HE Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, Minister of Commerce and Industry, officiated the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Mandarin Oriental, Doha, together with Msheireb Properties Board Member HE Eng Saad Al Muhannadi and Jamal Al Kuwari, Acting Chief Commercial Officer of Msheireb Properties (developer and owner of the hotel), James Riley, Chief Executive Officer of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Martin Schnider, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Doha, in the presence of a representation of high level officials, honourable business leaders, and distinguished local and international guests.
Jamal Al Kuwari, Acting Chief Commercial Officer of Msheireb Properties, in his opening remarks said:
This collaboration with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group indicates our success in winning the confidence of prestigious international companies and demonstrates our commitment to making Msheireb Downtown Doha an authentic destination for tourism, living, leisure and business in the region. Mandarin Oriental, Doha is the first hotel to open in Msheireb Downtown Doha, which is the most sustainable and smartest fully-built city district in the world.’
The opening ceremony was a celebration of tradition which featured ‘ardha’, a Qatari cultural dance and a Chinese lion dance, a Chinese tradition to bring good luck and prosperity. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests were escorted on an exclusive tour to preview some of the hotel’s facilities followed by a reception at IZU restaurant, overlooking the majestic Barahat Msheireb, the largest covered open-air square in the Middle East.
Mandarin Oriental, Doha will officially open to the public on 9 March 2019 when the hotel will unveil its bespoke fan, an iconic symbol unique to each Mandarin Oriental hotel. To celebrate the opening, the hotel has launched a Blossoming in Doha stay package.
Mandarin Oriental, Doha is an intimate and stylish urban retreat located in the centre of Msheireb Downtown Doha, the new destination for leisure, living and business in the heart of this vibrant city. The hotel blends chic and contemporary design with touches of Qatari heritage, bringing new levels of luxury to Qatar. Guests can expect an inviting ambience, exquisite décor and bespoke service, where traditional Middle Eastern charm meets Mandarin Oriental’s legendary hospitality.
Designed by the world-renowned David Collins Studio, the hotel’s 128 rooms, 30 suites and 91 serviced apartments fuse an elegant, contemporary design with subtle elements of traditional Qatari heritage. Beautifully appointed with extraordinary attention to detail, the result is one of understated elegance with spacious layouts and sumptuous furnishings, providing a unique sense of place and home.
The hotel’s nine dining outlets offer an inviting culinary experience, introducing unique flavours from destinations around the world, as well as focusing on classic local dishes and delicacies.
Inspired by renowned Chef Izu Ani’s travels, the restaurant IZU showcases an interpretation of modern Mediterranean cuisine with surprising layers of flavours. Facing the beautiful Barahat Msheireb, the restaurant features three seating areas, comprising of an indoor ground and mezzanine level and an outdoor terrace.
Mosaic allows guests to embark on a culinary journey with nine open kitchens offering an eclectic collection of the world’s most sought after classic dishes cleverly served to allow sampling and sharing. Mandarin Lounge and Baraha Lounge celebrate the elegant joy of Afternoon Tea and are ideal for relaxed get-togethers or business meetings with the finest selection of bespoke blends of tea, as well as coffee, small bites and delicacies. Unique flavours of homemade gelato and frozen desserts await at Gelato, a colourful and lively outlet situated on the town square for a treat to take away or dine-in. Lastly, Ambar is a stylish bar inspired by the desert landscape and the amber glow of the setting sun which provides an intimate venue for guests to socialise, unwind and relax over drinks.
Three further dining outlets are scheduled to open later in 2019. These include a Chinese restaurant, serving authentic Cantonese and provincial dishes from around China. The Mandarin Oriental Cake Shop with a selection of hand-crafted cakes, pastries and chocolates, and Aqua a rooftop alfresco restaurant lounge, adjacent to Mosaic, which will offer guests spectacular views of Barahat Msheireb and the stunning Doha skyline.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Doha occupies 3,030 square metres and features six private treatment rooms, a couple’s suite, two VIP suites and extensive heat and water experiences which includes two indoor pools. Featuring the latest in gym technology, the Fitness & Wellness Centre includes mixed and female guest only areas, as well as three multi-purpose studios designed specifically for Pilates, Yoga, Queenax, TRX and FunXtion experience. Two temperature-controlled rooftop pools offer views of the city and private cabanas for guests to enjoy the abundant sunshine.
The hotel’s event venues and facilities offer an intimate ambience with an exclusive entrance lobby. Featuring a ballroom, which can seat up to 400 guests for banquets, along with seven additional functions rooms, the hotel is the ideal venue for events with its central location.