Hilton Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public on May 23, 1973.


Iconic Abu Dhabi hotel to lose Hilton name


DUBAI – After 45 years, Hilton Abu Dhabi will no longer be called such. The iconic hotel on the Abu Dhabi corniche will no longer carry the Hilton name by the end of the year.

Hilton confirmed to on Thursday (November 1) that it will not be renewing its management contract.

It is not yet clear which operator will take over on January 1, but the rebranding will also affect the Hilton hotel in Al Ain.

“While we will no longer be managing these hotels, we are glad to welcome guests to one of our 20 other hotels open in the UAE currently,” said William Costley, area vice president of operations for Hilton in the Arabian Peninsula and Turkey.

Hilton Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public on May 23, 1973. The opening was graced by the late Sheikh Zayed.

“Hilton Abu Dhabi and Hilton Al Ain will cease to operate under the Hilton brand from January 1 2019 as the management contract will come to an end and is not being renewed. Hilton has managed these properties on behalf of the owning company for 45 years, serving local and international guests during that time. We believe we have created wonderful memories for our millions of guests, as well as our loyal team members throughout those years,” Costley said.

What can UAE residents expect from the Hilton chain of hotels in the emirates?

“We continue to look for new opportunities in Abu Dhabi, as we do across the UAE and the wider region. We have announced both Hilton Saadiyat Island and Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Resort, which will be part of the Dh12 billion development plan announced by Miral for the southern end of Yas Island, in efforts to further position the island among the world’s most sought-after destinations by 2022,” Costley told

Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Resort will be located in the Yas Bay, a 3-kilometre stretch that is anticipated to become one of the most vibrant waterfront destinations in the region.

The resort’s facilities will include a multi-purpose conference centre, seven dining outlets and an innovative urban beach concept with an infinity pool suspended above the waters of the Arabian Gulf.

The resort is also nearby the 18,000 capacity Yas Arena, a multi-purpose indoor arena designed to host large and intimate scale events including sporting competitions, major cultural performances, concerts and activities. ICA/Expat Media


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