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TDIC and Bin Salem to build Grand Corniche

US $100 million Abu Dhabi hotel is due to be completed by the end of 2009

Abu Dhabi-based developer, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), has teamed up with developer Bin Salem to build the five-star Grand Corniche Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

The 35-storey structure has been designed by Singapore’s Surbana Consultant to reflect Abu Dhabi’s maritime heritage.

Bin Salem Group will take the 4,800m2 site in Khalidiya, belonging to TDIC, under lease and develop it.

To be built at a cost of US $100 million (AED370 million), the Grand Corniche Hotel is scheduled to open in December 2009.

“This will be a significant addition to Abu Dhabi’s hospitality stock and an aesthetic asset for the capital’s skyline,” said HH Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of TDIC and of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA).

“This agreement is a sterling example of the private sector responding to the government’s desire to see increased investment in Abu Dhabi’s tourism infrastructure.”

To be made entirely of glass, the sleek tower design is reminiscent of a racing dhow – the traditional Arabic sailing vessel.

“The intricate details of the sail will be clearly visible in daylight,” explained Ahmed Mohamed Al Dhaheri, CEO, Bin Salem Group.

“When night falls, the sail will seemingly fade into the darkness, but when illuminated from within, the tower will glow like an encased pearl.”

To be managed by an international operator yet to be appointed, the Grand Corniche Hotel will have 349 rooms and 90 suites, 144 serviced apartments with a mix of one and two bedroom units and 3,600m of shop space set on a retail podium. Four basement floors will accommodate car parking.

The hotel will have four restaurants – including a rooftop dining outlet – a café, lobby bar, two pool bars, swimming pools, spa, gymnasium, along with meeting and banqueting facilities.

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