The big picture: The Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi

15 Sep 2009 by Sara Turner

These futuristic buildings will be home to one of Abu Dhabi’s newest venues, The Yas Hotel. Due to open in October, it overlooks the Yas Marina Circuit, where the inaugural Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place.

The Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi

The 499-room hotel will be housed in two separate buildings, connected by a bridge overlooking Yas Marina Circuit, which will feature a lounge bar and a VIP level. The hotel will also offer a choice of eight restaurants, including international, Arabic, Indian Tandoori, Italian, Pan Arabic, Japanese, Noodle Bar and specialty seafood restaurants.

The outside of the buildings will be made from a colour changing gridshell, which is made up of some 5,000 individual panes of glass lit in different colours by an LED system. Inside the hotel guests will enjoy bespoke furniture and contemporary art.

The Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi

The hotel is being launched by Aldar Properties, the property development company behind the development of Yas Island. Set in a prime position overlooking the Yas Marina Circuit, the hotel aims to be the island’s flagship property, with most of the rooms offering views over the racetrack.

A number of other hotels are set to open on the natural island measuring 7.5km by 6.5km, including the debut of Rotana’s new brand, Centro Hotels by Rotana – see online news August 24

The Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi

As well as the Formula One race track, the island will feature Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, an 18 hole Links Championship golf course, a 143-berth marina, a water park and 269,000sqm of retail space.


Report by Sara Turner

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