Cuba Business

Qatari Diar to invest $70million in Cayo Largo and Cuba hotels

Posted April 28, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Business.

Press Release

H.E. Mrs. Marta Lomas Morales, Minister of Foreign Investment & Economic Cooperation of the Republic of Cuba and Ahmed Al-Mazroei, Deputy Chief Executive of Qatari Diar.

Qatari Diar have signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Republic of Cuba for a $70million investment to develop an exclusive 5 star resort in Cuba.

The Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Ahmed Al-Mazroei, Deputy Chief Executive of Qatari Diar and Marta Lomas, Minister for International Investment, Republic of Cuba at Qatari Diar’s Lusail headquarters.

The investment at Cayo Largo will develop an exclusive 5-star resort, consisting of a 200 bedroom hotel and 60 deluxe villas. Cayo Largo Resort is located on an island, twenty five minutes by aircraft off the Cuban mainland. The hotel will also have world class facilities including a spa and fitness centre and conference facilities.

The $70 million investment is a joint venture with Gran Caribe, a Cuban company 100% owned by the Cuban Ministry of Tourism. Three further sites have been identified in Cuba for future developments.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ahmed Al-Mazroei, Deputy Chief Executive of Qatari Diar said, “Qatari Diar are delighted to have signed this Memorandum of Agreement. We believe that this project highlights the strong relationship between our two countries and we look forward to working with Gran Caribe on the development. This is another example of Qatari Diar’s focus of creating long term sustainable projects.”

In keeping with Qatari Diar’s tradition of creating sustainable, community-enhancing projects, the building of the resort will generate hundreds of jobs during the construction phase while enhancing Cuba’s tourism infrastructure and desirability as a tourist destination. The resort will boast the highest standards of quality of luxury and will reflect the traditions and customs of the local culture. The resort will also help cater to the needs of the Cuban business and tourism sectors, and will serve as an attractive venue for the growing number of people expected to travel to the country in the near future.

Marta Lomas, Minister for International Investment, Republic of Cuba added, “This is the beginning of a partnership that will continue to strengthen the relationship between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Cuba and our two leaders.’

Marcelo V. Montenegro, Qatari Diar’s Country Manager for Cuba added that “Cuba is a fantastic country to visit. These investments will continue to develop Cuba’s tourism infrastructure. We look forward to completing the development and working on the three additional sites”.

About Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company

Wholly owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company was established in December 2004 to support Qatar’s growing economy and to coordinate the country’s real estate development priorities. Qatari Diar creates distinguished property developments, enhanced with local cultural and lifestyle experiences to attract tourism and new residents, generating sustainable and tangible socio-economic benefits. Qatari Diar’s vision is to become one of the world’s most trusted and effective real estate investment companies by creating quality, well-planned and desirable developments that enhance local communities.

For further information on Qatari Diar

please contact:
John Watts (Brown Lloyd James) PR
+974 687 6682 or

Lana Khachan (Brown Lloyd James) PR
+974 586 8248

Member Comments

On April 28, 2008, publisher wrote:

Marcelo V. Montenegro, Qatari Diar’s Country Manager for Cuba added that “Cuba is a fantastic country to visit…”

One could add “but I wouldn’t want to live there”.

Seriously folks, the Mid East is coming to Cuba. Dubai Port World is looking at Mariel to create an international shipping port and Dubai Profile has invested in Canada’s Leisure Canada to build hotels and golf courses.

More NON-US companies making in roads into Cuba.

On May 02, 2008, hans wrote:

At the moment the US can / will take over Cuba again the Chinese, other Asian and middle East countries and Europe are deep inside the Cuban economy. Cuba will never be an colony of the USA again. These days are over. Thank God for that.

On May 02, 2008, publisher wrote:

I agree. Cuba will never be a colony of the US. That was over in 1904 or some year in the early 1900’s.

You should read up on your history to see what the US did for Cuba after the Spanish American war.

On May 02, 2008, Varsi Padayachee wrote:

Yes, The US gave the Cubans Batista, Machado, Mafia, The Burnett Act, which enslaved the Cubans, to the whims of the US Congress. A lot for the US to be proud of.