Here’s another reason why Doha should be on your travel list

Centuries ago, traders from around the world packed their wares and set off for the Middle East. Two things were certain: conditions for traveling across the desert would be harsh, and arriving always came with a warm welcome and generous hospitality from the locals. After all, the tradition of welcoming strangers from foreign lands as if they were family is deeply ingrained in Middle Eastern culture — a characteristic that has also endured through centuries of history in Thailand, a land known for welcoming foreign guests with warm smiles and gracious hospitality.

That spirit of hospitality is very much alive in today’s modern Middle East, and the travel experience is luxurious, contemporary and comfortable. A prime example is Qatar and its dynamic capital Doha. The city is the region’s emerging business center and already a world-class host city for high-profile sporting events, including the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Which is why Centara Hotels & Resorts chose the ambitious city as the home for their second hotel in the Middle East, newly opened Centara West Bay Residences & Suites Doha.

Centara West Bay Residences & Suites Doha

West Bay, the commercial district situated right in the heart of Doha, is the ideal place to stay when visiting in the dynamic city—whether your trip is for business or pleasure. Just 25 minutes from the airport and a short walk from the edge of the Arabian Gulf, Centara West Bay Residences & Suites Doha offers a stunning backdrop of aquamarine blues and greens. Plus, the myriad of shopping, dining and entertainment venues near the hotel—including the Doha Corniche and the Doha Exhibition and Conference Center (DECC) —ensures boredom is not an option.

Centara West Bay Residences & Suites Doha

Between a visit to the sand dunes and camel rides at Khor Al Udeid Beach, Doha is a prime destination for family holidays, too. Centara West Bay Residences and Suites boasts spacious rooms offered in studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts, plus a play room and kids pool.

Doha is thriving in the 21st century while celebrating its history throughout the city’s world-class museums, where thousands of artefacts—some older than 1,000 years—reveal the heritage and culture of Qatar and the region beyond. Many of the most impressive treasures are displayed in museums within 15 minutes of the new Centara — including the must-see National Museum of Qatar and Museum of Islamic Art.

But you’ll want to reserve some time to explore the hotel, which offers four dining outlets that do the Thai and Qatari cultural love of food justice. Like Dalchini, Centara West Bay Residences and Suites’ signature Indian restaurant which is led by Indian food hero Alfred Prasad of Tamarind Collection, including Michelin-starred Tamarind Restaurant in London. The progressive regional Indian plates dished up at Dalchini are served in a space that stylishly combines hues of green and splashes of vivid pinks and yellows. The hotel’s all-day dining outlet Caprice offers a lively spot to get your Thai or International fare fix in an equally as lively space. Plus, nothing satiates quite as well as a fruit-packed smoothie at the Pool Bar or an iced tea from the Lobby Lounge after an active day on the town.

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