By Staff writer
Luxury hotel operator says it will open new properties in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Kuwait next year
Luxury hotel operator Four Seasons, in which Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed's Kingdom Holding holds a stake, confirmed on Thursday that it plans to open three new properties in the Gulf region during 2016.
Two hotels in the UAE and one in Kuwait make up part of its 2016 global pipeline that includes 12 new openings currently scheduled in late 2015 and 2016.
In 2015, the opening of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay marked the first Four Seasons in that country, and the company added a second hotel in France with the re-branding of the storied Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat.
By year-end, the company said it will add three more destinations with Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, and Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá,.
The company said in a statement that the first Four Seasons in Abu Dhabi will open in 2016 and will be the 200-room Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island.
A retro-modern Chicago steakhouse, a cocktail bar, and a poolside restaurant are among an array of dining options planned. The building will also house 124 private and serviced residences.
Four Seasons entered the UAE with its beachfront resort in Dubai less than a year ago, and will open a second location in the city next year with the 106-room Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre.
An 8th floor sky bar boasting Burj Khalifa views with a cigar room on the mezzanine is among the food and beverage options, while the rooftop pool and garden will provide a welcome oasis in this fast-paced city.
The hotel operator added that the first Four Seasons in Kuwait will be the 263-room Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya in the central business district.
An Italian dining concept created around three wood-burning ovens as well as a pan-Asian restaurant - both with outdoor terraces on the penthouse level - will be among five food and beverage options.
Other openings planned for 2016 include Bogota, Colombia, Kyoto, Japan, New York, Oahu, Hawaii, Surside, Florida and Tianjin, China.