Qatar to open luxury resort on Indonesian island ‘New Bali’ in 2024 – Doha News
Want to plan your trip in advance? Well, keep an eye out for Qatar’s latest resort in the stunning Southeast Asian country.
Qatar is developing a brand new luxury hotel and resort in Indonesia, with a target to open as early as 2024, the country’s ambassador to Qatar, Ridwan Hassan, has revealed.
The new complex will be operational in two years, according to Hassan, who noted that Indonesia and Qatar were collaborating on the construction. The amazing new project will be located in Labuan Bajo, the westernmost point of Flores Island, in the Nusa Tenggara region of eastern Indonesia.
The place is a gateway for those visiting Komodo Island and Rinca Island, both of which are home to the famous Komodo dragons. It is famous for its resorts and ocean views which are home to a diversity of unique marine life and a plethora of natural attractions.
“Indonesia is very famous for tourism, especially if you talk about the island of Bali. Indonesia consists of thousands of islands and if we only focus on Bali itself, it is not enough because Bali is not really big to accommodate all foreign tourists coming to Indonesia,” said the envoy at a recent Indonesian cultural event held at Education. City to commemorate Indonesia’s Independence Day.
Despite the lack of a direct international flight to the island, Hassan said getting to Labuan Bajo will be simple thanks to the road infrastructure in place.
The new location is part of the government’s newly introduced policy called the “10 New Balis”. According to the official, the concept incorporates 10 sites in Indonesia which are being prepared to be the “future Bali” and are expected to attract significant numbers of tourists.
Bali itself receives over four million visitors every year, making it one of the most visited places in the region.
“We copy Bali as a base and then expand it to other islands, with some modifications,” Hassan said.
One of the ten “New Balis”, Labuan Bajo, houses the new hotel and resort. Other destinations include Mount Bromo, Belitung and Borobudur Temple in Central Java (East Java). Lake Toba (North Sumatra), Thousand Islands (Jakarta), Mandalika (West Nusa Tenggara), Wakatobi (Southeast Sulawesi), Tanjung Lesung (Banten) and Morotai (North Maluku) are also included.
The latest Qatar-Indonesia project aims to improve relations between the two nations.
According to the official, years of investing in Gulf countries, including Ooredoo, Nebras Power and Qatar National Bank, have benefited his country and strengthened their economic relations. In 2021 alone, the two countries recorded a huge trade of $893 million.