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

Etihad Towers and Fountains

Spectacular picture of the Etihad Towers in construction and nearby fountains:

Luxury digs coming to Corniche

Apartment hunters with a taste for luxury will soon find a tantalising array of five-star rental options coming on to the market on Abu Dhabi island.

Several towers are scheduled to open on or near the Corniche in the next few months, offering more than 1,400 apartments with rooftop pools, health clubs and all the modern amenities. For the first time, the capital will have the type of high-end apartment towers common in Dubai.

“I see a lot of people moving back from Dubai because we have the quality now,” says Almer Agmyren, the managing director of Rex Real Estate. “There really hasn’t been the quality in Abu Dhabi.”

The list of nearly completed projects includes Etihad Towers, the collection of five blocks near the Emirates Palace hotel. There is also the 47-storey Seba Tower, now known as Al Ain Tower and commonly known as the “wobbly building”, near Spinneys market, and Nation Towers, which is next to the Hilton Corniche.

“These three will be setting the ceiling for the market,” says Paul Maisfield, the general manager of the Abu Dhabi office for Asteco,a property management company. “All three are competing for the high-end market.”

Prospective tenants have been told the first of the 885 apartments in Etihad Towers will be available on October 15. The project involves three towers ranging from 55 to 75 storeys.

Annual rents in the Etihad Towers apartments range from a low of Dh100,000 (US$27,227) for a 67-square metre one bedroom to Dh972,000 for a 732-sqmetre penthouse. A two-bedroom, 160-sq metre apartment is listed at about Dh225,000. Read the rest »

Etihad Towers on track for delivery

Abu Dhabi: Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, a luxurious five-tower development by Shaikh Suroor Projects Department (SSPD), is on schedule for handover towards the end of the year, its Project Director Sami Abdul Aziz Al Khuwaiter told Gulf News.

However, the exact date of its opening has not been decided yet, he said.

Standing as high as 300 metres on half a million square metres, the reported Dh2.5 billion project will be the city’s latest new skyline addition this year.

Until the end of June construction was about 97 per cent complete, Al Khuwaiter told Gulf News.

Constructed by the Arabian Construction Company and designed by Design By Innovation (DBI) Australia, the project which was launched in 2006 is expected to attract “thousands” of visitors once it opens its doors. The project is made up of three residential towers, one office tower and a five-star hotel and furnished apartments, including a boutique retail arcade. The hotel will be operated by Jumeirah under the brand name Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.

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Abu Dhabi posts record tourist results

A fall in Abu Dhabi’s hotel prices has prompted a record year for the Emirate so far, according to figures released July 27.

The first six months of 2011 showed the best hotel results in the history of the country, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority confirmed, with the number of visitors climbing 11 percent to just over one million.

Authorities hope to break the two million visitor target for the first time this year.

The figures also suggested that people are staying 13 percent longer in the country than in 2010, with the average length of a stay (for both business and leisure) just under three nights.

According to the tourist board, average room rates have fallen by 15 percent compared to the same period in 2010, making Abu Dhabi a more affordable destination than upscale competitors such as Paris, New York or Tokyo.

That trend could also continue, with a glut of new hotels expected to open in the emirate before the year is out – a total of ten luxury five-star properties will open their doors in the coming months.

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The towers that bend space and light

ABU DHABI // The five curvy, shimmering towers in a layered cluster reflect every shade of blue from the sea and sky on the west end of the Corniche.

The Etihad Towers are not finished but they already dominate in the Ras al Akhdar district.

Developed by the Sheikh Suroor Projects Department (SSPD) and designed by DBI Design, Australia’s largest architecture and design company, the towers are expected to reinvent luxury in Abu Dhabi.

“Our job was to create buildings that can become reflective of a sophisticated and international city,” says Lawrence Greenman, the senior project leader at DBI.

In 2006, DBI won a private competition for the project from six other companies. The competition called for a design for four towers by the waterfront at the end of the Corniche.

“The site of the towers is unique,” says Barry Lee, a company and design director at DBI. “It is a major access point to the city and consequently deserved a symbolic, powerful design that could represent the change in Abu Dhabi.”

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Aerial views

2 aerial views of the Etihad Towers and Emirates Palace:

ACC and Masdar Institute provides students access to construction projects

ABU DHABI: Arabian Construction Company (ACC) and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) have launched a cooperation programme to provide some MI engineering students access to highly-visible construction projects currently under development in the UAE.

The first visit took place recently at the site of the Etihad Towers project in Abu Dhabi.

There will be eight to 10 project site visits scheduled per year and students will be able to revisit the same projects the following year to witness the construction developments at a more advanced stage.

Aimed at equipping students with vital on-site experience, ACC demonstrated the dynamics of site management from construction to completion.

ACC will engage 10-12 students from Masdar Institute who will be given a short brief, followed by arranged visits to the site where they will meet members of the execution team.

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Possible Porsche Store at Etihad Towers

According to an article in The National, Wael al Takhin, the general manager for Porsche Design in the UAE, says:

Porsche has been selling products since 1972, starting with watches. The company then launched its own store boutiques in 2005. There are 107 stores worldwide. We hope to open at least one store in Abu Dhabi next year and are looking at Marina Mall and Etihad Towers.

The store could feature products as this limited edition Porsche Design watch for Dh 990,000 (US $270,000), while at the low end of the Porsche car collection, the Boxster retails at Dh 184,600, with the signature Porsche 911 selling for just over Dh 300,000.

Except for watches, the Porsche Design stores sell limited edition cufflinks, pens, clothing, luggage, shoes and accessories.