By Andy Sambidge
281-room Abu Dhabi Al Maqta will reopen as Hilton Abu Dhabi Capital Grand later this summer
Hotel giant Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of a new branded property for Abu Dhabi.
The hotel, currently known as Abu Dhabi Al Maqta, will rebrand and re-open as Hilton Abu Dhabi Capital Grand later this summer.
The 281-room conversion property is located in the heart of the city's new Capital District.
Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa said: "We are delighted to have signed such a prestigious deal for this unique, quality hotel in Abu Dhabi and in an emerging business community."
The hotel, which will undergo a series of brand changes before joining the Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio, boasts a 700-capacity grand ballroom with a separate 500-capacity function room, five large meeting rooms, two boardrooms and a VIP Majlis with private entrance.
The hotel also features two pools and seven restaurants and bars.
Rob Palleschi, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts said: "Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of the longest serving international hotel brands in UAE and our proud heritage has served us well in Abu Dhabi since 1973.
"This latest signing is a worthy addition to our large Middle East portfolio and we look forward to welcoming the growing number of visitors to the UAE's capital city."
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