Malta-based CHI Hotels & Resorts has concluded
negotiations for the operation of a second Ramada Hotel in the centre of
the Emirates’ capital - Abu Dhabi.
The 15-year technical services and operations
agreement for the new 313-room Ramada Abu Dhabi Beach hotel was
signed by CHI’s vice-president for business development Paul
Pisani and Major General Khalil Dawood Badran on behalf of the
Social Security Fund of the Ministry of the Interior of the United
Arab Emirates, owners of the upscale project.
The new hotel, targeted for a 2011 opening, is
being developed on a 31,000 square-metre site with a 300 metre
beach front, and is within a short drive from Maqta Bridge, at the
entrance to Abu Dhabi city centre.
The Ramada Abu Dhabi Beach will feature 313
guest rooms and suites on seven floors, several meeting rooms, a
two-storey ballroom, three restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools
and a Health Club with gymnasium, squash courts, massage rooms, a
sauna and solarium.
executive officer and managing director Tony Potter said, “This new
deal in Abu Dhabi, struck so closely after our first incursion in
this phenomenal city, reaffirms CHI's current and future
commitment to actively grow our management operations not only in
Europe, where we already have a strong presence, but most
importantly in the vast African and Middle East regions. These
territories are not only a natural breeding ground for our
Mediterranean born ‘Corinthia’ luxury brand, but also offer
extensive growth opportunities for the well established Wyndham
and Ramada brands, which CHI operates on an exclusive basis
through its joint venture with the US-based Wyndham Hotel Group.”
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