Qatar: A healthy pipeline of hotel projects

Doha Hotel Construction Overview report

According to The Doha Hotel Construction Overview report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, prepared exclusively for The Hotel Show Dubai 2016, the Qatari capital has 41 projects and 11,722 rooms in its hotel construction pipeline.

The report additionally highlighted that Doha is the third busiest city in the Middle East and Africa for hotel construction, behind Dubai (133 projects) and Riyadh (47 projects).

With 2017 expected to be Doha’s busiest year for hotel openings, 14 new properties are anticipated to enter the market. These include: Pullman Doha West Bay (468 rooms), JW Marriott West Bay (297 rooms), Hilton Garden Inn Doha Al Sadd (225 rooms) and Millennium Plaza Doha (232 rooms).

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Looking forward to the opening of the five-star Millennium Plaza Doha in early 2017, chief operating officer, Millennium & Copthorne Middle East and Africa, Francois Kassab remarked: “We currently have three properties in Doha and believe the city has great potential to grow its hospitality sector.

Kassab shared that according to statistics released by Qatar Tourism Authority, three million people visited Qatar in 2015. QTA is aiming to attract four million tourists per year by 2020.

“The plans are part of the country’s efforts to boost tourism GDP contribution over the next decade, supported by US $40-45 billion worth of investment under its National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030.”

He continued: “ Qatar is working to position itself as a world-class hub with deep cultural roots, by creating a high profile product that will appeal to all market segments from cultural tourists and families to sports fans and business travellers. We are confident that by offering a range of different brands – Millennium, Millennium Plaza, Copthorne and Kingsgate – we can cater towards these different market segments.”

The brand new Millennium Plaza Doha will form part of the new Barwa Al Sadd development in the centre of Doha. Comprised of four high rise towers offering commercial, residential and office space, the major project, currently under construction, will also offer a range of restaurants, shops and recreational facilities.

Kassab concluded: “Barwa Al Sadd is set to be an exciting new addition to the city for both visitors and residents. Millennium Plaza Doha will be the only hotel within the development, offering an ideal base for business and leisure trips as well as for residents looking for a central location for business meetings, dining or celebrations.”

At the fourth edition of The Hotel Show Dubai’s annual Vision Conference, TOPHOTELPROJECTS will present on development hotspots in the Middle East and Africa including Doha as part of the ‘Update on market and consumer patterns and trends: get the inside track’ panel discussion on September 18, 2016 from 11:00-11:50.

The Hotel Show, Dubai 2016 takes place from September 17-19 at Dubai World Trade Centre.