Chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) since its merger with the Qatar International Exhibitions Centre in 2007, Ahmed Al Nuami is well versed in the hospitality side of tourism, having held senior positions with Sheraton in the US and Qatar, as well as acting as deputy general manager of the Marriott Hotel in Doha for six years.
Nuami was also general manager of the Qatar International Exhibitions Centre for two years from 2005, and now brings his experience to bear in shaping the direction of tourism in the emirate.
With the announcement this year that Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Gulf emirate has entered on to the world stage, and a host of infrastructure and other developments are ongoing to support its new role as a destination for both business and leisure.
In 2011 and 2012, two new convention and exhibition centres will open their doors, adding 95,000m² of meeting-room space, while more than 110 hotels and hotel apartments are currently under construction adding 21,000 new rooms — this year alone, 25 hotels and 10 hotel apartments are scheduled for launch with 6369 rooms.
Despite warnings of over-supply, occupancies were up 10% in Q1 this year, and the major names are still lining up to sign up for space at the 2022 party.