The waterfront property will also offer Nobu-branded residences
Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island will be home to the first Nobu Hotel in the UAE, set to open in 2026.
The project is a partnership between Aldar and Nobu Hospitality, and will include four restaurants, a beach club, and a 165-room hotel and residences set along Mamsha Beach. There will also be a VIP rooftop Nobu Villa.
Talal Al Dhiyebi, Group CEO at Aldar Properties, said: “Our partnership with Nobu is a testament to Aldar’s ability to attract international partners and demonstrates the increasing appeal of Abu Dhabi as a leading destination for international investors and visitors – to be home to the second Nobu Residences worldwide and the first in the Middle East clearly demonstrates this.
“Nobu’s iconic brand, synonymous with luxury and F&B expertise, will not only complement our existing portfolio and offering but will also elevate Saadiyat Island’s prominence and status as a world-class leisure, residential, and cultural destination.”
“The new project activates Aldar’s existing prime landbank in Mamsha Al Saadiyat and will bolster our portfolio of high-quality and recurring income-generating properties across residential, and hospitality and leisure segments.”
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Trevor Horwell, CEO of Nobu Hospitality, added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with such a highly recognised company as Aldar, one of the most prominent real estate developers in the region, who share our vision for creating remarkable destination projects and lifestyle experiences. This is an exciting time for Saadiyat Island, which has become one of the world’s most desirable leisure destinations, and we look forward to offering our Nobu guests access to its incredible landscapes, cuisine, and culture.”
Saadiyat Island is already a tourist hub, with multiple resorts already in operation including Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island and Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island. Other attractions include Louvre Abu Dhabi and Manarat Al Saadiyat. Once open, Nobu Hotel Abu Dhabi will form part of a culinary and cultural hub called Saadiyat Grove that already includes Antonia and Raclette restaurants.
Nobu Hotels has robust expansion plans with additional properties in Marrakech, Rome, Atlantic City and San Sebastian set to start welcoming guests next year.