Industry Update
Press Release28 March 2011

Qatar Foundation announces Solis Doha, a new five-star hotel in Qatar

Solís Hotels & Resorts to Manage New Luxury Hotel

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Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development today announced the appointment of Solís Hotels & Resorts, led by legendary hotelier Horst Schulze, to manage the new five-star Solís Doha in Qatar.

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Solis Doha will be located next to the Qatar National Convention Center in the renowned Education City, home to some of the leading international universities in the world.

Solís Doha is expected to open in 2015. Employing a unique architecture that will be built to exceptionally high environmental and sustainability standards, Solís Doha will offer state-of-the-art meeting space, luxurious accommodations, a pampering spa, three outstanding restaurants and a spacious indoor recreational area.

"Qatar Foundation is pleased to partner with Solis Hotel & Resorts, bringing the world-class hospitality service to the Middle East for the first time. We are delighted that they will add to the range of five-star hotel experiences in Qatar," said QF Capital Projects and Facilities vice president Eng. Saad al-Mohannadi.

Headed by internationally acclaimed hotelier Horst Schulze, Solís Hotels & Resorts was conceived in response to upscale guests' quest for a more luxurious hotel experience with unparalleled levels of personal service. As the former president, COO and founding member of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Horst Schulze is recognized throughout the hospitality industry for establishing world-renowned service quality standards. These service standards will be the hallmark of Solís Doha.

Solís Doha is the first property for Solís Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East, as the company strategically expands its global presence. "We are very excited to be able to provide hospitality standards that will be a source of pride for Qatar Foundation," said Schulze, Chairman and CEO of Solís Hotels & Resorts. "We seek out unique opportunities with special hotels, and Solís Doha certainly falls into that category."

"We are very excited and proud to be part of this project, which will add a major land mark in Education City and will contribute significantly to the hospitality sector in the country" Said Abdul Aziz Al Emadi, CEO, DOHALAND Hospitality, which is a Qatar Foundation Subsidiary. "This event is an important stepping-stone in the development of the Hotel sector in Qatar", Al Emadi added.

Solís Doha will offer guests a full slate of five-star amenities and unparalleled levels of personal service. Lavish accommodations will include 418 guestrooms and suites with a private entrance and elevator for penthouse and royal suites. A Grand Ballroom of 17,216 square-feet; more than 17,000 square-feet of breakout, pre-function and exhibit space; four board rooms; and six meeting rooms will comprise the meeting and event space. All space is complemented with the latest in audio, visual and communications technologies.

About QF

Qatar Foundation was established in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, as a vehicle to convert the country's current, but temporary, mineral wealth into durable human capital. Qatar Foundation is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser who supports and guides this process. The Foundation's principle function is to develop the potential of the Qatari people through a network of centres' devoted to progressive education, research and community welfare.

Solís Hotels & Resorts is a collection of resorts, hotels and residences offering a convergence of unparalleled designs, settings and experiences. Solís Hotels & Resorts has corporate offices in Singapore and the United States; www.solishotels.com.

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