Abu Dhabi National Hotels plans Saadiyat resort

Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) is to invest around AED 700 million (US $190 million) in a five-star destination resort on Saadiyat Island — the natural island lying 500 metres offshore from the UAE capital city.

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By  Sarah Campbell Published  August 15, 2006

Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) is to invest around AED 700 million (US $190 million) in a five-star destination resort on Saadiyat Island — the natural island lying 500 metres offshore from the UAE capital city. The resort will be built on the island's Saadiyat Beach with ADNH purchasing an 250,000m² plot for the project from Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the tourism asset development arm of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). “This will be a flagship addition to the growing ADNH portfolio,” said Khalifa Nasser Huwaileel Al Mansoori, chairman, ADNH. “We are pleased to be one of the first partners in this ambitious Saadiyat Island development.” The ADNH resort will include a 120,000m² hotel with around 400 rooms to be managed by an international hotel operator. “We anticipate making further announcements, including details of the design, selected architects and operator, in the not-too-distant future,” said Al Mansoori. “We expect construction to begin in the first quarter of next year with the resort opening in the second quarter of 2009.” Saadiyat Island will focus on eco-tourism and the ADNH resort will be located on its own 300m beach, with natural sand dunes and plants directly behind the hotel. “The unique environment of Saadiyat Island and its beaches present special opportunities to hotel and resort developers,” said Mubarak Al Muhairi, managing director, TDIC. “Guests will access the resort beaches by a series of boardwalks and pathways that will meander through the dune environment.” TDIC says it has chosen only a few select developers for projects on Saadiyat Beach and has established strict development criteria for the area. “Our aim for Saadiyat Beach is to have highly landscaped resorts that are secluded and private. Development concepts for the beach must take into consideration the natural environment as well as offering hotel guests recreational amenities and entertainment on a par with the world's best resort settings. ADNH was selected for development because we were extremely impressed with its approach and concept,” said Al Muhairi. Saadiyat Beach, which lies to the north west of Saadiyat Island, is master planned to produce a range of five-star resorts flanking nine kilometres of beach, a golf course with freehold villas, sailing club and private beach clubs. Enabling works to clear the ground for infrastructure development of the island are now underway and an international tender has been issued for the building of a 10-lane highway bridge linking the capital city with Saadiyat Island.

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