Doha: 41 hotel projects and more in the pipeline
Doha has a huge pipeline of hotels in the offing, with some 11,722 rooms due to accommodate the anticipated growing tourist trade.
A recent report has revealed that Doha can expect 41 projects and 11,722 rooms in its hotel construction pipeline.
Prepared exclusively for the Hotel Show Dubai 2016, the Doha Hotel Construction Overview report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS shows that Doha is the third most active city in the Middle East and Africa when it comes to hotel construction.
Leading the way is Dubai with 133 projects and, Riyadh with 47 projects.
2017 is expected to be Doha’s busiest year for hotel openings with 14 new properties entering the market. Included in the list are Pullman Doha West Bay with 468 rooms, JW Marriott West Bay with 297 rooms, Hilton Garden Inn Doha Al Sadd with 225 rooms, and Millennium Plaza Doha with 232 rooms.
Francois Kassab, chief operating officer, Millennium & Copthorne Middle East & Africa, commented: “We currently have three properties in Doha and believe the city has great potential to grow its hospitality sector.”
The company is behind the Millennium Plaza Doha development opening early 2017. Kassab commented: “According to the Qatar Tourism Authority, three million people visited Qatar in 2015, and they are aiming to attract four million tourists per year by 2020.”
The country has set aside $40-45bn worth of investment under its National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030. The strategy forms a part of Qatar’s efforts to increase tourism’s contribution towards the GDP over the next decade.
The plan includes working to position the country as a world-class centre with cultural roots, by creating an exclusive product that will appeal to all market sectors, from national tourists and families, to sports fans and business travellers alike.
“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,” Kassab added.
Part of the new Barwa Al Sadd development located in the heart of Doha, the five-star Millennium Plaza Doha will comprise four high rise towers offering commercial, residential and office space. The key project, presently under construction, will also offer a series of restaurants, shops and entertainment facilities.
Kassab said: "Barwa Al Sadd will be an exciting new addition to the city for both visitors and residents, while the 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.”