Another new year is upon us, and Aspire Katara Hospitality (AKH) – one of Qatar’s leading companies in the hospitality sector – seeks to build on the successes of 2013 andwelcome the challenges and opportunities presented by the year ahead.
AKH continues to grow and the main reason for this is the superb range of brands that come under its umbrella – brands that appeal to all sections of Qatari society. They range from dining at premium outlets like the L’wzaar Seafood Market, to the fashionable and fun Red Velvet Cupcakery – just two of AKH’s expanding portfolio of branded outlets.
Not everything that AKH does is visible to the eye, however, with the company providing consultancy services fromconcept design, concept enhancement and management operations for a host of other hospitality companies within Qatar. High profile Event management is an important part of what we do.
AKH achieved numerous successes in 2013, including: the opening of chocolate boutique Chac’late in February; the opening of American-themed burger joint Burgeri in June; Conceptualization, management and execution of Ramadan lighting and other hospitality activities within Katara Cultural Village ; conceptualization, management and execution of Qatar National Day decoration and activities within Katara Cultural Village. , and the event management of the third Katara Traditional Dhow Festival in November. The opening of this event was under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar.
2013 also saw AKH complete its plans to open two outlets abroad . The ‘Chapati & Karak’ restaurant on London’s Brompton Street (in the exclusive Knightsbridge area of the British capital) and another outlet slated also opening abroad later in 2014. This year, there are more projects to look forward to in Katara Cultural Village and Aspire Park.
AKH is a company defined not only by bringing the best dining experiences and hospitality to its customers, but also a clear vision and ambition to become a global brand. 2014 marks a real push to turn this vision into reality by expanding and exporting the quality brands AKH has built up in Qatar, and also promoting the consultancy services it offers to a wider audience.
The company already has a presence in London, but this is only the beginning. By nurturing our brands – and accruing even more hospitality experience, AKH seeks to combine these two strong strands into a combined product that will prove irresistible to the overseas market.
With hard work and dedication, AKH feels that 2014 is going to be a good year, and we are at your service, always.
CEO, Aspire Katara Hospitality
In October, Aspire Katara Hospitality (AKH) joined the hospitality market industry with its first restaurant; Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge. It is a casual, yet highly luxurious Ottoman Turkish dining abode, located directly in front of the beach of the Katara Cultural Village. In December, AKH opened its second outlet, L'wzaar Seafood Market; a restaurant with an interactive open kitchen and four-meter-long seafood display which offers a wide range of fresh seafood specialties in a number of different styles. This includes: Classic Mediterranean, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Far Eastern and Indian. L'wzaar Seafood Market also serves a specially created a la carte menu composed of starters, main courses and desserts, as well as a sushi bar and teppanyaki counter which are among the additional features for an incredible dining experience.
AKH opened Kunafa Albisana, a relaxing traditional cafe in Katara, which offers Kunafa with imported Nabulsi cheese prepared with the finest ingredients. During August was the opening of the Red Velvet Cupcakery in Katara which is the first international location for Red Velvet outside the United States of America.
Three of AKH's new fabulous brands were opened in the same year: Shawarma Albisana - an extension to Kunafa Albisana cafe which offers the best types of Shawarma, serving Beef, Chicken and Mexican. le Vesuvio - named after the famous volcano in Naples, offers a full menu of exquisite Italian cuisine. The premium quality of food includes piping-hot pizzas from an authentic wood-fired oven. AKH opened its first business in Aspire with the Aspire Grand Cafe; a casual, sporty and healthy cafe located at the very heart of the park. In May, L'wzaar Seafood Market was selected as 'Best Seafood' restaurant winner at the 'Time Out Doha Restaurant Awards 2012'.
On February 1st, was the opening of Chac'Late, the European-themed chocolatier which brings together first class brands of chocolate from UK, Italy and Switzerland, as well as authentic home-made Arabic flavours. On June 15th, Burgeri officially opened at Aspire Park. Burgeri is an 'Americana' vintage-themed burger and hotdog house serving freshly-prepared imported premium quality meat from the USA.
In January, AKH brought 'Chapati & Karak' to the swanky Knightsbridge area in London, UK. The restaurant is located at 144 Brompton Road , close to Knightsbridge's luxury brands and high end department stores (such as Harrods) and is now serving London's shoppers and tea zealots the remarkable taste of the local culinary tradition. In May, L'wzaar Seafood Market was selected as 'Best Seafood', le Vesuvio as 'Best Italian' and the Kunafa & Shawarma as 'Highly Commended Best Budget' at the 'Time Out Doha Restaurant Awards 2014'. On December 1st, the Aspire Katara Hospitality brand was updated and refreshed.
In January, Burgeri's rooftop was opened which became a new level of dining experience where you can get the best view of Aspire Park. This year, two of our F&B outlets were selected winners at the 'Fact Dining Awards, Doha'; Burgeri for 'Best North American Restaurant in Doha 2015' and L'wzaar Seafood Market for 'Favourite Seafood Restaurant 2015', while le Vesuvio was selected as 'Highly Commended' restaurant at the 'Time Out Doha Restaurant Awards 2015'.
The company’s vision is to bring to Qatar unique dining concepts from all over the world, to develop our own indigenous concepts, and to create exciting and well-managed events showcasing local heritage and increase awareness of them on an international basis. Further, the goal is to manage luxurious hotels, boutique and quality retail shops to support the business demands of this country, and our burgeoning overseas presence.
To always adopt a virtuous approach to our customers and business partners, to provide an outstanding experience for everyone who deals with us, and to conceive and develop unmatched concepts. Our key value is to always go over and beyond the expectation.
Aspire Katara Hospitality (AKH) specializes in the field of hospitality and leisure. We envisage bringing to Doha authentic cuisines from all over the world and we go a step ahead by creating a unique ambiance to our restaurants yet maintain the rich tradition and culture of Qatar. We also provide consultancy and hospitality services to hotels, concept development for retail shops, event management and catering services. After conducting extensive research, we have also introduced to Doha high-end retail and food beverage concepts from abroad. In addition, we have also developed our own concepts which are fully operational and very popular in the region.
We have introduced to the local market specialized dining outlets in Katara – the world-renowned cultural village of Qatar- and our popular outlets include the Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge, L’wzaar Seafood Market, Kunafa Albisana, Shawarma Albisana, le Vesuvio Italian Restaurant, Chac’Late, and the Red Velvet Cupcakery. We also manage Aspire Grand Cafe and the Burgeri Burger Lounge, both of which are located at Aspire Park.
All restaurants within the AKH portfolio are unique and offer a diverse dining experience. L’wzaar Seafood Market was awarded the Best Seafood Restaurant in 2012 and Highly Commended Seafood Restaurant in 2013 by Time Out Doha. Red Velvet is a prestigious Cupcakery in the USA and we have brought it to Doha, it was awarded the ‘Favorite Delicatessen Outlet’ by Qatar’s Choice Award in 2012.
Our specialized team is continually working to bring more exciting dining opportunities to the residents of Qatar. We have numerous upcoming outlets in Katara and the Aspire Zone. Internationally, our plans are well advanced. We have just launched one of our outlets in London and plans are already underway for expansion for the rest of the outlets and in different locations.
L'wzaar Seafood Market and le Vesuvio were awarded the Best Seafood Restaurant and the Best Italian Restaurant respectively in 2014 by Time Out Doha
The Aspire Katara Hospitality (AKH) culinary team stood out in the recently concluded HQ 2015 competition, which was held on 13-15 October 2015 at the Exhibition Centre, Doha. Hospitality Qatar 2015 is one of the few 360 degrees shows in the Gulf Region and the only global exhibition in Qatar featuring all aspects of the Hotel, Restaurant and Café food, design, supply and investment Industry. The Salon Culinare organized by Qatar Culinary Professionals (QCP) and World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS), attracted Qatar’s leading chefs to compete across fifteen exciting and diverse categories while live cooking and carving in front of a live audience and evaluated by a judging panel made up of culinary and hospitality experts.
Among more than 60 competitors from 27 different hotels and restaurants competing to reflect their skills and passion in creating culinary masterpieces, AKH culinary team victoriously took 6 gold, 12 silver, 25 bronze and 3 best score trophies. Remarkably, the AKH colleagues , as family were also there supporting the competitors by cheering, waving flags and celebrating victory together.
October 3 – 4, 2015, Paris. The most celebrated event of the year took place recently with much greatness and unforgettable experience. Once again, it has been the talk of the town and the world; and is expected to be an hors d’oeuvres in most elite receptions and casual conversations in the next few days. Two brands of Aspire Katara Hospitality (AKH), the Chapati & Karak Limited and the charming Chac’Late mobile cart serving Qatari’s famous sublime treats will definitely be part of it setting another positive impression to the European market and visitors all over the world.
Guests at the event enjoyed their moments over chapati and the welcoming karak. Some of the guests were overwhelmed on their first chapati bite that made them ask for more to take along. The famous Chac’Late specialty honey cake with a steaming coffee left guests with a beaming smile and surprised some that Chac’Late is not available in Paris yet. It, however, gave them an impression and the anticipation to visit the outlet in Qatar.
Aspire Katara Hospitality is continuously creating unique concepts and is wisely introducing them to appropriate places, locally and internationally, setting the trend and posing as the market leader.
Chapati & Karak, Qatar’s acclaimed café restaurant, UK’s promising destination for GCC residents and visitors along with Chac’Late, a European style café and chocolatier in Qatar will play a major role at the world’s greatest horse race – the Qatar Prix De L’arc de Triomphe on October 3-4,2015. In addition to Chapati & Karak, AKH is proud to introduce one of its successful brands, Chac’Late, to the Qatar Prix De L’arc de Triomphe this year. A newly designed classic themed Chac’Late mobile cart will debut to offer Qatari hospitality as the flagship of Qatar. Last year’s presence of Chapati & Karak was overwhelmingly welcomed and loved by the guests. It was proudly sponsored and co-branded by Ooredoo giving it an extended market reach.
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the world’s most prestigious horse race set in Paris, France. This year, the nation will be once again in a festive mood for this anticipated event and is expected to draw no fewer than 600 journalists and 60,000 enthusiastic spectators. It boasts 17 thoroughbred races, 13 of which have Group I status, the category of champions. With a billion television viewers tuning in from more than 30 different countries, it truly is a global event!
On Sunday the 16th of August we celebrated the independence days of Pakistan, India, and Indonesia, which fall on the following dates 14th, 15th, and 17th of August. It was held in the canteen above L’wzaar. The atmosphere was full of joy and celebration to commemorate these days with a special cake made for the event. Also, the employees of the month awards were held that evening to show appreciation of the hard work these members of the AKH family have done. All in all it was a successful, happy evening.
Sussex, United Kingdom – Chapati & Karak UK, a promising destination for GCC residents and visitors is playing a major role at the Qatar Goodwood Festival on 27 July to 01 August 2015. The Chapati and Karak’s mobile cart debuted at the Qatar Goodwood Festival offering Qatari hospitality as the flagship of Qatar. Qatar Goodwood Festival is one of the most significant and valuable meetings in the world. It is home to one of England’s most famous racecourses, and a key event in the horse racing calendar held in July and August each year. Set high on the Sussex Downs England, Goodwood is the perfect setting to enjoy top class racing with friends & family.
Catch more of the Chapati and Karak’s mobile cart by visiting the festival.
Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection and Katara promises the most memorable activities. This year, an impressive light display will dome and curtain the hills and streets, while different festivities are staged all throughout the Cultural Village.
Share Ramadan special moments with friends and family, and break your fast with our special Ramadan à la carte menus for Iftar and Sohour in L’wzaar and Sukar Pasha. Enjoy a true Ramadan experience at our luxurious venues, or make it even more special in Sukar Pasha’s exclusively designed Ramadan tents by the sea, where families can gather together and commemorate the occasion.
During Ramadan, our F&B outlets service hours are as follows…
Katara Cultural Village
Chac’Late: 07:00 PM – 02:30 AM (last order)
Kunafa and Shawarma AlBisana: 5:30 PM – 02:30 AM (last order)
le Vesuvio: 08:00 PM – 02:30 AM (last order)
L’wzaar Seafood Market: 08:00 PM – 02:30 AM (last order), Fish Display last order 12:30 AM
Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge: Iftar: Sunset – 08:00 PM, Sohour: 08:00 PM – 02:30 AM (last order)
Red Velvet Cupcakery: 08:00 PM – 02:30 AM (last order)
Aspire Grand Cafe: 08:00 PM – 02:30 AM (last order)
Burgeri: 07:00 PM – 03:00 AM
For inquires and reservations, please call the following:
L’wzaar: 4408 0710
Sukar Pasha: 4408 2000
F&B: 4408 2022
Experience the traditional Arabic Coffee with our special chocolates.
Craving Chocolate? Enjoy our wide variety of Pralines at Chac’late!
Are you ready for a new Ottoman experience? Venison chops is now available.
Inject the syrup into the cupcake and enjoy the healthy benefits of our new Matcha Madness!
Try our new Cupcake in a jar
Introducing our special homemade cronut, do it yourself with your choice of fillings between a homemade strawberry jelly and Nutella.
Typical middle eastern Salona with fresh Hammour, Calamari, green mussels and shrimps. Seafood Salona, our Chef special available every Monday. Seasoned to perfection.
Chocolate cake with melted tahini sesame paste and Homemade Persian Pistachio ice cream
Craving is over, Medovnik Cake is now available!
Experience our freshly prepared bagels, available daily.
White pizza of mozzarella and crumbled goat cheese, with porcini mushrooms, air dried beef, truffle oil and parmesan flakes…Fantastico!
Breakfast will never be the same.
Saturday to Thursday 8 am to 12 pm
Friday 8 am to 11 am
Pressed shredded wheat filled with pistachio, cooked in stone based oven and sprinkled with light syrup served with Kurd ice cream
Hand minced and grilled tender chicken kofta served on a bed of eggplant saksuka
Light sponge cake soaked in 3 kind of different fresh farm
milks and coated with homemade berry sauce
The company’s vision is to bring to Qatar unique dining concepts from all over the world, to develop our own indigenous concepts, and to create exciting and well-managed events showcasing local heritage and increase awareness of them on an international basis. Further, the goal is to manage luxurious hotels, boutique and quality retail shops to support the business demands of this country, and our burgeoning overseas presence. The company’s vision is to bring to Qatar unique dining concepts from all over the world, to develop our own indigenous concepts, and to create exciting and well-managed events showcasing local heritage and increase awareness of them on an international basis. Further, the goal is to manage luxurious hotels, boutique and quality retail shops to support the business demands of this country, and our burgeoning overseas presence.
This page is dedicated to investors interested in developing and operating food and beverage outlet within the premises of Aspire or Katara.
Business Potential Area
Concepts developed and operated in Aspire shall be non-exclusive which means that branches or food chains are welcome. This place is alcohol-free and pork-free sites, ideal for healthy types of products and services. Aspire Zone boasts some of the world’s finest sport stadia and venues offering a unique sport, sports medicine, research and education destination for the international sports industry.
Katara Cultural Village
Concepts developed and operated in Katara shall be exclusive to Katara and no other branches are or will be opened or operated within Qatar and the Middle East (to include GCC countries) and North Africa Region. It is an alcohol-free and pork-free site. Katara was born out of a long held vision to position the State of Qatar as a cultural beacon a lighthouse of art, radiating in the Middle East through theatre, literature, music, visual art, conventions and exhibitions. This village shall be a glimpse of the future of a world where people of different cultural backgrounds overcome their national boundaries and embrace common causes to promote a united humanity. Katara is where the grace of the past meets the splendour of the future.
Aspire Katara Hospitality
Suhaim bin Hamad Street,
1st Floor Al-Asmakh Building
(Regency Travel & Tours HQ)
P.O. Box 10737
PH: +974 4449 3900
FAX: +974 4449 3901