The opening date for the prestigious new Doha Mandarin Oriental opening postponed for 2 years was not received as expected for the luxury hotel, part of the flagship Mandarin Oriental chain, was due to open this year, boasting 158 rooms and 91 serviced apartments. However, the construction project has slipped significantly behind schedule, leading to the announcement of the delay.

The plans for the Mandarin Oriental were first announced in 2010, with the opening scheduled for this year. However, the official schedule now sets the projected opening date as 2016 – a sign that the $5.5 billion project (QR20 billion) is seriously behind schedule.

The hotel building’s owner is Amlak Hospitality, a member of the Qatar Foundation. The Mandarin Oriental is just one of three hospitality projects Amlak is currently constructing on a 31-hectare site in downtown Doha, in the prestigious Msheireb area. When they are completed, the hotels will take up around 15 per cent of the site, which will also include homes, retail outlets and cultural spaces.

Mandarin Oriental hotels are some of the most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences located in prime destinations around the world. The group has a long and established reputation for providing legendary standards of service and luxury.