October 14, 2019
14 October 2019 – Msheireb Properties, Qatar’s national real estate developer, announced that Zulal Wellness Resort, the new wellness destination in Qatar, is slated to open in the second quarter of 2020, in collaboration with market-leading wellness brand, Chiva-Som International Health Resort.
Chiva-Som is known around the world for their flagship Hua Hin resort in Thailand. The collaboration with Msheireb Properties is the first management and operating contract they have undertaken, expanding their offerings to the Middle East region exclusively in Qatar.
Designed after Msheireb Properties’ philosophy for sustainable developments that are rooted in the past but geared for the future, Zulal Wellness Resort takes its name from the Arabic Classic word “Zulal”, referring to “purified water”. It is inspired by the people’s historic journey across land and the ever-present search for water, the seed of life – a concept that encapsulates the history, culture and heritage of Qatar. The resort is an icon for landscaping with ponds and water features running around serene shaded walled gardens in tribute to the ancient sea-bound travellers finding welcoming shelter in local villages.
Spread across 280,000 square metres, the resort is Qatar’s largest wellness destination, the Middle East’s first full-immersion wellness resort, and the world’s first centre for Traditional Arabic Integrative Medicine (TAIM). It is located in Khasooma, a northern coastal village one-hour drive from Doha, featuring 120 elegant guestrooms and suites for families, and 60 adults-only suites and villas, welcoming guests of all ages and needs. A specially developed menu of Arabic and Mediterranean wellness cuisine, as well as beautiful architecture and wellbeing services inspired by local heritage, will make it a true showcase of traditional and modern Qatari culture.
Ali Al Kuwari, Acting CEO of Msheireb Properties, said: “We are very excited to collaborate with Chiva-Som to operate Zulal Wellness Resort. Our mission as a national real estate developer is to build communities and developments that enrich and enhance the way people live, work and thrive, while remaining true to our Qatari and Arabic cultural heritage. This partnership with Chiva-Som enables us to provide the best in ancient Arabic medicine, not just in Qatar, but in the entire region. Zulal Wellness Resort will no doubt contribute to the growth of the wellness tourism in the country.”
Chairman and CEO of Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Mr. Krip Rojanastien, said of the launch: ‘We are delighted to announce the opening of this project, on which we have been collaborating with Msheireb Properties. This is the first time we have embarked on a management and operating contract since the opening of our resort in Hua Hin, Thailand in 1995. We are excited and proud to have created something completely new with Zulal Wellness Resort, which is the first in the world to showcase Traditional Arabic Integrative Medicine (TAIM), whilst retaining the Chiva-Som DNA at every touchpoint. The ability to serve families in particular offers guests great flexibility, and we hope it will inspire wellness for a new generation.
Staying true to Msheireb Properties’ and Chiva-Som’s core principle, the resort will operate sustainably and adhere to environmentally friendly practices. The resort will also make use of locally developed specialty products alongside international treatments.