DOHA: The six-storey atrium of Wyndham Grand Regency Doha is emblazoned with dozens of paintings by contemporary artists, marking the hotel’s foray into a nucleus for artists and art lovers.
Guests are greeted by colourful paintings from the entrance to the lobby to the atrium, turning the hotel into a mini-art museum teeming with paintings on Qatar seen in the eyes of artists from different nationalities.
Ayman Lotfy, General Manager, Wyndham Grand Regency Doha, said the hotel’s new-look comes under the context of enriching the hospitality scene by providing an environment for art enthusiasts.
“These more than 50 paintings fit perfectly with the ambience of the hotel. This is the first of its kind initiative by a hotel for people who love arts, innovation and creativity, and will continuously be enhanced in the future.”
To view the paintings suspended in the atrium, visitors and guests are provided with binoculars. There are also iPads where all paintings, their creators and their biographies can be viewed.
The paintings are the product of ‘Al Asmakh International Fine Art Symposium’ the hotel organised at the Sealine Beach in March.
Under ‘Hand in Hand for One Art and One Destiny’ motto, the symposium allowed artists from 30 countries to create paintings that reflect the Qatari locale and culture drawing inspiration from the past and the present.
A company Regency Art was established to run the symposium.
“We selected artists who are famous regionally and internationally in addition to Qatari artists to take part in the symposium and create artworks that now adorn the interiors of the hotel,” said Qatari artist Mohammed Al Atiq, General Manager of Regency Art and General Coordinator of the symposium.
A sculpture symposium will be organised in December next year in addition to an international art competition and other activities, Al Atiq said.
After eight years, the hotel has undergone renovation which included the lobby and opened a Moroccan and a Chinese restaurant all aimed at coping with the competition in the hospitality market considered one of the fastest growing in the region, said Lotfy.
This year the hotel witnessed occupancy rate above 75 percent.
It was also recognised by various organizations with international awards and accolades.