Welcome to Robert Geneid Sarawak page

From Sydney to Sarawak, Australian born Robert Geneid is helping to put the Sarawakian rainforest onto the ecotourist map


Robert Geneid at home in Sarawak

Robert Geneid was born in Sydney, Australia in 1954 and completed his BE from the University of New South Wales in Civil Engineering in 1976. He became one of the youngest Fellows to the Institute of Engineers and after a couple of years working as an engineer on water supply and sewerage projects for the Department of Public Works in New South Wales, he relocated to Saudi Arabia in 1979, where he was employed by the Bechtel Corporation on the massive Jubail Industrial City, which was at the time one the largest construction projects in the world.

At the start of the 1980s Robert Geneid decided it was time to change direction, and in 1983 he returned to the University of New South Wales where he studied law. After obtaining his law degree, he began working as a solicitor for the Sydney based law firm, Freehill, Hollingdale and Page, where he combined his existing engineering knowledge with his newly acquired legal skills.

He was given the task of handling disputes on construction projects as well as undertaking the documentation of large scale infrastructure projects, including acting on behalf of the Northern Territory Government on the Channel Island Power Station Project and again as a part of a legal team advising the consortium in the construction of a road tunnel under Sydney Harbour.

In 1990 he became a partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where he was given responsibility for handling the firm's clients involved in development and construction in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Among the projects he was involved in, were the establishment of the first commercial television station in Jakarta and legal advisor for the joint venture in Malaysia that developed the Malaysia Peninsular Gas Utilization pipeline.

Robert Geneid's move into tourism in Sarawak began when he became the Managing Director of the Borsarmulu Resort Sdn Bhd, the company which owns the Royal Mulu Resort, situated close to the Gunung Mulu National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Sarawak's rain forest.

Geneid has been keen to maintain the ecology of the region and at the same time open up the area to ecotourism. Equally importantly was to ensure sufficient development in the region for the benefit the local population.

The Royal Mulu Resort is currently undergoing a major overhaul and will soon become the Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa, the Marriott chain's first nature based hotel.

As well as being the Managing Director of the Royal Mulu Resort, Robert Geneid is a Director of the company which owns the five star Miri Marriott Resort and Spa, situated on the South China Sea in the northern part of Sarawak.

Robert Geneid currently serves on the Board of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau.

In addition to his involvement in the tourist industry, he is Managing Director of Kumpulan Construction Sdn Bhd, which was responsible for the development of two major construction projects in Kuching, the Kuching Outdoor Stadium and the New Kuching Port; both projects which were completed within budget and on time.

For Robert Geneid, Sarawak and the city of Kuching, has been his adopted home for many years and is the place where he lives today with his wife.

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