First Ritz-Carlton opens in Abu Dhabi

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal opened. The 532-room luxury resort is the first Ritz-Carlton in Abu Dhabi and the ninth property in the Middle East for the luxury hotel operator.

Inspired by 15th to early 17th century Renaissance architecture and the urban planning of the city of Venice, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal is located at the waterfront and consists of 10 buildings arranged in a crescent formation. Overlooking the 17,222-square-foot pool, the backdrop of the hotel is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The property features 447 guestrooms and suites, in addition to 85 private one- and two-bedroom villas.

The Venetian-designed Ritz-Carlton boasts manicured lawns, water features and private beaches over 57-acres. There are 85 one- and two-bedroom villas, complete with outdoor terraces, separate arrival palazzo and private butler service. The Ritz-Carlton Club Level provides a dedicated concierge, private check-in, plus five food and beverage offerings throughout the day within an exclusive lounge boasting views of the property, canal and city skyline.


The 16,146-square-foot Roma Ballroom is able to accommodate up to 900 guests and is divisible by three. The ballroom also provides an exclusive elevator directly from the private Bridal Suite into the venue. Two marble foyers with natural daylight, 14 additional meeting rooms, and a traditional majlis (literally meaning “a place of sitting” in Arabic) are also available.

The property has 10 hotel restaurants and bars, including three signature restaurants created by Japanese designer Super Potato. Li Jiang is a modern Southeast Asian restaurant with an open kitchen specializing in noodles and dim sum; Mijana, a contemporary Arabic restaurant, showcases traditional Lebanese and regional cooking; while The Forge, a signature steak house, serves specialty cuisine. The all-day dining restaurant, Giornotte has an indoor seating capacity of 358 and serves light Mediterranean fare; Dolce, an Italian gelato and coffee café; Alba, the lobby lounge serving Afternoon Tea; Sorso, a traditional Ritz-Carlton lobby bar; Al Fresco, the pool restaurant; plus two pool bars round out the remaining food and beverage offerings at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal.

A 17,222-square-foot outdoor pool, one of the largest in UAE; a fully-equipped health club; and the Ritz Kids Club are other leisure facilities available.


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