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Ritz-Carlton Opens Hotel in Abu Dhabi

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Ritz-Carlton has expanded its global portfolio of hotels with the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.

The 532-room luxury resort is the first Ritz-Carlton in Abu Dhabi and the ninth property in the Middle East for the luxury hotel operator.

Inspired by 15th to early 17th century Renaissance architecture and the urban planning of the city of Venice, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is located at the waterfront and consists of ten stately buildings arranged in a crescent formation.

Overlooking the 1,600 square meter pool, the backdrop of the hotel is the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

The property features 447 luxurious guestrooms and suites, in addition to 85 private one and two-bedroom villas.

We are delighted to open our first hotel in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, a city we have waited to be in until finding absolutely the right location, said Herve Humler President and Chief Operations Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Warm hospitality combined with legendary Ritz-Carlton service will create many unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for visitors from around the world.

Abu Dhabi, the largest of UAEs seven emirates, was a fishing village known regionally for its pearl trade just 50 years ago. Today, luxury and style are infused with traditional values of hospitality and culture, and make this dynamic city a draw for over 2 million visitors annually.

Made up of 200 small islands, Abu Dhabis beaches, expansive desert and lush oases provide a venue for exhilarating adventure or tranquil retreat while the old souks and majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque recently named one of the worlds top visitor attractions offer an intimate look into the regions culture.

Beautifully manicured lawns, unique water features, and private beaches over an expansive 57-acres give an immediate sense of well-being to guests upon arrival at the Venetian-designed Ritz-Carlton.

The 85 one and two-bedroom villas complete with spacious outdoor terraces, separate arrival palazzo and private butler service are ideal for leisure and business travellers alike.

The Ritz-Carlton Club Level provides a dedicated concierge, private check-in, plus five food and beverage offerings throughout the day within an exclusive lounge boasting panoramic views of the property, canal and city skyline.

The 1,550 square meter Roma Ballroom is able to accommodate up to 900 guests and is divisible by three. The ballroom also provides an exclusive elevator directly from the private Bridal Suite into the venue. Two expansive marble foyers with natural daylight, 14 additional meeting rooms, and a traditional majlis (literally meaning a place of sitting in Arabic) are also available.

Renowned Ritz-Carlton chefs aim to please every palate in any of the ten hotel restaurants and bars including three signature restaurants created by award-winning Japanese designer Super Potato. Li Jiang, meaning beautiful river in Chinese, is a modern Southeast Asian restaurant with an open kitchen specializing in noodles and dim sum; Mijana, a contemporary Lebanese restaurant, showcases the very best in traditional Lebanese and regional cooking; while The Forge, a signature steak house, serves specialty cuisine in a stylish setting paired with many of the worlds finest wines. The all-day dining restaurant, Giornotte (blending the Italian words for day and night), has an indoor seating capacity of 358 and serves light Mediterranean fare. Dolce, an Italian gelato and coffee caf; Alba, the lobby lounge serving Afternoon Tea; Sorso, a traditional Ritz-Carlton lobby bar; Al Fresco, the pool restaurant; plus two pool bars round out the remaining food and beverage offerings at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.

A 1,600 square meter outdoor pool, one of the largest in UAE; a fully-equipped health club; and the Ritz Kids Club are just a few of the other leisure facilities available for guests to enjoy.

Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi

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