Doha has been ranked third busiest city for hotel construction in the Middle East, according to a report.
The Doha Hotel Construction Overview report by ‘TOPHOTELPROJECTS’ revealed that Doha’s busiest year for hotel openings is forecast to be 2017 with 14 new properties entering the market, including: Pullman Doha West Bay (468 rooms), JW Marriott West Bay (297 rooms), Hilton Garden Inn Doha Al Sadd (225 rooms), and Millennium Plaza Doha (232 rooms).
“We currently have three properties in Doha and believe the city has great potential to grow its hospitality sector,” Francois Kassab, chief operating officer, Millennium and Copthorne Middle East and Africa, was quoted as saying by the report.
According to the Qatar Tourism Authority, 3mn people visited Qatar in 2015 and 4mn tourists per year are expected by 2020, ” Kassab said, adding “the plans are part of the country’s efforts to boost tourism GDP (gross domestic product) contribution over the next decade, supported by $40-45bn worth investment under its National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030.
“Qatar is working to position itself as a world-class hub with deep cultural roots, by creating a high-profile product that will appeal to all market segments from cultural tourists and families to sports fans and business travellers,” he said.
The 5-star Millennium Plaza Doha will open as part of the new Barwa Al Sadd development located in the heart of Doha. Comprising four high-rise towers offering commercial, residential and office space, the major project, currently under construction, will also offer a range of restaurants, shops and recreational facilities.
City skyscrapers stand on the skyline in Doha (file). The Doha Hotel Construction Overview report by ‘TOPHOTELPROJECTS’ reveals that Doha’s busiest year for hotel openings is forecast to be 2017 with 14 new properties entering the market.