Mandarin Oriental is taking over a hotel near the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center, effective January 1, 2020. The Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will undergo a phase renovation over the next two years before being rebranded as a Mandarin Oriental property.
The hotel will remain open throughout the entirety of the renovation project, which will encompass upgrades to guestrooms and recreational amenities, as well as new food and beverage facilities.
The Emirates Palace Hotel sits on a private beachfront, and it has 394 guestrooms and suites, 12 restaurants and bars, 40 meeting rooms, a concert-grade auditorium and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 2,500 people. The property is also a short drive from the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center and the Grand Mosque.
The hotel’s leisure facilities include a marina, two swimming pools, a spa and two fitness centers. It is also close to the Marina Mall and the city’s commercial center, and it is 40 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 90 minutes from Dubai Airport.
Owned by the Emirates Palace Company, a subsidiary of the government of Abu Dhabi, the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi was first conceived to host the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, and it remains a venue for several high-profile conferences in the public and private sector. The hotel will represent the second Mandarin Oriental property in the United Arab Emirates following the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai in early 2019.