Luxury hotel group Jumeirah is to open its first Abu Dhabi property next year.
The Jumeirah Etihad Towers will have its soft opening in September with the official launch date set for November 11.
It will form part of a five-tower complex also including residential apartments and office space, located on the west side of the Corniche, opposite Emirates Palace hotel.
Hotel general manager Doris Greif told Business Traveller it would be “very modern – a massive mixed-use development [the likes of which] Abu Dhabi hasn’t seen before”.
The 66-storey hotel tower will have 397 rooms and suites and 199 serviced apartments. Rooms will start from 41 sqm in size and feature sea views, 42-inch flatscreen TVs, free wifi, media hubs for linking your gadgets to the TV, and separate baths and showers.
There will 13 food and drink outlets, including a pan-Asian fine-dining restaurant and bar across the 62nd and 63rd floors, and Lebanese, Japanese and French eateries. Thanks to the hotel group’s agreement with Caprice Holdings, which owns London restaurants such as the Ivy and Le Caprice (see online news September 21), it will also have a branch of seafood restaurant Scott’s.
A Club lounge on the 45th floor will offer 24-hour food and drink, meeting rooms, TV lounges, video-conferencing facilities and shower suites for early-arriving guests. Rather than have specific Club rooms, lounge access will be bookable at a cost with any room in the property.
The hotel will also have 14 meeting rooms, including a 1,400-capacity ballroom, a 130-metre private beach, a pool, gym, Talise spa with 14 treatment rooms, a high-end shopping boulevard, and more than 3,000 underground car parking spaces.
Jumeirah is due to open its Zabeel Saray property on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah on December 28, and a Frankfurt hotel in August. It is also set to launch the first of its Venu brand of properties in Shanghai on January 31 (see online news April 29), followed by Baku in the first half of next year.
Visit jumeirah.com for more information.
Report by Michelle Mannion