Rosewood Abu Dhabi: Unlocking A Sense of Place
Rosewood Abu Dhabi: Unlocking A Sense of Place
Abu Dhabi, October 28, 2013 – Rosewood Abu Dhabi, the ultra-luxury hotel located on Al Maryah Island, today celebrated its grand opening in a ceremony inspired by honorary hospitality traditions of past, and infused with elements of Emirati culture and history. Echoing Rosewood’s newly relaunched brand identity; the opening ceremony was entitled Rosewood Abu Dhabi: Unlocking A Sense of Place and symbolized an age-old hospitality tradition whereby unlocking the hotel door and then permanently discarding the key represented the official opening of a property. The event was complemented by traditional Ayyala dancers and Al-Ras and Takhamir drummers who greeted guests on arrival.
The ceremony was attended by H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), H.E. Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General TCA Abu Dhabi, H.E. Jasem Al Darmaki, Deputy Director General TCA Abu Dhabi, H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO and MD Mubadala Development Company, Ali Eid AlMheiri, Executive Director, Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI), Sonia Cheng, CEO, Rosewood Hotel Group, Radha Arora, President Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® and additional dignitaries and distinguished guests.
Inspired by the Sense of Place® philosophy which ensures that each property is a reflection of the local culture in which it operates, and the group’s Living Canvas campaign that illustrates Rosewood’s unique approach to hospitality, the relaunch comes during an exciting period of global expansion for the group. The first Rosewood hotel welcomed its first guests in Europe at Rosewood London earlier this month and additional upcoming openings are scheduled across in Asia and the Middle East in the near future.
Ali Eid AlMheiri, Executive Director, Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI), commented: “The vision for Al Maryah Island has always been for the development of a vibrant urban community supported by leading businesses from around the world. The presence of an internationally renowned hotelier like Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, coupled with their innovative Sense of Place values, reinforces the core essence and world-class amenities that this district has to offer. As businesses, shops and restaurants continue to open, we believe Sowwah Square will take its place not just at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s business community, but in hearts of the greater community, providing a new and exciting destination for everyone.”
Luigi Romaniello, Managing Director, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, commented: “Rosewood Abu Dhabi exemplifies the Rosewood Sense of Place philosophy through a distinct and personalized luxury lifestyle experience in the heart of Abu Dhabi. I would like to thank the Government of Abu Dhabi, Mubadala Development Company, our dedicated team and all of our valued guests for making today’s opening event a reality. Inspired by the glistening Arabian Gulf and the deep rooted history with the dhow, our hotel has a distinct character which appeals to residents and tourists alike. With the recent opening of The Galleria, and continuous developments around us on Al Maryah Island, the district is truly becoming an elite luxury lifestyle destination. I am very excited about the possibilities and opportunities which lie in store here for Rosewood Abu Dhabi in this thriving urban hub.”
Rosewood Abu Dhabi offers nine signature restaurants and lounges including Aqua, a 24-hour Northern Italian and Mediterranean restaurant, Spice Mela, a modern Pan-Indian restaurant, the Hidden Bar, a cozy lounge with an extensive beverage selection, Sambusek, a vibrant Lebanese restaurant, Smoke, Sambusek’s shisha terrace, La Cava, an exclusive sommelier cellar, Majlis Lobby Lounge, the hotel’s living room, and Glo, a glamourous open-air lounge, Catalan, Abu Dhabi’s first Catalonian restaurant. Rosewood Abu Dhabi features eight fully equipped conference and event spaces including a ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, pool and gym facilities and Sense, A Rosewood Spa®.
For bookings, please contact Rosewood Abu Dhabi on AbuDhabi.Reservations@rosewoodhotels.com or call +971 (0) 2 813 5555.
About Rosewood Abu Dhabi
An ultra-luxury five-star hotel on the waterfront at Sowwah Square, Rosewood Abu Dhabi features 189 rooms and suites, 58 serviced residences and 73 residences for long term lease. The 34-storey landmark hotel is strategically located on Al Maryah Island in the heart of Abu Dhabi's new Central Business District (CBD) and features direct climate-controlled links to neighbouring Sowwah Square offices, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and The Galleria on Al Maryah Island.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi embraces Rosewood’s A Sense of Place® philosophy, reflecting the history, architecture, scale and sensibilities of Abu Dhabi. The hotel offers premium accommodations, nine distinctive restaurants and lounges, the luxury Sense, A Rosewood Spa® and fully equipped business facilities and services.
With 18 properties in eight countries, the Rosewood collection comprises of some of the most legendary hotels and resorts in the world. Rosewood Abu Dhabi is the fourth Middle East property managed by Rosewood, including Al Faisaliah Hotel and Hotel Al Khozama in Riyadh and Rosewood Corniche in Jeddah.
About Al Maryah Island
Al Maryah Island has been designated as Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District (CBD), which forms a key component of the UPC’s Capital 2030 Plan. Located at the midpoint between Abu Dhabi's existing downtown and new residential districts, Sowwah Square marks the completion of Phase 1 of Al Maryah Island’s development and an important milestone in the government’s strategic urban development plan.
Sowwah Square has been developed by Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI) and modelled on the world’s leading mixed-use, 24-hour CBDs. It comprises The Galleria retail and dining destination alongside four international Grade A office towers, already home to a mix of blue-chip global and regional companies including Deloitte, GE, Gulf Capital, Booz & Co, JP Morgan, Macquarie Bank, Herbert Smith Freehills and the Regulation and Supervision Bureau.
About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages 18 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in nine countries. Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place® philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture and sensibilities. The Rosewood collection includes some of the world’s most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek® in Dallas, Texas, USA. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts targets to double its portfolio within five years with nine future hotels currently announced.
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Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI), a business unit of Mubadala Development Company PJSC, operates as an equity partner and asset manager, focusing on social infrastructure projects and Real Estate investment opportunities, both within the UAE and overseas.
The unit develops strategic commercial, residential and leisure districts that are central to Abu Dhabi’s long term development plans, as well as delivering supporting infrastructure essential to the Emirate’s economic diversification. These major projects are part of the government’s 2030 plan, a comprehensive strategy to develop the Capital into an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, world-class city.
MREI works to international standards of quality, functionality and sustainability. A number of local hospitality sector projects are attracting world-class hotel and leisure operators, which are vital to Abu Dhabi’s growing luxury tourism industry.
Key Real Estate projects include Sowwah Square, the heart of Abu Dhabi’s new visionary Central Business District on Al Maryah Island. The unit is also responsible for the development of several pioneering infrastructure projects including the UAE University, Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Zayed University Abu Dhabi’s new campus. Collectively, these investments remain true to the Mubadala mandate by delivering positive financial and social benefit for the community while supporting the socio-economic development of the Emirate and providing long-term financial returns.