Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract to manage and, ultimately, rebrand the iconic Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
The group will take over the management of the property from January 1, 2020, marking Mandarin Oriental’s second hotel in the UAE, following the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai in early 2019.
The hotel will be rebranded as a Mandarin Oriental property, following a phased renovation over two years, during which time the hotel will remain open. The work will encompass significant upgrades to guestrooms and recreational amenities, as well as new food and beverage facilities.
The Emirates Palace hotel sits on a 1.3-kilometre private beachfront and features 394 guestrooms and suites, 12 restaurants and bars, 40 meeting rooms, a concert grade auditorium and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 2,500 people. Leisure facilities include a marina, two swimming pools, a spa and two fitness centres.
“This is a unique opportunity to manage one of the most high-profile properties in the Middle East and will be an excellent addition to our portfolio in the region,” chief executive, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, James Riley. “We look forward to bringing the Group’s exemplary service standards to Abu Dhabi and to introducing the brand to a new audience.”
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi is centrally located in the heart of the city, conveniently situated for both leisure and business travellers, whereby the Grand Mosque and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre are a short drive away.