Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it will soon introduce its Westin Hotels & Resorts brand to Qatar. Owned by Ghanem Al Thani Holdings, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa is scheduled to open in late 2014 and will enjoy a prime location in the city’s central business district, comprising a total landscaped area of 49,000 square meters. Just 15 minutes from Doha International Airport, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa will be in close proximity to the Museum of Islamic Art, Education City and the Al Mushreib rejuvenation project in Doha’s downtown area.
“I would like to thank Ghanem Al Thani Holdings for putting their trust in Starwood as we debut the Westin brand in Qatar,” said Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “In recent years, Qatar has increasingly positioned itself as a business, transit and diplomatic hub on the global tourism map, with a rising number of trade events, exhibitions and upcoming sporting events fueling its growth. The time is right to strengthen our presence in the country with the new Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, further underscoring our commitment to growing in this part of the world.”
A representative of Ghanem Al Thani Holdings added, “We are delighted with this agreement. The investment for this prodigious property far exceeds the normal five-star standards. We look forward to working with Starwood to introduce The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa as one of the leading hotels in the city.”
The 365 beautifully appointed guest rooms, will include 92 executive rooms, five private bungalows and two presidential suites, all featuring the renowned Westin Heavenly Bed® as well as the latest in modern in-room technology. The Heavenly Bath® will create an invigorating spa-like experience, enhanced with the brand’s Heavenly® Shower, Heavenly® Robe and exclusive White Tea Aloe bath amenities. The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa will also offer five dining venues, including an all-day dining restaurant, a grill and Thai restaurant as well as a jazz cocktail and sports bar.
The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa will also feature nearly 2,900 square meters of ultra-modern event space, including a ballroom and 10 meeting rooms and a fully-equipped business center, making it the perfect destination for large-scale meetings and festive occasions. Guests will be able to find total relaxation at The Heavenly Spa by Westin™, which will offer ten treatment rooms and an array of treatments dedicated to well-being, take a rejuvenating swim in one of the three pools or exercise at WestinWORKOUT® where state-of-the-art equipment for optimum cardio and weight training. Other signature Westin amenities will include the SuperFoodsRX™ menu designed to treat guests to exceptional food combinations rich in nutrients, antioxidants and flavor.
“We are excited to introduce our Westin brand to Qatar as we continue to grow its footprint in the Middle East and get closer to our 200th Westin Hotel milestone this year,” said Bart Carnahan, Senior Vice President Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa & Middle East. “With its distinctive wellness positioning, innovative products and brand-led programs, Westin has created unwavering guest loyalty and tremendous enthusiasm among owners and developers around the world.”
Starwood currently operates three hotels in Doha, including the Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, W Doha Hotel & Residences, and The St. Regis Doha. With nearly 50 hotels in its portfolio, Starwood is the leading luxury hotel operator in the region and the company plans to strengthen its long-established position with more than 30 new hotels due to open in the next five years. In 2015, the Middle East will become the second region, after North America, to operate all nine of Starwood’s world-class brands. The Westin brand will also be introduced in Dubai, Makkah and Aqaba over the next few years.
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