US hotel group signs deal for first Abu Dhabi hotel

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company says luxury property in UAE capital is set to open in late 2011
US hotel group signs deal for first Abu Dhabi hotel
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 24 Apr 2011 07:00 PM

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company said on Sunday it has signed an agreement to operate its first property in Abu Dhabi.

The contract with Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) is for a waterfront hotel in the UAE capital which is expected to open in late 2011.

Designed by Otak International, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal will feature 447 luxurious guestrooms and suites, as well as 85 villas, the company said in a statement.

Inspired by the 15th to early 17th century Renaissance architecture and the urban planning of the city of Venice, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi consists of 10  buildings arranged in a crescent formation, completely with artfully designed water features throughout the 54 acre property.

"We are delighted to be bringing The Ritz-Carlton renowned levels of hospitality to the power capital of the United Arab Emirates," said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

Salem Mohamed Athaith Al Ameri, chairman of Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company added: "Our partnership with a world-class hospitality group such as The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company solidifies our plans for ADNH's growth and reinforces our concrete development strategy."

The hotel will also feature The Ritz-Carlton Club, a private floor accessible only by elevator key and offering five complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day and dedicated concierge service.

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal will be the company's third hotel in the UAE.

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