Qatar’s further easing of coronavirus (Covid-19) quarantine and travel restrictions has triggered a "huge demand" for leisure and beach properties, especially during the coming Eid al-Adha holidays, it is learnt.
“We look forward to receiving guests as our resort reaches 90% occupancy on the occasion of Eid,” Ahmad al-Abdulla, executive assistant manager at Sealine Beach, a Murwab Resort, told Gulf Times.
He said that Sealine is one of the most popular beach properties in the country, offering a "one-of-its-kind location, an array of beachside activities, a wide range of finest cuisine and desert experiences – a perfect getaway destination for the Eid holidays”.
According to an employee of a beach hotel in Doha, most of their rooms have been booked between July 20 and 24 and a majority of their guests are Qatar residents who want to spend the holidays with their families.
He said that some citizens and residents may prefer to stay in the country this year than to travel abroad due to the current Covid-19 situation back home and in other destinations, where certain restrictions remain in place.
Apart from local bookings, he added that they also expect to see an increase in the number of bookings from other GCC nationals who may not be able to travel to other destinations this summer.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has said that GCC citizens who have been fully vaccinated (with vaccines approved in Qatar), and with at least 14 days having passed after receiving the second dose of a two-dose series vaccine or from the single dose in case of single-dose regime vaccine, are exempted from quarantine rules.
Another beach hotel employee echoed a similar view, saying that occupancy rates will normally spike a few days before Eid al-Adha.
Apart from the continued lifting of Covid-19 restrictions and the Eid holidays, she said there is a growing interest among many GCC nationals to visit Qatar due to the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
In addition, she stressed that visitors find “the strict precautionary measures imposed by hotels here as reassuring and provide a high-level of safety for guests and staff”.
She noted that local bookings still comprised the biggest percentage of their current occupancy but hopes to receive more foreign visitors in the coming weeks and months.
It is learnt that hotels in Qatar have lauded the efforts of the Qatar government in vaccinating the population and in preventing the spread of Covid-19, which will significantly help the hospitality sector in recovering strongly from the pandemic.
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