Elite – competent, reliable, cosmopolitan
Meet the Team
Amur Hardan
Managing Director

As the founder and man with the connections that no other DMC in the country has, Amur makes sure Elite focuses on the closeness to the Omani people. He is a venue and people scout, leaving no stone unturned. Proudly he spearheads business and product development to service his valued clients with the finest Oman experience and the best employees. 

Being an Omani, he is a proud ambassador of his beautiful country and promotes the Sultanate on all continents. His unique position as managing owner creates confidence. In his almost three decade long career he met most makers and shakers of the tourism industry. 

Today Amur is a role model to many young Omanis wanting to enter the tourism and hospitality industry. Often his advice is sought on career moves. He is a member in numerous tourism committees, private as well as government. 

Amur loves his family, travelling and discussing politics.

Karen Hardan
General Manager

After 20 years in senior sales and marketing roles in the deluxe hotel industry on three continents, Karen joined her husband Amur at Elite Travel & Tourism in 2010. At that point the two owners decided to concentrate on their strengths and be different from other DMCs. Rightly so as the success and growth of Elite proves today. 

Over time she became the heart and soul of the company. Her European values define the style and philosophy of Elite. With foresight she manages her international team and is in charge of marketing, quality control, safety aspects, sustainability, human resources and IT. 

Nowadays Karen’s personal forte is people development. Having managed large teams in the past, she specifically mentors her Omani employees to offer them the opportunity to grow in the ever more competitive tourism industry.

Karen is a dedicated mother, hobby cook, passionate traveller and modern art enthusiast. 

Abdul Rahman Ibrahim
Finance Manager

Born in Kuwait, Abdul Rahman is a Jordanian citizen, who spent 25 years working in leading logistics and tourism organizations in the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Since summer 2017 he calls Oman his home away from home.

After graduating from the University of Madras in 1991 with a B. Commerce degree, Abdul Rahman quickly climbed the professional ladder. With his analytical mind he contributed considerably to the growth of his employers. Being convinced that people are the key to every successful service organization, he has managed large teams. His strengths include specificity, handling complex assignments and resourcefulness.

His tasks at Elite involve overseeing the financial operation and developing measures that support the company’s strategic direction.

Abdul Rahman is a family man and a huge soccer fan. He likes travelling and listening to good music.

Aziz Badir
Director of Tourism

After finishing his language studies at Ain Shams University in Cairo in 1993, Aziz committed himself full-heartedly to the tourism industry.

He spent many years in leading roles in the biggest tour operators in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. There is hardly an International travel organisation that has not cooperated with him yet. Aziz is familiar with most feeder markets and was involved in the training and development of many tourism professionals who occupy senior roles in the industry today. His main strengths are enthusiasm, stamina and management skills.

His role in Muscat complements perfectly his previous function in the UAE. He knows both countries like the back of his hand and is considered an industry expert. Besides his mother tongue Arabic, he fluently speaks German, English, Italian and Russian.

Aziz likes exploring foreign countries, learning new languages and is keen on sports.

Sherien Sherief
MICE Manager

Sherien started her career in tourism after graduating from Cairo University’s faculty of tourism in 2003. Ever since her life centered on the travel industry and how to becoming one of the best within it.

Initially she worked with one of the top 10 travel companies in Egypt and handled up to five charter flights per week. Her strength in the group segment results from those days. Sherien is affluent with all nationalities, their special requests and interests. In addition she operated countless leisure, educational, metaphysical and incentive groups.

In 2013 Sherien joined Elite Travel & Tourism. She travelled all around the Sultanate and Emirates to familiarize herself with the destinations, their special places and unique selling points. Today she knows Oman and the UAE by heart, plans every trip as if it was her own and makes sure that guests have the ultimate experience and delight. 

Sherien is passionate about her family, friends and very much into travelling the world, reading and arts. 

The Elite Team

In support of the management, a highly skilled International team is ready to assist with the daily duties: sales & reservations, account support and of course operations. They ensure that we deliver what we promise and continually exceed client expectations.

Elite employs the biggest European team in the entire Sultanate. Our travel industry partners are assured of the finest customer service and personnel, as we only engage the best.