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Raffles and Fairmont Doha Debut in Qatar

Hotels Open for FIFA Guests and VIP Delegation


A suite at Raffles Doha features stunning water views.

The ultra-luxury Raffles Doha and luxury Fairmont Doha, which introduce the Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brands to Qatar, are now open exclusively to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 guests and the VIP delegation.

The dual-branded five-star properties, located in Katara Towers, have welcomed their first guests while supporting the nation’s historic FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ by delivering exemplary service and truly exceptional experiences in both hotels.

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An exterior view of the Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha

The hotels feature seven food and beverage outlets and restaurants combined. Four are located within Raffles Doha and three are in Fairmont Doha. Through advanced reservation only, the public may now book to enjoy next-generation gastronomic experiences at Raffles Doha’s Alba, which is the first overseas outpost for the celebrated restaurant by three-star Michelin chef Enrico Crippa; L’Artisan, which celebrates the art of modern dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Blue Cigar, a lounge which boasts 6,000 literary classics including some first edition classics as well as a bespoke cigar collection; and Malaki Lounge, which spans the atrium lounge and ground floor and is ideal for afternoon tea.

At Fairmont Doha, diners can savor progressive Indian cuisine at Masala Library, the concept by restaurateur, television host, and author Jiggs Kalra, and the Latin American cuisine of Vaya, a vibrant restaurant with open kitchens and interactive service stations, where South American inspired dishes and drinks are prepared tableside. Guests may also choose to visit Dôme, a stylish chic tea lounge that serves afternoon tea and French-inspired bites and sips.

Raffles Doha, an opulent 132-key ultra-luxury property and Qatar’s only all-suite hotel, offers an awe-inspiring decor paired with views of the Doha skyline. Each suite is enhanced with personalized butler service, and bespoke amenities, including an exclusive scent from Frederic Malle, a gallery wall with a collection of curated books, and an in-suite boutique. 

The hotel also features advanced beauty and wellbeing offerings. It has nine spa and fitness suites, each equipped with its own state-of-the-art treatment room and some offering private outdoor terraces and plunge pools. 

Raffles Doha also features Katara Hall, a stunning space at the heart of the hotel that sets new aspirations for lavish events, with 22-meter-high ceilings, making it the largest ballroom with daylight in the country.

The luxurious Fairmont Doha offers 270 rooms, 92 suites, four-themed suites, and one presidential suite. All are inspired by the interiors of luxury yachts. An exclusive lifestyle hotel floor, Fairmont Gold, is a privileged hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Featuring gold mosaic wall tiling and rich wood paneling, the rooms create a visual spectacle with a spacious layout and elements inspired by Qatari design. A large furnished terrace offers panoramic coastline views.  

Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha will welcome guest room reservations post-FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. 

About The Author

Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent,,,, and, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.