TDIC and Bin Salem to build Grand Corniche
US $100 million Abu Dhabi hotel is due to be completed by the end of 2009
Abu Dhabi-based developer, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), has teamed up with developer Bin Salem to build the five-star Grand Corniche Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
The 35-storey structure has been designed by SingaporeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€?Â¢s Surbana Consultant to reflect Abu DhabiÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€?Â¢s maritime heritage.
Bin Salem Group will take the 4,800m2 site in Khalidiya, belonging to TDIC, under lease and develop it.
To be built at a cost of US $100 million (AED370 million), the Grand Corniche Hotel is scheduled to open in December 2009.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThis will be a significant addition to Abu DhabiÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€?Â¢s hospitality stock and an aesthetic asset for the capitalÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€?Â¢s skyline,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â? said HH Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of TDIC and of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA).
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThis agreement is a sterling example of the private sector responding to the governmentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€?Â¢s desire to see increased investment in Abu DhabiÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€?Â¢s tourism infrastructure.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â?
To be made entirely of glass, the sleek tower design is reminiscent of a racing dhow ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ the traditional Arabic sailing vessel.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe intricate details of the sail will be clearly visible in daylight,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â? explained Ahmed Mohamed Al Dhaheri, CEO, Bin Salem Group.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWhen night falls, the sail will seemingly fade into the darkness, but when illuminated from within, the tower will glow like an encased pearl.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â?
To be managed by an international operator yet to be appointed, the Grand Corniche Hotel will have 349 rooms and 90 suites, 144 serviced apartments with a mix of one and two bedroom units and 3,600m of shop space set on a retail podium. Four basement floors will accommodate car parking.
The hotel will have four restaurants ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ including a rooftop dining outlet ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ a cafÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©, lobby bar, two pool bars, swimming pools, spa, gymnasium, along with meeting and banqueting facilities.