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CELEBRATE EID AL ADHA AT THE TORCH DOHA

Celebrate Eid Al Adha along with family and friends at THE TORCH DOHA - Qatar's iconic landmark hotel.

THE TORCH DOHA, member of Leading Hotels of the World announces the launch of a special Eid package while preparing the perfect welcoming for a memorable Eid Al Adha to be shared with family and friends.

Guests can experience the hotel luxury services and sublime dining options while accessing Villaggio Mall through an air-conditioned walkway and Aspire Park, both perfect for family entertainment.

The food and beverage team at the hotel has put together a special Eid Brunch served in the authentic atmosphere of FLYING CARPET restaurant. The lavish buffet will serve an extensive range of Arabic delicacies and culinary masterpieces. In addition, the live cooking station features a variety of dishes including the traditional lamb ouzi, fresh barbecue, shawarma complemented by an enticing corner of authentic Arabic sweets.

“We are proud to bring an authentic atmosphere during this special time of the year and take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Eid”, says Hotel Manager, Sherif Sabry.

The Eid special package includes accommodation starting from QR 800  per room per night including breakfast for two at FLYING CARPET restaurant. Junior Suites reservation starting from QR 1400 per night including breakfast for two at FLYING CARPET restaurant. Rooms and suites are equipped with a unique iPad in-room solution, mood-lighting system with twelve different colours and high-speed internet throughout the hotel. 
 

While experiencing the hotel luxury services, guests can opt for a relaxing retreat at the Health Club, including massage services and swimming at heights in the cantilevered pool.

Step into the authentic atmosphere of FLYING CARPET and enjoy the EID Brunch first three days with a great buffet variety at QR 220 per person. Children between 6-12 at QR 98. Flying Carpet restaurant is located at Mezzanine 2 level. 

Eid Breakfast at Flying Carpet - savour a rich breakfast buffet with fresh and healthy smoothies & a great choice of fresh bread, bakeries and live stations at QR 135.

 

* Rate is applicable for double occupancy

Offer available from 11th – 15th September 2016

Offer not valid in conjunction with any other promotions or offers

Terms & conditions apply

THE TORCH DOHA EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

DOHA, QATAR –06, August, 2016 THE TORCH DOHA announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. 

“Being awarded the Certificate of Excellence for the third consecutive year is truly rewarding for team at THE TORCH DOHA. We are grateful to all our guests who took the time to share their valuable feedback on TripAdvisor.” says General Manager, Sherif Sabry. “The award is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to superior service.”

"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

The Torch – member of Leading Hotels of the World, is the flagship project situated at the heart of Doha’s Sports City, Aspire Zone. The 5-star luxury hotel opened its doors to visitors in November 2011.

Situated at 300m high and with 360° panoramic views across the city, the hotel is the result of comprehensive architectural, engineering and technical design, formerly shaped to represent a colossal torch which for the duration of the 15th Asian Games in 2006 held its symbolic flame.

The hotel concept and interior design is captivating for the high end traveler: the rooms with their top feature – the new iPad solution, the revolving restaurant with its panoramic views and the cantilevered pool, the highest in Doha are some of the main attractions. The hotel’s iconic silhouette with its kinetic light display at night is standing high on Doha’s skyline.

 

THE TORCH DOHA TripAdvisor Link:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g294009-d2398120-Reviews-The_Torch_Doha-Doha.html

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site**, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers, and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features, with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors***, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands:

www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl, www.besttables.com and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.housetrip.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, and www.virtualtourist.com.

 

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, February 2016

***Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2016

 

THE TORCH DOHA LAUNCHES IT'S ONE OF A KIND NEW SMART MOBILE APPLICATION

Doha, Qatar- THE TORCH DOHA, member of Leading Hotels of the World, in collaboration with professional developers, has created a new application called "The Torch Doha" which allows users to book rooms, reserve tables, check menus and see special offers at the hotel.

As a pioneer in the luxury hospitality sector, THE TORCH DOHA provides its guests an easy multifunctional mobile application with rich content where travelers and customers can access to a wide range of services wherever they are and whenever they wish.

The application provides an easy access to all hotel facilities and is considered the first application for a luxurious 5-star local hotel in Qatar. Furthermore, the application will help to promote the expanding tourism sector in the country abroad, across social networking sites, and locally.

The hotel manager, Sherif Sabry, stressed that: "the provision of such service would contribute to the reformation plan of upgrading the level of services provided to citizens locally and internationally. Especially with the increasing prevalence of smart phones in the region, as well as the large adoption by individuals of mobile phone technology in their professional and personal life alike"

The application is considered as part of the technological development of THE TORCH DOHA hotel which provides iPad based In-room Solution which offers guests customised in-room control such as: order from in-room dining, ceiling and wall lights control, curtain operation, room temperature control, access the internet on iPad and TV, listen to music and radio stations, guest check-in & history clean-up, set pre-arrival requests and access their hotel account. Through the applications users can book rooms and reserve tables in the restaurants within the hotel by themselves without any trouble, also can delete or add and change information.

The hotel manager, Sherif Sabry adds: "This innovative new application provides enhanced experience for THE TORCH DOHA guests, settings new standards in the provision of luxury digital services that fit guests' needs on a large scale. The application is user-friendly and rich in its advantages. We will continue to develop our products in line with the constantly changing needs of travelers, and will continue to provide our staff, with what is a real wealth, to provide the highest value for the lavish hospitality to our guests."

The application "The Torch Doha" is available on all smart devices, both operating system of Android and iOS, and for all users around the world and is available for free.

THE TORCH DOHA LAUNCHES SEAFOOD NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA AT PANORAMA RESTAURANT

THE TORCH DOHA LAUNCHES THE SEAFOOD NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA AT PANORAMA RESTAURANT

Dine under the Stars overlooking Doha’s skyline

Every Friday specialty chefs present an exclusive buffet of salads, appetisers, sushi corner, cold seafood corner, Italian antipasti.

The main course can be chosen from the A la carte menu featuring dishes like duo of prawns & hamour, shrimps biryani, hamour sayadia, lobster thermidor, in addition to a dessert trolley.

QR 280 net per person including cold beverages. Served from 7.00pm to 11.00pm. 

 

PANORAMA – Contemporary European cuisine, where the chef emphasizes on seasonal produce and high-quality ingredients.

Luxurious and approachable modern cuisine.

Located on the 50th floor at THE TORCH, offering panoramic views of the city.

Open from Monday to Saturday from 6.00pm to 11.00pm. 

 

THE TORCH DOHA ANNOUNCES RAMADAN OFFERS

Ramadan Kareem

Experience our comfort and luxury services at THE TORCH DOHA. Enjoy the unique taste of the delightful Iftar and Sahour buffet prepared by our multi skilled chefs along with the authentic atmosphere of FLYING CARPET Restaurant.

Iftar Buffet served daily from Maghreb prayer until 8:00 PM at  QR220 per person including Ramadan beverages.

Sahour Buffet served daily from 11.00PM until 2.00AM at QR180 per person including Ramadan beverages.

Reserve  your private corporate Iftar or Sahour at one of our ballrooms during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Buffet Menu starting from QR 175 net per person.

Sahour Set Menu including traditional Ramadan platters served at Doha’s trendiest tea lounge.  Served from 10.00 PM to 1.30AM at QR 140 net per person at TORCH TEA GARDEN. Located on the 21st floor at THE TORCH DOHA, overlooking Aspire Park. Open from 9PM to 2AM.

Special Room Rates during Ramadan

Experience the unique Qatari hospitality this summer and enjoy an overnight stay in a modern Deluxe Room starting from QR 700*.

Health Club facilities, Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, mini-fridge amenities and late check-out are available and are subject to availability upon request.

*Rate is available for single occupancy. Offer available on room only basis.

Offer not valid in conjunction with any other promotions of offers

Terms & conditions apply.

THE TORCH DOHA EARNS 2015 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE  

THE TORCH DOHA, member of Leading Hotels of the World, has received TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade celebrates excellence in hospitality excellence is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding guest reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that take into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period, as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. 

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Being awarded the Certificate of Excellence for the second consecutive year is truly rewarding for team at THE TORCH DOHA. We are grateful to all our guests who took the time to share their valuable feedback on TripAdvisor.” says Hotel Manager, Sherif Sabry. “The award is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to superior service.”

 “TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travellers on the site,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.

THE TORCH DOHA receives the Award of Excellence for performance on Booking.com 

THE TORCH DOHA, member of Leading Hotels of the World has been honoured as top performing 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Qatar in 2014, as reviewed by travellers on the world’s leader website in booking accommodation.

The hotel has been rated at 9.3 out of 10 in 2014 based on online feedback and receives an Award of Excellence for the Booking.com Guest Review Awards.

Mr. Darren Huston, Booking.com Chief Executive Officer said, “On behalf of the entire Booking.com team and our mutual guests, we are proud to honour THE TORCH DOHA with this accolade – a symbol of our gratitude and appreciation for providing the best possible accommodation experience for guests. […] Based on achieving an overall score of 8 or above, the hotel has demonstrated its commitment to its guests to deliver consistently amazing stays. 

The award honours hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that achieve a high number of reviews and consistent high ratings.

Sherif Sabry, Hotel Manager says, THE TORCH DOHA receives a lot of positive feedback and praise on online channels from guests around the world. This award is a true statement of our property’s ability to meet and exceed guests’ expectations. It is a real accomplishment to achieve and maintain a top score on Booking.com for the third consecutive year and we will be pleased to display the award in our property.”

 

Visit our stand at Qatar International Food Festival 2015

Visit our stand at Qatar International Food Festival until March 28, 2015 and try out bistro specialties from our newly-opened restaurant: Croquettes De Hamour Brandade, Bistro Burge, Poulet Au Pesto Panini and Éclair Au Chocolat. Share your feedback with us and post your best photos from the festival on Instagram and tag #QIFF2015 @thetorchdoha

ASPIRE ZONE AND THE TORCH DOHA ANNOUNCE "ASPIRE TORCH STAIRCASE RUN" TOWERRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015

ASPIRE TORCH STAIRCASE RUN Towerrunning World Championships 2015
For the Fourth time in a row, Aspire Zone Foundation is renewing the fantastic opportunity to race up the staircase of the iconic hotel, THE TORCH DOHA in “Aspire Torch Staircase Run, featuring Towerruning World championships 2015”.

The race is the only one of its kind to be organized officially in the Middle East. 

Towerrunning competitions are held in 40 countries and elite athletes travel worldwide to climb iconic towers and to collect points for the World Cup series of the Towerrunning World Association.

What is Aspire Torch Staircase Run?

In 2014 Aspire Torch Staircase run was awarded official Grand Prix status and attracted a capacity field of 350 runners including some of the best international stair runners from Europe, USA and Australia. However, this year the event is taken to a higher level when the Towerrunning World Association (TWA) announced last year that Aspire Zone had won the privilege to host the inaugural TWA Towerrunning World Championships in 2015 at "THE TORCH DOHA".

The Towerunning World Championships 2015 which is considered to be the highlight of the event as it is an opportunity for the community and for the best Tower runners from all over the world to compete on the sport’s first Global Champion 

About the race

This one of-its-kind event in Qatar includes a two-day race programme with three heats comprising of different distances and competition modes. The grueling route will consist of 1,304 steps as runners will have to make their way to the top of the 300 meter tower on the 51st floor, dependent on the race stage.  

The first race will take place on March 27th at 9:00 AM. The event is open to all public with minimum age of 18 of all abilities who have undergone an intensive training prior to the race. World Champion Staircase runners will be there so you can challenge yourself against the best.

Race (2) will consist of the top 30 men and 30 women from race 1 will then race again in the afternoon of the 27th Mar. This heat will be to floor 30 only, starting at intervals. 

On March 28th, Race (3) “The World Championships Race” itself will then take place. In separate finals, the top 30 male and female athletes will line up in a start formation inspired by motor racing. The race will start from spine road into the stairwell, up to floor 30 – change stairwell on floor 30 and then finish on floor 50.

Be part of this unique event and register online now as PLACES ARE LIMITED  

For registration click here

THE TORCH DOHA ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF PANORAMA RESTAURANT AND SKY LOUNGE

THE TORCH DOHA announces the opening of PANORAMA Restaurant and SKY Lounge in the first week of March. Bistronomy is a chic combination of French bistro with a twist and gastronomy, where the Chef emphasizes on seasonal produce, high-quality European ingredients and a Mediterranean twist on traditional recipes. Luxurious and approachable modern cuisine.

Located on the 50th floor at THE TORCH, offering panoramic views of the city. Open from Monday to Saturday from 18.00 hours to 23.00 hours. Non-smoking outlet. Allocated smoking area in SKY Lounge (51st floor).

Smart casual dress required. Official opening on March 5th 2015.

SKY is a high-end lounge serving a combination of gastronomy bites, innovative mocktails, premium cold beverages & signature teas. Located on the 51st floor of the hotel. Smoking outlet. Open from Monday to Saturday 18.00 hours to midnight.

For more information or reservations please call +974 4446 5600 or email restaurant.reservations@thetorchdoha.com

TORCH TEA GARDEN CELEBRATES 1 YEAR SINCE OPENING

Celebrate with us the TORCH TEA GARDEN 1 Year Anniversary between 24th - 27th February and avail of:

10% OFF your total bill

Surprise gift with mini dry sweets

20% OFF the price of our retail Tea Selection

Tea Tasting Ritual at the entrance with our Artteas Tea Master on the 26th & 27th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 (with prior reservation)

For reservations and enquiries call today 4446 5600

THE TORCH DOHA RECEIVES "BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTEL" AWARD AT THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL HOTEL AWARDS

THE TORCH DOHA received a World’s Best International Hotel Award for Best Hotel category from the International Hotel Awards sponsored by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The best hotels and hospitality related companies from more than 47 countries across the world have been competing to achieve one or more coveted International Hotel Awards.

The finest hoteliers from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the UK and the Americas and winners were revealed at a glamorous gala dinner at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Monday, January 26th 2015, following scrutiny by the International Hotel Awards’ judging panel, chaired by Sir David Michels, Retired CEO of Hilton Hotels.

World’s Best awards were given out for the world’s most impressive hotels for a variety of categories and property types. A highly experienced team of professionals who cover the whole range of hospitality disciplines judged entries prepared by the hotels and selected the winners. To obtain a World’s Best award, a hotel must first be successful competing against entrants in its own country before competing against other hotels in its region and obtaining an International Nomination. The International Nominees from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, UK and the Americas were again evaluated and only one for each category was named the International winner.

THE TORCH DOHA – member of Leading Hotels of the World, is the flagship project situated at the heart of Doha’s Sports City, Aspire Zone. The 5-star luxury hotel opened its doors to visitors in November 2011.

Commenting on the event, Hotel Manager Sherif Sabry, says: “It is a wonderful start for 2015 for our hotel. It is highly rewarding to be recognized in the International hospitality industry as a Best Hotel. We are proudly representing Qatar in the worldwide hospitality scene as the premier venue for those who are searching for state-of-the-art accommodation with high-end technology and fitness facilities, in a prime location - Aspire Zone. We are committed to maintain our luxury and service excellence standards.”

Stuart Shield, president of the International Hotel Awards, says, “This is the fourth year of the International Hotel Awards. Its aim is to highlight excellence in the luxury hotel industry and praise the outstanding levels of service and style. The competition also boasts specialist categories to further spotlight the most outstanding spa, convention and golf hotels. Smaller luxury hotels are also featured as these specialise in delivering a more intimate environment for those seeking a quieter and more relaxing experience.”

“With many five-star hotels offering an exemplary service on a 24-hour a day basis, we feel honoured to be able to highlight those that are making an art out of the process. They really do deserve recognition for all the effort they put into their business as well as their overall presentation and innovation.”

For further information on the International Hotel Awards visit www.ihotelawards.com or contact Mr. Paul Wright,

Director of Operations, on +44 (0)1245 250981

-ENDS -

About International Hotel Awards

The International Hotel Awards global competition determines the finest hotels and hospitality companies in the world. They were developed to identify, highlight and reward excellence throughout the global hospitality industry throughout a wide range of areas. In addition to categories for several types of specialty hotels and categories by hotel size, there are also categories for hotel architecture, construction, interior design, marketing and website.

The awards are open to hoteliers, hotel developers and builders, interior designers, architects, public relations and advertising agencies and web designers. The awards are split into regions covering Asia Pacific, Arabia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and the UK. Participants enter at their relevant national level and are judged by a highly experienced team of professionals. Judging is carried out through a meticulous process involving a panel of experts from the hospitality and property industries.

THE TORCH DOHA recognized as Global Winner Luxury Design Hotel at World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014 

Cape Town, December 2014:  THE TORCH DOHA, member of Leading Hotels of the World has been recognized as the Global Winner in the “Luxury Design Hotel” category at the eight annual World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014. THE TORCH DOHA is the flagship 5-Star luxury hotel situated at the heart of Aspire Zone, Doha’s vibrant Sports City.

Over 1,000 hotels from 145 countries were nominated to participate in the world’s most prestigious awards initiative for luxury hotels in 2014. World Luxury Hotel Awards events offer hoteliers with a unique opportunity to savour and celebrate their achievements of the past year with their industry peers.

The award has been announced at a high-profile gala dinner and ceremony on December 6th at The Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Awards are presented to luxury hotels in different categories on a country, continent and global basis.

The criteria to be successfully nominated & included in the official World Luxury Hotel Awards voting process is overall service excellence. Only hotels, lodges & resorts operating in a luxury niche market are able to participate in the World Luxury Hotel Awards. The Awards focus only on the luxury hotel sector and winners are purely judged on service delivery and effective management. International tour operators, travel agents and hotel guests get the opportunity to cast their valuable votes annually, making the process fair and unbiased.

THE TORCH DOHA Hotel Manager, Mr. Sherif Sabry declared: “We cannot be happier to achieve global recognition for the 2nd consecutive year. To compete against the world’s top hoteliers and obtain this performance shows that we have raised the bar high in our industry. We were very honoured to represent the region at this year’s ceremony and have concluded 2014 in a spectacular fashion. We look forward to a new year of great achievements.” 

THE TORCH DOHA has received excellent feedback within the last 2 years, sustained by online guest reviews, International Hospitality Awards, travel blogger reviews and social media reports provided by Medallia – Top Performing 5 – Star Luxury Hotel in Qatar in 2014 and 2013.

The booking.com ratings as Top Performing 5 – Star luxury hotel in Qatar with a score of 9.3 out of 10 in 2013  provide a true statement of our property’s accomplishments.

Other awards received by the hotel include a Gold Circle Award -  Top performing 5-star luxury hotel in Qatar on agoda.com website and a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence - Honoured as a Top Performing Hotel in 2014 as reviewed by travellers worldwide.

We will continue to focus on maintaining our service standards at a superior level and offer our guests a memorable experience”, Sherif Sabry added.

Covered by France24 the World Luxury Hotel Award’s official media partner, the event included a Gala Dinner with top entertainment by TheMarilynZ, Shen FM and Fusion and Afro Chic décor ideal for the showcasing South Africa’s eclectic style and sophistication.

The Ultimate Hotel Guide featuring 2014 Award winners has become increasingly popular amongst travel agents & tour operators that utilized it for global reservations, the 8th Edition of this luxury guide was revealed at the Gala Ceremony.

LINKS:

2014 Winners: http://www.luxuryhotelawards.com/winners/2014-hotel-awards

ABOUT THE WORLD LUXURY HOTEL AWARDS:

The World Luxury Hotel Awards stands testimony to dedication, enthusiasm and leadership in the high demand luxury hotel industry. The World Luxury Hotel Awards was established in 2006 to recognize the worldwide luxury hotel industry and legendary hotels with respect to overall service excellence.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards recognize but also aim to maintain overall service excellence by building staff moral since success is a combined effort of a hotel's entire team. Acknowledgement of committed quality customer care is important to maintain a persistent level of service. Evidence have shown that a guest feel confident when booking a World Luxury Hotel Awards recognized hotel that have been rewarded further to unsurpassed excellence, voted for by industry experts & guests that have experienced these hotels.

In tradition of the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, The World Luxury Hotel Awards are the world’s most prestigious & exclusive awards, recognizing the best facilities and service excellence the hotel industry has to offer.

Interesting Facts:

  • Over 1000 hotels, lodges, resorts & private islands are nominated every year
  • An increase of 40% was seen in countries participating in the World Luxury Hotel Awards
  • Hotels can self-nominate or can be nominated by guests, tour operators and independent travel consultants to receive recognition for service excellence.
  • Nominators have the opportunity to vote on an annual basis
  • Voting criteria is purely based upon service excellence
  • The World Luxury Hotel Award judging process is not dependent on a board of directors, but by the industry itself.

FINAL JUDGING PROCESS:

The 2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards voting was based on a country, continent and global basis. Each luxury hotel could participate in 1 up to 3 most appropriate categories from a selection of 50 categories available. The hotels in turn were competing within the category/categories selected on a country, continent and global basis.

Properties that received the most votes won on the global basis.

Final results were based on votes cast by travellers. 

For other information about the awards please visit www.luxuryhotelawards.com

 

                                      

THE TORCH DOHA wishes you a HAPPY NATIONAL DAY !

THE TORCH DOHA – member of Leading Hotels of the World has prepared the perfect welcoming for a memorable National Day to be shared with family, friends and colleagues. 

Special National Day Brunch at FLYING CARPET featuring Qatari traditional dishes, Ouzi and oriental food.

Wear the National Day pin or a Qatari flag scarf and avail of a reduced rate.

Oriental High-Tea at KUFIC Lounge

High-tea at the trendiest lobby lounge in Doha for only QR90 net per person.

Served daily from 3.00pm to 7.00pm.

Special Room Rates for Qatar National Day

Room rates starting from QR 880 inclusive of breakfast for two at FLYING CARPET Restaurant

Additional extra bed for children below 12 years at QR 120. Rate is subject to availability upon request.

*Offer is available from December 17th until December 19th 2014.

THE TORCH DOHA accommodates the Australian National Team Socceroos during preparations for 2015 AFC Asian Cup

THE TORCH DOHA welcomes the Socceroos football team for the second time in Doha. Preparing ahead of the next year’s 2015 AFC Asian Cup, the team decided to choose Qatar as accommodating country.

Due to its location at the centre of Aspire Zone – Doha’s Sports City, THE TORCH was selected as the privileged hotel for the team’s accommodation during the four-day stay in Doha, while training on Aspire Zone pitches, ahead of the friendly match with Qatar National Team today.

“Reflecting on our time in Doha, as the players are familiar with Aspire Zone fantastic training facilities, THE TORCH was the obvious choice for the team’s accommodation. We hope to be back again, “said Head Coach, Ange Postecoglou. 

THE TORCH DOHA is able to service the highest sporting demands ranging from accommodating sports delegations during major sports events, training and pre-competition camps. Throughout the years the hotel has hosted top football teams such as Real Madrid CF, Manchester United, Paris Saint – Germain and Schalke ’04 and many others.

Sherif Sabry, Hotel Manager stated:  “We are truly proud to welcome such a high-caliber football delegation for the second time.  We wish the team all the success for next year.”

Explore genuine Qatari hospitality at The Torch Doha during Eid Al Adha 

THE TORCH DOHA, member of Leading Hotels of the World announces the launch of a special Eid package while preparing the perfect welcoming for a memorable Eid Al Adha to be shared with family and friends.
Guests can experience the hotel luxury services and sublime dining options while accessing Villaggio Mall through an air-conditioned walkway and Aspire Park, both perfect for family entertainment.
The food and beverage team at the hotel has put together a special Eid Brunch served in the authentic atmosphere of FLYING CARPET restaurant. The lavish buffet will serve an extensive range of Arabic delicacies and culinary masterpieces. In addition, the live cooking station features a variety of dishes including the traditional lamb ouzi, fresh barbecue, shawarma complemented by an enticing corner of authentic Arabic sweets.
The Eid special package includes accommodation starting from QR 899 per room per night including breakfast at Flying Carpet restaurant, rooms equipped with iPad in-room solution and mood-lighting system and high-speed internet throughout the hotel.
 
While experiencing the hotel luxury services, guests can opt for a relaxing retreat at the Health Club, including massage services and swimming at heights in the cantilevered pool.
“We are proud to bring an authentic atmosphere during this special time of the year and take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Eid”, says Hotel Manager, Sherif Sabry.
The newly-opened TORCH TEA GARDEN located on the 21st floor overlooking Aspire Park will serve afternoon tea every day and new menu items, including sharing platters, cheese and chocolate fondue.

Step into an authentic Ramadan atmosphere  at THE TORCH DOHA 

THE TORCH DOHA – member of Leading Hotels of the World has prepared the perfect welcoming for a memorable Ramadan to be shared with family, friends and colleagues.

 

While experiencing the hotel luxury services and sublime dining, guests can experience the Ramadan Sport Festival activities in Aspire Zone.

At sunset guests you can savour the unique taste of our Iftar and Sahour buffet offerings prepared by multi-skilled chefs in the authentic atmosphere of FLYING CARPET restaurant.

The lavish Iftar and Sahour buffet offer an extensive range of Arabic delicacies to be enjoyed along with Ramadan beverages and culinary masterpieces. In addition the live cooking station will serve a variety of dishes including the traditional lamb ouzi, fresh barbecue, shawarma complemented by an enticing corner of authentic Arabic sweets.

The rich Arabic décor of the hotel lobby with white and beige chiffon enhance the warm welcoming for guests during the Holy Month. The FLYING CARPET restaurant features hanging Arabic carpets and Ramadan lamps along with a beverage authentic trolley.

We are glad to welcome our guests during this special time of the year with a spread of delicious Ramadan delicacies and family activities happening in Aspire Zone. Ramadan Kareem to all!”, says Hotel Manager, Sherif Sabry.

For private events, our state-of-the-art Torch Ballroom – adjacent to Aspire Ladies Club – is enticing guests with a traditional Ramadan ambience and private service. Menu prices starting from QR 170 per person.

Iftar buffet is served daily in the FLYING CARPET restaurant from Maghreb prayer until 8:00PM at QR 210 per person including Ramadan juices. Sahour buffet is served from 11:00PM until 2:00AM at QR 180 per person including Ramadan beverages.

The newly-opened TORCH TEA GARDEN located on the 21st floor overlooking Aspire Park serves a Sahour Set Menu including traditional Ramadan platters at QR 190 net per person served from 10.00 PM to 1.30AM. TORCH TEA GARDEN will be open from 8:00PM to 2:00AM.

Guests staying at the hotel during Ramadan avail of special room rates of QR 700 per person in a modern Deluxe Room equipped with iPad in-room solution, 24/7 in-room dining of Iftar and Sahour and use of Health Club facilities. Eid room rates starting from QR 1000 per room per night for a Deluxe Room including breakfast served in FLYING CARPET restaurant. Eid Buffet at QR 199 per person during the three days of Eid.

THE TORCH DOHA EARNS 2014 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE   Recognised as a Top Performing Hotel as reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site  

THE TORCH DOHA, member of Leading Hotels of the World has received TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding guest reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five, a high volume and frequency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the team at THE TORCH DOHA and would are grateful to all our guests who took the time to share their valuable feedback on TripAdvisor” says Hotel Manager, Sherif Sabry. “With the TripAdvisor Ceritificate of Excellence based on guest reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to superior service.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

Business Destinations Travel Awards 2014 announces The Torch Doha as Best Luxury Hotel in Qatar  

THE TORCH DOHA, member of Leading Hotels of the World is the proud winner in the Best Luxury Hotel category, as announced last week by Business Destinations Travel Awards 2014. The winners will be published in the Autumn 2014 edition of Business Destinations magazine.

Nominated for the third consecutive year in the Business Destinations Awards, the 5-Star luxury hotel located at the heart of Aspire Zone – Doha’s Sports City receives the highest accolade for showcasing the latest in-room technology, signature dining and high-end amenities.

After assessing the four finalists in this category, The Torch Doha was chosen by a vast and diverse cross section of primary users and purchasers of corporate travel, including company travel buyers from Fortune 500 companies, MICE solution providers, members of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and other influential members of the business travel community.

Gathered from an international email campaign and online voting, submissions are asked to consider criteria including quality and range of services, customer satisfaction and business acumen.

Hotel Manager of THE TORCH DOHA, Mr. Sherif Sabry said: “The award for Best Luxury Hotel in Qatar in 2014 is a great example of what we can achieve as a property through our staff combined efforts. We are proudly representing Qatar in the world hospitality scene as the premier venue for those who are looking for state-of-the-art accommodation. The award reinforces our commitment to service excellence and shows our ongoing dedication to guest satisfaction.”

In 2012 THE TORCH DOHA was the overall winner in the same Best Luxury Hotel in Qatar category for its performance, followed by obtaining the award for Best Business Hotel in Qatar in 2013.

“The team at THE TORCH DOHA has continued to forge higher standards, offering exceptional hotel services which placed them above the competition for this category,” said Business Destinations in a statement. "The hotel’s dedication to fantastic customer service and expansion is admirable and sets the benchmark for others within the hospitality industry.”

The Torch Doha opened its doors to the public in January 2012 and is designed to provide exclusive access to International caliber sporting and leisure facilities, latest technology, state-of-the-art presentation and audio-video facilities and high-end dining options. The hotel is the result of comprehensive architectural, engineering and technical design, formerly shaped to represent a colossal torch which for the duration of the 15th Asian Games in 2006 held its symbolic flame.

The Torch Doha supports Earth Hour 2014 and switches off its exterior LED lights on March 29th 2014

The Torch Doha – member of Leading Hotels of the World joins the Earth Hour 2014 by switching off its exterior lights from 8.30PM – 9.30PM on March 29th.

The highest building in Qatar will be saving 200 KW equivalent to 200 000 Watt by switching off a total of 3780 LED lights.

THREE SIXTY revolving restaurant and Torch Tea Garden will serve food and signature mocktails at candle light. Non-essential lights around the public areas will be switched off.

Digital screens inside and outside the hotel feature the Torch participation at Earth Hour 2014, to create awareness for staff members and guests about sustainability and energy saving in Qatar.

We are thrilled to join the Earth Hour initiative for the third consecutive year, and raise awareness to take action against climate change. Our energy saving efforts are not limited to this event and we encourage everyone to show concern for the environment” says Hotel Manager, Sherif Sabry.

Other initiatives in place at the Torch encouraging sustainability and energy-saving are: relying on natural daylight in Madar meeting room, Flying Carpet and Three Sixty restaurants; reducing AC temperature in public areas during cold season; using Digital Signage in public areas, though reducing the quantity of printed material for the hotel; saving energy, water & detergent by placing information cards inside guest rooms concerning towel washing and more

The Torch Doha announces the TORCH STAIRCASE RUN, TOWER RUNNING GRAND PRIX OF QATAR 2014

For the third year in a row, Aspire Zone Foundation is renewing the fantastic opportunity to race up the staircase of the iconic THE TORCH DOHA Hotel in The TORCH Staircase Run, Tower Running Grand Prix of Qatar 2014.

This one of-its-kind event in the GCC region will take place on Saturday, 29th March, 2014. Entrants will start at the base of the tower and make their way up to the finish line located on the 51st floor.

The challenging route consists of a total of 1304 stairs as runners will have to make their way up to the top of the 300m tower. The event is open to people of all abilities who have undergone an intensive training prior to the race.

World Champion Staircase runners will take part in the race so you can challenge yourself against the best.

It is a physically demanding run so we suggest that you should only enter if you have been training consistently.

Registration is available now at http://www.stuweb.co.uk/race/CZ

For any enquiries, please contact us on Sukhi.Sandhu@aspirelogistics.qa

The Torch Doha announces the opening of a new Tea Lounge this weekend - Torch Tea Garden

THE TORCH DOHA, member of Leading Hotels of the World is preparing for the opening of Torch Tea Garden, a high-end Tea Lounge, located on the 21st floor overlooking the swimming pool and Aspire Park.

 

The official opening will take place on Saturday 23nd of February when guests will be able to try out the exclusive tea selection available, homemade snacks, salads and crepes while enjoying amazing views of Doha. In February and March guests can enjoy afternoon tea and tea mocktails in the Torch Tea Garden daily from 4 pm-12 midnight.

Pedal power to light up The Torch ahead of National Sports Day 2014

To mark the start of Aspire Zone Foundation's National Sport Day celebrations, more than 50 of Qatar's top public figures will be joining forces on Monday afternoon to cycle their way to victory and generate enough power to illuminate the Torch-Doha Hotel. 

Aspire Zone is encouraging Doha's residents to join ministers, senior state officers and other public figures at 4pm to cheer on the athletes, who will each be peddling one of 50 stationary bikes. 

Dr Mohammed Ghaith Al Kuwari, Head of National Sport Day Organizational Committee at Aspire Zone Foundation said, "The Torch Hotel was designed to resemble a huge Olympic torch reminding everyone that sport is the light and power of a healthy life. 

"We wanted to begin our National Sport Day celebrations by lighting up the Torch Hotel using human power, as this is the perfect celebration of human strength, will and determination." 

Khairiah Al Issa, Member of the National Sport Day Organizational Committee, commented: "The committee decided to kick-start the celebration by holding the most impressive event, lighting the Torch Hotel by human energy. 

Aspire Zone Foundation, through its member-organizations Aspire Academy, Aspetar and Aspire Logistics, has organized more than a dozen innovative sports events that thousands of residents and fans of all ages will be able to enjoy on Tuesday. 

These include the Fun Race, organized by Aspire Logistics. Last year, the 4 kilometer race attracted more than two thousand participants and, this year, Aspire is expecting even more to join the event. 

Aspire is also inviting families to walk 5,000 steps around Aspire's facilities, an event based on the hugely successful 'Step into Health' initiative. Source: Aspire Zone Foundation

The Torch Doha announced winner of Agoda.com 2013 Gold Circle Award

The Torch Doha, member of Leading Hotels of the World has been announced as one of the winners of Agoda.com 2013 Gold Circle Award

as top performing 5-star luxury hotel in Qatar, based on guest feedback and reviews on Agoda.com website.

Recipients of the Gold Circle Award were chosen based on several criteria, among which were an aggregate customer review score of 7.5, savvy utilization of Agoda.com’s custom-built Yield Control System (YCS), consistently competitive pricing, and for showing an understanding of the complex business dynamics that define the online hotel industry.

Commenting on this year’s awards, Mr. Errol Cooke, Vice President Global Hotels at Agoda.com said, “The Gold Circle Awards are an established indicator of industry excellence, and recognize a commitment to ensuring that online booking offers the fastest, easiest way to book accommodation worldwide. We are delighted to give these awards to our hotel partners to close out a fantastic 2013, and eagerly look forward to expanding our relationship in the future.”

The award honours hospitality excellence is given only to establishments that achieve consistent high ratings and delivers up to the standards that today’s international traveler expects.

“The Torch Doha continues to receive positive feedback and praise on online booking channels. The Agoda.com award provides a true statement of our property’s accomplishments. We will focus on maintaining our service standards at a superior level and continue to provide a memorable hospitality experience for guests”, says General Manager, Gerhard Foltin.

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Notes to editor:

About Agoda.com and Gold Circle Awards

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site is part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN). It is one of the fastest growing online platforms worldwide, providing services in 37 different languages.

Now in its fifth year, the Gold Circle Awards are given to industry-leading hotels who work with Agoda.com to meet the unique requirements of the online booking industry. As online commerce and internet penetration has grown, the industry has continued to evolve at a steady pace, making fast, convenient online hotel booking available to more people than ever before.

SOURCE: http://press.agoda.com/media-kit/

Aspire Zone Foundation announces 2 Year Anniversary of The Torch Doha Hotel

Doha, QATAR – 7 December, 2013 – THE TORCH DOHA, member of Leading Hotels of the World is preparing to celebrate two years in operation in the 5-star luxury hotel market, as the flagship project situated at the heart of Doha’s Sport City, Aspire Zone.

The Torch Doha opened its doors to public in January 2012 and is designed to provide exclusive access to latest in-room technology, fine dining and International caliber sporting and leisure facilities.

In the second year of operation the hotel succeeded to position itself among the top luxury hotels in Doha in terms of service, occupancy levels and revenue.

Moreover, on the operational side, the property has hosted meetings and conferences as well as world-class sports teams and personalities throughout the two years. Many of them have declared that hotel facilities and Aspire Zone training amenities have exceeded their expectations and will definitely return to Doha. Due to its convenient location, THE TORCH is able to service the highest sporting demands ranging from accommodating sports delegations during major sports events or training and pre-competition camps.

Recently THE TORCH DOHA has received world acclaim, recognized as Global Winner at World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 in the “Luxury Rooftop View Hotel” category at a Gala Dinner and awards ceremony at Indigo Pearl Resort Phuket, Thailand.

World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 welcomed some of the world’s top hoteliers & leading decision-makers. The spotlight was turned on some of the world’s most sought after hotels, lodges and resorts. The 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards voting was based on a country, continent and global basis. Each luxury hotel could participate in 1 up to 3 most appropriate categories from a selection of 50 categories available. The hotels in turn were competing within the category/categories selected on a country, continent and global basis. Properties that received the most votes won on the global basis. Final results were based on votes cast by travellers.

Hotel Manager, Mr. Sherif Sabry declared: “It is an amazing achievement to receive worldwide recognition at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013. We were honoured to represent the region at this year’s ceremony. Moreover, it is extremely encouraging for our property to have been highly recognized on the global hospitality scene.”

Marinique de Wet Director of the World Luxury Hotel Awards commented: ”Our belief is that service excellence is the most critical factor in a hotel’s measure as a luxury hotel and winning a World Luxury Hotel Award would enhance performance levels if industry peers can be judged against other major players in the field. We can always be inspired to greater levels of excellence meaning exceeding customer’s expectations and paying attention to detail.”

Another remarkable achievement of the hotel is the award for “Best New Hotel Construction & Design” received at the 2013 International Hotel Awards in London this month.

On the occasion, Mr. Gerhard Foltin, General Manager of THE TORCH DOHA, says: “The tower is the result of comprehensive architectural, engineering and technical design, shaped to represent a colossal torch. The construction was completed in 18 months – a real challenge to enable its designated function of hosting the flame for the duration of the 15th Asian Games in 2006, the highest positioned flame to date. The private walkway connecting the hotel to Villaggio mall is made of dismantled material from the Ras Abu Aboud Bridge, the oldest bridge built in Qatar, a harmonious blend between historical heritage and new modern design.”

THE TORCH DOHA received the World’s Best International Hotel Award after competing against a number of hotels and resorts from every corner of the world to receive this top recognition. The finest hoteliers from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the UK and the Americas gathered at the glamorous Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Sunday, November 3rd 2013 to attend a glittering gala and to hear the long-anticipated results of the International Hotel Awards global competition.

World’s Best awards were given out for the world’s most impressive hotels for a variety of categories and property types, for hotel architecture, construction, interior design, marketing and website. A highly experienced team of professionals who cover the whole range of hospitality disciplines judged entries prepared by the hotels and selected the winners. The Chairman of the Judging Panel is Sir David Michels, Retired CEO of Hilton Hotels.

Recently THE TORCH DOHA has upgraded the unique iPad in-room solution, a customized software introduced for the first time in a 5-Star hotel in Qatar in September 2012. The system allows guests to control all room features including order from in-room dining, mood & ceiling lights, curtains, room temperature, internet on iPad and TV, listen to music and radio and many others. The upgraded system allows access to guest services, hotel promotions, Youtube, pillow menu, local visitor information, Prayer direction and 40.000 online publications.

The software allows for complete guest autonomy, increased speed of service, better understanding of guest preferences and better communication between guests and staff members.

The iPad solution has been introduced in collaboration with Aspire Katara Investment and Aspire Zone Foundation and developed and implemented by Mahindra Satyam.

General Manager at The Torch Doha, Mr. Gerhard Foltin reveals: “It is great to witness the positive feedback the iPad system has received with the past year We have re-defined the idea of luxury service in the Middle East hospitality. Introducing the iPad system in all rooms and suites shows that our vision focuses on guest convenience, control and speed of service. Guests can now enjoy a new found autonomy while we streamlined our operation.

“We are aware that technology plays a vital role in enticing the luxury travelers and encourages them to choose between properties, return to the same property and recommend us further to others. This is why we always try to keep them entertained and engaged with our service”, Foltin continues.

THREE SIXTY revolving restaurant has received a TripAdvisor® 2013 Certificate of Excellence award, honoured as a top performing restaurant as reviewed by travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site. The accolade honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding guest reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

The Torch Doha has been honoured as top performing 5-star luxury hotel in Qatar as reviewed by travellers on the world’s leader website in booking accommodation, booking.com, being rated at 9.1 out of 10 in 2012 and 9.4 out of 10 year-to-date based on online reviews.

The certificate honours hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that achieve a high number of reviews and consistent high ratings.

THREE SIXTY restaurant has been also recognized at the Time Out Doha Awards in two categories - Contemporary European and Romantic and received the Highly Recommended Award in 2012.

The Torch Doha chefs completed the highly competitive Salon Culinaire at Diyafa 2012 with 23 medals - 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 17 Bronze. Considered a major highlight of the event, the Chefs’ Competition attracted the country’s leading chefs which competed across sixteen categories while being evaluated by a judging panel made up of International culinary and hospitality experts

Other important awards adding up to the hotel’s record are: Gold Medal obtained by Chef Hani Mohammed in the Italian-themed competition at Doha’s Taste and Fun Food Festival 2012 organised by Qatar Tourism Authority in February, as well as two medals, one silver and the other bronze obtained at Diyafa 2011 Salon Culinaire by Rodel Noja in the Vegetable Carving, respectively Chocolate Showpiece Competition.

The Torch Doha welcomes guests attending the second edition of Doha GOALS Forum

The Torch Doha is delighted to welcome again guests attending the second edition of Doha GOALS Forum taking place in Aspire Dome from 9-11th December 2013.

Doha GOALS is the premier platform for world leaders to advance social initiatives through Sport. An initiative with the express intent of empowering stakeholders to create a roadmap for social improvement through sport, and launch cross-border initiatives. The 2013 edition of Doha GOALS will be focused on practitioners, working groups and public-private partnerships. For more information on the event and Guest Speakers visit http://www.dohagoals.com/en/speakers/2013

Focusing on the continued development of the Doha GOALS community, the forum has built an online and on-site platform – online and on site – to facilitate knowledge transfer between participants. In addition, mentorship sessions with some of our sporting champions and business leaders will be available for the first time for participants and our 400 student ambassadors, to be booked in advance. Check out the next day's events here http://dohagoals.e-180.com/#events

To view the full schedule of the event click here http://www.dohagoals.com/lang/content_en/downloads/program2013.pdf

THE TORCH DOHA RECOGNIZED AS GLOBAL WINNER AT WORLD LUXURY HOTEL AWARDS 2013 IN THE LUXURY ROOFTOP VIEW HOTEL CATEGORY

Thailand (November 2nd, 2013) – THE TORCH DOHA has been recognized as the Global winner in the “Luxury Rooftop View Hotel” category at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013.

World Luxury Hotel Awards events offer hoteliers with a unique opportunity to savour and celebrate their achievements of the past year with their industry peers.

Covered by France24 the World Luxury Hotel Award’s official media partner, the event included a 6 course Gala Dinner followed by top entertainment and presentation of coveted Awards.

World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013 welcomed some of the world’s top hoteliers & leading decision-makers. The spotlight was turned on some of the world’s most sought after hotels, lodges and resorts as they arrived in great anticipation to pick-up their recognition.

Hotels where recognized on a country, continent and global basis and Awards were presented to hotels and hotel groups from Australia to Zambia complimenting leading hotel groups.

Award winners raised the bar of service delivery within the industry ever since as some of the world’s top hotels. Over 1,000 hotels from 87 countries were nominated to participate in the world’s most prestigious Awards initiative for luxury hotels in 2013.

THE TORCH DOHA competed against a number of hotels and resorts from all over the world to receive this recognition. The award has been announced last night at a high-profile gala dinner and awards ceremony at Indigo Pearl Resort Phuket, Thailand.

THE TORCH DOHA – member of Leading Hotels of the World, is the flagship project situated at the heart of Doha’s Sports City, Aspire Zone. The 5-star luxury hotel opened its doors to visitors in November 2011.

Situated at 300m high and with 360° panoramic views across Doha, the hotel is the result of comprehensive architectural, engineering and technical design, formerly shaped to represent a colossal torch which for the duration of the 15th Asian Games in 2006 held its symbolic flame, the highest flame in the history of the games.

The Torch Doha Hotel Manager, Mr. Sherif Sabry declared: “It is an amazing achievement to receive worldwide recognition at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013. We were honoured to represent the region at this year’s ceremony. Moreover, it is extremely encouraging for our property to have been highly recognized on the global hospitality scene.”

The World Luxury Hotel Awards is positioned as the pinnacle of achievement for luxury hotels worldwide. The Awards account for 50 categories in the luxury hotel industry and include amongst others Luxury Private Island Resorts, Casino Hotels, City Hotels, and Lodges.

Marinique de Wet Director of the World Luxury Hotel Awards commented: ”Our belief is that service excellence is the most critical factor in a hotel’s measure as a luxury hotel and winning a World Luxury Hotel Award would enhance performance levels if industry peers can be judged against other major players in the field. We can always be inspired to greater levels of excellence meaning exceeding customer’s expectations and paying attention to detail.”

“The 2013 voting poll proved to yield a record number of votes which have been scrupulously monitored and we are truly proud to reveal those properties that have seen challenges in 2012 as opportunities.”

Growing numbers of discerning travellers around the globe are seeking excellence value, impeccable service and the highest quality these days and are now making a point of checking to see who has won a World Luxury Hotel Award before making their own travel choices. The Ultimate Hotel Guide featuring 2013 Award winners has become increasingly popular amongst travel agents & tour operators that utilized it for global reservations, the 7th Edition of this luxury guide was revealed at the Gala Ceremony recently.

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THE TORCH DOHA RECEIVES HEIGHEST ACCOLADE FOR NEW HOTEL CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN AT THE 2013 INTERNATIONAL HOTEL AWARDS

London (November 12th, 2013) – THE TORCH DOHA received a World’s Best International Hotel Award for New Hotel Construction & Design category from the International Hotel Awards sponsored by EY and Virgin Atlantic. THE TORCH DOHA competed against a number of hotels and resorts from every corner of the world to receive this top recognition. The finest hoteliers from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the UK and the Americas gathered at the glamorous Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Sunday, November 3rd 2013 to attend a glittering gala and to hear the long-anticipated results of the International Hotel Awards global competition.

The Torch Doha – member of Leading Hotels of the World, is the flagship project situated at the heart of Doha’s Sports City, Aspire Zone. The 5-star luxury hotel opened its doors to visitors in November 2011.

Situated at 300m high and with 360° panoramic views across Doha, the hotel is the result of comprehensive architectural, engineering and technical design, formerly shaped to represent a colossal torch which for the duration of the 15th Asian Games in 2006 held its symbolic flame, the highest flame in the history of the games.

The Torch Doha General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin declared, “There is no greater satisfaction for our property than to be highly recognized in the New Hotel Construction and Design category as an International Winner. We are proudly representing Qatar in the world hospitality scene as the premier venue for those who are searching for state-of-the-art accommodation with latest in-room technology, sporting and fitness facilities. This prestigious award adds up to the hotel’s record and reinforces our commitment to innovation and service excellence.”

World’s Best awards were given out for the world’s most impressive hotels for a variety of categories and property types including Best Spa Hotel, Best Small Hotel, Best Sustainable Hotel and Best Resort Hotel. Awards were also given for hotel architecture, construction, interior design, marketing and website. A highly experienced team of professionals who cover the whole range of hospitality disciplines judged entries prepared by the hotels and selected the winners. The Chairman of the Judging Panel is Sir David Michels, Retired CEO of Hilton Hotels.

To obtain a World’s Best award, a hotel must first be successful competing against entrants in its own country before competing against other hotels in its region and obtaining an International Nomination. The International Nominees from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, UK and the Americas are again evaluated and only one for each category is named as the global winner.

Stuart Shield, President of the International Hotel Awards said, “A World’s Best International Hotel Award signifies the very best the world has to offer. Our World’s Best winners ought to be extremely proud of this recognition, which demonstrates their world-class accommodations and amenities. We welcome the 2013 winners in joining this exclusive international club of outstanding hotels and resorts.”

For further information on the International Hotel Awards:

Tel: +44 (0) 1245 250981 Email: info@propertyawards.net or visit: http://www.ihotelawards.com

You may also contact Press Officer, Jaclyn Lloyd, at +44 (0)1245 250981 or Jaclyn@ipropertymedia.com

THE TORCH DOHA RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS ARABIAN HOTEL AWARD FOR NEW HOTEL CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN IN QATAR

Dubai, UAE (Oct. 22nd, 2013) – THE TORCH DOHA has been informed that it is amongst the winning hotels of the esteemed International Hotel Awards in the 2013 Arabian regional competition.

THE TORCH DOHA competed against a number of hotels and resorts in Qatar to receive this recognition. Successful entrants have been invited to attend a high-profile gala dinner and awards ceremony at the One & Only Royal Mirage in Dubai on Oct. 24th where the winning companies will learn which level of achievement they have obtained. The top-scoring winners who will go on to compete in the International Hotel Awards global competition will be announced at the close of the evening.

The Torch – member of Leading Hotels of the World, is the flagship project situated at the heart of Doha’s Sports City, Aspire Zone. The 5-star luxury hotel opened its doors to visitors in November 2011.

Situated at 300m high and with 360° panoramic views across the city, the hotel is the result of comprehensive architectural, engineering and technical design, formerly shaped to represent a colossal torch which for the duration of the 15th Asian Games in 2006 held its symbolic flame.

The hotel concept and interior design is captivating for the high end traveler: the rooms with their top feature – the new iPad solution, the revolving restaurant with its panoramic views and the cantilevered pool, the highest in Doha are some of the main attractions. The hotel’s iconic silhouette with its kinetic light display at night is standing high on Doha’s skyline.

The Torch Doha General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin declared: “There is no greater satisfaction for our property than to be highly recognized in the new hotel construction and design category. We are proudly representing Qatar in the world hospitality scene as the premier venue for those who are searching for state-of-the-art accommodation with latest in-room technology, sporting and fitness facilities. This prestigious award adds up to the hotel’s record and reinforces our commitment to product innovation and service excellence.”

The International Hotel Awards has 17 categories and up to three 5-star awards for each category are awarded on a national level before going on to compete on a regional level. In addition to categories for several types of specialty hotels and categories by hotel size, there are also categories for hotel architecture, construction, interior design, marketing and website. The Chairman of the Judging Panel is Sir David Michels, Retired CEO of Hilton Hotels.

Each hotel winner will receive either a Highly Commended or 5-Star award. The 5-star winners will be placed under further examination and just one from each category will be selected to represent the Arabia region in the 2013 International Hotel Awards. The regional winners who will go on to compete in the International Final ‘World’s Best’ Hotel Awards will be invited to attend a gala event hosted in London this coming November, to coincide with the World Travel Market. They will compete against other regional winners from Africa, Asia, Europe, UK and the Americas to find the ultimate World’s Best in each category.

Stuart Shield, President of the International Hotel Awards said, “Every country has a separate rating system for the standard of their hotels, but the International Hotel Awards have provided a global standard to even the mark from country to country. We welcome the Arabian winners in joining this prestigious international club of exceptional hotels and resorts.”

Building upon the success of business events first added to the 2011 award ceremonies, the International Hotel Awards have partnered with the International Property Awards to host the Arabia & Africa Property & Hospitality Show at the same venue on Oct. 23rd. A number of professional networking events, including seminars, discussion tables and an exhibition will be attended by guests from the upper-echelons of their organizations, including Chairmen, CEOs, and Managing Directors. The 2013 Arabia & Africa Property & Hospitality Show is open to all industry related companies, property buyers and investors.

The Torch Doha earns guest review top score from booking.com

Doha, QATAR (September 18, 2013) - The Torch Doha, member of Leading Hotels of the World has been honoured as top performing hotel in Qatar as reviewed by travellers on the world's leader website in booking accommodation.

The 5-star luxury hotel has been rated at 9.1 out of 10 in 2012 and 9.4 out of 10 year to date as posted on booking.com based on online reviews.

"The Torch Doha receives a lot of positive feedback and praise on online channels. The booking.com ratings provide a true statement of our property's accomplishments.We will focus on maintaining our service standards at a superior level and offer our guests a memorable experience", says Hotel Manager, Sherif Sabry.

The certificate which honours hospitality excellence is given only to establishments that achieve a high number of reviews and consistent high ratings. 

"booking.com is delighted to celebrate the success of top performing hospitality establishments around the world, especially those who consistently achieve high-ratings"says Salma Farid Abdel Meguid, booking.com Middle East Account Manager.

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About booking.com

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Established in 1996, Booking.com B.V. guarantees the best prices for every type of property, from small, family-run bed and breakfasts to executive apartments and five-star luxury suites. Truly international, Booking.com is available in more than 40 languages, and offers over 346,073 properties in 184 countries.

Booking.com B.V. is based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and is supported internationally by 110 offices in over 50 countries around the world.

SOURCE:  booking.com 

The Torch Doha launches Eid Al-Adha package

Celebrate Eid al-Adha along with family and friends at The Torch Doha - Qatar's iconic landmark hotel.

Room rates starting from QR 899 per room per night including breakfast for two at Flying Carpet restaurant.*

Junior Suite bookings starting from QR 1750 per suite per night.

Offer includes:

- One fruit basket upon arrival

- 2 x 30-minute massage treatment at our Health Club (back, neck & shoulders) valid for the suite bookings.

- Access to swimming pool and Health Club facilities

- iPad in-room solution

- in-room high-speed Internet and mini-fridge amenities

- Late check-out until 3.00pm - subject to availability upon request

Step into the authentic atmosphere of Flying Carpet and enjoy the EID Brunch with a great buffet variety at QR 199 per person. Children between 6-12 at QR 95.

Flying Carpet restaurant is located at Mezzanine 2 level at The Torch.

Eid Breakfast at Flying Carpet - savour a rich breakfast buffet with fresh and healthy smoothies & a great choice of fresh bread, bakeries and live stations at QR 135.

*Rate is applicable for double occupancy

Offer available from October 15th to October 19th October 2013

Offer not valid in conjunction with any other promotions or offers

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The Torch Doha welcomes Cirque du Soleil during Dralion Show

The Torch Doha welcomes the famous Cirque du Soleil. The high-quality artistic entertainment will take place in Aspire Dome starting from September 19th to 28th, 2013.

This year's show Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show's name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.

In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form. Thus embodied, each element is represented by its own evocative colour: air is blue; water is green; fire is red; earth is ochre. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, Man and Nature are one, and balance is achieved.

Ticket booth will soon open inside The Torch Doha premises. Stay tuned to find out more details.

THREE SIXTY AT THE TORCH DOHA EARNS 2013 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Doha, QATAR (August 19, 2013) - THREE SIXTY revolving restaurant have announced that it has received a TripAdvisor®Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding guest reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

"The Torch Doha is honored and humbled to receive the 2013 Certificate of Excellence for THREE SIXTY restaurant top performance. The award is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor. We will focus on maintaining our service standards at a superior level and offer our guests a memorable experience", says Hotel Manager, Sherif Sabry.

"TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience," said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. "The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most - their customers."

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Notes to editor:

THREE SIXTY is the only revolving restaurant in Doha located on 47th floor at The Torch, 240m above ground, offering panoramic views across the city. A must-see for any visitor, the restaurant features set menus and chef's signature dishes.

The restaurant tables follow the curves around the outside glass window, so each guest can enjoy a full panoramic view in 90 minutes. The restaurant features either a 23 or 45 or 90-minute rotation setup. The 90-minute setup is mostly used in every day operation.

Fashioned to the finest standards, the revolving restaurant has a two smoking lounges, a reception area. The furniture mixes shades of olive and brown, burgundy leather cladded pillars. The Carpet of warm yellow, burgundy and dark beige complements the golden wood and brass panel walls. Custom-made transparent chandeliers give a distinct feel to the restaurant.

The restaurant can be accessed from the hotel lobby through express elevator.

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The Torch Doha welcomes guests for Eid Al- Fitr

Thursday, August 1st 2013

Celebrate Eid along with family and friends at The Torch Doha - Qatar's iconic landmark hotel.

Room rates starting from QR 780 per room per night including breakfast.

Offer includes:

- Complimentary use of swimming pool and Health Club facilities

- iPad in-room solution

- in-room Wifi and mini-fridge amenities

- 1 extra bed complimentary for each room

- Complimentary late check-out is subject to availability

Book a Junior Suite starting from QR1700 and receive a 30 minute massage (back, neck & shoulders).

Step into the authentic atmosphere of Flying Carpet and enjoy the EID Brunch with a great buffet variety at QR 195 per person. Children between 6-12 at QR 95.Flying Carpet restaurant is located at Mezzanine 2 level at The Torch.

Eid Breakfast at Flying Carpet - savour a rich breakfast buffet with fresh and healthy smoothies & a great choice of fresh bread, bakeries and live stations at QR 135.

Ramadan at The Torch Doha

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Step into an authentic Ramadan atmosphere at The Torch Doha

The Torch Doha - member of Leading Hotels of the World has prepared the perfect welcoming for a memorable Ramadan to be shared with family, friends and colleagues.

While experiencing The Torch luxury services and sublime dining, guests can experience cultural and family activities of Hayyakum B Aspire Ramadan Festival.

Guests can savour the unique taste of our Iftar and Sahour buffet offerings prepared by multi-skilled chefs along with the authentic atmosphere of Flying Carpet restaurant.

The lavish Iftar and Sahour buffet offer an extensive range of Arabic delicacies to be enjoyed along with Ramadan beverages and culinary masterpieces. In addition the live cooking station will serve a variety of dishes including the traditional lamb ouzi, fresh barbecue, shawarma complemented by an enticing corner of authentic Arabic sweets.

The rich Arabic décor of the hotel lobby with white and beige chiffon enhance the warm welcoming for guests during the Holy Month. The Flying Carpet restaurant features hanging Arabic carpets and Ramadan lamps along with a beverage authentic trolley.

For private events, our state-of-the-art Aspire Ballroom and Torch Ballroom -adjacent to Aspire Ladies Club are enticing guests with a traditional Ramadan ambience and private service. Guests staying at the hotel during Ramadan and Eid al Fitr can avail of a special package available from QR 750 per room per night including overnight stay in modern deluxe room, Sahour, iPad in-room solution, 24/7 in-room dining of Iftar and Sahour and use of Health Club facilities.

Iftar buffet is served daily in the Flying Carpet restaurant from Maghreb prayer until 8:00PM at QR 195 per person including Ramadan juices. Sahour buffet is served from 11:00PM until 2:00AM at QR 175 per person including Ramadan beverages. Dinner A la Carte can be served in Doha's only revolving restaurant, Three Sixty located on the 47th floor at The Torch.

"We are glad to welcome our guests during this special time of the year with a spread of delicious Ramadan delicacies and family activities happening in Aspire Zone. Ramadan Kareem to all!",says Hotel Manager, Sherif Sabry.

Book your private event for Iftar and Sahour in our state-of-the-art Aspire Ballroom or Torch Ballroom during Ramadan. Menu starts at QR 160 per person.

Flying Carpet Restaurant

BREAKFAST A La Carte 6:30am - 10:30am

Lunch A La Carte 12pm-5pm

Iftar Buffet @195QR including Ramadan beverages Prayer time - 8pm

Dinner A La Carte 8pm - 11pm

Sahour Buffet @175QR including Ramadan beverages 11pm - 2am

THREE SIXTY

Dinner A La Carte 6pm - 11pm

The Torch Doha hotel associates step forward to donate blood

The Torch Doha Hotel in coordination with Hamad Medical Corporation organised a blood donation campaign on May 16th 2013. The initiative is part of the corporate social responsibility program undertaken by the hotel.

A total of 60 staff members came on board for the cause and managed to donate approximately 450 ml of blood per person, an equivalent of 30 l of blood.

"We are glad to see so many of our staff members volunteer for a great cause. Our efforts are not limited to this occasion as we encourage everyone to show concern for regular donations to save lives", says Hotel Manager Sherif Sabry.

The blood donation initiative is organized every year by the Human Resources Department at The Torch Doha. The staff were informed in advance and we placed notices and posters to encourage participation. The Blood Donation event at The Torch coincides with National Volunteer Week around the world.

Director of Training and Personnel, Mr. Ashraf Shokair said: "We want to be actively outward-looking when it comes to blood donation. Not too long ago we witnessed a special situation in the hotel when one of our associates was in urgent need of blood due to a surgical procedure. One of his colleagues who had a compatible blood type donated voluntarily and this helped immensely. It was a magnificent gesture and showed our ongoing commitment to support each other and give back to the community."

The Torch Doha accommodates International U-18 Tournament teams organised by Aspire Academy

Monday, April 22nd 2013

The Torch Doha, member of Leading Hotels of the World welcomed International football teams of Bahrain , Benfica , Sevilla and West Bromwich Albion during the second edition of Aspire Academy International U-18 tournament.

Aspire Academy regularly organizes, as well as hosts International sports tournaments at Aspire Zone designed to give young players exposure to the competition environment.

During the five-day tournament the teams took on the best players from Aspire Team A and B. The games took place on Aspire Academy outdoor football pitches and players took advantage of excellent training conditions in Doha.

Secretary of National Teams of Bahrain, Mr. Hussain Ramdan Alasam stated: "We would like to thank very much the hotel for their efforts to make our stay amazing, since the first day we arrived, welcoming, handling all the requests until departure.We will be back soon for sure."

Situated at the heart of Aspire Zone, Doha's Sports City, The Torch Hotel have welcomed top football teams such as Paris Saint - Germain, Schalke '04, Australian National Football Team and many others.

Sherif Sabry, Hotel Manager at The Torch stated: "We are truly proud to have hosted such high-caliber U-18 football teams. Due to our convenient location in Aspire Zone, we are always ready to accommodate sports delegations. We hope to welcome the football teams again, as the hotel and Aspire Zone training facilities have exceeded their expectations."

"Reflecting on our time in Doha, Qatar. A massive shout out to The Torch Doha. If you are ever there get a room! Great hospitality and facilities",revealed Bromwich Albion Coach, Aaron Danks.

Bromwich Albion FC Academy Physiotherapist Nathan Warton said: "Thanks to The Torch Doha for an amazing stay. The hospitality was world class. Hope to come back again soon."

The Torch Doha welcomes special needs artists during Arts & Disability Festival in the Middle East

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Torch Doha - member of Leading Hotels of the World hosted special needs artists during the first Arts & Disability Festival in the Middle East organised by British Council in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, Arts & Heritage in Qatar.

Some of the artists accommodated at the hotel included Marc Brew, a physically challenged dance performer and choreographer, world-famous percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, visual artist Rachel Gadsden and many other guests from UK, Australia, Greece, Scotland and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Dame Evelyn Glennie reveals:"My stay at The Torch Doha was excellent. The attention to detail was second to none and in particular I was able to order room service by using an in-room 'tablet' as opposed to having to go down to reception. This is an amazing step forward for those with a hearing impairment through the use of simple yet innovative technology." 

"We were glad to welcome the special needs artists performing at the Arts & Disability Festival. We understand that every customer has different needs and we aim to make our hotel facilities available and accessible to all of our guests equally. 

Moreover, we considered accommodating guests with visual, hearing or physical impairment following instructions received from Qatar Tourism Authority",says Hotel Manager Sherif Sabry.

"We are committed to finalise this project in the shortest time and future plans include adjusting restaurant menus, elevators and fire alarm system to make them accessible to all needs", Sabry continued.

The Torch features fully accessible rooms, equipped with wet room style shower for guests with physical impairment. All electrical appliances can be accessed through the newly introduced iPad in-room solution: television, curtains, air-conditioning, music, radio, doorbell requests and even order from room service at a touch of a button.  All public areas in the hotel are fully accessible to physically challenged guests.

The Torch Doha Lights Up Blue on April 2nd 2013 to support Autism Speaks worldwide initiative

The Torch Doha - member of Leading Hotels of the World joins the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue 2013 initiative on April 2nd 2013 by switching its 3780 LED exterior lights in blue.

"We are thrilled to support Autism Speaks and Light It Up Blue campaign for the second consecutive year, to raise public awareness globally and to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. Moreover we encourage everyone to show concern for individuals and families who deal with the hardships of autism." says Hotel Manager Sherif Sabry.

Digital screens inside and outside the hotel feature the Torch participation at Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign and shine a light on autism by raising awareness publicly for our guests and staff members.

The highest building in Qatar supports the World Autism Awareness Day and its  participation aims to educate the community about accepting differences between people and creating ways to embrace them.

The Torch Doha supports Earth Hour 2013 and switches off its exterior LED lights on March 23rd 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Torch Doha - member of Leading Hotels of the World joins the Earth Hour 2013 initiative on March 23rd by switching off its exterior lights from 8.30PM - 9.30PM. The highest building in Qatar will be saving 200 KW equivalent to 200 000 Watt by switching off a total of 3780 LED lights.

The two signature restaurants THREE SIXTY ad FLYING CARPET will be serving dinner at candle light. Torch Café located in front of the hotel will offer signature mocktails prepared at guest table at candle light.

"We are thrilled to join the Earth Hour initiative for the second time, to raise awareness to take action against climate change. Our energy saving efforts are not limited to this event and we encourage everyone to show concern for the environment" says Hotel Manager Sherif Sabry.

Other initiatives in place at the Torch encouraging sustainability and energy-saving are: relying on natural daylight in Madar meeting room, Flying Carpet and Three Sixty restaurants; reducing AC temperature in public areas during cold season; using Digital Signage in public areas, though reducing the quantity of printed material for the hotel; saving energy, water & detergent by placing information cards inside guest rooms concerning towel washing and more.

The tower LED exterior lights have been revamped last year and are currently saving 20% of the total energy used before.

Digital screens inside and outside the hotel feature the Torch participation at Earth Hour 2013 thus creating awareness for staff members and guests about sustainability and energy saving in Qatar.

Participants Compete in Grueling The Torch Doha Staircase Run

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Doha, Qatar (February 16, 2013) - Hundreds of spectators gathered on Saturday to watch eager participants conquer The Torch Doha Hotel in Aspire Zone Foundation's (AZF) second annual Staircase Run. Competitors raced up 1,304 stairs to the 51st floor in an attempt to beat staircase runner extraordinaire Thomas Dold and claim the highly coveted first place position.

The 240 competitors were comprised of local and international runners including the Minister of Justice, HE Hasan Bin Abdullah Al-Ghanem. The Minister praised the event: "I really enjoyed taking part in the race, it's an excellent sport. I advise employees to start taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator."

Thomas Dold is world leader in the sport of professional tower running and won his seventh consecutive race to the top of the Empire State Building in New York last year. Dold was the first runner to set off on Saturday, setting an incredible time of 6:31 for the competitors to beat.

"It's an unbelievable feeling, reaching the top," Dold stated at the end of the race.

"Aspire Zone and the The Torch Doha Hotel did a wonderful job. I think today we have seen a really good competition, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do next year. This run has the potential to become world-class," he added.

The winner of the men's race was Jiri Vysteijn with a time of 7:48, while Elizabeth Cothran Isom was the fastest in the women's category with a time of 9:25.

Jiri Vysteijn, an expatriate from the Czech Republic, stated "This is not my first staircase run, I participated in the inaugural event in 2012, so I knew what to expect this year. I love taking part in races in the morning, what a great way to start off your day."

In addition, Chris Arthey, a British amputee, took part in the event. Arthey and his wife were in a car accident in 2008, which resulted in both losing their left legs.

Families, friends, and members of the public spurred on the racers as they completed the exhausting climb. A variety of entertainment was on offer catering to the whole community, including a bouncy castle, face painting stalls, and a balloon artist.

Final Results

Men's Category

1 - Jiri Vysteijn, 7:48

2 - Richard Kimani, 8:27

3 - Ben Simpson, 8:39

Women's Category

1 - Elizabeth Cothran Isom, 9:25

2 - Arnlaug Wangensteen, 9:29

3 - Raimey Adelle Olthius, 10:35

Professional's Category

1 - Thomas Dold, 6:31

2 - Omar Bekkali, 6:52

3 - Rolf Majcen, 7:12

The winners were awarded with a selection of fantastic prizes including a variety of vouchers for the The Torch Doha Hotel.

The staircase run came four days after Qatar's second National Sports Day and the 'Light the Torch' challenge. Over 50 Aspire Active members took turns cycling 30 stationary bicycles placed outside the The Torch Doha Hotel in an attempt to "pedal power" enough energy to power the outdoor lighting system of the hotel.

It took approximately 30 minutes for the entire facade to be fully lit.

Over 2,000 spectators gathered, whistling, clapping and cheering on the on the cyclists, including Steve Goodburn: "This event is the first of its kind in Qatar. It's a great example of what we can achieve if we work together. Plus, it's fun and good for the environment. This was truly a great initiative from Aspire Zone."

The Torch Doha Staircase Run and 'Light the Torch' events are a testament to Aspire Zone Foundation's ongoing dedication to fostering a healthier nation and promoting active lifestyles to the community.

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Light the Torch on National Sport Day 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It was an exciting National Sports Day 2013! Aspire Zone has witnessed thousands of people who took part at the events organised such as the 4km Fun Run, A Journey to Remember and Light the Torch.

The unique Ligh the Torch initiative kicked off at 5.30pm and Doha's tallest tower was lit up human-generated power supplied from cycling exercise.

The Torch Doha welcomes Bobby Hamilton

Monday, January 21, 2013

We are delighted to welcome  the famous pianist entertainer Bobby Hamilton performing live at THREE SIXTY restaurant. His music is influenced by: Barry Harris, Roland Kirk, Jaky Biard, Junior Mance to name a few.

We are looking forward to welcome our guests to enjoy the Soulful Sound of Bobby , in the only revolving restaurant in Doha!

The Torch Doha welcomed FC Schalke 04 for their winter training camp

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

The Torch Doha, member of Leading Hotels of the World hosted top Bundesliga team football team FC Schalke 04 for the second consecutive year, during their winter training camps.

On January 3rd 2013 head coach Jens Keller, team management and FC Schalke 04 players were given a true Royal Blue welcome at The Torch. A total of 4,000 LED blue and white spotlights made for a magnificent sight for the team on their arrival in Aspire Zone.

During their training camp, the top German Bundesliga team played friendly matches against local team Al Saad and Bayern Munich.

"Attractive weather, great training facilities, wonderful hotel and more have helped in the team's training"said FC Schalke 04 coach Jens Keller during a press conference taking place at The Torch on January 7th 2013.

Jermain Jones was impressed with Aspire Zone complex: "It is unbelievable with what you can do within the Zone with all these facilities; hence every top football team should train here."

The in-room iPad solution at The Torch was a hotel feature which caught attention: "everything works inside the room at a touch of a button. I would love to take the iPad control system with me at home as I could control everything in my room from curtains, lights, air-condition and TV. That's very practical and you have a lot of fun", said Christoph Metzelder, ex-Real Madrid player in an interview at The Torch.

Asked about Doha training camp, captain Benedikt Höwedes replied:"The conditions here really are perfect. The pitches are an absolute dream and the hotel is top-class. All in all, the complex is sensational. It has everything you could possibly need to be able to focus 100 per cent on football."

The FC Schalke players and team management were delighted to meet their fans during the Blue-White Night special dinner organised in Aspire Ballroom.

Schalke's General Manager Horst Heldt mentioned:"The players have worked really hard and are well-prepared for the second half of the season"while Dutch national player Klass-Jan Huntelaar is "in positive mood after the winter training in Doha and confident Schalke can still hit their pre-season targets".

Gerhard Foltin, General Manager at The Torch stated: "We are truly proud to have hosted such high-caliber teams for a second consecutive year. We hope to welcome them again, as our hotel facilities and Aspire Zone training amenities have exceeded their expectations".

Celebrate the Festive Season with us!

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Festive Season is nearly upon us. Celebrate this special time of the year with family and friends and savour the array of festive treats we have prepared for you: accommodation offers, tailored festive menus, festive sweets and cakes, chocolate coulant, ready-made turkey along with special entertainment by Prestige Duo and Dave Peterson.

Click here to download our Festive Season menus.

FESTIVE SEASON ACCOMMODATION OFFER:

QR 850 BB Single Occupancy

QR 950 BB Double Occupancy

Avail of QR 100 Gift Voucher per day redeemable at any restaurant

Buffet breakfast for two adults at Flying Carpet Restaurant

Early check-in and late check-out

Complimentary use of swimming pool and Health Club facilities

15% discount on Hotel laundry bill

Valid from Thursday 20th to Monday 31st December, 2012

Offer is not valid in conjunction with any other promotions or offers.

To book please email us reservation@thetorchdoha.com or call 4446 5600.

Fire drill evacuation exercise conducted at The Torch Doha

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Safety and Security of guests and staff is top priority at the hotel

The Torch Doha has conducted a fire drill exercise on Thursday, November 15th 2012 in the presence of Civil Defence Department. To enforce safety and security training, the evacuation exercise involved all members of staff and guests in the hotel and was completed in a short period of time.

All staff members are fully aware of safety procedures and safety evacuation measures and assisted guests to nearest emergency exits and outside assembly points.

The Torch treats as top priority the guests' safety and security and has intensified staff training. In this regard hotel employees have been trained on how to conduct a full evacuation in case of any emergency.

The Torch Doha General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin declared: "We do treat as top priority compliance to safety regulations. We realised that we have to be the ones to initiate and enforce staff training. We have trained people from all departments on how to identify emergency exits, how to use extinguishers and safety equipment and most importantly assist guests. It is imperative that staff do not panic in such circumstances and the only way to ensure that is through consistent training."

The evacuation drill has been successfully executed considering the 300m height and shape of the tower and also the location of various outlets and rooms.

The exercise was part of the newly implemented routine training and Civil Defence has commented positively on the hotel's evacuation exercise.

Alexander Fernandes employed in the Housekeeping department at The Torch says:"I am glad I have attended the safety and security training and I'm also an ERT (Emergency Response Team) member. We attend such trainings on a regular basis and that gives us more confidence in case of emergencies. We are aware of all steps -using safety equipment, checking the rooms, assisting guests to exit points and this makes the evacuation process easier and saves lives in the end."

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The Torch Doha chefs completed Salon Culinaire (Diyafa 2012) with 23 Medals

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Present for the second time at Qatar's biggest hospitality sector dedicated event, The Torch Doha chefs came back with 24 medals. A major highlight of the event, Salon Culinaire (Chefs' Competition) attracted the country's leading chefs which competed across sixteen categories while being evaluated by a judging panel made up of International culinary and hospitality experts.

Congratulations to all chefs awarded and to our Executive Chef Kamil Karaca for leading a highly competitive team.

Our Chefs have competed in various categories, including live demonstrations of fruit carving, ice carving, secret box live cooking 3-course menu, signature dish and asthaetically beautiful master showpieces.

The chefs attended the seventh edition of Diyafa Exhibition with a clear mission in mind - to provide exquisite culinary masterpieces. With their skills and passion for fine dining they have managed to convince the audience and International judges that we at The Torch Doha have stepped out to the plate with high caliber cuisine.

24 medals have been awarded to The Torch Doha chefs out of which 3 gold, 4 silver and 17 bronze.Chef Krishna Beeharee - 2 Gold Medals; Signature Dish (Live Demonstration)

Chef Dinuka Thanoj Wataraka ; Silver - Wedding Cake

2 x Bronze - Fresh Fours; Live Demonstration Three Course Menu (Dessert)

Chef Motee Greejanand - Gold Medal Five Course Set Menu

Rodel Mabras Noja - 2 Silver Medals: Chocolate Showpiece & Ice Carving

Chef Gayan Chanaka Pathirage - 3 Bronze Medals Wedding Cake;

Novelty Cake; Fresh Fours

Chef Venkatesh Subbaraj - 2 Bronze Medals Chocolate Showpiece; Novelty Cake

Chef Prasad Arachchillage - 2 Bronze Medals

Fresh Fours; Wedding Cake

Chef Vinod Kumar Kesavan - Silver Medal Bread Display

Chef Lakshita Heshan Don - Bronze Medal Bread Display

Chef Krishna Kumar Dhamala - Bronze Medal Five Course Set Menu

Chef Asep Salepudin - Bronze Medal Bread Display

Chef Manjula Indika - Bronze Medal Master Showpiece

Chef Hani Mohammed - Bronze Medal

Three Course Set Menu (Live Demonstration, Team of 2)

Chef Osama Dammad- Bronze Medal Arabic Mezza

Chef Faye Manalo - Bronze Medal Chocolate Showpiece

Chef Maria Vanessa Daguplo - Bronze Medal Novelty Cake

The Torch Doha gets ready to celebrate 1 year of operation

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Torch Doha, a member of Leading Hotels of the World opened its doors to public in November 2011 and currently prepares to celebrate one year of operation in the luxury hotel market, as the flagship project situated at the heart of Doha's Sports City, Aspire Zone.

Throughout the years The Torch became an iconic landmark of Qatari hospitality. Its first year of operation marked the visit of sports personalities attending conferences and world class football teams who chose Aspire Zone facilities as ideal for preparation stages.

General Manager of The Torch, Gerhard Foltin said, "The hotel concept is captivating: the rooms with their top feature - the new iPad solution, the revolving restaurant with its panoramic views and the cantilevered pool, highest in Doha are some of the main attractions. Not last is the hotel's iconic silhouette standing high on Doha's skyline. We had to focus on keeping our service standards high, to match the rich design and technology concepts."

All meeting rooms at The Torch are equipped with state-of-the-art presentation and audio-video facilities. The video-conferencing system allows communication with four different destinations simultaneously and the meeting rooms are equipped with high definition LCD/ Plasma screen, which can display any content from iPad or PC.

The recent introduction of the "In-Room iPad Solution" highlights the hotel's "preoccupation for subtle hi-tech features", which facilitate "speed of service and better communication" between guests and staff members.

"We are aware that technology plays a vital role in enticing the luxury travelers and encourages them to choose between properties, return to the same property and recommend us further to others. They have become more informed and discerning lately. And this is why we always try to keep them entertained and engaged with our service. We have designed our public areas with comfortable sofas, interactive screens, live TV and complimentary WiFi so that guests spend time socialising and working", Foltin reveals.

The hotel's professional audio system distributes individually different music to every single outlet and public area.

Adding to the media electronic system at The Torch is the hotel's digital signage system, which displays high-definition videos, live TV, imagery and flash.

The exterior of The Torch Doha Hotel is equipped with coloured LED facade lights and three large screens which are synchronised to display images and broadcast high-definition movies.

"At night The Torch stands out illuminated by our 3,500 LED lights which create an eye-catching effect for locals and visitors. Certainly a not-to-be-missed location", Gerhard Foltin said.

The Torch Doha launches exclusive iPad services

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Once again Aspire Katara Investment & The Torch Doha in collaboration with Aspire Zone Foundation are gearing for new Technology and introduced the in-Room iPad Solution for the first time in the Middle East. The official launch took place today at The Torch Doha.

Mr. Sherif Sabry, The Torch Doha Hotel Manager opening the press conference

All 163 rooms and suites at The Torch are equipped with state-of-the-art iPads which offer guests customized in-room control such as: order from in-room dining, mood & ceiling lights control, curtain operation, room temperature control, access the internet on iPad and TV, listen to music and radio, guest check-in & history clean-up, set pre-arrival requests, DND, MMR & door bell requests, read online newspapers and access their hotel account.

The Torch is the new flagship project situated at the heart of Doha's Sports City, Aspire Zone. Due to its exclusive concept, guests can now witness the latest technology under one roof. Aside from offering the finest amenities, such as LED TVs, a unique in-room mood light system featuring 12 different colors and 24/7 fresh food-and-beverage options, The Torch aims to bring technology together with dining experience and high-end amenities.

Hotel Manager at The Torch Doha, Mr. Sherif Sabry reveals: "We have re-defined the idea of luxury service in the Middle East hospitality. Introducing the iPad system in all rooms and suites shows that our vision focuses on guest convenience, control and speed of service. Guests can now enjoy a new found autonomy while we streamlined our operation."

From left to right: Mr. Sherif Sabry, Hotel Manager The Torch Doha, Mr. Niyas Abdulrahiman - Chief IT Adviser, Aspire Zone, Mr. Sudhir Yannawar - Assistant Vice-President, Mahindra Satyam.

The in Room iPad Solution is custom-built to allow guests to place DND and make-up requests for the room, control the mood light system and the curtains, listen to music, watch TV and access online newspapers and books. The Torch has downloaded a Qibla locator app on all iPads which shows the multi-faceted functionality of the bi-lingual system (features Arabic and English).

Aspire Zone chief IT adviser Niyas Abdulrahiman said: "This is a proud moment for all of us in Qatar. This innovative technology will differentiate us in the market and set new benchmarks in the hospitality sector."

The Torch is one of the few hotels in the world to take the lead in terms of introducing latest in-room technology. Recent recognition showed the hotel stepped-up their game within the GCC market.

"There is no greater satisfaction for us, as a newly-opened property, than achieving this performance on our first year of operation. We are glad to be able to enhance customer experience and pioneer customer engagement technology in Qatar. Ultimately we trust that guests will enjoy our interactive services and spread the word for us", Mr. Sabry continued.

The iPad based In-Room Integrated Solution has been developed and implemented by Mahindra Satyam.

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Theme nights at Flying Carpet

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Try our theme nights prepared by our specialty chefs and travel through cuisines of the world.

Sunday: Mediterranean night - Enjoy selection of plates from different cuisines like Italy, Greece, Lebanon, Syria.

Monday: Barbecue Bazaar - choose from a wide selection of steaks, Oriental BBQ, fish, burgers and hot dogs.

Tuesday: Curry Mania - choose now the curries you savor from Thailand, Vietnam, China QR.

Wednesday: Pan-Latino night - Live a Latino experience with our variety of Mexican, Argentinian and Brazilian plates

Thursday: Seafood Delight -Seafood extravaganza every Thursday where you can find the catch of the day and a selection of seafood for grilling, frying, wok and much more.

Friday: Arabian Nights; Live the charm of the Orient every Friday and indulge into a variety of plates from different Arabic cuisines.

Saturday: Asian treasures - Sushi, cold seafood station, Wok station, Indian corner, Thai corner and many more.

QR 190 per person except Thursday nights QR 220 per person.

For restaurant reservations please call 4446 5600 or 4446 7464

The Torch Doha is “Overall Winner of the Business Destinations 2012 Travel Awards Best Luxury Hotel in Qatar 2012”

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Nominated for the first time at Business Destinations Awards in the Best Luxury Hotel category, The Torch Doha is the proud winner of the "Business Destinations Best Luxury Hotel in Qatar 2012".

The Torch is the new flagship project situated at the heart of Doha's Sports City, Aspire Zone. Due to its exclusive concept and convenient location the hotel is ready to welcome business leaders, international sports teams and sports enthusiasts from around the globe.

The Torch opened its doors to public in February 2012. Situated at 300m high and with 360° panoramic views across the whole of Doha, the tower is the result of comprehensive architectural, engineering and technical design, formerly shaped to represent a colossal torch which for the duration of the 15th Asian Games in 2006 held its symbolic flame.

The Torch Doha General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin declares: "There is no greater satisfaction for us, as a newly-opened luxury hotel, than achieving this performance on our first year of operation. We are proudly representing Qatar in the world hospitality scene as the premier venue for those who are searching state-of-the-art sporting and rehabilitation facilities and latest in-room technology. The award reinforces our commitment to service excellence, innovation and superior guest satisfaction."

Recently The Torch Doha has been nominated by MENA Awards as Qatar's Leading New Hotel.

Other important awards adding up to the hotel's record are the Gold Medal obtained by Chef Hani Mohammed in the Italian-themed competition atDoha's Taste and Fun Food Festival 2012; and two medals, one silver and the other bronze obtained atDiyafa 2011 Salon Culinaireby Rodel Noja in the Vegetable Carving, respectively Chocolate Showpiece Competition.

"All the recognition received proves that we are serious about what we do. It is definitely rewarding for our staff and enables us to continually develop our service",Gerhard Foltin continues.

Geared for utmost performance, the unique structure of The Torch Doha includes a reception and public area on two floors for 1500 guests; 17 floor of five-star hotel accommodation including 167 rooms and suites; three signature restaurants, a breathtaking revolving restaurant at 240m above ground, four levels of health club with cantilevered swimming pool 80m above ground and a business centre. At night The Torch is illuminated by vibrant LED lights and three massive LED screens which broadcast videos create an eye-catching visual effect for passers-by.

Located near Khalifa Stadium, Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, Aspire Park, and ASPETAR Qatar Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Hospital, the iconic Torch Doha has already hosted high-profile international football teams.

Ramadan at The Torch Doha

Friday, July 20, 2012

Enjoy the unique taste of the delightful Iftar and Sahour buffet prepared by our multi-skilled chefs along with the authentic atmosphere of FLYING CARPET RESTAURANT.

BREAKFAST A La Carte

6:30am - 10:30am

Light Snacks A La Carte

10:30am - 12pm

Lunch A La Carte

12pm-3:30pm

Light Snacks A La Carte

3:30pm - 6pm

Iftaar Buffet @230QR

Until 8pm

Dinner A La Carte

8pm - 11pm

Suhour Buffet @ 180QR

11pm - 2am

The Torch Doha launches Online Cooking Classes

Saturday, June 30, 2012
 
Check out our first episode of Online Cooking Classes. Today we feature Chef Tamang preparing a platter from Three Sixty Restaurant : Shrimp Bruschetta.
 
In the second episode of Online Cooking Classes we feature Chef Motee preparing a Mauritian dish from Flying Carpet Restaurant : Fish Ragout.
 
We continue The Torch Doha Cooking Classes (3rd episode) with a delicious Mexican dish (Traditional Mexican Molcajete) from Flying Carpet restaurant prepared and presented by Chef Rene Alcocer.
 
 
For more information on recipes and cooking instructions, please contact us on 4446 5600 or email us at reservation@thetorchdoha.com.
 

The Torch Doha launches QTA 2012 Summer Package

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cool your summer at The Torch Doha and avail of our amazing QTA 2012 package.

Let us leave a print of Qatari Hospitality on your summer!

For more information please contact us on 44465600.

Municipality lauds The Torch Doha for hygiene standards

Doha, Qatar 14th June, 2012

The Torch Doha welcomed a delegation from Al Rayyan Municipality on a training inspection aimed at establishing best hygiene practices and getting future hygiene inspectors accustomed with procedures as such.

Represented by Mr. Majdy Burhan Zidan, Al Rayyan Municipality Head of Hygiene and Dr. Abeer Saad from the Ministry of Health, the officials were joined by soon-to-be hygiene inspectors, currently students at North Atlantic Qatar College.

The municipality officials along with the students inspected all hygiene aspects and on-site kitchen operations at The Torch Doha Hotel. They stressed on the importance of correct storage measures, temperature control and food preparation procedures and commented positively on the hotel’s hygiene standards.

The students along with their supervisors found the visit interactive and educational. All information gathered at The Torch Doha will be used for future reference in municipality best-practice hygiene guides.

The Torch Doha General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin declared: “We are always glad to welcome students to our hotel to examine our hospitality practices. We are honored to have been nominated by Al Rayyan Municipality as a positive example in terms of hygiene standards and to offer a studying ground for future hygiene inspectors of Qatar.”

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Watch the Euro Cup 2012 matches live at Madar

Monday, June 04, 2012

Euro Cup 2012 games will be shown in Madar meeting room at Mezzanine 2 starting June 8th until July 1st 2012. A la carte menu available. QR 50 minimum charge including 1 beverage.

Alain Robert Scales the The Torch Doha Hotel bare-handed

Friday, April 13, 2012

French "Spiderman" Wows Fans in a Spectacular Display of Physical Strength and Endurance

Doha, Qatar (12 April, 2012) - Alain Robert, nicknamed the French "Spiderman", left spectators speechless yesterday as he ascended the 300m tall The Torch Doha Hotel without the use of a safety rope and harness in a record time of 1hr 33min 47sec.

In an attempt to set a world record, Robert climbed the structure in the presence of Guinness World Records and amongst an audience of thousands. A natural-born athlete, Robert wowed onlookers as he lithely scaled the hotel.

After the climb, Robert said, "I wasn't scared but there were a lot of factors that made it extremely difficult for me to reach the top of The Torch, including the wind and the structure of the building. I wasn't able to turn around but I could hear the crowd below cheering for me. I hope to come back soon to Aspire Zone in Doha."

Andrea Banfi, the representative of Guinness World Records who awarded Robert with the fastest time climbing up The Torch Doha Hotel, stated, "He is setting the record and it is very exciting for us."

Sasha Heflin, a visitor from Dallas, Texas, stated: "This is my first time in Qatar and I feel very lucky that I happened to be here at the same time of the event. Watching him reach the top makes me and my children feel like we can achieve whatever we set our minds to!"

Tamim Hamad Buhindi, who watched the event unfold with his brother Saif, excitedly exclaimed, "Aspire always has the best events - I love coming down here! I feel like I am watching Spiderman in real life climb the building."

The once-in-a-lifetime event was streamed live through the Aspire Zone Foundation website, giving not only Doha residents the chance to witness the incredible feat, but also individuals from around the region.

Robert has scaled over 85 giant structures around the globe, most of which he has ascended using only with his bare hands and climbing shoes. More information here.

Gerhard Foltin, General Manager of The Torch Doha Hotel, said "We are really grateful that Spiderman is here at the Torch. It was a great event, seeing him climb such an iconic building, and he has great character. We hope to see him again."

Well-known for climbing unassisted, the 50-year-old has conquered more than 70 skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building, Chicago's Willis Tower, and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. More information about previous climbs here.

Alain's climb will be internationally broadcasted and feature in a movie production telling the story of an extraordinary human adventure.

The Alain Robert climb was organized in collaboration with The Torch Doha Hotel and the Aspire Zone Foundation.

Alain Robert the French Spiderman to climb The Torch Doha bare-handed

Monday, April 09, 2012

The legendary Alain Robert, a French skyscraper climber nicknamed "The Spiderman", will climb The Torch Doha Hotel Tower for the first time on April 12th 2012. Robert is currently preparing for the ascent and will scale Doha's highest building without a safety rope and harness.

As he performs the unique climb of Doha's iconic 300m tower - The Torch Hotel - Guinness Book of Records will be present at the exciting event. Additionally, Alain Robert's production team will be shooting the Torch ascent as part of Alain's life documentary in 3D, planned to be broadcasted as a movie in cinemas around the globe.

An area will be established so that spectators can watch this amazing feat which will start at 4pm.

This once-in-a-lifetime event is being organized in collaboration with Aspire Zone Foundation.

Alain declared: "I feel like a child and I finally want to open my present: I want to climb The Torch."

Robert has scaled over 85 giant structures around the globe, most of which he has ascended using only with his bare hands and climbing shoes.

Well-known for climbing unassisted, the 50-year-old has conquered more than 70 skyscrapers - pioneering attempts of such kind - including the Empire State Building, Chicago's Willis Tower, and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

He conquered Taiwan's Taipei 101 and in February 2003, he legally climbed the 200m (656 ft) National Bank of Abu Dhabi, UAE, with an audience of approximately 100,000 individuals. Last year Robert climbed the iconic Burj Khalifa - the highest structure in the world - in 6 hours, 14 minutes and 55 seconds watched by thousands of spectators.

The Torch Doha General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin says: "We are very excited to welcome the sensational Alain Robert. It will be great to watch him climbing Doha's highest structure. Alain is unique and wherever he goes, he entertains his audience. A must - watch."

Now Alain Robert is ready to continue his series of solo ascents without a safety rope and harness and climb Doha's iconic landmark - The Torch. The event is expected to attract thousands of spectators around Aspire Zone to watch Alain's new record-breaking attempt.

Alain's climb will be internationally broadcasted and feature in a movie production telling the story of an extraordinary human adventure.

TORCH CAFE OPENS

Monday, April 09, 2012

A new trendy addition - TORCH CAFÉ

Located across from The Torch Doha

Now open in between The Torch Doha and Khalifa Stadium, Torch Café awaits you with mocktails, nojitos, panini & wraps, cold beverages, milk shakes, hot beverages and desserts.

Exotic Fruit Tart, Mango Delice Cake, Pineapple Vaul Au Vent and much more are

daily summer fruit desserts which you can find at Torch Café.

Open daily from 16.00 hours to 23.00 hours.

The Torch Doha turned blue for Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd 2012

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Torch Doha has joined the rest of the world in a show of support for the start of Autism Awareness Month. As part of the worldwide campaign Light It Up Blue, we turned our 3000 LED lights blue.

Along with nearly 3000 structures of the world famous icon's towers in over 600 cities and 45 countries we encourage everyone to shine a blue light to celebrate the World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month!

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Autism and Developmental Disabilities an estimated 1 in 88 children are identified with an autism spectrum disorder.

The Torch Doha switches off its 3000 LED lights for Earth Hour 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

We are announcing our participation at the Earth Hour 2012 on March 31st. The Torch Doha will be switching off its 3000 LED lights (35.000 Watt) at 8:30PM for 1 hour to support the worldwide energy saving initiative.

General Manager Mr. Gerhard Foltin says:"It's our way to contribute to the WWF's Earth Hour campaign and we encourage all our employees and members of the general public to consume global resources wisely."

The Torch Doha Basketball team wins match against Sheraton Doha

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Torch Doha basketball team has recently faced the Sheraton Doha team on a friendly match. Invited by the Sheraton Doha team to play on their staff compond field, The Torch players won the match on March 17th at a 14-point difference.

The Torch Doha General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin said: "We are delighted with the result and wish to congratulate Adrian for his overall contribution in the match and all team members for their performance!"

Aspire Zone Foundation organises race up The Torch Doha on March 31st 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Aspire Zone Foundation decided to give the community a great opportunity to race up the staircase of The Torch Doha. The Torch staircase run will take place on March 31st 2012 starting at 9am . Entrants will start at the bottom of the tower, near the Villaggio mall bridge and make their way up to the tower's top 51st floor.

AZF is recommending participants to train before embarking on such challenging route consisting of climbing the 1304 steps of the 300m tower.

"Aspire Zone Foundation is excited to be hosting the first occurrence of the TORCH Staircase Run," said Aspire LOGISTICS Director General Abdulaziz Al Mahmoud.

"Staircase running is hugely popular around the world and it is only fitting that The TORCH Doha Hotel will take its place alongside other iconic landmarks around the world in hosting this type of event."

The upcoming event is open to people 18 years of age and over and is strictly limited to a fixed number of entrants. Entry for the event costs QR50 and registration can be made online via the Aspire Zone website: http://www.aspirezone.qa/torchstaircaserun/closed.aspx

The Torch Doha General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin says: "We recently organised a "Tower Run / Walk" for our own staff to celebrate Qatar's National Sports Day. Many of the participants reached the top 51st floor of The Torch and received certificates for their performances. It was like a warm-up for the Aspire Zone race-up and was great to see so many participating which means people got excited about the initiative."

"I myself took the challenge of the Run / Walk as I had to set the pace for my staff. Nationality or age has no meaning when it comes to sports, and by managing to complete this mammoth task and reach on foot the 51st floor of The Torch, I proved my point. It was definitely a one-of-a-kind fitness exercise which increased excitement and staff morale levels," he added.

Reaching Heights through Sports - breaking records on Qatar National Sports Day

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Encouraging staff activities on Qatar Sports National Day 2012

The Torch Doha has organised a "Tower Run / Walk" for its employees to celebrate Qatar's National Sports Day (QNSD) on February 14th 2012. Currently with 230 members of staff of 30 different nationalities, The Torch Doha is located in the middle of Aspire Zone - Doha's Sports City. The Tower Run / Walk welcomed the hotel employees and took place on Tuesday 14th February 2012 from 10.00am to 12.00noon.

The initiative was part of the overall national celebrations aimed at raising awareness of the importance of physical health in Qatar. The competitors along with the hotel General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin took the challenge to reach The Torch Doha 51st floor.

Records were broken as the General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin is the first and only hotel manager in Doha who took the challenge and reached the top 51st floor of The Torch Doha on foot. Many of the participants reached the 51st floor and received certificates and awards for their performances.

The Torch Doha General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin says: "It was great to see so many staff members participating in the Tower Run / Walk, which means people got excited about our initiative. I myself took the challenge of the Run / Walk as I had to set the pace for my staff. Nationality or age has no meaning when it comes to sports, and by managing to complete this mammoth task and reach on foot the 51st floor of the hotel proved my point.

As The Torch is embodying the spirit of the 2006 Asian Games and so became the iconic landmark of Qatar after holding the highest Olympic flame to date, we thought it was nice to take the lead by organising this competition for our own staff. It was definitely a one-of-a-kind fitness exercise which increased excitement and staff morale levels."

The Tower Run / Walk was aimed at those who enjoy sport and want to inspire others to live active life's. It was a fun event which was concluded with a special lunch organised for all hotel employees. Participants at the Tower Run / Walk received a certificate along with their photo taken and special prizes.

Special guests at The Torch Doha

We had the pleasure to welcome for dinner at THREE SIXTY Restaurant H.E. The Ambassador of Poland Mr. Robert Rostek, Mr. Rory McIlroy, Ms. Caroline Wozniacki and Ms. Agnieszka Radwanska.

Looking up to New Culinary Heights - Gold Medal obtained at Taste and Fun Food Festival

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Present for the first time at Doha Taste and Fun Food Festival organised by Qatar Tourism Authority, The Torch Doha impressed audiences with their savory dishes. Chef de cuisine Hani Mohamed participated in the Italian themed competition and was awarded a Gold Medal for his performance.

Exhibiting along 70 other hotels, restaurants and cafes from across Doha, The Torch staff were excited to introduce signature dishes to visitors at the Wok station. The stand got packed up with from the very first day of the exhibition with visitors curious to taste our dishes and willing to find out more about the different types of cuisine the hotel offers.

Chef de cuisine Hani Mohamed participated in the Italian themed inter-hotel competition. Competitors were each given a mystery black box with raw ingredients to be used to prepare an Italian dish. The competition was announced to be fierce, as the other two participants were highly-skilled Italian chefs.

Chef Hani managed to prepare two Italian pasta dishes - Fettuccine with smoked salmon and fresh cream sauce and Fettuccine with shrimps and tomato basil sauce. Participants were also equipped with blenders and mixers for the sauces but Chef Hani decided to prepare the sauce by hand only - knife-cut, for extra flavour.

Members of the jury enjoyed Hani's gastronomical treat and were impressed with his decision to deliver two different dishes in one hour.

The Torch Doha General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin declared: "It was definitely worth participating at this year's Food Festival, as our live cooking station and chefs kept visitors entertained and created a great atmosphere during the four days. Chef Hani's Gold Medal made us all proud to have him in our Revolving THREE SIXTY Restaurant - already gaining popularity around the food connoisseurs in Doha. As a brand new hotel entering Qatar's hotel luxury market, Chef Hani's Award is indeed a fantastic achievement proving our high-caliber cuisine. We would like to thank Qatar Tourism Authority for organizing such a beautiful event."

Taste and Fun Food Festival - a success for The Torch Doha

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Present for the first time at the third edition of Taste and Fun Food Festival, The Torch Doha stand was a busy one. Exhibiting along 70 other hotels, restaurants and cafes from across Doha, The Torch staff were excited to introduce our signature dishes to visitors at our Wok station. We had many enquiries about our restaurants and the type of cuisine The Torch Doha offers. For more information on our Restaurants and Lounges please click here to download our brochure.

Organised by Qatar Tourism Authority the exhibition proved to be the most successful to date, offering a unique ambience and entertainment to an increased number of visitors.

Welcoming the prestigious Vienna Boys' Choir

Monday, January 23, 2012

We had the pleasure to welcome the prestigious Vienna Boys' Choir to our hotel. They specially performed in our looby and impressed their audience.

Schalke 04 winter training in Doha

Friday, January 13, 2012

The beginning of 2012 marked the visit of world-class German football team Schalke 04. The players along with coach Huub Stevens and team management were given a true Royal Blue welcome when they arrived at The Torch Doha on the 4th of January. A total of 4,000 LED blue and white spotlights and two LED boards with our welcome message made for a magnificent sight for the team on their arrival.

Coach Huub Stevens is happy to achieve all objectives that were set for the team's training camp in Doha :"These objectives have been met. I'm very happy with the way our preparations have gone. We've developed a number of things during the sessions. The conditions in Aspire Zone are superb and the players have worked really well on the training ground."

The team seem to have enjoyed their time in Doha and were delighted to meet their fans at The Torch Doha Hotel on a "Blue - White night" organized especially for them.

A special Blue-White Dinner was organized for the team in our THREE SIXTY Revolving Restaurant on their last night before departure. We were truly proud to have hosted such a team with great tradition and we hope to welcome them again, as our hotel facilities and Aspire Zone training amenities have exceeded the team's expectations.

Paris Saint-Germain began 2012 at The Torch Doha

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Marking an intensive 5-day training camp for their second half of the season, "Les Parisiens" flew over from Dubai and arrived at The Torch Doha Hotel in Qatar on January 2nd 2012. The PSG players welcomed their new coach Carlo Ancelotti and took advantage of excellent conditions in Doha, be it weather, hotel and training facilities.

From left to right: Mr.Chantome Clement , Mr. Erding Mevlut, Mr. Armand Sylvain, Mr. Hoarau Guillaume , Mr. Gerhard Foltin, Ms. Olivia Villanueva, Ms. Anna Eisenbeiss, Mr.Gameiro Kevin

The Torch Doha General Manager, Mr. Gerhard Foltin said "It was a fantastic way to start the year for our hotel and in the same time we feel honored to have hosted such a world-class football team like Paris Saint-Germain and wish them the best for 2012."

Festive Season Delight at The Torch Doha

Friday, December 09, 2011

We have lined up for you a delightful Special Season Entertainment and Menus. Room rates starting from QR 750 per room per night. Offer available from Thursday 22nd December 2011 to Monday 2nd January 2012.

Glass Studio on a glasswear design visit to THE TORCH-Doha

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Class Studio recently visited our hotel. Designers created room amenities that reflect the contemporary luxurious style of the hotel including stripe pattern fruits plates, amenity chocolate boxes.

Boxes were created to reflect the stripes of our in-room mood light system while accentuating the dominant stylish features. Thank you for your visit!

Welcoming FC Schalke 04 in January 2012

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

FC Schalke 04 will prepare at the Aspire Zone in Qatar from 4 to 12 January 2012 for the second half of the season. The Royal Blues will move into the new five star hotel THE TORCH-Doha for their training camp.  Looking forward to meet the team!

Awards at Diyafa 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Present at Diyafa 2011, Qatar's reknown hospitality exhibition, our kitchen artist Mr. Rodel Noja finished the competition with his chin up. He participated in the Vegetable Carving Competition on the 1st Day at the Exhibition, winning a Bronze Medal for his Phoenix Bird for which he had 2 hours available. On his second day participating in the Chocolate Showpiece Competition, Rodel pushed himself and was awarded a Silver Medal for his The beginner chocolate piece, for which he had less than one month preparation.

Congratulations again Rodel!

Entertainment at THREE SIXTY revolving restaurant

Thursday, October 20, 2011

We are delighted to welcome today the famous UK singer David Philips (Da Paul) performing live in the THREE SIXTY restaurant.

We are looking forward to welcome our guests to enjoy a great ambience in the only revolving restaurant in Doha!

Performing Live starting from 19h30 till 23h30.

The Torch Doha soft opening

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We are proudly announcing the Soft Opening of The Torch Doha, the new Qatar's iconic landmark hotel.

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