Radisson Hotel Group has announced plans to rebrand two existing Hilton properties in Abu Dhabi and El Ain under its Radisson Blu portfolio.

Earlier this month a forum poster noted that the Hilton Abu Dhabi was set to debrand at the end of this year, and it has now emerged that the property will become the Radisson Blu Hotel and Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche from January.

At the same time the Hilton Al Ain will be rebranded as the Radisson Blu Hotel and Resort, Al Ain.

Radisson Hotel Group said that both hotels will undergo “extensive upgrade works as part of a full conversion plan”.

The group said it aims to reach 100 hotels and 20,000 rooms across the region by 2020, with Elie Younes, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, commenting:

“We’re delighted to grow our presence in the UAE with two marquee hotel signings in the capital. We also welcome this strategic relationship with Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH).

“The UAE remains one of our key focus markets in the Middle East, and these hotels give us the chance to cement our position in the country with Radisson Blu, which remains the largest upper upscale brand in Europe and a leading brand in its segment in MEA.”

The 327-room Radisson Blu Hotel and Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche offers guests 11,000sqm of private beach land, as well as eight restaurants, two cafes, four bars and a nightclub.

Other facilities include three swimming pools, a fitness centre, two ballrooms and six meeting rooms.

The city centre Radisson Blu Hotel and Resort, Al Ain features 202 rooms, four restaurants, six bars and two cafes, as well as two swimming pools, tennis courts and 1,200sqm of events space.