A star on the horizon


STARWOOD Hotels & Resorts Worldwide recently signed a long term agreement with Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Company to manage Le Méridien Doha, Starwood’s fifth property and brand in Qatar. Le Méridien Doha will be the brand’s flagship in Qatar.

Located in the upscale West Bay of Doha, construction work of Le Méridien Doha will start soon and is expected to be completed by 2010.
“The chic soul of Le Méridien emanates from its European heritage, tracing back to the brand’s birth place in Paris in 1972. Le Méridien seeks to engage its guests in a meaningful way by bringing alive its passion points of art, architecture, food and design,” said Eva Ziegler, senior vice president, Le Méridien. Le Méridien Doha is a perfect addition to our portfolio, and will continue to deliver the brand promise and elegant lifestyle to its creative guests.”
“We are very pleased to grow our partnership with Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Company that also owns our Four Points by Sheraton in Doha.  Le Méridien Doha is a perfect complement to our footprint in the region,” said Roeland Vos, president of the Europe Africa and Middle East division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. “This new project is not only illustrative of Le Méridien's core values, but also represents a perfect addition to Starwood's ever expanding presence in the Middle East.”
Hisham Al Mana, chairman and managing director of Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Company, was proud of this partnership with Starwood, saying, “We are convinced that Le Méridien is the perfect brand for this project and, as the flagship brand, we are confident that Le Méridien Doha will successfully position itself uniquely among the leading business hotels in Qatar, added Al Mana.”
The new Doha hotel will feature 250 guestrooms and 100 serviced apartments, all-day dining, two specialty restaurants, fully equipped spa and gym and approximately 2,000 square metres of meeting and conference space.