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Topping Out Milestone Achieved for Rosewood Abu Dhabi Hotel on Sowwah Island

Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality hosts a ceremony to mark the occasion.

15 April 2011

Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality hosts a ceremony to mark the occasion.

Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality (MREH) has announced that Rosewood Abu Dhabi, the landmark luxury waterfront hotel on Sowwah Island, has reached its final height of 143 metres and is structurally complete.

MREH commemorated the event with a ceremony on level 32 of the Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel site on Sowwah Island, the heart of Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District (CBD). The ceremony was witnessed by senior members of the MREH team along with representatives of the Arabian Construction Company (ACC) and Rosewood Hotels along with the architects and interior designers of the project.

Opening in 2012, Rosewood Abu Dhabi will be a 34-storey hotel offering 189 spacious guest rooms and suites, 131 serviced residences and six penthouses, all with access to Rosewood’s world-class services. Guests will enjoy extensive amenities, retail and a variety of signature and all day dining offerings. The hotel will also feature Sense, a Rosewood Spa™, an 18,000 square foot beauty, wellness and fitness retreat.

Located on the waterfront next to Sowwah Square, Rosewood Abu Dhabi is fully equipped with business facilities and services to meet the needs of its guests and neighbouring offices. Rosewood Abu Dhabi is the first venture in the emirate by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

Speaking after the ceremony, Peter Wilding, Executive Director MREH said “Rosewood Abu Dhabi will offer guests an elegant experience in the dynamic urban environment at Sowwah Island. We are delighted by this milestone achievement and I congratulate our construction partners on this important occasion”.

“Rosewood Abu Dhabi will redefine the luxury experience in Abu Dhabi and we are pleased that the significant topping out milestone for the hotel structure has been achieved. Rosewood Abu Dhabi is reflective of the vibrant, mixed-use nature of the new CBD, which has been designed to the highest standard of quality, functionality and sustainability”, said John Scott President and CEO Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi is located on Sowwah Island, the core of Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District as designated by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s Capital 2030 Plan. It is situated between the prestigious commercial development Sowwah Square and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. The hotel is designed by renowned architect Handel Architects, and encompasses A Sense of Place®, the philosophy of having each property reflect the culture, history and geography of the city in which it exists.

Sowwah Island is a world class 114 hectare mixed-use development in the heart of Abu Dhabi, at the focal point of the city’s business, cultural and residential areas. When complete, Sowwah Island will be a thriving, high-density residential, retail, leisure, hotel and commercial district with a working population of 75,000 and home to 30,000 residents, living an urban lifestyle enlivened by everything the modern city dweller demands in a contemporary cityscape.

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About Mubadala Development Company

Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) is a catalyst for the economic diversification of Abu Dhabi. Established and owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, the company’s strategy is built on the management of partnerships and long-term, capital-intensive investments that deliver strong financial returns and tangible social benefits for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and contribute to the growth and diversification of its economy.

Mubadala brings together and manages a multi-billion dollar portfolio of local, regional, and international investments and partners with leading global organisations to operate businesses across a wide range of industry sectors including aerospace, energy, healthcare, industry, information communications and technology, infrastructure, real estate and hospitality. For more information about Mubadala please visit

About Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality (MREH)

Mubadala Real Estate and Hospitality (MREH) is a business unit of Mubadala focused on domestic and international projects in the real estate and hospitality sectors. A critical component of Mubadala’s broader mission, MREH is responsible for overseeing strategic projects that are part of the development plans of Abu Dhabi and that help drive the local tourism sector.

With a mandate to drive Abu Dhabi’s long-term development and deliver key projects within Capital 2030 (formally known as Plan Abu Dhabi 2030): Urban Structure Framework Plan, MREH develops strategic, large scale commercial, residential and leisure districts to the best standards of quality, functionality and sustainability. Key Abu Dhabi projects include the development of Sowwah Island, Sowwah Square, Arzanah and Mina Zayed Waterfront.

Within the hospitality sector, MREH is helping to drive the tourism sector by developing world-class hospitality projects in Abu Dhabi, attracting leading hotel operators to the Emirate. MREH also owns 50% of luxury hotel operator Viceroy Hotel Group and has been actively driving its expansion into key gateway cities and leading destinations around the world.

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About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages one-of-a-kind luxury properties in the world’s most desired destinations. Rosewood properties embrace the company’s A Sense of Place® philosophy, reflecting the history, architecture, scale and sensibilities of the destination. With 19 properties in eight countries, including three properties in the Middle East, the Rosewood collection includes some of the most legendary hotels and resorts in the world, including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek® in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, as well as contemporary classics such as Rosewood Sand Hill® in California, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende® in Mexico, and, now, Rosewood Tucker’s Point in Bermuda. Rosewood also offers Sense® spa – featuring treatments reflective of the location’s culture and natural environment - available exclusively at select properties.

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