Marriott to manage Yas Island hotel in Abu Dhabi
Marriott International will assume operation of the hotel that will be refurbished before opening under the luxury W Hotels brand
Aldar Properties has picked Marriott International to manage a Yas Island hotel that will become Abu Dhabi's first W Hotels-branded destination.
The facility will be refurbished and rebranded under its W Hotels luxury hotel chain, Aldar said in a statement.
Upgrades to the lobby and pool facilities will carried out to revitalise the site, although it will remain open to guests throughout the process.
Chief executive officer of Aldar Properties, Talal Al Dhiyebi, said the agreement with Marriott International supported the developer's strategy to hire "the most reputable international operators" for its 11 unit-strong hotel portfolio.
This line-up includes Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa, and Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara, both of which the developer recently acquired as part of its burgeoning asset management activity.
Dhiyebi said the agreement would help to "drive the activation of Yas Island and Saadiyat Island, and cater for the increasing number of tourists visiting Abu Dhabi".
President and managing director for the Middle East and Africa at Marriott International, Alex Kyriakidis, said the business was "delighted" to work with Aldar on Yas Island.
"Marriott International and Aldar share a similar vision for this project and we look forward to infusing the energy and innovative mindset of the brand into a vibrant destination such as Yas Island," he continued.
"This hotel marks our 13th property in Abu Dhabi and adds to our diverse brand portfolio in the capital, complimenting the destination, and the diverse traveller it attracts today.”
Bringing Marriortt International to Yas Island is part of Aldar's plans to attract more residents and tourists to the man-made island.
Abu Dhabi's media and entertainment free zone, Twofour54, is relocating to Yas Island, and has appointed Aldar as its strategic real estate partner.
Phase 1 of the free zone is worth $272m (AED1bn) and wants to attract 10,000 media sector workers to Yas Island.
The project forms part of the $3.2bn (AED12bn) Yas Bay master development, boasting a waterfront and entertainment district, as well as residential units.