ABU DHABI, UAE—Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide announced it has signed an agreement to open a new 172-room Aloft hotel in Al Ain, the second largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE. Scheduled to debut in 2016, Aloft Al Ain will be the first Starwood property to open in Al Ain and the second Aloft hotel in the UAE joining Aloft Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2009.
“I would like to thank Al Ain Club Investment Company for putting their trust in Starwood as we bring Aloft to Al Ain, furthering the brand’s footprint in the UAE,” said Michael Wale, president, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “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.”
Aloft Al Ain will be an integral part of the city’s 500,000-square-meter mixed-use development surrounding the 25,000-seat Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium. The development will include office space, residential units, family entertainment, retail shops and dining.
Aloft Al Ain will feature 172 rooms, including two presidential suites, all featuring the brand’s signature loft-like ceilings, oversized windows, a platform bed, and large walk-in showers with complimentary Bliss Spa products. The newly constructed Aloft will also offer the brand’s signature W XYZ bar, the RE:Charge fitness center and RE:Fuel by Aloft, a convenient grab-n-go kiosk. For meetings and presentations, the new Aloft will offer two creative spaces equipped with the latest audiovisual technology.
Starwood currently operates nearly 50 hotels in the Middle East with plans to open an additional 30 hotels in the next few years.