Emirates Palace, one of Abu Dhabi’s leading and arguably most iconic hotels, will be reopening as a as the Mandarin Oriental Emirates Palace.
The luxury five-star hotel, which is currently operated by Kempinski, will undergo a two-year renovation, which will include upgrading guestrooms and leisure facilities, as well as introducing new restaurants and bars. It will remain open during the renovation period.
“The partnership with Mandarin Oriental represents an important milestone and aims to propel the property’s profile into a new era,” said His Excellency Sultan Dhahi Sultan Al Humairi, managing director of Emirates Palace Company.
James Riley, group chief executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, said, “This is a unique opportunity to manage one of the most high-profile properties in the Middle East and will be an excellent addition to our portfolio in the region. We look forward to bringing the Group’s exemplary service standards to Abu Dhabi and to introducing the brand to a new audience.”
Emirates Palace opened in 2005. It currently has just under 394 guestrooms and suites, 12 bars and restaurants, 40 meeting rooms, an auditorium and a ballroom, which played host to the 2018 Dream Ball last year.