DOHA TWENTY-SIX names from the hospitality industry were honoured at the Qatar Choice Awards 2012 held at Al Gassar resort on Wednesday.
The event concluded the country’s first ever public voting initiative launched by Qatar Happening and ILoveQatar.net in collaboration with IFP Qatar’s Diyafa.
The evening’s big winner, Oryx Rotana, went home with five awards including ‘favourite general manager’ for Kevork Deldelian and ‘favourite chef’ for Rainer Roudolf.
The hotel located near the Doha International Airport received the ‘favourite brunch’ award. W Doha won the coveted ‘favourite hotel’ award. Two of its outlets were also named as favourites by the residents. Market by Jean- Georges was voted ‘favourite restaurant’ while the restaurant inspired by street-food found in Southeast Asia — Spice Market — was named favourite Asian concept.
Luke Noble of Four Seasons Doha was named the ‘favourite individual in hospitality industry’. The hotel also received ‘favourite evening ambiance’ and ‘favourite spa’.
The evening recognised new players in the country’s dynamic hospitality sector. West End, Renaissance Doha City Centre, emerged as the public’s choice for Newcomer Hotel.
The country’s cultural hub Katara was named ‘favourite hosted event space’. While Mamig and Red Velvet Cup cakes, both located inside Katara, were named ‘favourite casual stand alone restaurant’ and ‘favourite delicatessen’, respectively.
The glitzy awards night also featured Doha Jazz, pianist Vincent Corver and violinist Patrizia Doringer. Moona Whitice, executive director of The Art of Business Qatar, Qatar Happening and Abode Magazine, led the welcoming ceremony at the gathering.