Sunday, January 21, 2007

Abu Dhabi Tourist Club to be refurbished

The task of re-developing the Abu Dhabi Tourist Club into a top-class commercial and residential hub has been undertaken by Khor Abu Dhabi Property Development, an investor association, under the leadership of Al Masoud Group in Abu Dhabi.

The Quay, which covers 1.5 million Sq.Ft., has been master-planned by the Cox Group of Australia. The Cox Group are famous designers, who have undertaken major seafront projects in Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, China and Australia.

The association has entered into a partnership with TDIC (Tourism Development and Investment Company), a branch of ADTA (Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority) for The Quay Site, after a competitive bid of five projects.

The Chairman of ADTA and TDIC, Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, mentioned in a statement that the unique urban experience, offered by the Quay, will greatly increase the already expanding international tourism proposition of Abu Dhabi. The Quay, will be a unique destination providing large open waterfront spaces meant for public use and will be a valuable addition to the heritage of Tourist Club.

Being a mixed-use development with residential, commercial and leisure facets, The Quay is located only a few minutes from the business center in Abu Dhabi, and features Five Star Restaurant with 620 rooms. It is also one among the biggest single urban re-development schemes in the UAE and will influence the Arabian Gulf setting to produce a destination of wide regional, local and international appeal. The destination is also said to house the first aquarium of Abu Dhabi, four hundred luxury apartments, and an office space of about 592,000 Sq.Ft. housed in two towers with twenty storeys each.

The Chairman of the Al Masaood Group, Abdullah Al Masaood, mentioned that the Quay has drawn inspiration from few of the world’s best ocean settings and resembles the likes of Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Capetown and Darling Harbour in Sydney.

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