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Qatar Welcomes Several High-profile Hotels in Advance of World Cup

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The tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup which begins at the end of November this year.

With a major event such as the World Cup comes a lot of fans from around the world, eager to participate in the madness of the event.

To help accommodate the influx of visitors to the nation, developers have spent the last couple of years racing to get hotel projects approved and built in time for the masses to descend on the country.

Much of the development has been centered around the country’s glittering capital, Doha, and several brand-new luxury properties are slated to open around the city this month and next — let’s take a look at what’s new!

Doha Welcomes Several Luxe Properties

Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha
Image Credit: Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha

Doha is no stranger to high-end hotels. The city is already home to properties from Kempinski, InterContinental, Park Hyatt, The Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, and more.

However, there’s more to come. Here are a few of the hotels that are slated to open over the next couple of months:

Wyndham Grand Doha West Bay

Currently in its soft-opening phase, the 278-room Wyndham Grand Doha West Bay is situated in the heart of the city’s business district and boasts views of the Arabian Sea. But it’s also just a short drive away from Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) and also just minutes from famous landmarks like the Doha Corniche and the Museum of Islamic Art.

The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl Qatar

Slated to open on October 1, 2022, the brand-new The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl Qatar will “offer an exceptional oasis experience” from its home base on its own island. It will feature architecture inspired by the region of Andalusia in Spain as well as traditional Arab flourishes. The property will have several dining options to choose from, including restaurants serving Turkish, Italian, and Japanese-Peruvian cuisines, among others.

Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha

Also set to open in October of this year, the Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha boasts a private beach and stunning skyline views. According to a press release, Rixos promises “a world of relaxed stays, reimagined global cuisines, lively entertainment, and fun-packed activities, all of which are complemented by an exemplary display of Turkish hospitality.”

There Are Even More Hotels To Come

Fairmont Doha
Image Credit: Fairmont Doha via LinkedIn

September and October are shaping up to be busy months for hotel openings in Qatar, but that’s not all that’s coming.

Accor has 2 high-profile properties slated to open “in time for the FIFA World Cup 2022” — the all-suite Raffles Doha and the Fairmont Doha.

The sister properties will be co-located in a single dramatic-looking building, known as Katara Towers, at the Marina Lusail Waterfront. Raffles Doha will have an intimate 132 suites, while Fairmont Doha will have 362 guest rooms and suites.

The combined property will feature numerous food-and-beverage outlets and entertainment options combined with polished and professional service that you can expect from each of these brands.

Hot Tip: Remember that several hotels in this list participate in major loyalty programs. The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island is a Marriott Bonvoy property, the Wyndham Grand is a part of Wyndham Rewards, and the Fairmont and Raffles hotels are part of ALL – Accor Live Limitless.

Final Thoughts

Doha’s luxury hotel scene is heating up even more in advance of the World Cup’s arrival in the country. If you happen to make your way to Qatar in the coming months, you’ll certainly want to consider one or more of these new arrivals when you’re choosing where to stay!

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