QNHC emerges as market leader
QATAR National Hotels Company’s (QNHC) strength in the Qatari hotels and tourist sector is illustrated in particular by its possession of a significant percentage of the higher-quality hotels rooms in the country and its ownership of many of Qatar’s high-profile leisure facilities.
The company’s activities are to establish, own, and manage hotels and tourist related projects and it has firmly established itself as one of the leading hotel specialist companies in the Gulf region.
Originally the owner of prestige hotel properties managed by internationally-renowned chains, the company has now established its Qatar Hospitality division, which manages properties under the ‘Merweb’ name. The first hotel to take the name, Al Sadd Merweb, is in one of the capitals most thriving shopping and commercial districts. Recognising the growing requirements for facilities to host weddings, banquests and other celebratory events, QNHC has also added an independent ‘Wedding Hall’ to its facilities.
Increasing activities also resulted in QNHC’s acquisition, some years ago, of the prestigious Doha Club, thereby expanding the company’s area of operations to include the recreation and leisure industry. This new experience allowed Qatar National Hotels Company to strengthen its business interests and develop its expertise and its reputation for quality. Utilising this wealth of knowledge and experience, the company further diversified its activities to create new areas of business, including a Contract Catering Services Division and a Tourists’ Transport Division.
The company currently leases Palm Tree Island in Doha Bay from the ministry of municipal affairs and agriculture, developing and managing the leisure facilities on the island, which include beach and splash pool, children’s rides and games, restaurant and cafe facilities, as well as the dhow service to and from the island.
The company’s expertise and know-how is provided by highly-trained, professional management and staff – an expertise gained over many years, developed by experts, refined by application, and streamlined for adaptability.
The hotels it owns are:
Sheraton Doha Hotel & Resort: Overlooking the West Bay of Qatar’s capital city, it stands amid 70 acres of landscaped gardens. The Doha Sheraton is a gateway into a magical world of Arabian luxury, as exemplified by its charming guest rooms and superb restaurants. The hotel currently offers the country’s largest and most extensive conference facilities; Al Dafna Conference Centre can accomodate up to 3,000 delegates, with Al Majlis auditoriium and meeting rooms catering to a further 2,000.
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha: Grand yet inviting, the hotel combines extravagant opulence with the warmth of a traditional Arabian welcome. Situated on its own exclusive island resort overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, and just few minutes from the Doha Golf Club it is an idyllic setting for business or leisure.
Doha Marriott Hotel: Whether you’re travelling for business, pleasure, or planning a meeting, Marriott focuses on what it takes to make your trip successful. Guest rooms are equipped with two telephone lines, modem connection, interactive TV and High speed internet access from the rooms. The fabulous Executive Lounge on the roof top offers a panoramic view of Qatar. The new Spa boasts the finest well-being treatments in the citytogether with a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Mövenpick Hotel Doha: The elegant hotel is superbly located in the heart of the city, on Corniche Road, 5km from Doha International Airport, the National Museum and the old Souq are just a short walk away. It is a short drive from all major commercial, leisure, shopping and governmental institutions.
Sealine Beach Resort: The company also owns and manages this Resort just outside the southern city of Mesaieed, which has chalet and bungalow accommodation in addition to the main hotel block. With two swimming pools, a private beach, watersports facilities plus camel and horse rides available, the Resort attracts day visitors, as well as staying guests. Major renovation and refurbishment plans for the resort are ongoing. Opened in 1994, on what was formerly just a strip of sandy beach, it has become a beautiful and luxurious resort complete with magnificent landscaped lawns and gardens.