12 things you should know about the new Mondrian Doha Luxury Hotel
Qatar’s most luxurious hotel, Mondrian Doha, is set to open its doors in Spring, 2017. Take a look at our list of 12 things that you need to know about the new Mondrian Doha Luxury Hotel.
1. Mondrian Doha Luxury Hotel is located in the centre of West Bay, next to Lagoona Mall and Lusail City.
2. The luxurious hotel is due to open its doors in Spring, 2017.
Marcel Wanders commented: “Stories connect us to our history, our culture and to each other. Stepping into Mondrian Doha begins the first chapter of a wonderful story that unfolds around every turn. Conceptually, we have married local culture with a modern design aesthetic. While many themes are collectively layered throughout the hotel, each individual space tells its own tale. Guests may therefore have many different experiences and weave for themselves a collection of stories to share.”
4. The building is shaped like a falcon (with many references to the national bird of Qatar also found inside) with paintings, portraits, falcon headpieces and ornaments.
5. The hotel will be comprised of 270 unique rooms with the Penthouse studios and Studio suites (with 59 suites in total), in addition to 211 bedrooms across more than 24 floors. All of the rooms will include unique miniature artworks, luxurious custom-made furniture and Swarovski crystal chandeliers, as well as signature nuances by Wanders.
6. Mondrian Doha will also include traditional elements of local Arabic culture, including ornate Arabic calligraphy and historic souqs as well as Wanders’ bespoke design features. Some of the elements designed by Marcel Wanders include giant columns with golden eggs, a ‘tree of life’ comprised of flowers, falcon video art, giant shisha, patterned carpets, ornate stained glass and intricate mosaic tiling.
7. There will be a large stained glass dome skylight on the 27th floor.
8. There will also be a large custom-designed four-level high spiral staircase that doesn’t lead to anywhere. It’s expected to be an awe-inspiring sculptural piece that will give the impression that the stairs extend to the sky. The stairs will act as a focal point of the atrium which will lead guests up to one of the most beautiful viewing platforms of Doha’s skyline.
9. The hotel will include four restaurants showcasing both local and international cuisines; Morimoto, Cut by Wolfgang Puck, Walima and Hudson Tavern. There will also be three bar outlets; Smoke & Mirrors, Cirrus, and Black Orchid in addition to Magnolia Bakery in the lobby lounge.
10. The property will have the largest ESPA Spa in the world, with the 2,000-square metre spa featuring separate spas for men and women, eleven treatment rooms, a spa within the spa, and Hamman areas. In addition, Mondrian Doha will have a 24-hour fitness centre and a rooftop pool.
11. The hotel will have one of the largest ballrooms in Qatar, a 2,000-square metre ballroom with a private elevator access and VIP Bridal Suite, along with a standalone meeting room floor with five meeting rooms.
Sam Nazarian (Founder & CEO of SBE) commented: “We are delighted to open our first hotel in the Middle east in Doha, Qatar which is one of the most dynamic cities in the region. We’re additionally set to open two more hotel properties in Dubai in 2017 and 2018 and a number of restaurants. I know that Mondrian Doha will be an incredible destination for international and local travellers alike.”
12. Mondrian Doha has confirmed that it will also include additional hotel facilities including an entertainment floor complete with a nightclub, an indoor pool and sky bar, plus a flower and retail store.
G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration.
Who are the G7?
The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like.
The merry band comprises:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.
Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda.
When was the ‘G’ formed?
Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s.
Why does the G7 exist?
At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted.
The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability.
It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations.
Where is the 2021 G7 summit?
This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall.
What will be discussed this year?
After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”
The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values.
According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.”