Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide plans to open a new 172-room Aloft hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Scheduled to debut in 2016, the new Aloft Al Ain is the second Aloft property in the country following the launch of Aloft Abu Dhabi in 2009.
The new property will be part of the 500,000m² mixed-use development, which is situated in the neighbourhood of the 25,000-seat Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium and includes space for offices, residential units, family entertainment, retail shops and dining.
Aloft Al Ain will have 172 loft-like rooms including two presidential suites, all of which will feature the brand’s signature loft-like ceilings, oversized windows, a platform bed and large walk-in showers with complimentary Bliss Spa products.
The new hotel will also feature the brand’s signature W XYZ bar, the RE:Charge fitness centre and RE:Fuel by Aloft; a grab-n-go kiosk with an array of sweet, savoury and healthy food, snacks and drinks available 24 hours a day.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Europe, Africa and Middle East president Michael Wale said: "Due to phenomenal demand in markets worldwide, Aloft is on track to open its 100th hotel within the next year, and we see huge potential for this stylish brand to grow in the UAE and throughout the Middle East."
The Aloft property will have two creative spaces equipped with audiovisual technology suitable for meetings and presentations.
Al Ain Club Investment Company CEO Kareem Nagy Hassan said: "Our aim is to create a pioneering new entertainment and tourism destination.
"With the stadium as the central hub, this highly anticipated development will provide an exclusive combination of living, working and a healthy lifestyle in one location and we are thrilled to have Starwood’s Aloft Al Ain as our flagship hotel within this."
The company is planning to launch four new Aloft hotels in the region over the next three years in areas including Al Ain and Sharjah in the UAE, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, and Erbil in Iraq.
Currently, Starwood operates approximately 50 hotels in the Middle East and is planning to open an additional 30 hotels in the next few years.