Yes, you’re reading it on WeddingSutra first. Doha, the modern capital city of the State of Qatar, is hosting a grand Indian wedding – the bride and groom, both Gujaratis, hail from prominent diamond merchant families in Mumbai. Their parents were looking for a destination with a difference and after a rigorous search, Doha with its ultra-luxe accommodation options was the chosen one. The venue for this grand wedding is The Ritz-Carlton, Doha – a sprawling beachfront resort hotel. One of Doha’s older properties, the hotel offers large rooms and 350 meters of private coastline which provides the perfect setting for a relaxing yet regal wedding.
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha
Richest Country on Earth
Dubai’s tiny neighbor recently set its sight on becoming the Middle East’s next tourist hotspot. And the oil- and a gas-rich nation is also the richest country on Earth having overtaken Europe’s Luxembourg for the world’s highest per capita gross domestic product.
The Best Hotels in Qatar
Since October last year, several high-end hotels of Doha have been making an effort to attract rich Indian families interested in an international destination wedding. Besides The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, the luxurious properties in Qatar keen to get a slice of the Indian wedding pie include The St Regis Hotel Doha, Shangri-La Hotel Doha and The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa. The St Regis Doha boasts of 336 rooms and suites and is located in the heart of West Bay, adjacent to the Pearl Island and close to the Diplomatic Area. Shangri-La Hotel Doha is located in Qatar’s commercial and financial center. The regal Shangri-La Ballroom, with its opulent chandeliers, pillarless, open floor plan, and high ceilings is the perfect venue for a magnificent wedding. The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa is ideally situated in Al Jadeed / Al Nasr; one of the city’s most popular locales and has 365 contemporary spacious rooms, suites and villas, all offering views of Doha city. Its majestic and versatile banquet halls can accommodate more than 1,700 people.
The St Regis Hotel Doha
Shangri-La Hotel Doha
The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa
Big Indian Wedding in March 2018
Over 600 guests are expected from all over the globe for the celebrations at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha. The hosts have roped in three prominent names from the world of traditional celebrations to orchestrate the three-day affair- luxury wedding planners Divinity Weddings, famed decor designer Heena Patel of Amaahyaaj in Vadodara, and Mumbai’s prominent gourmet vegetarian catering company Popular Caterers.
Middle East Hotspots
While Mumbai’s well-heeled Gujarati community are known to have grand hometown weddings, a select few are now opting for destination weddings at international locales like Oman and Bahrain. In April last year, Russell Mehta, CEO of Rosy Blue, hosted his daughter Diya’s wedding celebrations at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, and Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay. She wed Amit Jatia, and this magnificent Mehta-Jatia wedding with 1,200 guests was one of the biggest private celebrations the Kingdom of Bahrain had ever seen. Orchestrated by noted travel and wedding management company Tamarind Global and Seven Steps, a division of Seventy Event Management Group, a team of over 1,000 personnel worked behind the scenes to put together the magnificent Mehta-Jatia wedding. Other Middle East hot-spots include Oman, where properties like the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa in Muscat and Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz- Carlton Hotel are luring well-heeled wedding parties. Dubai’s Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts Group’s properties are also wooing the wedding clientele to their two new resort hotels – the 167-room Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain hotel, and Jumeirah Muscat Bay which is located in the picturesque cove of Bandar Jissah and nestled between the Hajjar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman.
Qatar Woos Luxury Travelers
Speaking at WeddingSutra Engage held at OTM, the largest travel show in Asia Pacific, wedding planner Aarti Manocha of Milestones to Memories shared that Doha in Qatar has all it takes to become a hotspot for Indian celebrations. She elaborated, “Doha, with opulent hotels in secluded spots and resorts that offer scenic views of the Persian Gulf, is the ‘new’ destination to explore in 2018. Their tourism ministry has made it easy for families to travel to Qatar – with visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries! The air connectivity is excellent, and rooms as well as celebration spaces rates, are reasonable compared to other luxury destinations. Five years ago, who imagined Oman would be a hot-spot? And Qatar, which is embarking on this new journey, may see the same success as gained by its neighbors.”
Watch this space to know for more.
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