KATARA HOSPITALITY TO MANAGE SARAYA CORNICHE HOTEL
New Doha property to be managed by Katara Hospitality’s operating arm Murwab Hotel Group
Doha, Qatar, 9 March 2015 – Katara Hospitality, the global hotel owner, developer and operator based in Qatar, has announced that it will be managing the new Saraya Corniche Hotel under Murwab Hotel Group, its recently re-launched standalone operating arm.
Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla, CEO and Board member of Katara Hospitality, signed the management agreement for the new property with Saeed Abdulla Al Amer Al Kaabi, President of Sphinex Hotels & Resorts.
Saraya Corniche Hotel is the second property owned by Sphinex Hotels & Resorts which will be operated by Katara Hospitality’s Murwab Hotel Group. The partnership with Sphinex Hotels & Resorts was first announced in December 2013 for the management of The Avenue, a Murwab Hotel, located on Jawaan Street in Al Sadd District.
Saraya Corniche Hotel is currently in the final stages of development and is scheduled to open later this year. Ideally located on the Doha Corniche, the hotel overlooks the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf and the world-renowned Museum of Islamic Art, Doha. The property will feature 221 rooms and suites, equipped with the latest technologies and amenities required by business travelers on the move, while restaurants, meeting and banqueting space as well as recreation facilities will complement the overall guest offering.
“The contemporary Saraya Corniche Hotel is set to become a true symbol of Arabian hospitality, offering authentic experiences to affluent travelers,” said Mr. Al Kaabi. “Katara Hospitality, with more than forty years of outstanding hospitality experience, is well-positioned to manage the hotel at high international standards.”
“We are pleased to welcome Saraya Corniche Hotel to our fast-growing portfolio of distinguished hotels in Qatar as we expand the operator side of our business,” said Mr. Al Mulla. “Our partnership with some of the world’s best international operators has allowed us a depth of expertise and confidence to become a trusted hotel management company. 2015 will see the Murwab Hotel Group become a key focus for our organisation, alongside our core expertise of hotel asset management.”
The Murwab Hotel Group represents a collection of independent, upscale properties offering contemporary hospitality inspired by the unique cultural heritage of the locations they are situated in. Murwab Hotel Group will operate a portfolio of hotels both under its Murwab Hotels brand as well as independent hotel properties. Future Murwab Hotel-branded properties will include the Grand Murwab City Center; The Avenue, a Murwab Hotel and Simaisma, a Murwab Resort. Independent properties will include Saraya Corniche Hotel and City Gate Hotel.
About Katara Hospitality:
Katara Hospitality is a global hotel owner, developer and operator, based in Qatar. With more than 40 years’ experience in the industry, Katara Hospitality actively pursues its strategic expansion plans by investing in peerless hotels in Qatar while growing its collection of iconic properties in key international markets. Katara Hospitality has already achieved its target of owning and / or managing 30 hotels by 2016 two years ahead of schedule and is now focused on adding another 30 properties by 2026. As the country’s flagship hospitality organisation, Katara Hospitality supports Qatar’s long term economic vision.
Katara Hospitality currently owns properties spread across three continents in Qatar, Egypt, Morocco, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Singapore and Thailand. While it partners with some of the finest hotel management companies, Katara Hospitality also owns its own operator brands, The Bürgenstock Selection and Murwab Hotels.
Katara Hospitality has gained global recognition for the contributions it has made to the Qatari and international hospitality landscape. The World Travel Awards have named it the World’s Leading Hospitality Company for two years running as well as the Middle East’s Leading Hospitality Development Company. On a regional scale, Katara Hospitality has been recognised as the Hospitality Company of the Year at the fifth Arabian Business Qatar Awards and the ‘2014 Hospitality Achiever’ at the Inaugural Qatar Enterprise Agility Awards.