Ned hotel and members’ club opens The Ned Doha, its first location in the Middle East

Ned hotel and members’ club opens The Ned Doha, its first location in the Middle East

Founded in London in 2017, The Ned is a hotel and members’ club. It expanded in 2022 with The Ned NoMad in New York and recently welcomed The Ned Doha, marking the club’s third branch and its first location in the Middle East.

Overlooking the Arabian Gulf and Doha’s skyline, The Ned Doha features 90 bedrooms and suites, six public restaurants, a pool and club lounge, a health club with spa, salon and fitness center, as well as a new event space for large-scale conferences, events and receptions.

Originally designed in the 1960s by Lebanese architect William Sednaoui, the building has been redesigned by David Chipperfield Architects of London, with interiors by Soho House Design. Drawing inspiration from The Ned’s original address in London, a stage for live performances is set beneath the atrium, which is surrounded by a collection of restaurants and rich green marble sourced from the Greek island of Tinos.

Gareth Banner, group managing director of The Ned, said: “Five years after launching The Ned in London, we are delighted to open in Doha. We are really excited to occupy one of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings, comprising a hotel, multiple restaurants and its own private members’ club. We look forward to providing our guests and members with a distinct experience, welcoming them to stay, connect, eat and have a good time.”

The Ned Doha celebrates local and regional creativity with an extensive collection of original artworks created by close to 100 artists, more than half of whom are based in Doha and nearly three-quarters of whom are female. Many of the artists drew inspiration from the modernist building and its important location.

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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