Shangri-La to open Abu Dhabi property

9th Oct 2006

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has signed an agreement with Al Jaber Establishment and Tourism Development
and Investment Company, Abu Dhabi to manage the Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al
Beri, Abu Dhabi, opening February 2007.  This is the second such management
agreement between the two groups; the first was for the Shangri-La Hotel,
Dubai.  The 21-acre (8.5 hectare) property, including the luxury hotel,
serviced apartments and deluxe villas, complemented by dining,
entertainment, retail and recreational facilities, will be the first
development of its kind in Abu Dhabi.

The Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, designed by Northpoint Architect of
Johannesburg, South Africa, faces a 1,000-metre-long (3,300 foot) private
beach.  The luxury hotel is 10 minutes from the airport; 15 minutes from
the Abu Dhabi Corniche and five minutes from the new Convention Centre. All
accommodation will feature sea views, including the 214 guestrooms with
room sizes over 45 square metres (484 square feet), 161 studio to
four-bedroom serviced apartments, and seven four to six-bedroom deluxe
villas.  Each villa will have its own private swimming pool.

Dining choices will include a poolside bar, lobby lounge, all-day dining
coffee shop, and restaurants serving French, Vietnamese and Chinese
cuisine.  A lively souk (Arabian marketplace) will be a centre for dining
and colourful shopping activity .

The hotel will feature CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, Shangri-La’s signature
spa brand. The concept of CHI is to create a sanctuary of tranquillity
inspired by the legend of Shangri-La, with therapies based on the ancient
healing traditions and rituals of the Himalayas and China.  In addition to
CHI, recreational facilities will include a health club, five outdoor
swimming pools and water sports.  A 700-metre-long (2,296 foot) waterway
with “abras” (Arab gondolas) will transport guests on its meandering
pathway through the property.

Meeting and banqueting facilities will consist of a 300-square-metre (2,950
square foot) ballroom; two 30 square-metre (295 square foot) boardrooms and
two 45-square-metre (440square foot) meeting rooms. In order to serve the
needs of business travellers, there will be a fully equipped business


“The property’s prime location, luxury accommodations, variety of
recreational and meeting facilities, combined with Shangri-La’s renowned
hospitality, will produce extremely memorable stays for all our guests,”
said Giovanni Angelini, Shangri-La’s chief executive officer and managing
director. “We selected Shangri-La to manage this special property due to
its longstanding reputation in Asia Pacific, and the sterling reputation it
has quickly established among its existing Middle East properties,” said
Mr. Obeid Al Jaber, chairman of Al Jaber Group.

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