Qatar’s leading owner-operator came to the fore in 2012 following its rebrand from Qatar National Hotels to Katara Hospitality, announced at Arabian Travel Market, and signalling a move to establish itself on the global hotels stage.
The group is famous for the prestigious hotels it owns overseas, such as Raffles Hotel Singapore, but CEO Hamad Abdulla Al Mulla enters this year’s Power 50 because of the domestic growth of its in-house brand, Merwebhotel. Katara Hospitality owns and operates Merwebhotel Al Sadd Doha and Merwebhotel Central Doha, with Merwebhotel City Centre Doha due to open in 2013. In addition, it also owns and manages the Sealine Beach Resort, one of Qatar’s favourite vacation spots.
Al Mulla was appointed CEO in August 2011 but previously worked for the company for 20 years in hotel management.