DestinationsSpotlight shone on soon-to-open properties outside Doha, including Hilton Salwa Beach Resort and Zulal Wellness Resort.

Qatar ramps up tourism offerings ahead of 2022 World Cup

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Zulal Wellness Resort, opening later this year, will be home to the world’s first centre for traditional Arabic Islamic medicine.
Zulal Wellness Resort, opening later this year, will be home to the world’s first centre for traditional Arabic Islamic medicine.

Ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Qatar has announced two new hotel developments as part of the destination’s tourism development plan to diversity its travel offerings to attract visitors.

“Throughout this year and in the run up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, we are expanding our tourism offering to ensure guests can enjoy the very best in Qatari hospitality. Extensive hotel and resort development is key, and we are pleased to have two outstanding developments underway,” said Akbar Al Baker, secretary general of Qatar National Tourism Council and CEO of Qatar Airways.

Slated for late 2020 and early 2021 openings are Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas and Zulal Wellness Resort.

Opening first in late 2020 is Zulal Wellness Resort, located outside Abu Samra, a 1.5-hour drive from Doha city. Touted to be the largest wellness destination in Qatar, and the region's first, guests can expect offerings such as the world’s first centre for traditional Arabic Islamic medicine, with these healing principles incorporated into wellness therapies as well.

Split into two zones, the family wellness resort offers 120 rooms and suites, while the wellness resort offers 60 suites and villas for individual travellers, couples and groups. The resort will partially open later this year, before fully launching in early 2021.

Tabled for early 2021 opening is the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, which will mark Hilton Hotels and Resorts’ seventh opening in the region. Located 84km away from capital, Doha, the resort covers an expansive 3.5km of private beaches, as well as 30 villas that each come with individual pools and gardens for a secluded vacation. A further 246 rooms and suites are due to open in early 2021.

Some highlights are the over 25 F&B choices that include underwater dining, desert falls water and adventure park hosting 28 slides or canyoning fun, a two-storey spa and health club, as well as a 1,300sqm dedicated ballroom for hosting events of up to 1,200 pax.

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