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 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 from 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 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 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
Visitors of the Geneva lake festival were introduced to the homely and authentic offerings of Chapati and Karak – a quaint café concept serving Chapati, a flat bread made cooked in a flat griddle which goes well with Karak, a spiced tea made with ginger, cardamom, milk and sugar. The tradition which came to Qatar half a century ago and has been enjoyed and ingrained in the Gulf’s food culture.
Chapati & Karak’s flagship outlet opened in Doha Qatar on October 2010 while its first branch in London opened in March 2014. The London branch is enjoying tremendous success and is proud to have served on various high profile international events such as Qatar Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe in Paris as well as the Goodwood Festival in London.
This year’s Geneva Summer Festival, the Chapati & Karak Trolley will be serving its unique offerings at the promenade of Hotel President Wilson from 9-14 August 2016.
AKH is truly grateful to have been awarded 5 Certificates of Excellence from Tripadvisor for 2016. L’wzaar Seafood Market, Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge, le Vesuvio – the Italian restaurant, Chac’Late – a chocolatier café and Burgeri – a vintage themed burger house serving premium quality burger, each earned great traveler reviews from this prestigious body. This is truly an honor for us and we thank our loyal clienteles.
“Hard work, teamwork, eagerness to serve, attention to detail and understanding the customer needs are the components of our success towards service excellence and we remain committed to these values. Making every guest happy and satisfied is truly rewarding.”
“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors 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.
Last May 18, 2016, Management of the Cultural Village Foundation ( CVF) also known as the Katara Cultural Village, has staged a ceremony honoring a set of leaders and employees whose service to the team has exceeded five (5) long years until present.The ceremony was held at the Amir Lounge in Katara. It was attended by the Executive Management and invited partners of CVF and officiated by HE Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, General Manager of Katara.
Aspire Katara Hospitality team members are among the employees who have received such prestigious recognition led by our CEO, Mrs. Kholoud Al-Hail. The event was filled with motivation and camaraderie within the family.
Aspire Katara Hospitality stakeholders and partners are joining hands in taking the initiative to help the Syrian people affected by the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. Thousands of Syrians have been displaced and killed in the years of ongoing conflict. We believe that by paying forward, it will open doors for the others to follow the same. If not, at least it will touch their hearts and hopefully extend their assistance to Aleppo.
Aspire Katara Hospitality is contributing 100% of cash sales generated by all AKH-managed outlets and third party operated outlets in both Katara and Aspire on Friday, May 6, 2016 to Qatar Charity. We hope that our small contribution will aid the Syrian people in any way possible. Guests can dine at any of our outlets located in both areas during outlet’s operating hours. We hope we will also be able to encourage the people of Qatar in joining us in making a difference for the people of Syria. This is to emphasize that such gesture is purely for a humanitarian reason.
In Katara Cultural Village..
• Happy Ice
• Khan Farouk
• La Gelateria Fina
• le Vesuvio
• L’wzaar Seafood Market
• Saffron Lounge
• Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge
In Aspire Park…
• Aspire Park Café
• Salad Boutique
Celebrating Qatar’s food scene, FACT held its inaugural Dining Awards for restaurants, cafes and lounges across Doha last April 12 at the Westin Doha Hotel & Spa. Over 350 guests were invited for a night of entertainment, food and drink. Winners from the 28 categories covering over 180 venues were announced.
The FACT Dining Awards recognizes excellence in the food and beverage industry, with winners awarded based on both public vote and critics’ opinion. Each category was given two awards, which were divided into a popular choice decided through online voting, and a critics’ choice decided by an independent panel of Qatar bloggers and industry experts.
Five of our outlets were shortlisted in various categories such as Sukar Pasha Ottoman Lounge for Mediterranean, Chac’Late and Red Velvet Cupcakery competing for Patisserie, L’wzaar Seafood Market for Seafood and Al Jazeera Media Café for Café. Shortlisted third party brands are Mamig for Middle Eastern and Saffron Lounge for Indian. Two of Aspire Katara Hospitality brand bags the awards; Al Jazeera Media Café for Best Café and Sukar Pasha for Favourite Mediterranean, while Mamig won for Best Middle Eastern. Al Jazeera Media Café is a gateway to the heart of Al Jazeera Network, giving you an exclusive media experience bringing together the best of media and cuisine in one place, located in Katara and it was opened last year, a new addition to the AKH portfolio.
FACT Dining Awards Doha 2016 event partnered with ILOVE QATAR, QATAR LIVING and SNAPTV.
For the 7th year in a row, Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways are hosting one of Qatar’s most important annual festival and tourism events, the Qatar International Food Festival, a multicultural festival that diversifies Qatar’s tourism offerings from food, beverage and hospitality. There are lots of entertainment activities, competitions, and live cooking sessions with the world renowned chefs. QIFF has gained popularity over the years and expecting the visitor numbers to reach 220,000 this year.
The seven day food festival began yesterday 22nd March, it is held in the Museum of Islamic Art Park, the Pearl and this year it will have a presence in Katara Cultural Village, with a cooking theatre and an entertainment zone in the Village’s beach area.
AKH is proud to participate in such a festival, where you can find our outlets’ booths in the activity area at Katara Cultural Village offering unique dining options that will indulge your senses, and don’t forget to catch our Burgeri Bus in either Katara or the Pearl during the festival.
Join us at Katara and let’s discover a different side of food at Qatar International Food Festival 2016!
Minced beef filled homemade spinach mixed dumplings served with garlic yogurt, butter fried chili and tomato sauce
We are proud to introduce our specially prepared Turkish Baklava, now available for take-away in a box. Orders must be made 24 hours in advance.
A scoop of three delicious flavors of your choice for a price of one. There are five flavors for you to choose from; strawberry praline, oreo nutella, lotus and caramel.
THAI HOT PAN
Mixed of fresh seafood cooked with julienne of fresh garden vegetables and seasoned to a mouthwatering taste, served in a hot pot.
Made of jumbo prawns with green apple, celery, walnuts, mayo and mixed of fresh greens. A refreshing taste with an Asian twist.
The latest craze in town this summer. It is truly refreshing and energizing… Karak Shake is blend to perfection by C&K. Now available in UK and Doha outlets.
Introducing our new flavourful Chapati deliciously filled with honey. Available in UK and Katara Doha outlets.
Experience the traditional Arabic Coffee with our special chocolates.
Craving for chocolate?
Enjoy our wide variety of Pralines prepared with premium quality ingredients sourced locally and internationally!
Try our new Cupcake in a jar
Homemade cronuts served with your favorite choices of fillings; strawberry jelly and Nutella. Do it yourself, it is fun and delicious.
Typical middle eastern Salona with fresh Hammour, Calamari, green mussels and shrimps. Seafood Salona, our Chef special available every Monday. Seasoned to perfection.
Craving is over, Medovnik Cake is now available!
Breakfast will never be the same.
Saturday to Thursday 8 am to 12 pm
Friday 8 am to 11 am
Whole Pinjalo steamed in banana leaf
Burgeri Ltd. will be opening a branch in Marlborough Street, Central London, UK. We are looking for experienced and hardworking team members with the drive and passion to work in a very busy environment.
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.