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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Announces Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and Mubadala Development Company are pleased to announce that they have executed agreements for Rosewood to manage a new luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates currently being developed by Mubadala. Opening in early 2012, Rosewood Abu Dhabi will be located on Sowwah Island, the core of Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District between the prestigious commercial development Sowwah Square and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Rosewood Abu Dhabi will be a landmark five-star high-rise hotel and residences with extensive amenities featuring a variety of signature restaurants that will highlight global cuisine and all day dining offerings. The hotel will also feature Sense, A Rosewood Spa™, an 18,000+-square-foot beauty, wellness and fitness retreat. Rosewood Abu Dhabi will be the fourth Middle East property managed by Rosewood, the others include Al Faisaliah Hotel and Hotel Al Khozama in Riyadh and Rosewood Corniche in Jeddah.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi will offer 190 spacious guest rooms and suites. The iconic tower will also include 140 serviced residences, all with access to Rosewood’s world-class service. The inspiration for the Handel Architects-designed tower comes from the glistening Arabian Gulf and the vast desert that surrounds Abu Dhabi city. The 34-story tower will be a dramatic modern structure covered with reflective glass which was chosen for its daytime shimmer and its nighttime luminescence. The curvilinear architecture of the 470-foot-tall building is designed to suggest movement in this vibrant city, and the inspiration for the interiors of the hotel comes from the meeting of land and sea, desert and sky.

The hotel complex will offer restaurants, superb shopping and stunning views of the water. As with every Rosewood hotel, Rosewood Abu Dhabi will encompass 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, Mubadala’s premier commercial real estate development, will feature more than six million square feet of office, hotel and retail amenities. Sowwah Island will be home to the distinctive new headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange which will be surrounded by four high rise office towers, totaling more than three million square feet of dedicated office space. There will be several other residential communities on Sowwah Island perfectly situated to take advantage of the island’s amenities and attractions. Sowwah Island will emerge as the commercial and financial heart of Abu Dhabi and the region by providing a sophisticated environment for leading local, regional and international companies.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi will redefine luxury in the city. The hotel’s interiors, designed by the award-winning firm BBG-BBGM, will warmly welcome guests in the lobby which will be bordered on one side with a flowing water feature and on the other with a dramatic wall of art to draw guests into the space with warm tones, clean lines and sleek materials. The sophisticated design is juxtaposed with comfortable furnishings and flowing fabrics in warm colors reminiscent of a local souk. Throughout the hotel, traditional Middle Eastern textiles and details are complimented with modern lines and sleek architectural elements. The hotel design is a study in contrasts and will set the standard for luxury design in Abu Dhabi.

About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts:
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, The Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta, CordeValle in San Martin, California, Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, California, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, Las Ventanas al Paraíso and Rosewood Mayakobá in Mexico, Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo, Japan, and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties – Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John and Jumby Bay on Antigua. For more information on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, please call 888.ROSEWOOD or visit rosewoodhotels.com.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi /3

About Mubadala Development Company and Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality:
Mubadala is a business development and investment company based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. With a focus on making long-term, capital intensive investments, Mubadala looks to drive as well as leverage opportunities presented by the diversification of the Emirate from a single-sector economy, driven predominantly by oil and gas, to a multi-sector global economy comprising a range of diverse industries.

Mubadala functions as an autonomous entity, employing traditional commercial principles to generate sustainable financial and social returns.

Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality operates as an internal business unit that focuses on development projects in the real estate and hospitality sectors, both locally and internationally. With a unique understanding of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's vision, Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality master plans and develops strategic commercial, residential and leisure districts while ensuring world-class quality, functionality and sustainability.

Within the hospitality sector, the unit works alongside best-in-class partner, Kor Hotel Group, to establish luxury hotels and resorts that further the perception of the Emirate as one of the world's leading luxury travel destinations. Such projects will provide the foundations upon which a thriving international business model can be built.

To ensure that their projects are developed in accordance with the highest international standards and best practices, Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality seeks to work alongside partners with shared values, world class development capabilities and a history of innovation.

For more information about Mubadala, its partnerships and activities please visit www.mubadala.ae.
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