Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract to manage, and ultimately rebrand, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi as the company's second hotel in the UAE following the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, in early 2019.
The group will take over management of the property from Kempinski as of January 1 and the hotel will formally rebrand after a two-year renovation, during which the hotel will remain open. The work will upgrade the property's guestrooms and recreational amenities as well as add new food and beverage facilities.
The Emirates Palace hotel 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. Leisure facilities include a marina, two swimming pools, a spa and two fitness centers.
Owned by Emirates Palace Company, a subsidiary of the government of Abu Dhabi, the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi is a short drive from both the Grand Mosque and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The Marina Mall is nearby and the commercial center of the city is also easily accessible. The hotel is 40 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 90 minutes from Dubai Airport.