First Etihad Towers residents meeting

Abu Dhabi, UAE; May 27, 2012: Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, the luxury development by Sheikh Suroor Projects Department (SSPD) in the heart of the city, hosted the first-ever get-together of residents within the community. Around 300 residents, including over 50 children, took part in the fun-filled event that further marked the evolution of Etihad Towers as the definitive lifestyle destination in the capital city.

Residents in the ‘Living at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi’ towers took part in the colourful event featuring several activities aimed at entertaining children including a Sumo wrestling ring, clowns, face painters and balloon artists, among others. Food was provided by Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, the five star hotel set in the heart of the development.

Richard Foulds, Property Manager at ‘Etihad Towers for Real Estate’ (ETRE), said: “We are focused on fostering the spirit of solidarity among our residents, and creating a truly vibrant community that offers a much-cherished lifestyle experience for our residents. We are planning a range of children’s activities at Etihad Towers, including dedicated play zones. Other events are also being planned to further promote community harmony and wellness.”

Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi features a choice of world-class residences, prestigious offices, luxury retail, and the 5 star hotel, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.

Etihad Towers will host the French Embassy

Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Suroor Projects Department (SSPD) said it has signed an agreement with the French Embassy in the UAE to lease two floors in its commercial project, Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

Developed by SSPD, the Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi is one of the newest and most prestigious integrated lifestyle development in the capital.

“With this move, all embassy services will be integrated including the business services that are currently being conducted from the Hamdan Street office,” said Alain Azouaou, the French Ambassador in the UAE after signing the tenancy deal with Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.

“The agreement with the French Embassy underlines the premier position of Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, as the first choice for business entities and organisations in the capital city,” remarked Sheikh Suroor.

The new embassy will span over 2,000 sq m on levels 27 and 28 of Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

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British Council opens ‘Olympians’ photography exhibition at Etihad Towers

British Council Olympians ExibitionBritish Council, in collaboration with the UAE’s National Olympic Committee and the National Paralympic Committee, and in partnership with British Embassy, UK Trade and Investment, Emirates Foundation and BBC Arabia, launched its photography exhibition ‘Olympians’ celebrating the success of Emirati athletes.

The portraits, which were photographed by well-established UK artist Gabriella Sancisi, were displayed for the first time at an event held at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel in Abu Dhabi.

The launch was officially opened by Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammad Al Nahyan and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, showcasing portraits of some of the UAE’s rising stars in shooting, equestrianism, swimming, athletics, and table tennis.

“The exhibition is a tremendous demonstration of the sporting, artistic and cultural links between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The UK is buzzing with excitement as it prepares to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer and this event is a wonderful prelude to that,” said the UK’s Ambassador to the UAE, Dominic Jermey.

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Etihad Towers commences leasing of luxurious homes and office space

Interior-EtihadTowersEtihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, the inspiring luxury development by Sheikh Suroor Projects Department (SSPD), has commenced the leasing of its residential and office elements, which are now ready for handover.

Potential tenants of Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi – set in the exclusive beachside Al Ras Al Akhdar district and near the world-renowned Corniche – have the unique opportunity to become part of a fully integrated lifestyle development, unlike having to lease space at stand-alone apartment blocks in crowded neighbourhoods.

Comprising over half a million square meters, the five towers, ranging from 54 to 75 floors, rise over 300 meters high offering panoramic views of the city and Arabian Gulf. Offering a strong locational advantage, Etihad Towers is in close proximity to the business and official nerve centers of Abu Dhabi including Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), UAE Central Bank, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ADNOC headquarters and Emirates Palace. The towers also offer quick and easy access to the international airport and the local transport network.

Mr. Sami Al Khuwaiter, Project Director at SSPD, said, “The strong economic performance of Abu Dhabi is translating to greater demand for prime residential and office space in the Emirate. Etihad Towers redefines property leasing by offering luxury real estate as part of a fully integrated lifestyle community. This means that tenants move into and become part of a safe, secure, modern and vibrant lifestyle neighbourhood, located near established business and leisure developments.”

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‘Dynamism of Palestinian Economy’ Event Hosted at Etihad Towers

Dynamism-Palestinian-EconomyRasmala Investment Bank Ltd. (“Rasmala”) along with the Palestinian Business Council and Al Arabi investment Group Co. (AB Invest – Palestine) organised a high profile event and seminar on the ‘The Dynamism of the Palestinian Economy’. The event, held at the Jumeirah Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, was organised to highlight the dynamic nature of the Palestinian economy.

The event was attended by high ranking officials and notable figures from the local business community, and the dialogue was elevated with a key note address from H.E. Dr. Jihad Al Wazir, Governor of the Palestine Monetary Authority.

Award-winning Rasmala, with one of the largest asset management teams in the region and a proven track record in investment banking, is keen on bringing the ample opportunities available in Palestine to international light. This comes in the form of the recently launched Rasmala Palestine Equity Fund, which is the first Special Investment Fund – regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) in Luxemburg – dedicated to investing in stocks listed on the PEX.

“Rasmala continues to seek out unique and compelling investment opportunities in the MENA region for our clients. We will dedicate the same level of resources and commitment to the Rasmala Palestine Equity Fund as we have to our other award-winning Funds: The Arabian Markets Growth Equity Fund and the Rasmala GCC Fixed Income Fund. Through this investment fund, we will be able to support Palestinian companies’ funding requirements as these companies grow and mature along with the Palestine economy.” said Mr. Eric Swats, Head of Asset Management, explaining the reasoning and strategy behind the interest in investing in the Palestinian market.

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Etihad Towers innauguration

etihad-towersAbu Dhabi welcomed its newest architectural marvel and lifestyle destination, Etihad Towers — which defines the world-class work, live and play environment that awaits residents and customers in one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

Shaikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan launched Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, which is a symbol of the city’s modern, sophisticated and luxurious ambitions, at a gala dinner within Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, the city’s newest five star property and an integral part of the five-tower, mixed-used development, in the presence of specially invited dignitaries, development partners and customers.

Developed by Shaikh Suroor Projects Department, or SSPD, Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi is rapidly evolving as the most sought after lifestyle destination in the city, with the first residents already moving into the contemporary homes within Living at Etihad Towers and leasing of the residences ongoing.

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Luxury shops at Etihad Towers

Shops in Etihad TowersA host of luxury brands, including Cartier, Hermès and Burberry are all set to open under one roof in in Abu Dhabi.

About 40 high-end brands, among them Versace, Bulgari, Rolex, Piaget and Van Cleef & Arpels, have signed up to the Etihad Towers complex on the Corniche.

“International brands are continually planning where they are going to expand in the next five years, and the Middle East is clearly a target,” said Richard Foulds, the property manager for Etihad Towers. “Suddenly the Middle East has become a major focal point for many European-based brands.”

The Etihad Towers project, which has nearly 7,000 square metres of retail space on two floors, is 100 per cent leased except for a small, upmarket supermarket, which is in the process of negotiations.

The shopping district will be open at the beginning of the second quarter of next year, and along with the 40 retail brands, there will also be a coffee shop in the complex.

“Etihad Towers will attract a high calibre of buyer and become destination retail,” Mr Foulds said. “If you wanted to buy a market-leading branded watch, you will come here because we have secured the most prestigious watch brands in the world.”

He said the project was still receiving requests for retail space and that it was heavily oversubscribed.

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Etihad Towers Masterplan

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Tori No Su Japanese Restaurant at Jumeirah

japanese-restaurantThe triumph of Japanese cuisine at Etihad Towers – Jumeirah

The world’s worst kept secret is now officially out: Japanese food is the best in the world. So says the newly released 2012 Michelin Guide, at least.

The French authority on the world’s best restaurants has endorsed Japan’s dining scene like never before. The guide has awarded 29 of the country’s restaurants the highest possible rating of three stars – eclipsing France, which now comes second with a mere 25 top-rated dining spots.

From cheap conveyor-belt sushi joints to astronomically priced gastro-palaces such as the elite chain Nobu – the one in Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai is the city’s most recognised Japanese restaurant – Japanese cuisine’s international prestige and popularity no longer take second place to anyone’s.

In the Emirates alone, Japanese restaurants have been springing up all over the place in the past decade. Every hotel with any pretensions to luxury seems unfinished without a posing spot vending deluxe sushi – it’s no surprise to hear that the new Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi will have just such a space when it opens any day now. Tori No Su, a top-of-the-range Japanese at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel that opened in Abu Dhabi yesterday, may not yet be ready for customers, but once it opens its doors, it might well become a serious challenger to Dubai’s trendy Nobu and Zuma restaurants.

Japanese producers have noticed the Middle East’s Japanese food boom and have started targeting their products at the region especially. News came this spring that Japanese farmers are now producing a halal version of their most exquisite meat – tender, perfectly marbled wagyu beef.

In a world where French food was for long the benchmark by which all culinary good taste was measured, Japanese eclipsing French cuisine is a shocking reversal, not least because the Michelin Guide is one of the great bastions of the French gastronomic tradition. Some commentators’ spiteful claims that the guide’s findings signal the death of French cuisine may seem premature – France’s score is still impressive given that it has half Japan’s population – but anyone with a pair of eyes and a working set of tastebuds could tell you that Japanese food has been taking over globally in recent years. Read the rest

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers Opening

EtihadTowersJumeirah at Etihad Towers opened its doors to the world on Tuesday (1st November) with its very first guest checking into the property. The luxury hotel located on the Arabian Gulf in the Ras Al Akhdar area of Abu Dhabi, which is close to the central business district and ministry compounds, is the first Jumeirah property to open in the UAE’s capital.

Consisting of 382 guestrooms and suites, 199 fully-serviced residences, 12 restaurants, bars and lounges, Talise Spa and one of the largest conference centres in Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers stands 280 metres tall and is furnished throughout in a modern contemporary design using rich materials including highly prized Italian marble, custom-designed hand-tufted carpets and photographic art works depicting life in Abu Dhabi during the 1960s from the private photographic collection of His Highness Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.

Source: AbuDhabiWeek