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Hilton Hotels Corporation Signs Management Agreement for First Conrad in Abu Dhabi
Apr 03, 07 | 7:59 am
Hilton Hotels Corporation today announced the signing of its new property, the Conrad Abu Dhabi, marking the luxury brand's entry into the U.A.E capital. Due to open in the fourth quarter of 2009, the hotel will become the Hilton Family's fourth property in Abu Dhabi, and is a highly anticipated addition to the leading hotel brand's portfolio of 15 established properties in the Arabian Peninsula.
The Conrad Abu Dhabi is owned by Mazrui Holding and will be managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation.
"We are delighted to be signing this agreement with Mazrui, and with the support of His Excellency Sheikh Sultan. The Conrad Abu Dhabi is the second offering from the new Hilton Family of Brands that we are introducing into the Arabian Peninsula. Conrad is a brand that celebrates the individuality of its guests and offers unique experiences and excellent luxury service to discerning international business and leisure travellers. We are committed to the future growth of Abu Dhabi, just as we did 35 years ago when we became the first international hotel chain to operate in this region," said Matt Hart, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hilton Hotels Corporation at the signing ceremony at the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the ADTA and the Tourism & Development Investment Company (TDIC).
The TDIC manages ADTA's tourism assets and has partnered Mazrui Holding in the Lagoon project which houses the new Conrad Abu Dhabi. Located on the Abu Dhabi Corniche and clad in curved glass, the striking hotel will open with 380 guest rooms, each occupying a minimum floor space of 50 square metres, in addition to 80 serviced apartments situated around a private lagoon.
The hotel will offer an exciting and truly exceptional range of restaurant concepts and meeting rooms, in addition to its luxurious Spa, health club and private beach. Car parking for 1,800 vehicles will also be provided.
"The Conrad Abu Dhabi is our first partnership with Hilton Hotels Corporation, and the first Conrad in the capital itself. We are delighted to be a part of Hilton's expansion plans in the region, and we see its commitment in the region as a mirror of our own confidence in a bright and prosperous future for this emirate," said Abdullah Mazrui, Chairman and CEO of Mazrui Holdings.
The Conrad Abu Dhabi will be an outstanding addition to the growing Conrad portfolio, with plans for the Conrad Dubai also well under way. This follows the recent announcements from Conrad, including the luxury Conrad Resort & Spa in Koh Samui, Thailand, the Conrad Shanghai and the re-brand of the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa.
Hilton Hotels Corporation is the leading global hospitality company, with more than 2,900 hotels and 500,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories, including 105,000 team members worldwide.
The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly regarded hotel brands including Hilton®, Conrad®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations(TM), Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Scandic and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®.
The company currently operates 34 hotels in the Middle East - 19 hotels in Egypt, nine hotels in the UAE, four in Saudi Arabia and one each in Oman and Kuwait. Hilton's heritage in the Arabian Peninsula stretches backover 30 years, when it became the first international hotel brand to open a property in the UAE - the Hilton Al Ain in 1972.
The 46-suite Qasr al Sharq, or 'Palace of the Orient' which opened last year is now a member of The Waldorf=Astoria Collection®. The first phase of a Worldwide Resort in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE opened in January this year with 151 villa suites right on the beach.
New Hilton properties are also under development in Doha marking the company's first foray into Qatar, Kuwait and the Arabian Peninsula's first Conrad hotel in Dubai, in addition to a Residence and Beach Club, also in Dubai.
The Hilton Family of Hotels adheres to founder Conrad Hilton's philosophy that, "It has been, and continues to be, our responsibility to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality." The company put a name to its unique brand of service that has made it the best known and most highly regarded hotel company:be hospitable®. The philosophy is shared by all ten brands in the Hilton Family of Hotels, and is the inspiration for its overarching message of kindness and generosity () For more information about our company, please visit . To download images please visit
About Conrad® Hotels:
Conrad Hotels is the most global luxury brand of the Hilton Family of Hotels, with 18 luxury award-winning properties in cosmopolitan destinations across the US, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Egypt, Turkey, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Australia and Uruguay. Conrad offers luxury services for the discerning travelers, creating a world that celebrates individuality in every sense. Another seven Conrad projects are under development in the US, the Bahamas, Dubai, Thailand and China. All Conrad Hotels participate in the award-winning Hilton HHonors®reward programme, where HHonors members can earn Points & Miles®for every qualifying stay.
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