The capital city of Qatar sits nestled in an ancient region, but the city itself is relatively young. With a fresh vibe and a modern feel, Doha was the perfect place for Dream Hotels & Residences to launch their first property in the region. With the FiFA world cup coming to the capital city in 2022, Dream is gearing up for an opening early next year. And now, visitors to the luxurious hotel have even more to look forward to as the company has tapped top Chef Marc Marrone as the culinary consultant for their on-site dining.
Dream Comes to Doha, a Modern City with a Bright Future
Doha is a city with a modern feel and the promise of an interesting tomorrow. At the crossroads of many traveler’s wanderings, the capital city of Qatar was once an off-shoot of the most populous city in the region, Al Bidda. In the 1800s, Doha broke off from Al Bidda and became its own city. It wasn’t officially declared the capital of Qatar until 1971 when the country gained independence from being a British protectorate. Since then, the city has blossomed—at the forefront of technology, architecture, arts, and culture.
Once FiFA declared that they would be hosting the 2022 World Cup in Doha, it was clear that the burgeoning city was on the verge of joining world greats like Tokyo, London, Dubai, and Rio de Janeiro – vibrant, fascinating destinations within their own countries.
So it was no surprise that Doha was the location Dream Hotels picked to launch their first property in the region. A press statement on the property shares, “Doha has long been an alluring crossroads for those feeling wanderlust. This jewel of a city, the Qatari capital, was once a marketplace for precious pearls and will soon be seen in a new light as it plays host to the FIFA World Cup 2022. Endlessly inspired by global cities on the rise, this historic moment sets the stage for Dream Hotel Group to launch its flagship Dream Hotels brand in the region.
Located in Doha’s emerging Najma district, Dream Doha is expected to open in early 2022 with 265 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, 35 private residences and nine original dining and nightlife venues.
Designed by acclaimed interior design studio Meyer Davis, Dream Doha takes its cues from the traditional Arabian architecture and iconic cultural landmarks by Jean Nouvel, I.M. Pei and Zaha Hadid that make up the capital city’s ever-changing skyline. The result is a destination that feels other-worldly; a palace, expressive of our imaginations, where guests are invited to escape reality and be immersed in a dream-like surreal environment free of reasons and convention.”
Dream Taps Marc Marron
Now that Dream has a location and the dream itself is underway, it’s time to round out the skills behind the experience. They have tapped none other than Chef Marc Marrone as culinary consultant, promising an opulent dining experience for guests. The statement shares Marrone’s experience, and their joy at bringing him on board; “Tapping into nearly 15 years of experience earned at world-class restaurants across the country, Chef Marrone brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Dream Doha.
‘Vibrant dining and nightlife offerings have always played a vital role in our operations, and Chef Marc’s unparalleled creativity will be pivotal in the success of Dream Doha,’ says Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein. ‘We are thrilled to have such a seasoned chef who understands the role craft culture plays in vibe dining.’
‘Having worked with the Dream team previously in Hollywood, I jumped at the opportunity to lead culinary efforts at Dream Doha and continue to be a part of their culture for this monumental project. Doha is a magical city with a very discerning audience and one that’s poised to capture global attention as host of the FIFA World Cup in 2022. I’m honored to be in the starting line-up for Dream Doha,’ adds Chef Marc Marrone.
Cooking since the age of 15, Marc Marrone was first inspired by the treasured recipes handed down in his New York Italian family. He started his impressive career with training at the French Culinary Institute and spent his early years learning and drawing career inspiration from industry leading chefs like Daniel Boulud, Dan Barber and Jacque Pepin before starting his near 20-year career with TAO Group as chef at TAO Restaurant in New York City.
He was appointed executive sous chef at TAO Las Vegas shortly thereafter and worked his way up to West Coast corporate executive chef of TAO Group in 2010, leading star-studded dining and nightlife brands TAO, Beauty & Essex, LAVO, Marquee Day Club, The Highlight Room and Luchini Pizzeria & Bar in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as well as LAVO atop the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
Young, eager and inspired, Marrone left TAO Group in 2018 and set out to build a restaurant empire of his own. In 2019, he successfully launched three of his own original concepts Graffiti Bao and Gemma Gemma Pizza in Las Vegas and HallPass food hall in Salt Lake City, and plans to expand these concepts, along with his other restaurant brands SkinnyFATS and Italian Graffiti, nationwide.”
Dream Opening Details
Dream aims to be open for guests in early 2022, just in time for the World Cup. In order to stay apprised of development and be among the first to book once that option becomes available, visit the Dream Hotels Doha site.