Arabian Elegance

Lavish designs are planned for the Al Maha Sofitel Hotel, currently under construction in Doha. Dubai based interior design firm, Wa International are drawing up a luxurious and decadent design concept for the hotel, scheduled for completion in March 2008.

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By  Charlotte Butterfield Published  March 2, 2006

Lavish designs are planned for the Al Maha Sofitel Hotel, currently under construction in Doha. Dubai based interior design firm, Wa International are drawing up a luxurious and decadent design concept for the hotel, scheduled for completion in March 2008. The focus will be on creating a sense of splendour and space with an emphasis on high quality materials and furnishings. Guests will enter the hotel into a spacious lobby, which will feature splashes of colour and a combination of dark, exotic wood wall pannelling contrasted with subtle cream and sand coloured Italian marble flooring. The floor design will be a contemporary interpretation of traditional Arabesc geometry. Beyond the grand staircase, plans are for a stunning contemporary sculptural water feature designed to reflect shards of light around the reception area. The designers are keen to incorporate an element of Middle Eastern style into the hotel design. The bedrooms will have a fresh, contemporary look with highlights of exotic colours in appreciation of the rich and diverse culture of the region. Beautiful back-lit mashrabiya panels in the reception will provide a dramatic backdrop. “The Sofitel brand is very strong throughout the world and it has a great deal of flair. We want to blend it with a little Arabic style and colour to create a unique environment,” says Claire Craig, design director, Wa International. Bathroom design will be light and airy with frosted glass doors and a sliding partition next to the bath, opening the space to the room and giving it a stylish, hi-tech yet intimate feel. In a luxury hotel market dominated by the Anglo-Saxon model, Sofitel emphasise their unique French style and are looking to the design team at Wa International to recreate a certain ‘art de vivre’.

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