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.