Ritz-Carlton comes to Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island

Abu Dhabi’s National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels is bringing the Ritz-Carlton brand to Saadiyat Island.

The hospitality group has signed a deal for operator Marriott International to manage its 300-room property, which will also feature villas. NCTH along with the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) is developing a 7.5 hectare plot of land on Saadiyat Island, which currently has St Regis and Park Hyatt hotels. The property will feature a beach spread over 9.5 hectares. There is no scheduled date for completion.

It will be the second Ritz-Carlton branded property in the capital after the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, which is owned by Abu Dhabi National Hotels.


Among its other projects, NCTH expects to add 24 rooms to the 109-room Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort this quarter, and its Dhafra Beach Hotel will double its room count next year.

The company expects to open the 184-room InterContinental Abu Dhabi Grand Marina in 2018.

Marriott expects from next year to run two more Ritz-Carlton branded properties in Ras Al Khaimah, the first for the emirate, after it takes over the operations of Banyan Tree Al Wadi Desert Resort and Spa, and Banyan Tree the Beach in December.

While the waterfront property will be closed for renovations until May, the desert property will continue to accept visitors and carry on upgrades.

The desert resort, which comprises 101 villas with private pools, will continue to operate under the name of Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah until May while undergoing a refurbishment. It will be rebranded as the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert from June. RAK National Hotels, a subsidiary of RAK Hospitality Holding, owns the property.

The beach property will be rebranded as the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Hamra Beach from June. Al Hamra Real Estate Development owns the property.

There are two Ritz-Carlton branded properties in Dubai.

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