoLife features articles on fashion and beauty, travel, lifestyle, business, events and other topics of interest to the international Filipino community from its mother publication, Illustrado Magazine.

Share This Post On
468 ad

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Taas Noo, Filipino! Subscribe for even more Pinoy good stuff!

Join our mailing list to receive updates on Pinoy life from around the world.

Thank you for signing up!