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Qatar improves hotel standards for special needs.

QATAR Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (QTEA) and the Shafallah Centre for Children with Special needs signed a memorandum of understanding recently with the aim of implementing new standards for hotels and tourist establishments in Qatar to host people with special needs. The MOU was signed by Dr Saif Al-Hajari, vice chairman of Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs, and the chairman of Qatar Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, Ahmed Abdallah Al Nuaimi, at QTEA's premises. Following the hotel regulation set up by Qatar Tourism and Exhibitions Authority in 2007, specific ratings for hotel offering particularly good facilities and services are now the core of QTEA's action to improve Qatari hospitality management. Al Nuaimi said, "This MoU is a step forward in Qatar hospitality. We are very pleased to make this partnership with Shafallah Centre for Children with Special Needs, as they are the most innovative for the care of people with reduced mobility and special needs. We will together insure that the highest quality of services for every visitor is offered, as per Qatari spirit of warmly welcoming everyone." The Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs was established at the behest of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Bin Abdullah al Missnad to create a 'centre of excellence' so that Qatari society could provide comprehensive services to children with disabilities. Qatar is experiencing a fast pace of increase in hotel capacity, with more accommodation due to come online. By 20012 a total of 29,000 luxury rooms and furnished stars apartment will be available, marking a 400 per cent increase in hotel capacity. At present 101 hotels are under construction.

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Publication:Travel & Tourism News
Date:Apr 1, 2009
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