Hilton inks agreement to open Pearl Qatar hotel

Global hotel giant signs deal to open 445-room Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences in 2017
Hilton inks agreement to open Pearl Qatar hotel
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa.
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 07 Mar 2014 10:14 AM

Hilton Worldwide on Wednesday announced expansion plans in Qatar with the signing of a management agreement with First Qatar Real Estate Development Company to open Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences, Qatar.

The new 445-room hotel will be located in Qatar's capital Doha at the man-made island, Pearl-Qatar and is expected to open early in 2017.

Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts said: "We're tremendously excited to introduce our first property to the fashionable and popular Doha district of Pearl-Qatar island and welcome the opportunity to become part of its thriving community.

"We are confident this outstanding new landmark property will quickly become a favourite destination for residents and visitors."

The 41-storey Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences, Qatar is the second residences style property planned by Hilton Worldwide for the capital and will comprise a mix of quality serviced apartments from small studio units to expansive three-bedroom apartments, penthouses and townhouses.

The hotel will feature three boardrooms, a business centre, a large health club and outdoor swimming pool. Dining options will include a lobby lounge, all day dining outlet, a speciality restaurant and a pool bar.

Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide, Middle East & Africa said: "I am delighted to see the determined pace of progress we are making in such an important Middle East market.

"The addition of Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences, Qatar to our countrywide portfolio, including Hilton Doha which opened two years ago and quickly became a favourite regional destination, supports our strategy of bringing a range of world class brands to key destinations and this latest signing will perfectly complement our existing development pipeline for the city."

Adding over 32 kilometres to the country's coastline and located 350 metres offshore from Doha's West Bay Lagoon area, the Pearl-Qatar will feature 10 themed districts and, once fully completed, is expected to be home to over 30,000 residents.

Built on a reclaimed pearl diving reef, and designed to resemble a string of pearls, the name of the iconic island pays tribute to Qatar's rich past as a major pearl producer.

Fahad K Al-Ghunaim, chairman and CEO, First Qatar Real Estate Development Company said: "Together we will develop a property with the right balance of quality facilities and high service standards designed to appeal to Qatar's growing numbers of leisure and business travellers."

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