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Posted On: 2 March 2020 09:55 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:06 pm

UDC, Corinthia Hotels to manage Corinthia Doha in Gewan Island

Khadiza Begum
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United Development Company (UDC), signed an agreement with Corinthia Hotels to manage and operate Corinthia Doha which will be located in UDC's newest flagship real estate development; Gewan Island, the agreement was signed in Corinthia London last February 27th, in the presence of UDC senior officials, under the agreement, Corinthia Hotels will manage and operate the first Corinthia Hotel in Doha which will be constructed by UDC.

Corinthia Hotels currently operates a group of luxury hotels in major cities including London, Lisbon, Prague, Budapest, Malta, Tripoli, Khartoum, St Petersburg, Rome, Brussels, Moscow, Dubai and Bucharest among several others in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Corinthia Doha is therefore poised to be a prominent structure in Gewan Island, overlooking the Island's planned golf course and beach club, Corinthia Doha will be established on an area of 13,000 sqm and will comprise 110 guestrooms, a banquet hall and outdoor patio with a 1000 people capacity, an all-day dining and specialty restaurants in addition to a luxurious spa facility.

Commenting on the agreement, UDC Chairman Turki bin Mohammed Al Khater said: "This project is part of Gewan Island's development plans and will ensure the Company's sustainable growth and the creation of new opportunities and revenue sources over the long term."

Al Khater also highlighted that partnership with Corinthia Hotels which boasts an extensive experience in managing and operating hotels worldwide, falls in line with UDC's development strategy to support Qatar's real estate sector and underscores the importance of constructive partnerships that support the national economy and facilitate foreign investment.

For his part, UDC President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of The Board, Ibrahim Jassim Al Othman, said that the leading reputation of Corinthia Hotels in the hospitality sector and its success in providing luxury hospitality services and facilities, and spreading its Mediterranean heritage culture internationally, are the main motives for choosing it to manage the new landmark hotel in Gewan Island.

Al-Othman also added: "Driven by UDC's mission and vision, the agreement with Corinthia Hotels lays solid foundations for UDC's expansion plans through investments in vital sectors such as real estate and hospitality that aim to optimize and sustain good shareholder value. This is further evidenced by the growth witnessed in the tourism movement in Qatar as a result of recent various government incentives, which in turn bodes well for UDC's planned developments in its flagship projects; The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Island."

Further echoing their excitement to be operating in the Qatari market, CEO of Corinthia Hotels Simon Naudi said "We are delighted to have signed an agreement with UDC to manage a luxury hotel in Gewan Island which promises to be a magnificent location. The energy, vision, and quality of resources assembled by UDC for this project will ensure that Corinthia Doha will be another landmark property that will enrich our portfolio and will equally add value to Doha's hospitality offerings."

On the other hand, Hospitality Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Development Company (UDC) signed a license agreement with upscale Paris-based Shirvan Metisse, to open Shirvan Metisse Restaurant at The Pearl-Qatar, the agreement was signed by UDC President and Chief Executive Officer and Member of The Board Ibrahim Jassim Al-Othman, and Shirvan Metisse Chief Executive Officer Akrame Benallal.

Through opening the new restaurant inspired by oriental flairs from Azerbaijan and food cultures along the old Silk Road, UDC and HDC aim to further investments in hospitality-related businesses which show promising prospects for tourism in Qatar in general and The Pearl-Qatar more specifically, where HDC has pledged to introduce innovative hospitality brands and concepts.

Commenting on the opening of the new restaurant at The Pearl-Qatar,UDC President, CEO and Member of The Board Ibrahim Jassim Al-Othman stated: "We at United Development Company are keen on collaborating with brilliant brands to create memorable experiences that are unique to The Pearl-Qatar, which attracts large numbers of visitors. In this spirit, we have chosen to partner with Shirvan Metisse, which introduces an entirely new fusion concept and enriches the portfolio of restaurants managed by Hospitality Development Company."

HDC currently operates several successful restaurants at The Pearl-Qatar including Alison Nelson's Chocolate Bar, MEGU, Burj Al Hamam, Arabesque, Urban Jazz Kitchen and Isla Mexican Kitchen.

UDC's mission is to identify and invest in long-term projects contributing to Qatar's growth and providing good shareholder value. Its activities cover a multitude of vital investment sectors including real estate development, property management, infrastructure and utilities, maritime & hospitality related businesses.

(News source: QNA, cover image: