Doha, Qatar 02 November 2022

Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha is set to reimagine the 5-star experience in Qatar

Katara Hospitality in partnership with Accor and Rixos Hotels, are delighted to announce the opening of Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha today, November 1st, 2022. This hotel is a key milestone for everyone involved as it will be the first 5-star All-Inclusive hotel in Qatar and reiterates the brand’s commitment to creating an elevated 360° experience for guests.

The opening took place today, and in presence of His Excellency Eng. Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Deputy Chairman of Katara Hospitality and Chief Executive Officer of Qatari Diar; Mr. Andrew Humphries, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Katara Hospitality; Mr. Cenk Unverdi, Regional General Manager for Rixos Hotels as well as the leadership from both Katara Hospitality and Rixos Hotels.

On this occasion, His Excellency Eng. Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Deputy Chairman of Katara Hospitality said: “We are very proud to witness the re-opening of the fully restored Gulf Hotel Doha in partnership with Rixos Hotels; 50-years ago, Gulf Hotel was the country’s first five-star hotel and helped lead the hospitality industry in Qatar. By adopting a pioneering approach from the start, the hotel has become distinguished in the development of the hospitality and tourism landscape.”
“The main purpose of the project restoration was to celebrate the heritage of the state of Qatar and to bring back the original iconic identity of the building. Rixos Brand is firmly rooted in the generous and authentic approach to hospitality as the origins and traditions of Turkish heritage, and we are happy to welcome the Turkish hospitality to Qatar with the opening of the first Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha.” He added.

Fettah Tamince, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rixos said: “This iconic landmark is the ideal venue to introduce Rixos and its All-Inclusive concept to Qatar. Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha perfectly balances the striking contrast between the 1970’s architecture of one of Doha’s most recognized landmarks with all the style and functionality that is expected of a leading 21st-century luxury hotel.”

Since its opening in 1973 as the Gulf Hotel, the building itself has become a landmark in the city and this new venture reimagines the property with luxurious offerings under the All-Inclusive concept within the Rixos brand name. Established in 2000, this fast-growing Turkish hotel brand has redefined the meaning of All-Inclusive by creating individual and meaningful experiences through an unlimited selection of premium products and services across bucket-list worthy destinations offering a fresh perspective on the discerning travelers. From abundant flavors, sports activities, professional entertainment, kids’ activities and immersive spa experiences, guests at Rixos Gulf Doha Hotel will embark on a memorable journey to unlocking an All-Inclusive.

Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha will consist of two towers comprising of 378 luxurious rooms and suites. The guest rooms blend comfort with the cutting-edge technology to satisfy every guest from corporate travelers to leisure guests. 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 engaging kids club and state of the art fitness facilities. Guests are spoilt for choice with seven different dining outlets located across the property. Farmhouse, the all-day dining restaurant, will introduce guests to high quality, farm-fresh ingredients, with an emphasis on authentic Turkish cuisine. Those seeking an Indian flair will be delighted at Rasa presenting Indian classics with a modern take, combining international ingredients with an Indian essence. To complete the 5-star dining experience, guests will have the opportunity to dine on the finest meat cuts at the steakhouse, Mr. Tailor or enjoy an eclectic array of cuisines with a beautiful view to match at Akte Pier 51, located on the marina pier with an incredible view of the buzzling city’s luxurious lifestyle with an authentic taste of the spirited lifestyle, robust cuisine and timeless style of the Eastern Mediterranean cuisine.
Those with a sweet tooth will revel in Crust, the 24-hour lobby lounge featuring a bakery with desserts guaranteed to be a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds. To break away from the crowd and relax in their own, private bit of luxury, VIP guests and suite guests can enjoy a coffee or drink and mouthwatering desserts in M lounge.

Fitness junkies will be able to maintain their exercise routines at the Exclusive Sports Club. Guests might even fall in love with a new sport by participating in the numerous fitness classes offered throughout the day including yoga, Zumba and HIIT workouts.

While parents soak up the sun and sip on ZOH’s signature beverages by the pool, kids can build new friendships while engaging in fun, yet educational activities at Rixy Kids Club. The fully supervised kids programme boasts with numerous games and fun activities like arts and crafts.

Mr. Andrew Humphries, Acting Chief Executive Officer for Katara Hospitality said: “Today marks a key milestone for Katara Hospitality with the re-opening of the Gulf Hotel, known to be the first 5-star hotel in Doha, and reiterates the hotel’s commitment towards creating an elevated brand experience for guests. A new addition that opens up Qatar to leisure markets that are entirely new to the country to further strengthen and diversify Qatar’s appeal as a leisure destination.”

Cenk Ünverdi, Regional General Manager of Rixos Hotels UAE commented: “The opening of Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha is a monumental achievement for everyone involved, and the introduction of the All-Inclusive concept in Qatar’s hospitality landscape helps reiterate the hotel’s commitment to creating an elevated brand experience for guests.”

Sherif Kasseb, General Manager of Rixos Gulf Doha Hotel added: “The Qatari market is ready for an All-Inclusive destination where guests’ only concern is to sit back and unwind while their every need is attended to. Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha is fulling this market gap and will soon become the go-to destination for business travelers and vacationers alike. We look forward to welcoming guests to our hotel.”


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About Katara Hospitality
Katara Hospitality is a global hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar. With more than 50 years of experience in the industry, Katara Hospitality actively pursues its strategic expansion plans by investing in peerless hotels in Qatar while growing its collection of iconic properties in key international markets.

Katara Hospitality’s portfolio has grown to include 40 owned and/or managed hotels and the company is now focused on achieving its target of 60 hotels in its portfolio by 2026. As the country’s flagship hospitality organisation, Katara Hospitality supports Qatar’s long-term economic vision.

Katara Hospitality has gained global recognition for its contributions to the Qatari and international hospitality landscape through numerous prestigious accolades from the industry.

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Established in 2000, Rixos is one of the world’s fastest-growing luxury hotel chains specialising in memorable all-inclusive holidays. At the heart of every Rixos Hotel & Resort is a revitalising wellness spa with an authentic Turkish Hammam, renowned for its unique selection of spa rituals. Each hotel offers a distinctive variety of restaurants and bars, an exciting entertainment schedule and a diverse range of opulently appointed rooms and suites.

Each Rixos, be it in Turkey, UAE, Russia, Croatia, Switzerland, Egypt serves as a genuinely inspiring location to see due to its best-in-class facilities, dining options and entertainment venues. The award-winning Rixos Hotels have received global recognition from distinguished professional bodies including the American Five Star Diamond Award, Conde Nast, World Travel Awards and Trip Advisor.

Rixos Hotels currently operates four hotels in the United Arab Emirates: Rixos Premium Dubai in JBR Dubai, Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel & Suites in Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Rixos Bab Al Bahr in Ras Al Khaimah and Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.