An Indian couple has chosen Doha as the venue for their grand destination wedding, which will see more than 1,000 guests being flown in from all over the world.
The wedding party has reportedly booked the entire Ritz-Carlton Hotel – all 374 rooms – for the event.
The celebration will continue for three days including a musical evening by renowned Indian pop band Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, The Peninsula has reported.
According to Erden Kendigelen, general manager of the hotel, the negotiations to finalise the venue have been going on for almost a year. Even though the family was looking at a few other options including a few in other GCC countries, eventually they chose Doha and The Ritz-Carlton, the report said.
The recently announced visa-free entry for Indians into Qatar is believed to be an influencing factor as the guest do not have to worry about visa process.
“The fact that we have a wonderful and newly renovated property went in our favour, but what really clinched the deal is the announcement by Qatar government in August 2017 allowing citizens of 80 countries visa-free entry to the country. We were also able to anticipate and cater to every need of the family and this created an emotional engagement with them,” Kendigelen said.
The hotel has roped in prominent names from the world of Indian traditional weddings to orchestrate the three-day affair.
The luxury wedding planners Divinity Weddings, famed decor designer Heena Patel of Amaahyaaj in Vadodara and Mumbai’s prominent gourmet vegetarian catering company Popular Caterers will work closely with The Ritz-Carlton Doha teams. Some of them are already here getting the preparation going.
The hotel is bringing in two containers full of kitchen equipment from India to prepare the traditional food and to get the authentic feeling right.
The hotel with the help of various government bodies like QTA and Qatar Airways have arranged for a smooth arrival and custom procedures at the airport.
A special team has been formed to take care of the guests, right from the arrival at the airport to their departure, and assist them throughout the 3-day event.
During the ceremonial days, Ritz is planning short trips for guests to the Museum of Islamic Art, Souq Waqif and shopping centres. Around 100 families will stay back after the wedding for a tour of Qatar.