Cipriani arrives in the Middle East
World-Renowned Cipriani family joins multibillion dollar Yas Island Project
Abu-Dhabi, UAE; The UAE-based Destination Hospitality Management today announced a partnership that will bring Cipriani to the Yas Yacht Club, part of the multibillion dollar Yas Island and Abu Dhabi’s first official yacht club. Cipriani, the four generation family that operates in New York, Los Angeles, London, Venice, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Porto Cervo Sardinia, decided to launch operations with The Destination, after being approached by numerous groups. Cipriani will open their signature Italian restaurant, a Wine and Bellini Room, “Yotto” their first and only Japanese restaurant, a cigar lounge, “Allure” a nightclub, a private member’s yacht club and catering facilities. The catering facility will be equipped to host royal events, weddings, concerts, public and private occasions. The Yas Yacht Club, whose interior is designed by celebrated Italian architect Michele Bonan, is set to open in November 2010. The Destination is a joint venture between Mr. Ali Jassim and Mr. Mohamed Bin Jabr Al Suwaidi and will own a portfolio of projects such as the Yas Yacht Club.
Mohamed Bin Jabr Al Suwaidi, Co-founder and Co-Chairman of The Destination, commented: "I am very excited to bring such a world renowned brand to Abu Dhabi, and especially to have been a pioneer investor in the Yas Island project. In addition, I look forward to the continued success of Yas Island under the leadership of His Highnesses Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.”
Ali Jassim, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Destination commented “We are delighted to be bringing such an outstanding brand to the region, a name that dates back to 1931 and is synonymous with one of the world’s greatest in luxury hospitality, quality and service. There is no place better suited to open our operations than the Yas Yacht Club, and we are pleased to be able to contribute to the development of Yas Island, fit harmoniously with the Formula One track, and be the leaders in all the world-class yachting events that will be hosted under the patronage of the Yacht club.”
“The level of exclusivity the venues and members will enjoy are second to none and have as yet never been available in the Middle East,” said Giuseppe Cipriani. “Both Cipriani and the Yas Yacht Club venue fit well and are sure to create a recipe for unmatched experiences on the Yas Island.” Murtaza Akbar, President of Cipriani MENA and Asia stated “The start of Formula One weekend November 11th will be the exciting beginning of our Inaugural Period. The help of our friend HRH Prince Christian of Hannover has been critical in structuring our partnership.”
Mohammed Al-Mubarak from Aldar properties commented: “It is fantastic to see that our development has encouraged so many innovative attractions such as Ferrari World opening in October, Links Golf Club, the largest indoor theme park in the world, and now what is tailored to become the most exclusive Yacht club in the world. Needless to say, we are extremely happy to have The Destination on board, and we look forward to what they have in store for the Middle East.”
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In 1931, Giuseppe Cipriani opened Harry's Bar on the first floor of an abandoned rope warehouse in Venice. In the 80 years since, Cipriani has grown into a global hospitality brand, with properties, including restaurants, event spaces, luxury residential and hotels in New York, Los Angeles, London, Venice, Hong Kong, Istanbul, and Porto Cervo Sardinia. In New York, Cipriani operates first-class catering facilities at Cipriani 42nd Street, the former headquarters of the Bowery Savings Bank (both a New York City landmark and a national landmark), and at Cipriani Wall Street, located in a beautiful landmarked building at 55 Wall Street that previously served as the Merchant's Exchange and the New York Customs House. Cipriani Dolci, one of Cipriani's fine dining establishments, is located within Grand Central Terminal, a national and New York City historic landmark. In 1988 Arrigo Cipriani created Cipriani Industria a company that distributes top quality food products all over the world.