The Gulf hotel resort will feature a five-star hotel made up of several interconnected towers, with about 350 rooms, large banqueting facilities and 105 one-three-bedroom chalets. The site will have a large waterfront with a marina, a beach club, a spa, retail space and restaurants. The resort has been designed in a Venetian style featuring canals and waterways. The existing channel will be extended to approximately five times its current size, covering two kilometres. Underground parking at the entrance of the resort will mean that no vehicles will be visible to visitors. Construction tenders will be issued in mid-2006, once the existing Gulf hotel is demolished, and completion is expected in 2008. Germany’s SSW & Partneris the architect and the UK’s Mace Internationalis the project manager.

The Gate project will be a mixed-use development and will occupy two main sites either side of Al-Khaleej road. The main elements of the landward side include a 265-room, five-star international hotel with function facilities, two serviced apartment towers with 225 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, an office tower with approximately 21,000 square meters of office space, a 20,000-square-metre retail mall and a park area.

The waterside development facilities consist of 50 chalets, retail village, beach club and an adventure water world. Like on the Gulf Hotel project, completion is expected in 2008. US-based Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart (SRSS)is the architect and Hill International, also of the US,is project manager.

Abu Dhabi is planning a major increase in hotel capacity in the next three years. Excluding ADNH’s programme, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority is expecting 4,000 additional hotel rooms and apartments to be delivered by late 2008 (see Tourism).