Hilton Worldwide plans expansion in Qatar

March 06, 2014 - 1:24:00 am

The officials of the Hilton Worldwide.

DOHA: Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company, yesterday announced expansion plans in Qatar with the signing of a management agreement with First Qatar Real Estate Development Company to open a new 445-room hotel, named ‘Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences’. 

The 41-storey new hotel will be located at the exclusive man-made island The Pearl-Qatar, one of the most prestigious areas in the country. The property will be positioned at the entrance of the upscale society on the main Pearl expressway and surrounded by upscale and stylish cafes, shops and restaurants. The hotel is expected to open in 2017.

Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, said: “We’re tremendously excited to introduce our first property to the fashionable and popular, The Pearl-Qatar island and welcome the opportunity to become part of its thriving community. We are confident this outstanding new landmark property will quickly become a favourite destination for residents and visitors.” 

The hotel will be the second residence-style property planned by Hilton Worldwide in the Gulf state and will comprise a wide mix of quality serviced apartments from small studio units to expansive three-bedroom apartments, penthouses and townhouses. 

Designed to attract the leisure and business traveller, the hotel will feature a comprehensive range of amenities, including three boardrooms, a business centre, a large health club and outdoor swimming pool. Dining options will include a lobby lounge, all day dining outlet, a speciality restaurant and a pool bar. 

Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide, Middle East & Africa said: “I am delighted to see the determined pace of progress we are making in such an important Middle East market. The addition of Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences, Qatar to our countrywide portfolio, including Hilton Doha which opened two years ago and quickly became a favourite regional destination, supports our strategy of bringing a range of world class brands to key destinations and this latest signing will perfectly complement our existing development pipeline for the city.” 

Fahad K Al Ghunaim, Chairman and CEO of First Qatar Real Estate Development Company, said: “Together, with our expertise, we will develop a property with the right balance of quality facilities and high service standards designed to appeal to Qatar’s growing numbers of leisure and business travellers.”

The Peninsula

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