UAE resort reopens after $8.1m facelift

The new-look Abu Dhabi Resort & Towers ... extensive renovation

The Sheraton Abu Dhabi Resort & Towers has reopened its resort after a Dh30 million ($8.1 million) facelift.

The extensive renovation and expansion is part of the hotel's goal to be a 'one-stop' resort with all the sports, entertainment and tourism facilities.

"Current developments in the regional tourism industry inspired the hotel's owners, Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company, to invest in expanding and transforming the beach area," said Sami Zoghbi, president Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc, Africa, India and Middle East.

Families, whether residing in the UAE or visiting from aboard, are the main focus of the resort's services and facilities.

The expansion covers 12,000 square metres. Even the beach has been covered with special while sand.

General manager Ahmed Khalifa, said: "Sheraton Abu Dhabi is a known landmark property of the city. It is well-known for its architecture, location and position. It has been an Integral part of the emirate since opening 21 years ago".

A second phase of renovation will begin in June this year to cover the hotel's ballrooms, lobby, mezzanine floor and refurbishment of 155 rooms. This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The third and final phase of the renovation project will start early next year and cover the restaurants and the remaining 100 rooms.

Khalifa said: "The resort's special children's Bizziwiz Club offers all day service and takes care of children who can have fun with fully trained resort staff. The club offers a wide range of activities ranging from sports, competitions, boat trips, picnics, treasure hunts, skill and knowledge games as well as excursions around Abu Dhabi and Lulu Island and fishing tours."

Sports and fitness seekers can enjoy all sorts of facilities at the new resort, which is equipped with a state of the art gym, aerobics studio, glass-backed squash courts and two rooftop tennis courts.