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Newest Abu Dhabi hotel to feature Arabic Gondolas

The new hotel being built next to Abu Dhabi's Shangri-la will be a smaller option than its sister hotel but bigger in charm and character.The Traders Hotel will feature its own 'abra' rides; Arabic gondolas for taking guests around the hotel complex

Newest Abu Dhabi hotel to feature Arabic Gondolas

An addition to the exuberant Shangri-La; the new sister property currently being built next door promises to be an outstanding new Abu Dhabi hotel, smaller in size and opulence but big in charm and character, and, most importantly; much more affordable too!

Being constructed as part of the Shangri-La group, the new Traders Hotel in Abu Dhabi will join its bigger sister hotel at the Qaryat Al Beri Complex offering guests a more sober accommodation, ideal for business travellers and those looking for a better value alternative without compromising on quality standards and impeccable service. The ideal Abu Dhabi hotel for the discerning traveller looking for understated refined elegance and a more sober type of luxury; this is the one to pick for your Abu Dhabi holidays! Like it’s bigger sister hotel, this new Abu Dhabi hotel will be situated within the Qaryat Al Beri commercial centre, which offers a wealth of services and amenities as well as comprising the following properties: Shangri-La Hotel, the Shangri-La Residences, Shangri-La’s famous signature CHI spa, The Villas by Shangri-La and an authentic souk for lively shopping!

Due for opening sometime between now and the end of September 2009, this new Abu Dhabi hotel will also be featuring a unique new attraction and definitely a first in Abu Dhabi hotels! The new Traders Hotel will feature its very own “abra” rides, which are Arabian gondolas to take guests from one part of the complex to the other on a short and pleasant sailing trip.

Furthermore, the new Abu Dhabi hotel itself features an all-day dining restaurant, serving cuisine from around the world plus there are restaurants galore within the complex, with everything from Chinese and Vietnamese to French gourmet delights. The hotel will comprise 301 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, starting at 32 square metres (344 square feet) and featuring a stylish design incorporating warm colour tones and comfortable furnishings. For travellers requiring the highest levels of service and attention, the hotel will offer exclusive Traders Club rooms and suites on the 10th floor.

This will be the second Traders Hotel in the UAE and the third management agreement between Shangri-La and the Al Jaber Group following those of Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai and Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi.

The architectural design of this new Shangri-La Abu Dhabi hotel by KEO International Consultants is conceived in keeping with Traders Hotels’ mission to offer an efficient range of facilities, and swift and friendly service, at competitive rates.

Guests will be able to enjoy all restaurants and recreational facilities within the complex, accessible by club car or a short abra (Arabic gondola) ride on the waterway. These include an authentic Arabic souk (market), with informal waterfront dining and boutique shopping; a health club; outdoor swimming pools; children’s play area; and restaurants.

“We are very pleased to extend our successful partnership with the Al Jaber Group,” said Madhu Rao, managing director and chief executive officer of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. “We are grateful for the owner’s vision to open a Traders Hotel and Shangri-La Hotel within the same project; these properties will complement each other while offering a distinct choice of accommodation options for travellers to the emirate.”

“Our winning partnerships with Shangri-La give us complete confidence in the success of Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi,” said Obeid Al Jaber, Chairman of Al Jaber Group. “This hotel’s opening will further enhance the positioning of the Qaryat Al Beri development as a ‘destination within a destination’ in Abu Dhabi.”

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