Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc has announced it has signed The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa in Qatar. The planned opening of the 372 room Westin Doha Hotel & Spa in 2015 marks the growth of the Westin brand in the Middle East, with two properties in the UAE already, there are four further hotels planned in the region.

President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East, Michael Wale, said:

We are pleased to be growing Starwood’s presence in the Middle East and Qatar specifically as we sign our first Westin property in Doha…We see huge potential in Doha, particularly in the thriving Central Business District where the hotel will be situated.’

Located in the heart of the Central Business District in Doha, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa will be within easy reach of the Museum of Islamic Art, Education City and the Al Mushreib rejuvenation project of Doha’s downtown area.

Just 15 minutes from Doha International Airport, the hotel will sit midway between the airport and the West Bay area where the Sheraton Doha and W Doha are located. The hotel site will comprise a total landscaped area of 49,000 sqm, quite unique for a location in the heart of Doha.  Facilities will include a spa, three swimming pools and a choice of five restaurants and bars, the hotel will also offer 10 meeting rooms.

The owner, HE Sheikh Ghanem bin Ali Al Thani, said:

We are excited to be developing this hotel with Starwood. We believe there is space in Doha for a hotel like this and the site is ideally located in an area that is undergoing rapid development.’

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) programme made headlines when it launched in 1999 with a breakthrough policy of no blackout dates on Free Night Awards. SPG offers members the ability to redeem awards at more resorts, more luxury properties, more European hotels and more golf properties than any other hotel programme. Starwood Hotels is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,071 properties in 100 countries and territories with approximately 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, and Element. The company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programmes, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts.

Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Development, Europe, Africa and Middle East Division at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Bart Carnahan, said:

The signing of The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa marks the introduction of the Westin brand to Doha and highlights our commitment to expanding our portfolio in the Middle East.’

The signing of The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa is part of Starwood’s expansion plans in the Middle East with further openings planned in Sharjah, UAE and Erbil, Iraq. With more than 180 hotels and resorts in over 36 countries and territories, Westin Hotels & Resorts makes the healthiest choices irresistibly appealing, so guests leave feeling better than when they arrived.