Aldar Properties has announced that it has appointed Marriott International to manage Yas Island Hotel which overlooks the Formula 1 racetrack.
Effective from July 1, Marriott International will assume operation of the Yas Island hotel, which will go through a refurbishment period before opening under W Hotels – marking the debut of the brand in Abu Dhabi.
Areas across the hotel will be refreshed and redesigned, with an upgrade to its lobby and pool facilities, while remaining open to guests.
Aldar said in a statement that the hotel is a key component of its Yas Island destination strategy.
The island is set to welcome Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi next month, building on the entertainment and leisure attractions on Yas Island, where Aldar has a portfolio of seven hotels.
Abu Dhabi’s media and entertainment free zone is also relocating to facilities on Yas Island and has appointed Aldar as its strategic real estate partner.
The first phase of the new free zone is valued at approximately AED1 billion and is set to grow as twofour54 continues to grow, with a target of attracting 10,000 working professionals from the media sector to Yas Island.
This will form part of the AED12 billion Yas Bay master development, which also comprises a waterfront and entertainment district and an urban island community.
Talal Al Dhiyebi, CEO of Aldar Properties, said: “Marriott International’s experience will ensure guests have a memorable stay at our world-class hotel while driving value for our Asset Management business.”
Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International added: “We are delighted to work with Aldar to introduce W Hotels on Yas Island, bringing a new dimension to the luxury and lifestyle hospitality offering on the iconic landmark.”For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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