Luxury hotel confirmed for Doha's Musheireb development

Luxury hotel chain Mandarin Oriental is to further expand in the Middle East, the firm confirmed June 28, opening a new property in Doha by 2014.

The chain already has a property slated to open in Abu Dhabi in 2013, which will be the first in the region for the Hong-Kong based chain.

The new 160-room property in Doha will be located in Musheireb, a huge community currently under development in the old city center of Qatar's capital city that is designed to be a "rediscovery of the past," in contrast to the gleaming skyscrapers that now dominate the Doha skyline.

When complete, Musheireb will cover some 350,000 square meters, be home to nearly 30,000 people and feature upscale retail boutiques, a 700-seat theater, entertainment areas and an underground "pedestrian city."

The zone is aiming for the LEED Gold green building certification and developers have also implemented other green design features such as cycle lanes, a dedicated tram, a centralized cooling system and a building orientation to help the sea air flush out city heat trapped by the buildings.

Mandarin Oriental says that the new hotel, the first to be announced for Musheireb, will feature a pool, fitness center, spa with ten treatment rooms and a variety of restaurants and bars.

It will also contain 95 serviced apartments alongside the 160 rooms and suites, all of which will be a "contemporary interpretation of traditional local influences together with subtle oriental touches reflecting the [Mandarin Oriental] Group’s heritage."

Qatar is currently undergoing an accommodation boom, increasing the number of hotel rooms available in the country by 25 percent during 2009 alone, according to government statistics.

Later this year, US hotel chain Marriott will complete a massive complex featuring three of its brands - Renaissance Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott & Marriott Executive Apartments - in a 48-storey double-tower development.

In 2011, New Doha Internatiional Airport is scheduled to replace the current Doha International as the country's main airport, providing a considerable boost in passenger capacity and facilities for the state's popular flag-carrier Qatar Airways.

http://www.mandarinoriental.com

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