The St. Regis® Doha Introduces World-Class Jazz to Qatar with the Opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center

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The St. Regis® Doha Introduces World-Class Jazz to Qatar with the Opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha

DOHA, Qatar--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) will proudly unveil Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha at The St. Regis Doha on October 4th 2012, with opening performances by the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, featuring members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The debut of Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha marks the first in a series of jazz clubs that St. Regis and JALC aim to create together as part of a unique global partnership announced last year. The opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha coincides with the opening of The St. Regis Doha earlier this year, further solidifying Qatar as an emerging center of culture, commerce and leisure in the Middle East.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha at The St. Regis Doha (Photo: Business Wire)

Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha at The St. Regis Doha (Photo: Business Wire)

"In the spirit of jazz ambassadors - Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, and Dizzy Gillespie - we continue the legacy of bridging cultures around the world through Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha, the first Lincoln Center branded venue outside of New York City," said Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center. "Opening this club enables us to extend the joys of jazz to a broader audience. We're thrilled that Mr. Omar Alfardan shares our vision of music as a way to find common ground. We are proud of this partnership. Through his generous support, jazz has a welcoming home in the Middle East. Thanks to our unique partnership with St. Regis, Jazz at Lincoln Center is bringing a continuous lineup of world-class jazz artists and educators to the people of Qatar and to the guests of St. Regis Doha."

The Wynton Marsalis Quintet will be the first of many renowned artists scheduled to perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha. The programming will be led by Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artistic Director of JALC, and will provide St. Regis guests and the local community a chance to enjoy the music genre in a new, exhilarating destination. Featuring live performances six nights a week with a menu inspired by the musical genre, Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha offers spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf in an intimate setting. The 4,500 square foot jazz club, with acoustics and sound system designed by SIA Acoustics, will seat up to 100 guests in a theatrical ambience that recalls a legendary jazz venue of the golden era.

"Jazz is the soundtrack of St. Regis, as appealing to today's global luxury travelers, as it was to New York's high society who frequented the rooftop ballroom at the landmark hotel in the 1930s to listen to Count Basie, Buddy Rich and other Jazz Age greats," says Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. "As we open the doors of Jazz at Lincoln Center at The St .Regis Doha, we are thrilled to welcome the next generation of jazz legends to the stage."

The opening of The St. Regis Doha marks the brand's first hotel in Qatar, ideally located within Doha's newest waterfront destination at Al Gassar Resort between the city's cultural heritage sites and its emerging commercial hub. The hotel's distinctive architecture showcases a contemporary design fused with traditional Arabic touches, an impressive addition to the city's skyline with two 14-story beachfront towers offering 336 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 70 elegant suites and two presidential suites.

Following in the tradition of the St. Regis brand's landmark New York hotel, The St. Regis Doha features the famed hallmarks of St. Regis hotels including signature St. Regis Butler Service, which offers guests bespoke service and beyond expectation experiences. The St. Regis Doha features 10 restaurants and lounges, including Opal by Gordon Ramsay as well as Hakkasan, which brings authentic yet contemporary Cantonese cuisine to Doha. The hotel features 16,000 square meters of luxury leisure facilities including an Olympic size swimming pool, a private beachfront, 10 luxury pool-side cabanas, the first Remède Spa in the Middle East, a fitness center and extensive meeting space.

The opening of The St. Regis Doha marks the second of three St. Regis hotels slated to debut within a year in the Middle East, including the recently opened St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, as well as The St. Regis Abu Dhabi which will open in December of this year on the Corniche. St. Regis will continue to expand its portfolio with the eagerly anticipated debut of The St. Regis Mauritius Resort in September. From Bal Harbour to Bangkok, Saadiyat Island to Shenzhen, the St. Regis brand caters to a new generation of luxury travelers and continues to thoughtfully build its portfolio in the most sought after destinations at the heart of the today's new grand tour. With the St. Regis brand's growth, Starwood continues to lengthen its lead in luxury hospitality, offering guests and residents exceptional levels of service and luxury experiences in a wide range of destinations around the world.

For more information on Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha and The St. Regis Doha, please visit www.stregis.com/doha and www.jalc.org.

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at over 30 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. From Bal Harbour to Bangkok, Saadiyat Island to Shenzhen, the St. Regis brand caters to a new generation of luxury travelers and continues to thoughtfully build its portfolio in the most sought after destinations at the heart of today's grand tour. Plans for the brand to expand its legacy include much-anticipated St. Regis Hotels & Resorts in the Riviera Maya and in Asia, where St. Regis has announced plans to open hotels in Changsha, Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur, Lijiang, Nanjing, New Delhi and Zhuhai. Additionally in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, St. Regis will continue to expand in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Dubai and Mauritius. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.com, to explore our recent debuts visit www.stregis.com/newgrandtour and for the privilege of residential ownership, please visit www.stregis.com/residences.

About Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, weekly national radio programs, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, jazz appreciation curriculum for students, music publishing, children's concerts, lectures, adult education courses, student and educator workshops, and interactive websites. Under the leadership of Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Executive Director Greg Scholl, and Chairman Robert Appel, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of events each season in its home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and around the world. For more information, visit jalc.org.

(Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks and uncertainties are presented in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained or that results and events will not materially differ. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.)

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Media:
For Jazz at Lincoln Center:
Zooey T. Jones, 212-258-9821
Director of Public Relations
zjones@jalc.org
or
For The St. Regis Doha:
Leslie Garcia-Moica, 974-4446-0000
Director of Public Relations
Leslie.Garcia-moica@stregis.com
or
For St. Regis Hotels & Resorts:
Simon Neggers, 212-380-4029
Global Public Relations
simon.neggers@starwoodhotels.com

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