Contract signing in Doha • Collaboration on the construction of a rail-based transport network progressing well.
On the back of winning the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar has pledged an investment of billions of dollars into its tourism infrastructure as it prepares to welcome an estimated 400,000 visitors for the games. Ahmed Abdullah Al-Nuaimi, Chairman, Qatar Tourism Authority talks to BTN about the ‘economic cycle’ that is taking place in Qatar as the tourist board pulls out all the stops to ensure the destination remains in the spotlight in the build up to this major sporting programme.
Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment - the real estate arm of the Persian Gulf destination’s sovereign wealth fund – is celebrating the reopening of the Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern, Switzerland. Also in the Europe today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Bern.
The FIFA 2022 World Cup may be a decade away but its host Qatar is already embarking on a hospitality programme that will transform it into one of the world’s most exciting destinations. BTN takes a look at the tiny nation with grand plans.
With the announcement that Qatar will become the first Middle East nation to host the Fifa World Cup, the entire region is set for sport tourism windfall. From the Burj Al Arab to Ferrari World, BTN gives a rundown of the hotels and attractions set to reap the rewards from hosting the tournament.
Qatar has revealed plans to invest $20 billion in its tourism sector over the next five years, as the Gulf Arab state seeks to diversify away from oil. Authorities plan to triple the number of hotel rooms in the country, while the new Doha International Airport is set to allow Qatar to compete with the UAE as the region’s international hub.
Singapore’s historic Raffles Hotel has been sold to Qatari Diar investment fund by Fairmont Raffles Hotels, which is owned by the Saudi multi-billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, in a deal worth $275 million.
Following a series of deals, the Qatar Investment Authority has become the largest shareholder in Fairmont Raffles Holdings International. The group – which also operates the Swissôtel brand – has 88 hotels and resorts in 27 countries worldwide, including the famous Raffles Hotel, Singapore.
Following the announcement that the United States has agreed to sell its landmark embassy in London’s Grosvenor Square to Gulf investor Qatari Diar, there are strong suggestions that the site could be developed to include a luxury hotel.
Fred van Eijk, CEO of the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) tells ITN about how Qatar is being transformed and promoted as a niche tourism destination.