Hilton announces new hotel at Abu Dhabi’s $3.26bn Yas Island expansion

The property is located on the new Yas Bay waterfront



Hotel firm Hilton has announced a new property as part of the Dhs12bn ($3.26bn) development plan for Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.

The 641-room Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island resort will be located on the new 3km Yas Bay waterfront near the planned 8,000 capacity Yas Arena.

It will feature a conference centre, seven dining outlets and an infinity pool next to the Arabian Sea and is due to open in 2019.

“This represents a landmark deal for Hilton and puts us at the forefront of the transformational journey Yas Island is undertaking to become one of the world’s top leisure destinations,” said Carlos Khneisser, vice president of for MENA at Hilton.

“Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Resort is indicative of the calibre of project we are looking at for our resort portfolio here in the Middle East.”

The wider master plan for the southern end of Yas island includes public waterfront and entertainment district Yas Bay, a new campus for media zone twofour54 and a residential complex.

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The development is expected to host 15,000 new residents, 14,000 daily visitors and 10,000 working professionals when completed.

Miral has invested Dhs4bn ($1.36bn) into the first phase of the development, with work already underway.

Yas Island is home to a Formula One circuit, live entertainment venue Du Arena, the Ferrari World theme park, Yas Waterworld, Yas Mall, an 18-hole championship golf course, marina, beach, and Yas Mall.

Other plans include new Sea World and Warner Bros theme parks.

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