Best Western is preparing to open its first
hotel in Doha, Qatar. The Best Western Doha Seef Hotel is
scheduled to open next
month, in June 2009.
Set amidst the city's
major landmarks and central business district, the hotel is a
5-minute drive from Doha International Airport and close to the
city’s spectacular corniche that snakes 7 km along the Persian
Doha’s atmospheric traditional souqs (markets)
are 2-3 minutes away while banks, shopping centers and major
business offices are also nearby. The hotel is also within easy
reach of the main cultural showcases, namely the Qatar Museum, the
Museum of Islamic Art, and Fanar Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre.
Best Western Doha Seef is characterized by a blend of
traditional Arabian hospitality and modern luxury. Rooms and
suites offer spacious working and sitting areas and feature both
shower and bath tub. Deluxe and Executive suites boast dramatic
views of the Persian Gulf. The restaurant, located on the
Mezzanine floor, offers authentic local and international cuisine.
“We are expanding throughout Asia and
the Middle East to capitalize on the great opportunities
available. Best Western Doha Seef Hotel represents an exciting
landmark in Qatar,” said Glenn de Souza, Best Western
International’s Vice President Operations – Asia. “Qatar is
potentially one of the fastest-growing economies in the world this
year with growth of 10%, so obviously this is an excellent time
for us to enter the market.”
Emirate of Qatar forms a peninsula surrounded by several islands
located halfway down the west coast of the Persian Gulf and is
centrally placed among the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC). With a population of 1.5 million, the emirate has a
moderate desert climate with hot summers and mild winters. Almost
50% of the population resides in the city of Doha, which is the
business and Administrative Capital.
Best Western recently took over the Dhow Palace
hotel in Bur Dubai and manages two hotels in Bahrain and Doha. The
company currently has five hotels under development in the region,
including two in Kuwait, two in Muscat and one in Dubai.
Some 140 hotels operate under the Best Western brand across Asia
and the Middle East offering 23,000 rooms. By 2010, the number of
hotels is projected to grow to 200 offering 50,000 rooms.
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