Eastern Mangroves opens in Abu Dhabi as hotel brands rush to UAE

By Rebecca Bundhun  www.thenational.ae

The long-awaited Eastern Mangroves hotel in Abu Dhabi is to launch today, accounting for some of the thousands of hotel rooms scheduled to open across the country in the coming months.

The long-awaited Eastern Mangroves hotel in Abu Dhabi is to launch today. Fatima Al Marzooqi/The National

The long-awaited Eastern Mangroves hotel in Abu Dhabi is to launch today. Fatima Al Marzooqi/The National

About 7,000 new hotel rooms and hotel apartments are expected to open in Abu Dhabi alone in the next 24 months, according to research by Christie + Co, a hotel consultancy. The UAE “is the place in the region to have your flag or to have your brand and that will continue to be the case”, said Gavin Samson, the managing director of Christie + Co in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Eastern Mangroves hotel is managed by the luxury operator Anantara and was built by Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company.

There has been a flurry of luxury hotels opening their doors for the first time in the past year, including resorts on Saadiyat Island. Properties expected to open this year in Abu Dhabi include a Ritz-Carlton hotel and a St Regis hotel on the Corniche.

Analysts said the Eastern Mangroves resort, which also has a residential component, would bring something new to the market in the capital. More info

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