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Tue 1 May 2007 10:57 AM

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Bridgeway project unveiled

The UAE capital's Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), which manages the tourism assets of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), has partnered with Abu Dhabi's Al Farida Investment Co. LLC, one of the region's most expansive and diversified investment conglomerates, for a US$136m (AED500m) hotel, apartment and shopping centre which will transform the area around Zayed Sports City.

The UAE capital's Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), which manages the tourism assets of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), has partnered with Abu Dhabi's Al Farida Investment Co. LLC, one of the region's most expansive and diversified investment conglomerates, for a US$136m (AED500m) hotel, apartment and shopping centre which will transform the area around Zayed Sports City - the largest sports stadium in the UAE and host to major international events. The five-star complex, known as ‘Bridgeway at Zayed Sports City', will boast a 306 room, 11-storey hotel, 146 serviced apartments, 91 residential apartments, a health club, conference centre as well as a ground floor shopping centre with 6,000 sq m of retail space and a food court.

It will be served by 600 underground car parking spaces, in addition to ample surface parking. Spanning some 101,200 sq m, the complex, which is due for completion in the fourth quarter of 2009, will be clearly visible from the capital's Airport Road, yet overlook nearby public gardens, and will serve one of the UAE capital's fastest-growing residential areas.

"This partnership is another example of private sector support for Abu Dhabi's tourism ambitions and for providing the necessary infrastructure to progress them," said His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of both ADTA and TDIC.

"The private sector has realised the investment potential of Abu Dhabi's hospitality segment which is now recording some of the world's highest occupancy levels.

"This development will assist us in attaining our goal of adding another 4000 rooms to the capital's hospitality stock in the next three years."

Crowned by a fabric tensile roof running throughout the project, the complex will be distinguished by a unique signature design and architecture. The hotel will be managed by an international operator yet to be appointed and features a 41 metre-high glazed atrium with a suspended oyster lounge, all-day dining restaurant, 42 sq m standard rooms, junior and executive suites and a ground-floor cigar lounge. It will boast a business centre, convention & banquets facilities for 350 delegates, as well as three meeting rooms with a total auditorium capacity of 250 seats. The health club will have indoor and outdoor swimming pools, squash and tennis courts and a gym.

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