Another new year is upon us and Aspire Katara Hospitality (AKH) – one of Qatar’s leading companies in the hospitality sector – seeks to build on the successes of previous years and welcome the challenges and opportunities presented by the year ahead.
AKH continues to grow and the main reason for this is the superb range of brands that come under its umbrella – brands that appeal to all sections of Qatari society. They range from dining at premium outlets like the L’wzaar Seafood Market to the fashionable and fun Red Velvet Cupcakery – just two of AKH’s expanding portfolio of branded outlets.
Not everything that AKH does is visible to the eye, however, with the company providing consultancy services for concept design, concept enhancement and management operations for a host of other hospitality companies within Qatar. High profile Event management is an important part of what we do.
AKH achieved numerous successes in previous years, including the opening of chocolate boutique Chac’Late in February 2013; the opening of American-themed burger joint Burgeri in June 2013; The opening of Al Jazeera Media Cafe in Katara in May 2015; The opening of Burgeri Bus in August 2015; The opening of Chac’Late extension in January 2016; Conceptualization, management and execution of Ramadan lighting as well as other hospitality activities within Katara Cultural Village, such as the Qatar National Day decoration and the event management of the Katara Traditional Dhow Festival. The opening of the 3rd Katara Traditional Dhow Festival 2013 was under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar.
AKH completed its plans to open two outlets abroad. The ‘Chapati & Karak’ restaurant in London’s Brompton Street (at the exclusive Knightsbridge area of the British capital) opened in January 2014 and Burgeri restaurant in 22 Great Marlborough Street, London opened in July 2016. This year, there are more projects to look forward to in Katara Cultural Village and Aspire Park.
AKH is a company defined not only by bringing the best dining experiences and hospitality to its customers but also a clear vision and ambition to become a global brand. 2014 marks a real push to turn this vision into reality by expanding and exporting the quality brands AKH has built up in Qatar, and also promoting the consultancy services it offers to a wider audience.
The company already has the presence in London, but this is only the beginning. By nurturing our brands – and accruing even more, hospitality experience, AKH seeks to combine these two strong strands into a combined product that will prove irresistible to the overseas market.
With hard work and dedication, AKH feels the coming years are going to be great and we are at your service, always.
CEO, Aspire Katara Hospitality
In October, Aspire Katara Hospitality (AKH) joined the hospitality market industry with its first restaurant; Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge. It is a casual, yet highly luxurious Ottoman Turkish dining abode, located directly in front of the beach of the Katara Cultural Village. In December, AKH opened its second outlet, L'wzaar Seafood Market; a restaurant with an interactive open kitchen and four-meter-long seafood display which offers a wide range of fresh seafood specialties in a number of different styles. This includes: Classic Mediterranean, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Far Eastern and Indian. L'wzaar Seafood Market also serves a specially created a la carte menu composed of starters, main courses and desserts, as well as a sushi bar and teppanyaki counter which are among the additional features for an incredible dining experience.
AKH opened Kunafa Albisana, a relaxing traditional cafe in Katara, which offers Kunafa with imported Nabulsi cheese prepared with the finest ingredients. During August was the opening of the Red Velvet Cupcakery in Katara which is the first international location for Red Velvet outside the United States of America.
Three of AKH's new fabulous brands were opened in the same year: Shawarma Albisana - an extension to Kunafa Albisana cafe which offers the best types of Shawarma, serving Beef, Chicken and Mexican. le Vesuvio - named after the famous volcano in Naples, offers a full menu of exquisite Italian cuisine. The premium quality of food includes piping-hot pizzas from an authentic wood-fired oven. AKH opened its first business in Aspire with the Aspire Grand Cafe; a casual, sporty and healthy cafe located at the very heart of the park. In May, L'wzaar Seafood Market was selected as 'Best Seafood' restaurant winner at the 'Time Out Doha Restaurant Awards 2012'.
On February 1st, was the opening of Chac'Late, the European-themed chocolatier which brings together first class brands of chocolate from UK, Italy and Switzerland, as well as authentic home-made Arabic flavours. On June 15th, Burgeri officially opened at Aspire Park. Burgeri is an 'Americana' vintage-themed burger and hotdog house serving freshly-prepared imported premium quality meat from the USA.
In January, AKH brought 'Chapati & Karak' to the swanky Knightsbridge area in London, UK. The restaurant is located at 144 Brompton Road , close to Knightsbridge's luxury brands and high end department stores (such as Harrods) and is now serving London's shoppers and tea zealots the remarkable taste of the local culinary tradition. In May, L'wzaar Seafood Market was selected as 'Best Seafood', le Vesuvio as 'Best Italian' and the Kunafa & Shawarma as 'Highly Commended Best Budget' at the 'Time Out Doha Restaurant Awards 2014'. On December 1st, the Aspire Katara Hospitality brand was updated and refreshed.
Located in the most prominent location in Katara waterfront with the beautiful sea view and stunning Doha skyline, Marsa Katara opened up in December 2018. This elegant restaurant showcases the finest of the Mediterranean cuisine in a stylish and sophisticated indoor and outdoor setting including the private cabanas on the jetty providing privacy for exclusive use.
The company's vision is to bring to Qatar unique dining concepts from all over the world, to develop our own indigenous concepts, and to create exciting and well-managed events showcasing local heritage and increase awareness of them on an international basis. Further, the goal is to manage luxurious hotels, boutique and quality retail shops to support the business demands of this country, and our burgeoning overseas presence.
To always adopt a virtuous approach to our customers and business partners, to provide an outstanding experience for everyone who deals with us, and to conceive and develop unmatched concepts. Our key value is to always go over and beyond the expectation.
Aspire Katara Hospitality (AKH) specializes in the field of hospitality and leisure. We envisage bringing to Doha authentic cuisines from all over the world and we go a step ahead by creating a unique ambiance to our restaurants yet maintain the rich tradition and culture of Qatar. We also provide consultancy and hospitality services to hotels, concept development for retail shops, event management and catering services. After conducting extensive research, we have also introduced to Doha high-end retail and food beverage concepts from abroad. In addition, we have also developed our own concepts which are fully operational and very popular in the region.
We have introduced to the local market specialized dining outlets in Katara – the world-renowned cultural village of Qatar- and our popular outlets include the Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge, L’wzaar Seafood Market, Kunafa Albisana, Shawarma Albisana, le Vesuvio Italian Restaurant, Chac’Late, and the Red Velvet Cupcakery. We also manage Burgeri, a burger restaurant located at Aspire Park.
All restaurants within the AKH portfolio are unique and offer a diverse dining experience. L’wzaar Seafood Market was awarded the Best Seafood Restaurant in 2012 and Highly Commended Seafood Restaurant in 2013 by Time Out Doha. Red Velvet is a prestigious Cupcakery in the USA and we have brought it to Doha, it was awarded the ‘Favorite Delicatessen Outlet’ by Qatar’s Choice Award in 2012.
Our specialized team is continually working to bring more exciting dining opportunities to the residents of Qatar. We have numerous upcoming outlets in Katara and the Aspire Zone. Internationally, our plans are well advanced. We have just launched one of our outlets in London and plans are already underway for expansion for the rest of the outlets and in different locations.
Aspire Katara Hospitality provides Consultancy and Hospitality Services for hotels and restaurants, including the development of new Food and Beverage, Retail Concepts and Event and Operations Management. The domestic success of Aspire Katara Hospitality gives the team a clear vision and determination to move forward in taking its own brands into international markets
Chabrat Al Mina was awarded the Best Seafood Restaurant in 2023 by Fact Dining Awards
KIAHF, also known as the Katara International Arabian Horse Festival, is considered one of the most prestigious, luxurious, and largest festivals in the world that showcases purebred Arabian horses. This festival has become one of the most important sporting events in the equestrian field and serves to promote the unique and purebred Arabian horses at various local, regional, and international levels, furthering their rich heritage.
KIAHF has woven together the rich fabric of Qatari culture, welcoming its historical heritage and promoting Qatari hospitality with an oriental legacy. The horse devotees appreciated the traditional, luxurious, and cozy Bedouin-inspired atmosphere, which was reflected in the arena’s unique exterior and interior design.
In addition to showcasing the purebred Arabian horses, KIAHF offered a variety of accompanying events such as live art shows and paintings that highlight the beauty and elegance of these horses.
Nestled in the stunning landscape of the 974 Stadium, 974 Beach proved to be a picturesque escape and a destination not to be missed by adventure enthusiasts. The beach offered a plethora of activities, including various water sports, accompanied by lively DJ performancesand live broadcast of the FIFA WORLD CUP matches.
Moreover, food and retail kiosks added to the vibrant atmosphere of the beach, providing guests with an unforgettable experience. The primary target audience for this event were FWC2022 fans and Qatar residents, as the entertainment services catered to all.
Total Number of Attendees 101,918.
Aravia, a unique vision crafted by MDLBEAST PRESENTS, offered a regional twist on the dance floor, fusing the vivacious spirit of Middle Eastern culture with the pulsating beats and communal energy of raves, across 28 enchanting Araviannights.The stage, a true masterpiece of design, drew inspiration from the vibrant hues, intricate motifs, and awe-inspiring architecture of the official match ball, Al Rihla. Spanning a remarkable 17 meters, the stage boasted a resplendent display of dazzling diamond lights, inviting the guests on a mesmerizing visual odyssey through the captivating realm of Aravia.
Amidst the fervor of 56 acclaimed artists from around the world, the event extended a warm welcome to 55 000 ardent fans to witness the magical spectacle that wasAravia, and bask in the electrifying performances of their favorite acts.
During the FIFA World Cup, the Lusail Boulevard activation proved to be one of the most successful activation areas in Qatar. Spanning over an area of 1.6 kilometers it hosted plenty of daily activities and entertainment for over one million local and international visitors.
The festivaloffered a wide variety of activations, performances, interactive installations, and amusements, suitable for all ages. Guests were invited to enjoy the daily drone&flame show, roaming performers, dancers and singers, street activations, video installations, Djs and many more.
Lusail Boulevard activation presented to the guests of Qatar the Al Nehem Wale Shark installation: a 30-metre art installation, suspended between the four Lusail Towers, celebrating Lusail’s development and raising awareness for one of the largest endangered animals in the world.
On the final day Lusail Boulevard hosted the grand winning team parade with over 3000 participants, winner team bus, classic cars and impressive fireworks.
Lusail Boulevard activation in numbers:
166 entertainers, 1M+ attendees
Final winning team parade: 430 entertainers, 3000 participants
The festival presented a plethora of gardens, each inspired by various countries across the globe, set amidst the verdant greenery of the Katara Hills.
It provided a perfect haven for families and friends to revel in a multitude of exhilarating activities and savour diverse international cuisines.
Visitors to Al Wasmi were treated to an array of gardening workshops, arts and crafts sessions, pony rides, competitions, and live shows, among other exciting offerings.
Al Wasmi festival in numbers:
25,000 distributed seeds
The “Tree of Life” show was masterfully crafted to symbolize Doha’s growth into a thriving metropolis by weaving an exciting fairy tale. The performance took place on a specially designed floating stage in the center of the Aspire lake and seamlessly combined unique choreography with state-of-the-art technology.
Appealing to all ages, the show took the audience on a magical journey brimming with surprises, including an opera diva on a moving platform on the water, the word DOHA created out of LED tubes, and a flower dance performed with LED daisies, among other stunning performances. These awe-inspiring performances were further enhanced by a dynamic light show, 3D mapping on custom-made 18-meter tall trees, and synchronized choreography.
What made the festival even more impressive was the thirty-minute Firework Show from the Torch Tower.
Crunchy Quinoa Salad.
Lime & Lemon Grass
Fresh greens, Tulum cheese, dried red currant, soaked walnut, cherry tomato, fresh mint and pomegranate kernels
Homemade dough with Turkish cheese served with premium quality Turkish pistachio
Whole lamb rotisserie served with dane-i tahil or Turkish pilaff
Stuffed eggplant rolls with spinach and cheese baked in rich tomato sauce
Prepared Turkish way specially for Ramadan and served with crispy bread cubes and red pepper oil
Try our Hammour fillet with Thai hot and sour sauce.
With just the best ingredients from Antep or Urfa and the original pistachios from Turkey our team creates unforgettable Baklavas that bring you back to the table of the Sultans.
Order is required 24 hours in advance.
Order and Payment are required one day in advance
A scoop of three delicious flavors of your choice for a price of one. There are five flavors for you to choose from; strawberry praline, oreo nutella, vanilla, lotus and caramel.
THAI HOT PAN
Mixed of fresh seafood cooked with julienne of fresh garden vegetables and seasoned to a mouthwatering taste, served in a hot pot.
The latest craze in town this summer. It is truly refreshing and energizing… Karak Shake is blend to perfection by C&K. Now available in UK and Doha outlets.
Introducing our new flavourful Chapati deliciously filled with honey. Available in UK and Katara Doha outlets.
Experience the traditional Arabic Coffee with our special chocolates.
Craving for chocolate? Enjoy our wide variety of Pralines prepared with premium quality ingredients sourced locally and internationally!
If you are an energetic and qualified candidate with a team player mentality and speak fluent English & Arabic, you are welcome to submit your CV.
The Redevelopment of Doha Port’s historical position at the heart of the city has played a crucial role in the growth of the State from a small fishing village into a thriving city, boasting a dynamic business climate and vibrant cultural landmarks.
The Port enjoys a strategic location on the coast of Doha, at the southern end of the Corniche, east of the Museum of Islamic Art’s public amenity and the beautifully-designed Qatar National Museum.
The concepts at Mina District in Doha Port are focused on a mix of retail shops, culturally-diverse restaurants, a boutique hotel, a supermarket and a fish market and numerous interesting cafes. The venue is envisioned to be a prime destination and attractive melting pot of tourism and opened November 2022.
Being a prime hub of forward-thinking culture and hospitality, foreign proprietorship of businesses is permitted. Therefore, a Qatari business partner or sponsor to operate is no longer required.
Our team of hospitality professionals will be happy to assist and guide investors with the step-by-step process to help you build a successful brand for your company in the country.
This is a unique and exciting opportunity because foreign sole ownership and venture in Qatar is very limited to only a few number of locations.
The idea behind Box Park concepts at Doha Port is to endorse the venue as a sea-related activity hub consisting of retail shops, fishing equipment, yacht maintenance, boat rentals and other similar sea-related activities. We are thrilled to welcome potential operators that are in the sea-related industry to participate and express their interest.
The Park opened to the public in March 2021.
KATARA SOUTH PLAZA
Exclusivity and uniqueness of ideas are one of the main draws in Katara South Plaza. This means that the concepts developed and operating here are one-of a-kind, translating to a diverse and interesting culinary fusion of F&B Restaurants and fascinating retail outlets.
In addition to world-class restaurants and cafes, South Plaza includes a Planetarium, office buildings, a Cinema and underground parking. It is located at Katara Cultural Village — the largest and the most multi-dimensional cultural project of Qatar. It is a venue where people come together to experience the cultures of the world through a variety of annually established Festivals and Events.
AL JANOUB STADIUM
A beautifully-designed and capable to host 40,000 guests by the widely-lauded architect ZahaHadid, Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah embraces and invites F&B and Retail Concepts for a thrilling opportunity to be part of this visually stunning imagery. The design was inspired by the sails of Dhow boats, traditionally and historically used by the country’s pearl divers. The curvilinear roof and exterior of the structure references Al Wakra’s history of seafaring, additionally giving spectators the feeling of being onboard a ship.
The concepts at Al Janoub Stadium are non-exclusive, which means we are happy to welcome food chains and existing restaurant brands. The project is envisioned as a prime local and tourist destination and will be home to many dining concepts and world-class elements during and after the 2022 World Cup.
AL BAYT STADIUM
A uniquely Qatari structure, Al Bayt Stadium takes its name from bayt al sha’ar – tents historically used by locals in Qatar and the Gulf region. The location of the Stadium is in Al Khor, 35km north of Doha. Al Khor is a city famed for its pearl diving and fishing industries.
The portability of the “Tent” is going to set trend for future structures— the upper tier of modular design seating will be removed after the FIFA World Cup 2022 and will be donated to developing nations that need sporting infrastructure – a lasting reminder of Qatar’s generous and collaborative spirit.
The concepts at Al Bayt Stadium are attestation of the rich variations and developing taste of this progressive Gulf country. We welcome all ideas and concepts from investors to add color, life and authenticity to complement the aesthetics of this traditionally-structured and state-of-the-art stadium.
We welcome interested operators with family-themed concepts that are unique, interesting and fun that each member of the family can truly experience.