The Freedom of the City’s Peaks: Shangri-La Hotel Doha’s Helipad
From Iftar to Suhoor, from yoga to music – atop 50 stories of luxury
From these heights, in this light, the city looks born anew: the massive peaks of West Bay’s architectural colossi seem to shimmer in the expansive, rose-tinged evening, while a wandering breeze wafts welcome cool air across from the sea. It’s a wholly unexpected view, as though from among the magical mountains that inspired the name of the Shangri-La hotel chain.
In a move calculated to provide new delight to Doha’s luxury-savvy scene, Shangri-La Hotel Doha, owned by Al Rayan Tourism Investment Company (ARTIC) – the international hospitality subsidiary of Al Faisal Holding Company headed by His Excellency Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani – has boldly opened its helipad for selected, exclusive events poised atop 50 stories of high-end hospitality.
One of the few luxury hotels in the heart of the city which boasts a full-size helipad, Shangri-La Hotel Doha first took advantage of its prime, open-air location and striking city views to host a series of ‘Highest Iftar’ and Suhoor events. During the recent Ramadan, a group of high profile influencers and media including were invited to Shangri-La’s Helipad. Local and international guests dined by the dozen, enjoying ‘Majlis’ themed events and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine as well as the opportunity to take part in a group prayer at sunset on one of the tallest towers in West Bay.
Further events have included ‘Anthem’, in which, through a perfect summer sunset, the Doha Film Institute and local guitarist Abdulla Al Khuzaei offered guests an unforgettable evening of short film musing upon the Qatar crises. Also notable was a special session of ‘Yoga with Oysho’ offering a whole new level of calm to a total of 20 media influencers balancing body and mind high above the bustle of the city streets.
Like most hotel helipads, the Shangri-La Doha’s landing area is usually strictly out of bounds to guests, but for special events, it can accommodate up to 20 invitees at a time.
Alex Willats, General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel Doha said:
We pride ourselves on making the best use possible of our prime location in the heart of the city for the benefit and enjoyment of our guests. Standing tall in the middle of West Bay, we wanted to take advantage of and utilize one of the most exclusive platforms any hotel or skyscraper possesses in this luxurious part of the city. Shangri-La Hotel Doha’s Helipad is a platform that offers the most magnificent views of Doha’s strikingly beautiful skyline. The events we’ve hosted so far have proved very successful and we look forward to many more.’
Shangri-La Hotel Doha is planning to host a variety of exclusive events, private dinners, movie screenings and sunset/sunrise viewings, on their one-of-a-kind helipad during the fall of 2017 – stay tuned for the announcements!