Middle East’s longest traffic tunnel will provide easier access to Etihad Towers

Abu Dhabi is on the verge of launching the Middle East’s longest traffic tunnel which will allow motorists heading into the city from the eastern entrance to emerge from underground at its western edge without having to make any stop.

The Department of Transport has started a comprehensive tunnel and road construction project in Abu Dhabi to further improve the road infrastructure and accommodate the traffic growth.

The total cost of the project is estimated at Dh700 million and is expected to be completed before the end of the year, the DoT said in a statement on Monday. The project is aimed at improving and upgrading the road and traffic infrastructure on Bainunah Street and part of the Ras Al Akhdar area in the Capital. The project work has been awarded to Al Naboodah Contracting Company LLC.

The project consists of two tunnels, one of which will be as long as 540 metres and will consist of two lanes, providing direct access to Etihad Towers.

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Jumeirah debuts in Abu Dhabi at Etihad Towers

Jumeirah gears up for Abu Dhabi debut with Etihad Towers launch

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company, was out in force at Arabian Travel Market, as it prepares to open the highly-anticipated Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi in just a few months.

Scheduled to open in September 2011, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi will represent the Dubai-based group’s first venture into the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The property is located on the shores of the Arabian Gulf along Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, 37km from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers was developed under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan’s Projects Department with architects DBI Australia starting work on this unique project in January 2006.

The iconic beachfront project will feature five towers, including a 280m luxury hotel (Jumeirah at Etihad Towers), a prestigious office tower with 46,000m² of leasable office space and an observation deck, and three towers housing 897 apartments.

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Doris Greif, General Manager, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi @ ATM 2011

Doris Greif is talking about the exciting Etihad Towers project that will probably open in September 2011:

Abu Dhabi has lower rates than Dubai

Abu Dhabi rates less than Dubai’s says Jumeirah GM

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers — which is expected to open in Abu Dhabi in September 2011 — will be priced in line with other five-star luxury Abu Dhabi hotels, which general manager Doris Greif said generally offered slightly lower rates than in Dubai.

“We need to differentiate between the pricing of something like a Dubai beachfront hotel and a city hotel [in Abu Dhabi],” explained Greif.

“Abu Dhabi is a completely different ball game altogether. Pricing is definitely below Dubai, so we will be pricing ourselves within the Abu Dhabi competitive set, in line with the top. Now that some of the bigger hotels have opened I think we will see a bit of a switch in pricing upwards because the more luxury brands you have in Abu Dhabi the better it is to get price levels up.”

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Etihad Towers Parking Services

Etihad Towers Will Soon Offer Superior Parking Services with CVPS Valet Technology

Service Tracking Systems was recently awarded a contract to install its CVPS.net valet management and automation system at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. Residents, tourists and shoppers will soon be able to enjoy improved customer service with optimized average waiting times as they turn over their cars at the entry point of the parking garage.

Using an integrated iPhone-based Valet App, valets will input vehicle information, including license plate and car model, into the CVPS system. Built-in LPR technology will facilitate instant vehicle identification, and one of two HDCamPro lanes located inside the Etihad Towers parking garage will document the condition of a passing vehicle before it even enters the parking facility, thereby resulting in minimized damage claims.

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Etihad Towers to open in 2011 – Business Traveler Report

Luxury hotel group Jumeirah is to open its first Abu Dhabi property in 2011.

The Jumeirah Etihad Towers will have its soft opening in September with the official launch date set for November 11.

It will form part of a five-tower complex also including residential apartments and office space, located on the west side of the Corniche, opposite Emirates Palace hotel .

Hotel general manager Doris Greif told Business Traveller it would be “very modern – a massive mixed-use development [the likes of which] Abu Dhabi hasn’t seen before”.

The 66-storey hotel tower will have 397 rooms and suites and 199 serviced apartments. Rooms will start from 41 sqm in size and feature sea views, 42-inch flatscreen TVs, free wifi, media hubs for linking your gadgets to the TV, and separate baths and showers.

There will 13 food and drink outlets, including a pan-Asian fine-dining restaurant and bar across the 62nd and 63rd floors, and Lebanese, Japanese and French eateries. Thanks to the hotel group’s agreement with Caprice Holdings, which owns London restaurants such as the Ivy and Le Caprice (see online news September 21), it will also have a branch of seafood restaurant Scott’s.

A Club lounge on the 45th floor will offer 24-hour food and drink, meeting rooms, TV lounges, video-conferencing facilities and shower suites for early-arriving guests. Rather than have specific Club rooms, lounge access will be bookable at a cost with any room in the property.

The hotel will also have 14 meeting rooms, including a 1,400-capacity ballroom, a 130-metre private beach, a pool, gym, Talise spa with 14 treatment rooms, a high-end shopping boulevard, and more than 3,000 underground car parking spaces.

Jumeirah is due to open its Zabeel Saray property on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah on December 28, and a Frankfurt hotel in August. It is also set to launch the first of its Venu brand of properties in Shanghai on January 31 (see online news April 29), followed by Baku in the first half of next year.

Visit jumeirah.com for more information.

Report by Michelle Mannion

Source: Business Traveler

Security Solution for the Etihad Towers

Gallagher Security Management System has won a major contract in the Middle East to provide an integrated security solution for the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi.

GSMS Business Development Manager, Ian Meadows, confirms they have secured the prestigious project with Channel Partner Bond Communications and Regional Office Cardax Middle East. The project includes the provision of over 1300 smart card readers in 5 towers ranging from 59 to 88 storeys coupled with elevator and CCTV integration.

Etihad Towers will include a high-end hotel with a capacity of 600 rooms, as well as 900 residential apartments and 65,000 square metres of office space.

Gallagher Security Management Systems is an established market leader of proven core security / access control and perimeter security systems, with a global distribution network.

The project includes the provision of over 1300 smart card readers coupled with elevator and CCTV integration

Source: SourceSecurity

Electrical cables network installation on Etihad Towers

The soon to be completed, billion-dollar, Etihad Towers development is set to become one of the most prestigious in Abu Dhabi and Prysmian’s FP200 Gold is currently being installed in the vast fire alarm system right across the complex. Consisting of five towers and located on the waterfront at the end of the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the development rises up to 77 storeys at its peak and features a range of amenities, including five star hotel tower, huge shopping mall, 870 luxury apartments and extensive conference centre.

The Electrical Project Manager on site commented: “On such a large and important installation as this, with more than 200,000 metres of cable being installed by our electricians, it was imperative that we used the very best fire cable on the market. The Etihad Towers will be a major landmark in the region and so we could not risk using a product that would fail if the worst should happen.”

He added: “We also chose to work with Prysmian because we knew we could rely on supply and delivery of such a large cable order when we needed it. Needless to say we are on schedule to complete our work in 3 months time.”

The Etihad Towers is the latest high profile project in the Middle East protected by Prysmian FP cable, following on from the new Emirates Headquarters in Dubai fitted with FP200 and FP400 last year and the new Ethihad Airways terminal, also in Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Towers Interior Design

DecoVision, an Abu Dhabi-based interior design firm, has won an AED150m project to furbish the interiors of Etihad Towers.

Valued at AED2.5bn and more than 300 metres high, Etihad Towers will comprise five towers including a high-end hotel to be managed by the Jumeirah Group.

DecoVision has been commissioned to carry out decoration works for the Jumeirah hotel comprising of 400 guest suites, and 182 serviced apartments, along with a host of public areas including the lobby, spa, gymnasium, beach bar, pool bar, the company said in a statement.

The company will also decorate 12 restaurants ranging and an observation deck that will have panoramic views in all directions.

The contract is expected to be completed in early 2011.

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Etihad Towers Video Presentation