By Edward Attwood
Renaissance Doha, Courtyard Doha and Marriott Executive Apartments Doha to become one hotel, connected to City Center Mall
Three existing Marriott properties attached to one of Doha’s
largest malls are to merge, creating the Qatari capital’s first Marriott
The move is being carried out by Al Rayyan Tourism and
Investment (ARTIC), a subsidiary of Al Faisal Holdings, and will see the
Renaissance Doha, Courtyard Doha and Marriott Executive Apartments Doha
converted into the five-star Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel.
The new property will contain 580 guest rooms, as well as
1,200 square metres of meeting room space and a spa. It will be connected to
City Center Mall, which has over 340 shops.
The Doha hotel will mark the brand’s second property in the
Middle East, following the opening of the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai in
ARTIC’s chief executive, Rutger Smits, said in a statement
that the firm had “several more hotel projects under development and in the
process of acquisition”. The company owns over 20 hotels in the Middle East,
Africa, Europe and North America.
According to TRI Hospitality Consulting, average occupancy
at four- and five-star hotels in Doha rose to 77 percent in May, the highest
level for three years.