One of Abu Dhabi’s first hotels will no longer be operated by Hilton.
The Hilton Abu Dhabi, on the Corniche, opened 45 years ago.
Currently operated by Hilton, it has been confirmed the property will be taken over by Radisson Blu.
It was opened by the late Sheikh Zayed in 1973 and stood alone at the West end of the Corniche when it was first built.
The hotel helped start the tourism boom in the UAE as the first international chain to launch in the capital.
Since opening it has held huge events, been host to some brilliant parties and had a brilliant range of restaurants.
We recently went back to Japanese restaurant Toki to see how it was getting on and had a great time.
Other venues inside include English pub Hemingway’s, Italian Bocca, international restaurant Vasco’s and the excellent music bar Jazz Bar & Dining.
The Hiltonia Beach club was added in the 1990s and is one of our favourite places to have a chill day in the capital.
It’s understood the Hilton Al Ain will also be deflagged and also switch brands to Radisson in the new year.
Watch this space to see what happens next.