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Hilton Abu Dhabi Hotel to cease operations under Hilton Brand by end of 2018

An iconic luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi will no longer carry the Hilton name by the end of 2018. Hilton Abu Dhabi has been part of the global Hilton chain for 45 years, and it was the first international chain hotel to open in Abu Dhabi. It is not yet known which hotel operator will take over the running of the luxury hotel, which sits on the city's picturesque Corniche.

Hilton Abu Dhabi Hotel to cease operations under Hilton Brand by end of 2018

Hilton Worldwide has announced that one of its iconic hotels in the Middle East will no longer operate under the Hilton brand by the end of 2018. The Hilton Abu Dhabi will cease to operate under the brand from 31st December, and it is not yet known which hotel operator will take over the management of the property.

Located on the scenic Corniche in Abu Dhabi, the luxury hotel first opened 45 years ago under the Hilton brand. It was the first international chain hotel to open in the city.

"Hilton has managed these properties on behalf of the owning company for 45 years, serving local and international guests during that time."

Explained William Costley, the Vice President of Operations for Hilton in the Arabian Peninsula and Turkey.

"We believe we have created wonderful memories for our millions of guests. While we will no longer be managing these hotels, we are glad to welcome guests to one of our 20 other hotels open in the UAE currently.”

Hilton Abu Dhabi was first opened by Sheikh Zayed on 23rd May 1973. A photograph of the iconic building was taken in 1975 by Alain St-Hilaire, a French photographer, which shows it standing on the Corniche, surrounded just by sand.

The hotel introduced foods to Abu Dhabi such as iceberg lettuce, smoked salmon and avocado. Its restaurant menus featured French food and all ingredients were flown in from London. The hotel also hosted discos, DJs and stars such as Tina Turner from the late 1970s onwards.

"The Hilton Abu Dhabi is an iconic hotel that helped kick-start the hotel boom in the city that continues to this day."

Commented John Ollila, Founder of Loyalty Lobby, Mr Ollila continued:

"As such, it just does not feel appropriate to see a hotel with this history under any other brand. However, market change is inevitable and travellers may get used to it over time.”

It has not yet been confirmed what will happen to the staff at Hilton Abu Dhabi, but management has said they are welcome to apply for jobs at any of its existing hotels. The Hilton branch in Al Ain is also likely to be affected by the changes.

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