Whitbread International together with Abu Dhabi Airports has formally announced the grand opening of the 300 key Premier Inn Hotel at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The hotel was officially opened at an event held on Wed 11th December 2013 with the attendance of Abu Dhabi Airports Chairman, H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, and the company’s Board Members, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority’s General Director, Mubarak Al Muhairi along with representatives from both entities, including Paul McPherson, President and Managing Director of Whitbread International. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiling of official plaque, the special event also featured speeches from Abu Dhabi Airports CEO, Tony Douglas, and Premier Inn ME&A Managing Director, Darroch Crawford, followed by an exclusive tour of the new hotel.
Abu Dhabi Airports is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. In September 2006, Abu Dhabi Airports assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.
Premier Inn is the UK's biggest and fastest-growing hotel brand with over 660 hotels and in excess of 53,000 rooms across the UK and in Ireland alone. Premier Inn bedrooms in the Gulf are 24m² and feature en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, 32in flat screen TV and free internet access. Each room can comfortably sleep up to two adults and two children at no additional cost. All Premier Inns have a restaurant, a bar, a Costa Coffee store, a rooftop swimming pool and a gym.
Premier Inn opened its first international hotel in Dubai in April 2008, a 303 bedroom property in Dubai Investments Park. Hotels in Dubai Silicon Oasis and at Dubai International Airport opened in May 2009 and January 210 respectively and their first hotel in Abu Dhabi, opened next to ADNEC in 2102.
The newest addition, Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport is located just 10 minutes away from tourist destination Yas Island and conveniently connected to Terminals 1 and 3 providing easy access for all travelers 24 hours a day. The hotel features several food & beverage outlets, conference and meeting rooms and various leisure facilities including an outdoor swimming pool and a fully equipped gymnasium.
Mohammed Al Bulooki, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports said, “The comfort of passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi International Airport is of utmost importance. With an estimated 20 million passengers anticipated annually by 2017, this partnership with Premier Inn ensures that Abu Dhabi Airports is in a position to provide solutions to best accommodate such demand. Abu Dhabi Airports looks forward to working with Premier Inn and other partners to ensure that all passengers continue to enjoy world-class services at Abu Dhabi International Airport.”
Marking Premier Inn’s fifth hotel in the region, Darroch Crawford, Managing Director of Premier Inn in the Middle East, said: “We are delighted to be opening the first major hotel at Abu Dhabi International Airport and drive further growth for and in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Airports. Premier Inn’s successful formula, offering a hotel service in prominent locations at value for money prices, will ensure that our customer base, which includes both business and leisure travelers, will continue to increase dramatically in the region.”