HE the President of Qatar Olympic Committee, Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani, on Sunday inaugurated Qatari Diar's Anantara-Tozeur Resort project in Tunisia. A number of ministers, ambassadors, dignitaries, and Qatari and Tunisian businessmen attended the ceremony.
HE Sheikh Joaan said that he is delighted to attend this distinguished occasion with the inauguration of the Qatari Diar project and proud of the company's achievement in Tunisia, which embodies the distinguished brotherly relations between the two countries and increases the economic relations.
For his part, Tunisian Minister of Tourism and Acting Minister of Transport Rene Trabelsi praised the work accomplished at the resort, which represents a distinguished Qatari investment in Tunisia and a testimony to the strength of the distinguished Qatari-Tunisian relations in all fields.
HE the Chairman of Qatari Diar, Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani, said in his opening speech that Qatari Diar is delighted to open this resort, which it hopes will be one of the main tributaries and distinct addition to tourism in Tunisia.
HE Sheikh Joaan thanked the Tunisian government for providing continuous support and co-operation during the project.
The CEO of Qatari Diar, Eng. Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, said that the opening of this resort is the culmination of the company's ongoing work over the past years since Qatari Diar purchased an area of 400,000sq m in Tozeur in order to create a distinctive desert resort based on the cultural heritage of the region to provide a distinct experience bearing the imprint of Qatari Diar.
Qatari Diar's Anantara-Tozeur Resort project in Tunisia.
He explained that the company has allocated a huge investment of more than 222mn Tunisian dinars (about QR284mn) for the project. He pointed out that as usual Qatari Diar in pursuit of its strategic objectives, always seeks to support the communities in which it operates. Five local contractors had been employed for all the work in the project. It also focused on the use of homemade materials accounted for about 84% of raw materials used in the project.
He pointed out that the company also hired local expertise for the project: 238 Tunisian employees, 72% of whom are from Tozeur, are employed in the project.
The Chairman of Minor Hotels Group, Bill Heinecke, the owner of the Anantara brand, said that the project is one of the best Anantara hotels in the world and the company is proud to select Qatari Diar to manage this unique resort.
Just a 12-minute drive from Tozeur-Nefta International Airport, Anantara Tozeur Resort is located in the heart of the desert.
The resort, which is wholly owned by Qatari Diar, includes 93 hotel units, ranging from rooms, suites, and villas, as well as two VIP villas.
It features several health and spa facilities, a sports club, tennis courts, swimming pools, cultural village, retail shops, and restaurants.
Qatari Diar Real Estate Company was established in 2005 by the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar. It was entrusted to support Qatar's growing economy and to co-ordinate the country's real estate development priorities.
As of January 2018, Qatari Diar had a shared capital of $8bn, with 60 investment projects under development or held in 24 countries around the world, combining a value of over $35bn.
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