Doha, Qatar 13 October 2018

Katara Hospitality Collaborates with Leading Global Hospitality Group Marriott International to introduce Al Messila Resort & Spa, Doha under the Luxury Collection Brand

Doha, Qatar – Katara Hospitality and Marriott International today announced the signing of Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, situated in Doha. Scheduled to open by end of 2018, the resort marks The Luxury Collection brand’s first property to open in Qatar and eighth across the Middle East and Africa. The signing also marks Katara Hospitality’s 39th project under its portfolio of hotels.

The management agreement was signed by His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality and by Mr. Arne M. Sorenson, President & CEO of Marriott International.

“This agreement marks The Luxury Collection brand’s first property in Qatar and our second worldwide after Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Milan. Al Messila Resort & Spa is the epitome of what Katara Hospitality looks for in a hotel,” said Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality. He continued, “Its grand and statuesque appearance is the ultimate in luxurious hospitality. The hotel is a welcome addition to our growing local portfolio of iconic properties, and we are delighted to be continuing to set the standard for luxury hospitality over the world.”

Alex Kyriakidis, President & Managing Director, Marriott International in Middle East and Africa, said: “We are excited to further expand our brand portfolio in the country with the opening of our first Luxury Collection property. As we strengthen our growing relationship with Katara Hospitality with today’s signing, we see this as testament to Qatar’s robust tourism strategy and its reputation as a leading luxury destination in the region.”

True to the spirit of The Luxury Collection, the resort will provide global explorers with authentic experiences that reflect the local spirit, lifestyle and design of its location.

Katara Hospitality is a global hotel owner, developer and operator with a collection of iconic hotels in key markets across Europe, Africa, Asia, and United States of America.

Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa will feature 152 luxuriously-appointed rooms, including 30 individual villas, and seven distinct culinary experiences. Inspired by the conservatory and 1,100 indigenous trees around it, the resort features key wellness and recreation facilities including a swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis and football courts and a 12,000 sqm spa. The resort also features a dedicated kids club with its own private reception, fitness rooms and climbing walls.

The signing of Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa marks the eighth hotel collaboration between Katara Hospitality and Marriott International, which already includes the Doha Marriott Hotel, Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Doha, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Renaissance Golden View Beach Resort, Sharm el Sheikh, Excelsior Hotel Gallia, a Luxury Collection Hotel and The Westin Excelsior Rome.

About Katara Hospitality: Katara Hospitality is a global hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar. With more than 45 years’ 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 39 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 currently owns properties spread across four continents in Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Singapore, Thailand and United States of America. While it partners with some of the finest hotel management companies, Katara Hospitality operates owned and non-owned hotels through its standalone operating arm, Murwab Hotel Group.

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

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.