Traditionally an open-air marketplace, a Souq is often held outside of the main cities in a location where a caravan loaded with goods could stop and merchants could display, trade and sell their goods on. Souqs were also the hub for many cultural and social festivities, with communities coming together over local fests and entertainment.
The Qatar National Convention Centre, which was named Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre by the World Travel Awards 2012, has just celebrated its first anniversary in the company of Heads of State and delegations attending the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.
Abulla Malalla Al Bader talks to Breaking Travel News at the World Travel Market 2012.
The subsidiary of Qatari sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority is taking a 20% stake in Heathrow operator BAA in a £900 million deal which will further diversify its interests in infrastructure.
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is proud to be one of the proud supporters of the world renowned Cirque du Soleil’s exclusive tour of Doha in July.
Qatar has recorded one of its strongest years yet in terms of visitor numbers, with travellers from the Gulf Cooperation Council region pushing strong hotel occupancy rates, according to new statistics released by the Qatar Tourism Authority. The year 2011 saw a massive jump in the number of visitors from the gulf GCC region, with 50 per cent more than the previous year.
Officials at the Qatar Tourism Authority have released a report on the performance of the tourism sector in the country during the first quarter of 2012, revealing a 22 per cent increase in the number of GCC visitors to Doha. According to the report, average hotel occupancy rates reached 64 per cent from January to the end of March, and revenues of four and five star establishments stood at QR734,349 million, an increase of QR32 million compared to the same period in 2011.
Qatar is fast establishing itself as a top destination in the Middle East for both business and leisure travellers. With the FIFA World Cup being held in the destination in 2022, the country is currently undergoing a sustained period of development and growth. Over 85,000 hotel rooms are set to be available by 2022 alone and progress is well under way with dozens of properties completing each week.
Manchester City were not the only ones celebrating the climax of the Premier League season yesterday, with Eithad Airways also sharing in the plaudits after a £400 million sponsorship deal with the club last year. As the celebrations subside, Breaking Travel News here takes a look at some of the other momentous deals which have married the interests of sport to the travel sector.
Qatar National Hotels Company has chosen to rebrand as Katara Hospitality. The move will see the launch of a completely new corporate identity, generated by a name more relevant to the company’s ambitious international expansion plans. It is hoped the new identity will herald a new era of opportunity for the hospitality giant, in line with Qatar’s own tourism development strategy.
Qatar National Hotels Company (QNH) is rebranding as Katara Hospitality as it embarks upon its international expansion plans in line with Qatar’s tourism development strategy. The news was revealed at Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.
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.