Waldorf Astoria Doha completion delayed until end of 2017

Total area under development said to increase, pushing back completion date
Waldorf Astoria Doha completion delayed until end of 2017
By Sarah Townsend
Thu 14 Jul 2016 12:02 PM

Completion of the 42-storey Waldorf Astoria hotel in Doha’s West Bay in Qatar has been delayed by a year, according to its operator Hilton Worldwide.

The project’s chief engineer revealed earlier this week that the hotel’s construction is behind schedule due to changes in its design.

Nassr Zubaidi, managing director of La Jolla Building and Contracting, which is overseeing construction of the hotel, told Construction News Middle East that the hotel’s built up area – or, BUA, the total area being developed or constructed – has increased to 33.33 percent, increasing the overall budget too.

Zubaidi was quoted as saying: “The (project) budget has gone up due to the increase in overall BUA to 104,000 square metres from 78,000 square metres.”

The new project cost was around $233 million, he added, although the original project cost has never been revealed.

Carlos Khneisser, vice-president for development, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & North Africa, said in a statement to Arabian Business on Thursday: “The development of Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay, a visually striking 42-storey property, is moving ahead, with the expected opening in Q4 2017.

“While it is not unusual for complex projects such as this to see an opening date later than first announced, Hilton Worldwide is working closely with the hotel’s owner to support them in the development of this landmark project and a brand first for Waldorf Astoria in Qatar.”

The Waldorf Astoria West Bay is located in the heart of Doha’s business and diplomatic district, close to the Qatar Stock Exchange and Doha Convention Centre.

Under the plans, announced in 2013, the hotel will comprise 250 rooms or suites and 80 serviced apartments across 42 floors.

It will also have a rooftop pool and two-storey health club and spa, as well as a ballroom, meeting rooms and a range of bars and restaurants.

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