Doha, Qatar 04 March 2014

Doha, Qatar – Katara Hospitality, a global hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar is delighted to announce a full renovation of Doha’s most iconic hotel, Doha Marriott Hotel.

Opened in 1973 as the Gulf Hotel, this project will see a first time ever full property re-imagination since it opened its doors on the Doha Bay.

Aiming to modernise the property and its facilities, the investment will see the full renovation of all guest rooms, public areas, recreation facilities and the conference and meetings space. The hotel’s food and beverage offer will also be enhanced.

The main purpose of the project renovation is to celebrate the heritage of the state of Qatar and to bring back the original iconic identity of the building. While maintaining the original design; minor modifications are made to enhance the functionality of the building, such as the project entrance road and a port coacher will be developed to be more welcoming and to give exceptional guest experience.

An Iconic tower is added to give special visually connectivity between the two towers; a new family pool with a dedicated zone for kids activities and a full new external landscape design with all necessary supporting buildings.

When it reopens, the newly renovated property will reflect perfectly the synergy between the striking 1981’s architecture of one of Doha’s most recognised landmarks, with all the style and functionality that is expected of a leading 21st century luxury hotel.

This renovation is a key milestone for the iconic 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. This project is expected to be completed by end 2021 and will require the full closure of the hotel.

All facilities and services will be fully available until 1st September 2019, when the hotel will close for renovation. Guests booked at the hotel after 1st September 2019 are being contacted individually for alternate arrangements.

A strategic decision for enhancing the offering of one of Doha’s most relevant hospitality venues. When the Doha Marriott re-opens, it will strengthen its position as Doha’s most iconic property, with the highest standards of luxurious and modern facilities in all aspects of its operations.

At the time, 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 hotel and tourism landscape.

Today, as local needs become a necessity for consumers throughout western markets, smart hospitality partner brands such as Marriott International have responded by engaging with the local community, employing local people, sourcing their ingredients locally and essentially.

Katara Hospitality has appointed UrbaCon Trading & Contracting as the contractor for Doha Marriott Hotel renovation.

About Marriott Hotels

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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 42 owned and/or managed hotels and the company is now focused on achieving its target of 60 hotels in its portfolio by 2030. 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.