Luxury hotel chain Ritz-Carlton have announced that they will open a five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi in January 2013. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, to run in collaboration with local partner Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH), will be the first property in the United Arab Emirates capital city for the company.
Development of the 57-acre site will include the 532-room hotel (447 guestrooms and suites, with an additional 85 luxury villas), gardens, a private beach overlooking the Grand Canal and water features. In a press release from Ritz-Carlton, the ten main buildings are arranged in a crescent formation. The hotel will deliver the legendary service and amenities associated with the Ritz-Carlton name, with butler service, three signature restaurants, fitness centre, numerous pools, a spa and a grand ballroom.
Designed by architect Otak International with interiors by Sfa Design, the hotel sits facing the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, offering guests unparalleled views of the city. Hotelier Middle East reported on location from the site that the “mosaic tile patterns on the floor of the lobby, as well as motifs used in other public areas and on the guest room doors and floors, are exact replicas of the designs used within the mosque, while the lighting of the lobby at night will also echo that of the mosque.”
Construction has reportedly cost Ritz-Carlton and its partner Abu Dhabi National Hotels more than $1.5 billion AED (approximately $408.3 million US).