The legendary Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi has adopted the name Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental. The hotel owner hopes to reestablish its position as “the world’s most iconic beachfront resort” with the name change.
“Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi marks a milestone for our brand and confirms our commitment to the region,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. “The palace is a globally recognized landmark in the UAE and we are delighted to manage a property with such rich historical and cultural relevance.”
The coastal facility has just undergone accommodation renovations, added “creative” eating options, and built brand-new spa and sports facilities. The newly designed hotel also features the first “vegan rooms” in the area, as well as compassionate design, eco-friendly bedding, plant-based in-room eating options, and animal-free bathroom products.
One of the eating alternatives is Talea by Antonio Guida, which has a Michelin star. Episodes is a brand-new culinary attraction that includes a deli, a pastry shop, a gelateria, and a tea apothecary.
Abu Dhabi recently underwent a significant overhaul of its tourism and destination creation strategy. The city’s appeal will be increased by new, iconic hotel, recreational, and retail projects that are currently under construction or will be completed soon. In order to manage all the opportunities present in the industry and collaborate closely with the private sector to make it happen, the emirate has also established a new tourist body. According to Mohammed Al Junaibi, Chairman of Emirates Palace Company, “Guided by the legacy and expertise of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the resort is set to become an icon of global luxury in line with our leadership’s quest to extend world-class hospitality to anyone visiting or living in the UAE.”
Two of the 12 project launches that the Dubai developer Samana had planned for this year have already begun, and Greek islands inspired their names.
The construction of the “Santorini” and “Mykonos” projects at Dubai Studio City will cost Dh320 million.
“We (are) going to create an island design and feel in new projects,” said Imran Farooq, CEO of Samana Developers. “COVID-19 outbreak prompted us to go for the island designs where people live in a healthy and sustainable environment.”
Environmental features have been incorporated and added to the energy efficiency in the designs. This includes green areas and solar panels for in-house power generation. “In addition, we have created an island-style living where the water, fresh air, and plantation will be aplenty,” said Farooq. “Island living is a new concept in Dubai real estate that European buyers love and feel at home with.”
The Santorini project, slated for an April 2025 handover, will be located across from the Dubai Autodrome and ten minutes from Global Village and IMG World. It will have 157 private pool-equipped studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.
The 198-unit Building, which would cost Dh170 million, is anticipated to be finished in July 2025.