There’s no secret that Doha has been witnessing a period of unprecedented growth in the past few years. Ever since it was announced that the bid for the 2022 World Cup was successful, the country has welcomed a huge influx of travellers and new expatriates, and every major hotel brand has had their eye on the city. If they’re not already here, then they’re at least planning to be before the tournament kicks off.
Just last month the country saw its first DoubleTree by Hilton – Old Town launch on Al Meena Street. Injecting a little style into the area, this hotel not only emphasises the city’s touristic appeal, and offers visitors yet another comfortable boarding option, but also brings Doha’s residents a few more options to explore when dining out. This includes a relaxing open-air lounge called Pure with light bites and refreshing beverages.
Elsewhere, Open, a fresh and urban restaurant boasting open kitchens (go figure), has also opened its doors.
Guests staying at the hotel can choose from 187 guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering panoramic city views. Alongside meeting room facilities, there are also state-of-the-art business and fitness centres, a sauna, steam room and rooftop pool.
Just as the hotel launched, Qatar Railways Company announced that more than 61 kilometres of tunnels for the Doha Metro project have been completed, with 37 stations currently under construction.
By 2021, it’s estimated that over half a million people will be using it.
Meanwhile, a record 8.4 million passengers passed through Qatar’s Hamad International Airport this summer alone. That’s a 23 percent jump from the same time last year and now there are plans for a further expansion in the terminals and on the runway.
So it’s no wonder then that any hotel brand worth its salt is looking for a prime location in Doha right now.