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[Update] Hospitality development in Qatar accelerates

The hosting of the Football World Cup in Qatar this year seems to be boosting the development of the destination's hospitality portfolio with the arrival of various major hotel brands, thus reinforcing the country's accommodation capacity as well as its tourism activity.

The luxury hotels Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha have opened their doors in Qatar and are exclusively hosting guests of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and the VIP delegation. Both are located in the Katara Towers.

The 132-room Raffles Doha is billed as the only all-suite hotel in Qatar. Each suite comes with a personalised butler service and bespoke amenities, including an exclusive Frederic Malle fragrance, a wall gallery with a collection of selected books and a boutique.

The hotel is also home to nine spa and fitness suites, each equipped with treatment rooms, and some with private outdoor terraces and infinity pools, as well as the Katara Hall, a ballroom.

The Fairmont Doha offers 270 rooms, 92 suites, four themed suites and a presidential suite, all inspired by the interiors of luxury yachts, as well as an exclusive floor, the Fairmont Gold, which is a hotel within a hotel. The rooms are spacious and have separate bathrooms and a large furnished terrace with panoramic views of the coastline.

Seven F&B outlets have been opened to the public, four at Raffles Doha and three at Fairmont Doha. FIFA fans and members can enjoy dining experiences at Raffles Doha's Alba, L'Artisan, Blue Cigar, Malaki Lounge, Masala Library, Vaya and the Dome.

Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha will welcome room bookings after the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

Another brand of Accor is debuting in Qatar, which is Rixos through the opening of Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha, in partnership with Katara Hospitality. This hotel is a key milestone for the Rixos Hotels brand as it is the first 5-star All-Inclusive hotel in Doha. 

Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha consists of two distinct towers comprising of approximately 378 luxurious rooms and suites. The hotel also recognizes that relaxation and rejuvenation are an essential part of any visitor's stay, featuring the brand's highly-acclaimed and signature, Anjana Spa.

This trendy hotel will feature something for guests of all ages and lifestyles, with luxurious amenities, a vibrant entertainment program, several dining outlets and soon to open engaging kids club and state of the art fitness facilities. Guests will be spoilt for choice with seven different dining outlets located across the property, including Farmhouse, Rasa, Mr.Tailor, Akte Pier 51, Crust and M lounge.

GMH has also unveiled a new property in Doha for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Developed in partnership with Katara Cultural Village by Qatari real estate consortium Triple A Holdings, Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort features 91 rooms and suites, offering stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. The resort also houses 32 villas of different categories, each set in its own private garden with a private pool.

Situated along a 300-metre shoreline, Chedi Katara offers guests a fully equipped private beach, a pool with a view, a spa embracing the heritage of Eastern philosophies, two meeting rooms as well as four culinary concepts, including The Restaurant, which features live cooking stations. The property will also be home to The Beach Restaurant, The Lobby Lounge and The Cigar Lounge.

We are delighted to welcome guests to GHM's newest beachfront landmark, The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort, as part of the brand's 30th anniversary and ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Located in the heart of Katara Village, The Chedi Katara is committed to offering Qatar's opulent public a unique, serene and private escape, infused with GHM's excellence in service and warm Asian hospitality. 

Morton Johnston, General Manager, The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort

The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort is the latest addition to GHM's portfolio, bringing the total number of properties to 11, including a strong pipeline of five projects in attractive destinations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. The Chedi El Gouna, Red Sea, Egypt, an upcoming resort, is scheduled to open next month.

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