French investments in Qatar on the rise: envoy
March 15 2019 09:58 PM
French ambassador Franck Gellet
French ambassador Franck Gellet speaking at the opening of Alwadi Hotel Doha recently. PICTURE: Jayan Orma

The growing bilateral trade between Qatar and France got a further boost with the opening of MGallery’s Alwadi Hotel Doha recently, French ambassador Franck Gellet has said.
The envoy, along with HE Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim al-Thani, Msheireb Properties board member (developer and owner of the hotel) Saad Ebrahim al-Muhannadi, Msheireb Properties acting CEO Ali al-Kuwari, Accor Middle East & Africa CEO Mark Willis, and Alwadi Hotel Doha general manager Dominic Arel, led the inauguration of the five-star hotel, located within Msheireb Downtown Doha.
“As an ambassador of France, it’s my pleasure and it is indeed a proud moment for all of us to see yet another iconic brand from France entering the Qatari market,” Gellet said, congratulating the entire team of Al Wadi Hotel Doha for their efforts in bringing the first MGallery five-star boutique hotel in Qatar.
He added that relations between the two countries have been developing in the past 50 years on the basis of friendship, mutual trust and shared values and interests. 
Gellet noted that French investments in Qatar continue to increase, “reflecting the dynamism and the level of commitment of French companies operating in Qatar, some of them for decades.”
Reiterating the strong economic ties between Qatar and France, he said about 200 French companies and brands in the country.
“They are working alongside public and private stakeholders on key projects in oil and gas, electricity and water, transport, urban development and other fields like hospitality, supporting Qatar in achieving its goals, enshrined in the Qatar National Vision 2030,” the envoy stressed.
A Gulf Times report in November last year quoting Gellet showed that Qatar and France’s trade volume “has been systematically close to QR12bn or €3bn” for the past years. 
The event, he added, was an opportunity for him to laud the Msheireb project, a vibrant new retail, commercial and residential development that is one the smartest and most sustainable city district in the world. 
“Qatar is showing the way on this and also a way of inspiration, a visionary sustainable regeneration project, not only smart in technology but also smart in beauty,” Gellet said. 
Alwadi Hotel Doha has 213 rooms and suites, each with thoughtful amenities, inspiring patterns and a vibrant colour scheme to bring a touch of heritage to its contemporary design.
The hotel also has three world-class restaurants, two bars and a lobby tea lounge and terrace to offer a memorable experience to guests.
According to Willis, each boutique hotel in the MGallery collection tells a unique story and perfectly blends modern design with local history and heritage.

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