For years Abu Dhabi has been laying silent in the shadow of the bigger and brighter Emirate that is Dubai. Today however, the recent market recession has lead to several major role reversals. Currently while Dubai’s growth curve gravitates to a snail’s pace, Abu Dhabi is rapidly expanding and ever-evolving. Everywhere you turn, construction crews are hard at work creating new luxury hotels and mile-high skyscrapers. And as a result Abu Dhabi is quickly transforming itself into an international cultural and business hub. More and more companies are setting up businesses here and the city has also morphed into a preferred location for conferences in the Middle East. We at Condé Nast Traveller bring you our selection of the best business hotels to stay at while travelling to this caramel-coloured Emirate:
Aloft Abu Dhabi
Aloft, a Starwood property that is a vision of W Hotels brings to Abu Dhabi its signature modern design in bright colours. The hotel promises to please business travellers with its free Wi-Fi and comfortable rooms, all of which come with plug-in technology that link all electronics to the TV. Aloft also has the added advantage of being the only hotel attached to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC), one of the largest venues in the Middle East. The hotel offers two meeting spaces Splash Garden, a space that can entertain up to 1,500 guests as well as Tactic which consists of two boardrooms. Other features include Re:mix, a communal lobby area that encourages networking and Re:fuel, a self-serve eatery perfect for grabbing food on the go.
Aloft Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (+971 2 654 5000; www.aloftabudhabi.com) Doubles from Rs 4,000
The Yas Hotel
The Yas Hotel is located on Yas Island, which is fondly referred to as the Sheikh’s playground. Yas Island is home to The Grand Prix Circuit, the Formula 1 and Ferrari World. The hotel is housed in two buildings connected by a bridge that overlooks the Yas Grand Prix circuit and resembles a dome whose colours change. The hotel has on offer the Marina executive suites perfect for CEOs, which come with wrap-around balconies, a separate living room and an executive work station. The suites also come packing a host of amenities including use of a meeting room for up to one hour, garment pressing, airport transportation and happy hours at their Rush bar. Simply, Yas is a great place for corporate events as it offers 13 restaurants/lounges, a ballroom, six meeting rooms and four board rooms.
The Yas Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (+971 2 6560700; www.theyashotel.com) Marina executive suites from Rs 31,162
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is located close to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company, the Abu Dhabi Golf Club and the international airport. This beachfront hotel also serves up lovely views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Business travellers should stay in the rooms on the Fairmont Gold floors, which come with concierge service, complimentary internet and boardroom access. The hotel also offers a business centre with secretarial services and conference room rental. For large events, the hotel has an 11,500sq ft ballroom and six meeting rooms. The hotel’s private beach and swimming pool are also ideal for post-work sundowner session.Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, between the bridges, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (+971 2 654 3333; www.fairmont.com/babalbahr)
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