Hyatt opens first Andaz in the Middle East

Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi. Photo credit: Hyatt Hotels Corporation(Photo credit: Hyatt Hotels Corp.)

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has turned the “Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi” into the first Andaz hotel in the Middle East.

“As we weave in the sights, sounds and tastes of the local Abu Dhabi culture, the opening of the Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi marks a significant milestone for Hyatt, reinforcing its standing with visitors and residents of the city,” said Stuart Deeson, hotel general manager and area VP for Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Egypt and Jordan, in a statement. “The city’s abundant history and culture is reflected throughout the property, most notably in its artistic representation. Exemplified through thoughtful design and the addition of a permanent art collection, the property celebrates the spirit and culture of the United Arab Emirates.”

Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi occupies floors 18 to 33 within the Capital Gate building and is the world’s furthest leaning hotel at an 18-degree incline. Design elements are multi-layered and include various textures and techniques in order to represent both the country’s modest beginnings and traditional elements, as well as the current ultra-modern façade of the city.

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The design also incorporates four cultural symbols from Emirati culture: ‘Mashrabiya’, intricate wooden window adornments; ‘Khatt,’ poetic Islamic calligraphy; ‘Al Sadu,’ traditionally woven fabrics; and iconic Date Palms motifs.

The lobby includes pieces from local artists that reflect the local culture. The ground floor serves as a permanent art space, and each guestroom has its own individual artwork to educate international guests with the region.

The hotel has 189 guestrooms and suites as well as a restaurant and lounge. The Rayana Spa on the 19th floor overlooks the city and includes a suspended outdoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center.