Au Moyen-Orient, les Katara Towers accueilleront des hôtels Raffles et Fairmont. In the Middle East, the Katara Towers will host Raffles and Fairmont hotels.

For once in the Middle East, it is Qatar that will steal the show this year from Dubai in terms of spectacular hotels. Not that this emirate, which is hosting the World Expo until the end of March, has put aside its pharaonic ambitions, as evidenced by the expected opening in the second half of the year of Atlantis The Royal, a luxurious addition to the Atlantis The Palm complex with a host of luxurious rooms and suites – 795 in total – and no less than 90 swimming pools, not to mention its string of restaurants – 18 in total – most of them supervised by star chefs such as Heston Blumenthal, José Andres or Gaston Acurio.

However, all the spotlights will turn to Qatar at the end of the year with the hosting of the soccer World Cup. This global event will be accompanied by a multitude of hotel projects that will take place throughout the year until the competition kicks off. Each project is more emblematic than the next, yet some still manage to stand out. In Lusail, the host city of the final stadium, the Katara Towers, recognizable by their intersecting scimitars, will house an ultra-exclusive 132-suite Raffles and, linked to it by an event space, the luxurious Fairmont Doha.

Rosewood Doha.Rosewood Doha.

In the heart of the capital Doha, the architecture of the two towers that will house the Rosewood Doha and Rosewood Residences is just as impressive. Qatari architect Ibrahim Jaidah was inspired by coral reefs for this place dedicated as much to nature as to excess, with 185 rooms and suites, 173 apartments and 300 residences, swimming pools and restaurants galore and a vast reception hall.

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While Hyatt is planning to open an Andaz hotel in Doha, the Marriott group will multiply its openings with Le Méridien and the Luxury Collection in the Place Vendome complex, inspired by Parisian chic, but also a luxury and lifestyle Edition hotel in the West Bay business district, a St. Regis on the artificial island of The Pearl-Qatar and a long-stay hotel under the Element brand. However, Qatar’s hotel development is also expanding into less expensive accommodation options, such as a budget Hampton by Hilton hotel expected in Doha’s Old City in early 2022.

This diversification of hotel offerings is already well underway in Dubai and will continue in 2022. While the emirate saw the opening in December of a <a href=”

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, in the style of Bedouin tents although in the heart of the business district, another leading brand is going to bring its lifestyle spirit to Dubai with a Mama Shelter expected at the end of the year in the heart of the metropolis. Its outline: an urban resort with 197 rooms and 192 apartments, equipped with various dining areas and embellished with a terrace with four pools and an open-air CineMama.The Lana Hotel marque l'arrivée de la Dorchester Collection à Dubaï.The Lana Hotel marks the arrival of the Dorchester Collection in Dubai.

However, Dubai is also revising its hotel classics. The artificial island of Palm Jumeirah, for example, will see the opening of a Hilton brand beach hotel in the spring, followed by a 608-room Marriott resort in the summer. In a more lifestyle style, this American group is expecting the unveiling of a W overlooking Jumeirah Beach in the next few months. As for luxury, 2022 will be marked by the arrival at the end of the year of the Dorchester Collection with The Lana

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hotel, housed in a new iconic building signed by Foster+Partners, in the Business Bay district. In

addition to Dubai and Qatar,

the Middle East

as a

whole continues to offer large development opportunities for hotel groups. The Hilton Group is preparing a number of flagship openings in the region, with a luxurious 200-room Waldorf Astoria expected in Kuwait at the end of the first quarter, followed in the summer by a Hilton in Bahrain, with 348 rooms, six restaurants and nine meeting rooms.

Kuwait is also on the list of new addresses for Grand Hyatt, while on the Marriott side, it is a luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel that is being prepared in Amman. Housed in two towers in the heart of the Jordanian capital, this refined hotel will offer 228 rooms, including 34 suites, a restaurant and a rooftop bar, as well as a 1,000 square meter ballroom

. Ritz-Carlton Amman.Ritz-Carlton Amman.

Also in the Middle East, the Sultanate of Oman will celebrate the inauguration early this year of the Jumeirah Mascat Bay, a 195-room resort located on the Bandar Jissah creek. But the capital Muscat will also host a Citadines urban residence during 2022, demonstrating the growth opportunities in the region for long-stay accommodation specialists. In this context, the Ascott Group

, a leading

he owner of the Citadines brand, is expecting several upcoming openings in Doha, Jeddah and Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, with Somerset residences, as well as a Citadines in Al Khobar and an upscale Ascott-branded apartment hotel in Riyadh.

Looking to Africa

However, the Singaporean group will also begin to explore the African continent with the opening of Somerset residences in Addis Ababa and Nairobi in 2022, the first step towards broader growth in the region. Already among the most present hoteliers in Africa, the Radisson Group will discover new markets in the first quarter of next year with the Radisson Blu Antananarivo Waterfront in Madagascar and a first hotel in Juba, South Sudan.

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In North Africa, in addition to a new Hilton in Egypt, the Hilton Cairo Nile Maadi, expected in the fall in the embassy district, it is Morocco that continues to attract hotel groups. Its capital Rabat is expecting two beautiful developments this year with, in the fall, the Conrad Rabat Arzana, a luxury hotel of the Hilton group with 120 rooms overlooking the ocean and with 600 m2 of meeting spaces. The opening of this hotel will be preceded by the opening of another luxury hotel, the Fairmont La Marina Rabat-Salé, which will overlook the historic districts of Rabat and Salé. At the end of the year, Fairmont will also offer a hotel in Tangier, the Fairmont Tangier Tazi Palace, integrated into the walls of what was in the 1940s the residence of a former adviser to the king

. Conrad Rabat Arzana.Conrad Rabat Arzana.