Doha’s much anticipated new five-star hotel, City Centre Rotana Doha, celebrated its official opening last evening ushering in a new era for business & leisure travelers and setting new standards in Qatar’s hospitality sector. A press conference to announce this launch witnessed the presence of a number of VIPs, and senior management team from Rotana as well as Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company (ARTIC) – the developers of City Centre Rotana.
This newest addition to the Rotana portfolio, and the third hotel for the group in Qatar, City Centre Rotana is a tribute to Doha and its pulsating cosmopolitan spirit. Strategically located in the West Bay area, City Centre Rotana is characterized by its connection to the City Center Doha shopping complex. The hotel is also only 30 minutes away from the airport, 15 minutes away from the traditional Souq Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art.
Addressing the official opening of City Centre Rotana, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faisal Al Thani, ARTIC’s Vice Chairman said: “The tourism sector in Qatar is witnessing a remarkable growth, and we are committed to playing a key role in supporting this growth. In line with this, the launch of City Centre Rotana is a unique addition to Qatar’s hospitality market, and we are delighted to welcome our guests to the latest addition of ARTIC’s high quality assets portfolio.”
Rotana has been a long-standing player in Qatar’s hospitality scenario and the launch of City Centre Rotana reaffirms this position. Speaking during the inaugural ceremony, Mr. Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman, Rotana, said: “City Centre Rotana is our third presence in the country, thanks to the vision of ARTIC’s Chairman, His Excellency Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim, his faith and belief in supporting our brand. We look forward to strengthening this partnership and helping with the development of the tourism sector in the country.”
“Going forward, we have an extensive expansion plan in Africa and Europe, which is in line with our vision to reach 100 hotels by 2020,” Mr. Al Nowais added.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Omer Kaddouri, President and CEO of Rotana said: “The opening of City Centre Rotana is a major milestone for us and we are proud to be managing this new jewel in the heart of Doha. This 52-storey tower features 287 luxurious modern rooms and suites and 94 serviced apartments as well as state-of-the-art meetings and banqueting facilities, Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club and an exciting collection of restaurants. With this new upscale hotel, we will offer the best amenities for business and leisure guests in the West Bay area.”
“With the opening of City Centre Rotana, our company’s inventory in Doha has increased to more than 1000 rooms. Moreover, the second quarter of this year will witness the opening of Centro Capital Doha, our first hotel to be launched in the country under the lifestyle affordable brand Centro Hotels by Rotana, which will then add another 229 rooms to our portfolio in Qatar,” he added.
Mr. Joseph Coubat, General Manager of City Centre Rotana, explained: “This new experience in the heart of Doha city will transform customer engagement. Today, Doha is considered to be the most vibrant place in the region, due to its position on the global conferences and exhibitions’ map. Moreover, the city has been attracting major sports leagues and tournaments, especially the 2022 World Cup – the most awaited event. So, our launch today enhances our brand’s existence in this country and also supports the government’s efforts to boost the tourism sector.”