SOURCE: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

May 03, 2006 12:07 ET

Sharq Village & Spa, Managed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Opens in Doha Late 2006

Traditional Décor Inspired by Life, Culture of Ancient Qatari Tribes

CHEVY CHASE, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 3, 2006 -- Sharq Village & Spa, managed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, opens in Doha, Qatar, late 2006. The design of the 174 rooms and suites, with intimate courtyard settings, reflects 6,000 years of deeply rooted Qatari heritage and tradition. The waterfront property will be unique in The Middle East for its authentic recreation of life in an ancient desert village, including a 71,500 square foot Six Senses spa in the style of a Qatari souq or bazaar.

"Qatar is well known for its impressive buildings with contemporary architecture. In a novel contrast, Sharq Village & Spa will stand out as a memorable experience for visitors seeking a destination resort with an exceptional 'sense of place' and historic accents," said Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. This will be the second Ritz-Carlton property in Doha, Qatar.

Visitors exploring the streets and lanes of Sharq Village & Spa will be transported in time to an era when traders and craftsmen shaped their own lifestyle and traditions. Roaming entertainers playing Arabian music, performing colorful folk dances, creating intricate weaving, and reciting inspirational poetry will add flavor to the guest experience and memories. Fishermen and pearl divers will display the skills of their ancestors along the expansive beachfront of the resort. The Six Senses Spa, housed in a recreated souq atmosphere, will include a choice of treatment rooms and a menu of services inspired by centuries old recipes of fragrant oils and exotic spices.

Recreational features at Sharq Village & Spa also include two strikingly designed swimming pools and the close proximity of championship caliber golf course. Freshly caught seafood selected from the Village fish market, and a restaurant with international menus, will make dining as enjoyable as experiencing the sights and sounds of the resort. Guests can consult the concierge to plan other activities.

While the ambience and atmosphere of Sharq Village & Spa recreates and celebrates the past, the resort will be fully equipped to meet the needs and expectations of today's business traveler, with wireless capability throughout the village.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., a winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1992 and 1999, manages 61 luxury hotels in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, The Middle East and North America. For information or reservations, visit The Ritz-Carlton Web site at www.ritzcarlton.com or call the toll free reservations number in Bahrain 800-00995, Egypt 02 510 0200, Istanbul 00800 4491 1137, Jordan 0800 22010, Kuwait 632 9988, Lebanon 800 432 5965, Qatar 0800 97115, Saudi Arabia 800 8971 435 or UAE 800 4789.

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