Saleh Said was born in Zanzibar and spent his childhood in New Delhi, India, as the son of a diplomat. His entrepreneurial spirit started early when he opened his first company at the age of 17. He has continued to venture into a wide range of businesses ever since, not least of which was creating a successful joint venture with MMI Dubai, part of the prestigious Emirates Group.
Saleh founded the Zanzibar Developers & Hotels Ltd in 2011, with the purpose of acquiring a key part of the island’s premier coastline, which was later successfully sold to UK firm, Pennyroyal Limited and formed the foundation for the Blue Amber resort project. He was appointed as Managing Director of Pennyroyal Limited in 2012 and has played a major role in developing the 1.6 billion USD mixed-use residential and leisure resort ever since. Saleh’s vision is at the core of what is set to become East Africa’s most ambitious resort development, homing the region’s first championship golf course, and Ritz Carlton alongside plans for a further 3 hotels, private and branded residences as well as accompanying amenities. Working closely with the government, Saleh’s passion and commitment to the upliftment and growth of the local economy sees social engagement at the core of the Pennyroyal business endeavours and is already driving innovative programmes in healthcare, education, and training on the island. Saleh’s vision to see “Zanzibar poverty-free” is as impressive as it is brave and he is committed to making this a reality.
Saleh has been interviewed by numerous international news and travel media over the years, including CNBC Africa where he has discussed the tourism market in Zanzibar as well as the socio-economic impact of Blue Amber on the surrounding communities and island at large. He is frequently invited to speak at international tourism and hospitality conferences, most notably the Gulf and India Ocean Hotel Investor Summit 2018 (Abu Dhabi) where he hosted the Tanzania roundtable and at the launch of the International Tourism and Investment Conference 2018(London) where he joined panellist such as Hon. Najib Balala (Min. of Tourism Kenya), Hon. Edmund Barlett(Min. of Tourism Jamaica) and The President of Malta Hon. Marie-Loiuse Coleiro Preca.
In 2013, Saleh joined the Tanzania Chapter of Young President’s Organization (YPO). The YPO is a global network of young chief executives with approximately 22,000 members in more than 125 countries. He is an active participant in its Real Estate Forum and has been involved in international round table discussions.