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 previous years and welcome 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 for concept 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 previous years, including the opening of chocolate boutique Chac’Late in February 2013; the opening of American-themed burger joint Burgeri in June 2013; The opening of Al Jazeera Media Cafe in Katara in May 2015; The opening of Burgeri Bus in August 2015; The opening of Chac’Late extension in January 2016; Conceptualization, management and execution of Ramadan lighting as well as other hospitality activities within Katara Cultural Village, such as the Qatar National Day decoration and the event management of the Katara Traditional Dhow Festival. The opening of the 3rd Katara Traditional Dhow Festival 2013 was under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar.
AKH completed its plans to open two outlets abroad. The ‘Chapati & Karak’ restaurant in London’s Brompton Street (at the exclusive Knightsbridge area of the British capital) opened in January 2014 and Burgeri restaurant in 22 Great Marlborough Street, London opened in July 2016. 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 the 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 the coming years are going to be great 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 Burgeri, a burger restaurant 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 ‘Tamim Al Majd’ mural was unveiled at Aspire Katara Hospitality (AKH) headquarters and Katara offices. AKH CEO Kholoud Al-Hail and staff signed on the mural expressing their support and solidarity with Qatar and His Highness, the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.
For the first time in Qatar, Aspire will host the International Kite Festival. Come watch in wonder as professional kite flyers paint with sky with their skillful choreography. There is even more action on the ground with kite workshops, roaming entertainers, food kiosks, F1 simulators and more.
Enter our photo competition to capture the dynamic beauty of the Aspire 1st International Kite Festival and win! Keep your eye on the sky and head in the clouds to capture the perfect moment that reflects the event. The rules are simple. Photos must be taken in Aspire Park during the festival 25th- 29th April using the #AspireKiteFest #Aspire. For more details visit www.lifeinaspire.qa
Let your children’s creativity soar in our poster colouring competition. Children up to 10 years old are invited to draw their kites in the Aspire Park sky. Entries will be posted on Instagram and the photos with the most like will win exciting prizes. For more details visit www.lifeinaspire.qa
Unique Family Fun
More than just kites, the 1st Aspire International Kite Festival is full of family fun. Be entertained by the roaming stilt performers specializing in juggling, comedy and acrobatic routines. Explore the wonder of the wind garden and watch as the wind surrounds you with the mesmerizing motions of the wind spinners. Join us for an international festival of fun!
Aspire Katara Hospitality proudly participated in the celebration of the 6th Qatar National Sports Day. AKH, in solidarity with Aspire and Katara, promoted and encouraged healthy lifestyle by preparing healthy and hearty dishes.
Exhilirating sports activities were hosted and organized at the world-class leisure facilities of both Katara Cultural Village and Aspire Park.
This nationwide celebration aims to uphold sports values and encourage healthy eating and daily physical activity.
le Vesuvio launches a themed “Pizza Night” to take your Pizza cravings to further heights. We aimed to introduce an extraordinary pizza tasting experience from the interplay between Classic and Gastronomic. The Pizza Night will be held from 6 pm onwards at the le Vesuvio Rooftop Terrace in Katara Cultural Village. This theme night commences on the 30th November until 17th December 2016.
There is no doubt that Pizza is a worldwide favorite. Above all, it is one of Italy’s favorites amongst its national dishes. Pizza making in Naples, Italy becomes an authentic artisan tradition passed down from one generation to the next. Thus, pizza becomes an icon which symbolizes Italian gastronomy. Aside from its variety of forms – round or rectangular, in a dinner table or grab-to-go, it also comes with the variety of toppings and customized methods of dough preparation to achieve the desired taste and level of digestion.
At le Vesuvio, we take our dough preparation to the highest level of standard. We take great pride in introducing our special 41-year old secret recipe from a family of baking experts to create an exquisite sourdough base. We worked towards achieving the right method to form the perfect sourdough, raised and fermented for 24 hours to obtain the desired softness and consistency. Lastly, it is blasted in the oven to ensure that it gets the right balance between a crispy edge and a soft center. The result is a differently delectable pizza-light, crackling crispy on the outside but chewy moist within.
The Pizza Night will showcase offerings of the regular Classic Pizza with toppings which are prepared the traditional way, whilst the Gastronomic Pizza is specially prepared with pre-baked sourdough garnished with a combination of fresh and pre-cooked toppings. Guests will enjoy a special set menu consisting of an Appetizer salad, Classic and Gastronomic Pizza, a Dessert and a Mocktail of the night.
The distinctive taste of the usual Classic pizza and our bespoke Gastronomic pizza will come as a surprise. Are you now ready to take part in this battle of the bites?
For reservations, please call 4408 1500.
There is no better way to welcome Doha’s cooler weather than enjoying the outdoor breeze with a delectable serving of your favorite dish.
To make the most of the improving weather, le Vesuvio Kiosk was launched to provide authentic Italian fare in a casual and al fresco setting. The kiosk’s grab-to-go concept aims at serving customers who want to enjoy food away from the bustle of sit-down restaurants. For those who prefers to “grab-a-grub” as they wander around Katara, le Vesuvio serves Italian favorites – fresh and fast.
The kiosk may be the small version of le Vesuvio main restaurant, but it remains big in flavour. A feast of pizza and pasta mania, serving piping-hot pizzas and warm-comforting kinds of pasta, the kiosk aimed to provide the best of your Italian favorites.
Located right at the heart of the Katara Esplanade, the kiosk was set with a perfect backdrop of magnificent views of the Arabian Sea.
With such a memorable journey of culinary delights from Italy, “Buon Appetito” is a sure guarantee.
Mother recipe of chicken meat balls braised with potato cubes and rich tomato sauce
Thinly spread dough layers with lamb “kavurma’’, egg and tomato sauce, baked in stone made oven
Slow roasted whole lamb over charcoal served with “Turkish pilaf” or “Machbous pilaf”
Tomato, parsley, mint leaves, walnut, onion, ‘Tulum’ cheese, pomegranate seeds, sumac served with yogurt pomegranate dressing
Chargrilled beef kofta served on a bed of lightly toasted pide bread and garlic yogurt with rich tomato sauce
Slow cooked fava beans served with vegetable oil, cumin, chopped parsley, tomato, garlic, onion, lemon juice and Turkish chili pepper
Our Eid Special Date Cupcake with pistachios on top.
Vanilla cupcake with crispy Kunafa topping
Date cake served with caramel and vanilla ice cream on the side.
Our Ramadan Special Date drink
Ramadan Date drink
Our mouthwatering Date cake with Pistachio ice cream & roasted walnut
Fresh Baby Spinach with Strawberry & Feta Cheese
Fried Homemade Ravioli with Ricotta & Mozzarella cheese
Quench your thirst with our Ramadan Special Karkade.
This page is dedicated to investors interested in developing and operating food and beverage outlet within the premises of Aspire or Katara.
BUSINESS POTENTIAL AREAS
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 stadium 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.