Luxury Doha Hotel Appoints New GM

Seasoned hotelier Alex Willats brings more than 20 years of experience in luxury hospitality to Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha.

Alex’s appointment as the new general manager at Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha, is of meaningful personal significance to the Englishman since he spent more than 12 years in Qatar during his formative years.

Growing up in the country helped to shape his understanding of the local culture and rich heritage and this appointment makes it a sort of homecoming to Qatar for him.

In his new position Alex aims to drive innovation and deliver outstanding hospitality experiences at the hotel, which opened in late 2022.

“I am delighted to be joining Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha, and look forward to making a difference with our guests and staff each day,” he said.

“I hope to build on the property’s impressive start as a leading luxury hotel in Qatar.”

Alex has held notable high-profile roles throughout his career, including a memorable stint as deputy general manager at The Ritz London, where he hosted an event for the late Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday, attended by then Prince Charles, now King Charles III.

Additionally, Alex demonstrated his excellent leadership abilities as general manager at Shangri-La Beijing, where he led the development of innovative, award-winning F&B concepts and directed key initiatives.

His strategic vision and dedication to excellence have defined his career, making him a respected leader in the industry.

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