Mangroves resort to add value to Abu Dhabi tourism

ABU DHABI - Years after they’ve been cut, the first news is emerging from Abu Dhabi’s Eastern Mangroves: a new five star Anantara hotel is going to operate here.

By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Sat 25 Jun 2011, 11:11 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:52 AM

Tourism, Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has announced that the luxurious Asian hotel operator will take over the Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa, the development also including a marina, shops and residential properties.

The 1.2 kilometres Eastern Mangroves are located along Abu Dhabi’s Cornich Al Qurum, near Maqta Bridge, an area rich in mangrove swamps, which act as nurseries for fish, and which are usually protected eco-systems. The hotel, marina and retail section of the project will be completed in January 2012, whilst the residences will be delivered in the second quarter of 2012.

“The delivery of the Eastern Mangroves resort in 2012 will add further value to the outstanding tourism offerings of Abu Dhabi,” said James Pringle, acting CEO of TDIC.

The hotel itself will have 224 rooms and suites, three themed restaurants, a rooftop lounge with views of the mangroves, a swimming pool, a ballroom with capacity to accommodate up to 350 guests, conference facilities and a traditional Arabic hamam.

As for the hotel’s architecture, it is going to be a modern looking building, but with Arabic features, such as mushrabiyas and timber trellises.

This is the third Anantara resort developed by TDIC, the famed hotel operator already managing the luxurious Sir Bani Yas and Qasr Al Sarab sea and desert resorts in the emirate’s Western Region.

“We have chosen Anantara to operate this highly important project as the brand is expanding very fast, and it is known in the industry for going that extra mile and beyond, which is an element we wish for all TDIC projects to also be renowned for,” claimed Pringle.

Upon completion, Eastern Mangroves will be an integrated tourism destination and residential community.

It will consist of eight residential apartment buildings of varying designs, a promenade featuring restaurants, retail outlets, and a marina with berths for up to 30 yachts and boats. The residential component of the resort willfeature 220 premium apartments.

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