Rotana says Saadiyat resort will open in 2015

UAE-based hotel group announces launch date for luxury five-star hotel on Abu Dhabi island

UAE-based hotel group Rotana has announced that its plans for a luxury five-star hotel on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island will open in 2015.

The company said in a statement that plans for the Saadiyat Rotana Resort were progressing well.

Nasser Al Nowais, chairman of Rotana said: "We are delighted to announce that the opening date of the five-star Saadiyat Rotana Resort will be in 2015 - the same year when the highly anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi museum is set to open on the island."

The resort will feature 354 upscale rooms and suites in addition to 13 beach private villas, he added.

The resort will also offer a private stretch of beach, a variety of food and beverage outlets with large meeting and conference facilities, in addition to a spa and fitness club.

Ali Al Hammadi, deputy managing director at Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), said: "We are confident that the new Saadiyat Rotana Resort will add great value to our exclusive offering of luxury hotels on the island.

"Saadiyat is en-route to becoming a world-class tourism destination which will support the emirate's hospitality sector."

Saadiyat, TDIC's flagship project, is set to become home to the likes of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum in 2015, followed by Zayed National Museum in 2016 and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum in 2017.

Recently, Rotana has announced hotel launched in Bahrain and Turkey and is on track to open eight properties in the Middle East in 2013, according to Hotelier Middle East.

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