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Qatar becoming premier dining destination

Qatar is growing as a premier dining destination with big name chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay and Alain Ducasse, and world-renowned brands entering the country. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the food and beverage sector (F&B) was absolutely booming in Doha and beyond. Sales in 2019 were QAR7.8 billion (£1.6 billion), which is quite something given Qatar has a population of less than 2.8 million people.

Qatar becoming premier dining destination
Experts at ValuStrat have estimated that restrictions will result in a 50% decline of year-on-year F&B sales in 2020, which is, of course, a concern. But the sector is hugely resilient, not least because of the forthcoming footballing jamboree that is the FIFA World Cup. The estimated 3.1 million visitors will provide a one-off boost of more than QAR6.4 billion (£1.3 billion) in F&B sales, according to the Middle East Credit Rating Agency.

A number of prestigious international brands will bring Iranian diner Mestooran and leading street food brand Wok to Walk to the country's biggest shopping centre, the Mall of Qatar, by the end of March. They will be joined by New York City burger joint Black Tap, which has become something of a fixture on the celebrity scene. 

Lusail Marina's yacht club will soon welcome the much sought-after Michelin-starred Beefbar. With restaurants spanning the globe from Monaco to Mexico City, Beefbar's concept is rooted in simplicity and quality, with a strong emphasis on understated luxury. Meat Smith, a steak house by chef Dave Pynt, will also open at The Pearl, an artificial island built off the coast of Doha.