Aldar and Nobu Hospitality to open a luxury hotel in UAE

Aldar and Nobu Hospitality to open a luxury hotel in UAE

Aldar Properties PJSC has partnered with Nobu Hospitality to launch a new luxury hotel, branded residences and a fine-dining experience to anchor Mamsha Al Saadiyat as a desirable destination.

The agreement will see Aldar develop the five-star hotel, featuring 165 luxurious guest rooms and suites, including the Nobu Villa rooftop. Expected to open in 2026, the luxury hotel will offer guests and visitors access to Mamsha Beach and its lively waterfront promenade, four food and beverage venues, including the first Nobu restaurant in Abu Dhabi, a state-of-the-art wellness and fitness center, opulent swimming pools and extensive event and conference facilities.

Situated alongside the hotel, the planned development includes the first branded Nobu Residences in the Middle East and the second worldwide, offering high-end, multi-bedroom sea-view residences. Nobu Residences will deliver the highest level of service and bespoke amenities, including raised gardens overlooking the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a state-of-the-art gym, a movie screening room, swimming pools, indoor and outdoor play areas and exclusive access to a lounge, where residents and their guests can enjoy exceptional events and social experiences. 

Talal Al Dhiyebi, group chief executive officer at Aldar Properties, said: “Our partnership with Nobu is a testament to Aldar’s ability to attract international partners and demonstrates the increasing appeal of Abu Dhabi as a leading destination for international investors and visitors – home to the second Nobu Residences worldwide and the first in the Middle East. Nobu’s iconic brand, synonymous with luxury and F&B expertise, will not only complement our existing portfolio and offering but will also elevate Saadiyat Island’s prominence and status as a world-class leisure, residential and cultural destination. The new project activates Aldar’s existing prime landbank in Mamsha Al Saadiyat and will bolster our portfolio of high-quality and recurring income-generating properties across residential, hospitality and leisure segments.”

Trevor Horwell, CEO of Nobu Hospitality, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with such a highly recognized company as Aldar, one of the most prominent real estate developers in the region, that shares our vision to create remarkable destination projects and lifestyle experiences. This is an exciting time for Saadiyat Island, which has become one of the world’s most desirable leisure destinations, and we look forward to offering our Nobu guests access to its incredible landscapes, cuisine and culture.”

Saadiyat Island is home to the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural assets, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Natural History Museum, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum, as well as other remarkable attractions, including pristine beaches and protected coastal areas. Located at the heart of Saadiyat Island’s cultural district, Mamsha Al Saadiyat is an exclusive beachfront community comprising luxury apartments, townhouses and penthouses, with access to a high-quality selection of restaurants and cafes, all connected via a promenade overlooking the Arabian Gulf. 

The partnership further enhances Saadiyat Island’s reputation as a premium destination in Abu Dhabi’s cultural and lifestyle district.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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