Even frequent visitors to Qatar are amazed by the current pace of change – and occasional visitors often can’t believe they’re in the same place! Development is rapid, bringing in a host of new hotels and resorts, while existing leisure and sports facilities are also expanding.
The number of shopping malls and entertainment facilities is mushrooming and the proposed new causeway to link Qatar with Bahrain will make Qatar a truly central destination for those moving throughout the Gulf by road.
As future host of the 15th Asian Games, in December 2006, Qatar is already a major centre for international sporting events in the Middle East, including tennis, squash, athletics, golf, cycling and sailing events, Formula I powerboat races, motorcycle and car rallies, football, handball and other matches. The country has also hosted a number of large international conferences, including the WTO Ministerial Conference the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) summit and the FIFA gathering and the capital city has already witnessed the Doha Development Forum this , together with several other major marketing, investment and development conferences.
Qatar is the Arab world’s richest country in per capita terms. With miles of unspoilt desert, spectacular dune fields and a pristine Inland Sea, it is also a world leader in the export of clean energy and has the world’s third largest natural gas reserves. Environmental awareness and protection are therefore of prime concern and central to the country’s development.
Offering visitors a luxurious stay with state-of-the-art facilities, Qatar still retains the hospitality and traditions of its proud Bedouin heritage, forming a unique link between past, present and future in the Gulf.
With a huge 29-storey office block, twin residential towers, 20 town houses and a magnificent Four Seasons Hotel, The West Bay Complex in Doha is changing Doha Bay’s familiar skyline. The luxury hotel “that will match the George V in Paris in terms of amenities” will have 240 rooms, including one Royal Suite, four Presidential Suites and a number of Executive Suites. The ballroom will also function as a meeting room, and there will be a number of multi-purpose rooms available for conferences and seminars. In addition to the all-day restaurant, there will be an Italian restaurant, Cigar Lounge and Tea Lounge. What was originally to be a Clubhouse, has now been redesigned as a Spa and will have “a number of exclusive features, many totally new to Qatar”. Twenty Town Houses – in five blocks of four – are being built right on the beach by the 110-berth Marina and will be available for rent. They and the two residential towers will have their own landscaped gardens and swimming pool, while the hotel will have three swimming pools. At 29-storeys and 158 metres, the office tower is currently the tallest building in the country.