Our History

We are pioneers

The genesis of Katara Hospitality can be traced back to 1970, when the Government of Qatar established Qatar National Hotels Limited to manage the Sheraton Gulf Hotel, then known as the Doha Marriott Hotel and now Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha, the country’s first five-star hotel, while 1982 marked the opening of the first internationally branded property, the iconic Sheraton Grand Doha. Fast forward to 1993, when an Emiri decree identified significant growth potential for Qatar’s tourism industry, a new entity, QNH, took over the assets of the previous company.

Since 2003, Katara Hospitality evolved into a highly profitable owner, developer and operator with ambitious plans for Qatar and other regions throughout the world.

Using our experience and scale, we continued to develop high quality hospitality environments and today we own and manage more than 8,500 keys across Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.

Our contemporary interpretation of the traditional values of Arabic hospitality influences everything we do and it is illustrated on the local landscape as Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel has been a celebrated symbol of Qatari hospitality for over 40 years, while the future Katara Towers, Lusail Marina District will become a new hospitality landmark.

Those values are just as important when it comes to our international interests. In 2006, we acquired the Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh Golden View Beach Resort in Egypt and today, our property and development portfolio encompasses iconic hotels in France, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Morocco, Singapore, Thailand and United States of America.