Luxury hotel group Rosewood Hotels and Resorts is to add a fourth Middle Eastern property to its portfolio, with the announcement of the Rosewood Abu Dhabi.
The hotel is due to open in 2012, and will feature 190 rooms and a further 140 serviced residences within a 34-storey reflective-glass tower featuring “curvilinear architecture”. The property will be located on Sowwah Island, a mixed-use development which will be home to six million square feet of office, hotel, retail and residential space, including the forthcoming headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi will feature “a variety of signature restaurants”, as well as an 1,670-sqm spa and fitness centre. Interiors have been designed by BBG-BBGM, with the lobby area featuring a flowing water feature and “dramatic wall of art”.
The hotel will be Rosewood’s fourth Middle Eastern property, joining three established hotels in Saudi Arabia: Al Faisaliah Hotel and Hotel Al Khozama in Riyadh, and Rosewood Corniche in Jeddah. For more information on these hotels, read Business Traveller’s report on hotel developments in the kingdom, in the December 2008 / January 2009 issue. The group is also due to open a property in Dubai’s International Financial Centre in late 2010.
Report by Mark Caswell