The Ned open their first Middle East location
Membership Collective Group is opening their third Ned hotel and members club – and it’s their first in the Middle East.
Like its predecessors, The Ned Doha in Qatar, is set in a building of local historic interest. The first location in London is in the former Midland Bank headquarters, designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. Their second location, The Ned NoMad, opened in 2022 in the renowned 1903 Johnston building in New York City.
The Ned Doha is set over five floors in the former site of the Ministry of Interior, overlooking the Arabian Gulf and Doha’s skyline. “Five years after launching The Ned in London, we are excited to be open in Doha,” said Gareth Banner, Group Managing Director. “We are honoured to occupy one of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings. We’re looking forward to delivering a distinct experience to our guests and members, welcoming them to stay, connect, eat and have a good time.”
The new club will feature 90 bedrooms and suites, seven public restaurants, a pool and club lounge, a health club with spa, salon, and fitness centre, and a new 775sqm event space for large-scale conferences, events, and receptions. Which probably explains the need for five floors…
The Ministry of Interior building was designed in the 1960s by Lebanese architect William Sednaoui. For tis incarnation, the brutalist style building has been redesigned by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin with interiors by Soho House Design.
Bedrooms are 70s-inspired bedrooms, and range from Cosy to Large, each with balconies offering views of the city or Arabian Gulf. Cosy bedrooms feature writing desks and curated drinks cabinets. Medium bedrooms come in three styles, Palace, Park and Sea, and feature glass chandeliers, silk-covered ottomans, dining areas for two, and balconies views of, well, you can probably guess.
Large bedrooms feature corner seating areas, curated drinks cabinets, period vanity desks, silk-covered ottomans, and balconies with sea and city views.
Restaurants include Middle East outposts for Cecconi’s and Electric Diner, and the building will also celebrate local and regional creativity with an extensive collection of original artworks created by close to 100 artists, more than half of whom are based in Doha and nearly three quarters of whom are female.
For reservations or more information, please visit The Ned’s website.