Big news from the United Arab Emirates. Jumierah, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company, has announced that it will manage a resort on the northeastern coast of Saadiyat Island, Arabian Business reports. Home to beach resorts like St. Regis and Park Hyatt, Saadiyat Island is renowned as the setting for new cutting-edge museums by prize-winning architects Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando and Zaha Hadid. When the projects are completed (like the Louvre and Guggenheim museums), Saadiyat Island will have the world’s largest concentration of cultural institutions.
Jumeirah signed a contract with Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan to operate the new hotel, which is slated to open in 2017. In a statement, Jumeirah promised that it would be "the most luxurious five-star resort in Abu Dhabi.” There will be 294 guest rooms, a pool, multiple restaurants, a lobby lounge and a private beach area. The architecture and design will be overseen by DBI Design Corporation, also behind the look of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi.
Jumeirah currently has 22 hotels, resorts and residences in its portfolio.
Images of Saadiyat Island and its cultural district via Abu Dhabi Tourism