The Oberoi Group has entered into management contracts for two new luxury properties in Qatar. The first will be a 250 key luxury hotel in the West Bay area of Doha, while the second, 148 key hotel, will be a luxury serviced apartment building located in Lusail, Doha. Planning of both the projects is well under way and construction will commence early next year with completion of both projects in mid-2018.
Hamad International Airport has reported an increase in its monthly passenger statistics compared to those at the old Doha International Airport (DIA). HIA saw an 11.36% passenger increase through its doors in July 2014 compared to July 2013. A total of 2,160,843 travellers departed, transferred and arrived into Qatar during July 2014.
With awe inspiring architecture, a collection of world beating museums, and a rapidly growing program of events and activities, Qatar is fast establishing itself as the cultural hub of the Middle East. With so much attention focused on the successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2022, it is also easy to forget there is so much happening right here in Qatar right now. As the International Air Transport Association prepares to convene in capital Doha for the 70th Annual General Meeting, Breaking Travel News here takes a look at what is on offer in the destination.
Over the next few days Qatar will showcase some of its impressive cultural developments to aviation industry leaders who have gathered in Doha for the IATA Annual General Meeting. Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums, Doha Film Institute and Reach Out to Asia, has been among some of the thought leaders who have helped to create an exciting future for the stunning destination.
oneworld will be making a splash at this year’s IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will see leaders of the world’s airline industry gather in Doha this weekend. Marking the occasion, oneworld is offering a discounted price for its Visit Middle East pass.
Qatar Airways has joined oneworld alliance, adding one of the world’s fastest growing and most highly rated airlines to the world’s fastest growing and most highly rated global airline alliance. Since them oneworld has also welcomed Brazil’s TAM Airlines, US Airways and SriLankan Airlines, completing the biggest membership expansion in oneworld’s history.
Due to increased passenger traffic at Doha International Airport (DIA) during the upcoming summer holidays, passengers travelling at peak times of the day are advised to arrive at the airport at least four hours before their flight to avoid unnecessary delays.
Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, the W Residences at W Doha Hotel & Residences offer the ultimate insider access, from the brand’s passion for fashion, music and design happenings to all of the hotel’s services and amenities that trend-setters have come to love. In 2013, the team, led by director Rony Sahyouni, reports strong success, owing to a raft of tempting new guest experiences designed to energise the day and inspire the night.
Doha has strengthened its position among the most popular convention destinations in the world, with the Qatar capital moving from 49 positions to joint 111th. The city is now level with the established destinations of Florence, Riga and San Juan, in a list of over 360 participating cities in a recently released from the International Congress & Convention Association.
Gordon Ramsay is set to open two new restaurants in Doha in May 2012. The two restaurants, named Gordon Ramsay Doha and Opal by Gordon Ramsay will open at The St Regis Doha.
French daredevil Alain Robert has scaled Doha’s tallest building, The Torch Doha in less than three hours. Robert, nicknamed “Spiderman”, scaled the 300 metre building without the use of a safety rope or harness. When it isn’t being used as a backdrop to gravity defying stunts, The Torch Doha hotel is the perfect place for guests looking to explore the city, boasting state-of-the-art sporting, leisure and spa facilities.
Smiths Detection has won a contract worth more than €100 million to supply all the main security scanning systems at the New Doha International Airport in Qatar. The order to equip one of the world’s most advanced airports includes a range of automatic x-ray and trace detection systems to screen passengers, hand luggage and checked-in bags for explosives, weapons and contraband.