Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Rebrands as Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental

Lindsay Judge   |   10-03-2023

Emirates Palace hotel has officially rebranded as Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi.


This landmark moment signifies a new era for the iconic property as it joins the Hong Kong-based luxury hotel chain’s portfolio elevating it to a new level of finesse. This new chapter will build upon the hotel’s distinctive legacy while introducing new and refined unparalleled experiences for guests, further cementing its position as one of the world’s most iconic beachfront resorts.



The relaunch took place on 17th February 2023 beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a spectacular evening event to commemorate the opening. The morning ceremony was held in the presence of H.E. Sultan Al Hemeiri, Managing Director of Emirates Palace Company (‘EPCO’), H.E. Sultan Al Hemeiri, Managing Director of EPCO, as well as James Riley, Group Chief Executive, and Joanna Flint, Chief Commercial Officer of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.



During the ceremony, the Hotel Group’s signature fan was revealed to be in pride of place atop this iconic building. As per all of the Group’s properties, a fan was designed specifically for the Abu Dhabi property partnering with local artist Ahmad Saeed Al Areef Al Dhaheri who was inspired by the UAE’s treasured tradition of pearl diving to create a glistening blue fan which will be displayed in the hotel’s lobby.

Commenting on the occasion, H.E. Mohammed Al Junaibi said: “We are thrilled as Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi enters a new golden era of hospitality. Guided by the legacy and expertise of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the resort is set to become an icon of global luxury in line with our leadership’s quest to extend world-class hospitality to anyone visiting or living in the UAE.” Commenting on the rebranding, James Riley added, “Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi marks a milestone for our brand and confirms our commitment to the region. The palace is a globally recognised landmark in the UAE and we are delighted to manage a property with such rich historical and cultural relevance.” 


Launch event


The evening saw VIP guests and clients from across the UAE attend an impressive gala event with international artist performances and a spectacular firework display which lit up the Abu Dhabi skyline.


The hotel which has been an integral part of Abu Dhabi’s identity since its opening in November 2005 will retain its opulent and grandeur aesthetic, now combined with the understated elegance and modern touches that are synonymous with mandarin Oriental Group’s properties around the world.


The beachfront resort features renovated rooms new innovative dining experiences and brand-new spa and sports facilities, each elevated by Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service. The reimagined accommodation will include the region’s very first vegan rooms with compassionate design, sustainable bedding, plant-based in-room dining options and cruelty-free bath amenities. The hotel’s new signature suites offer a haven of sophistication and style, complete with priority access to the resort’s facilities, whilst The EP Club comprises 660 square metres of elevated living, dining, and relaxing areas exclusively for members and suite guests.


Amongst the enhanced dining options, the one-Michelin-starred Talea by Antonio Guida is a celebration of authentic Cucina di Famiglia, served in a vibrant atmosphere both indoors and outdoors. Elsewhere, the all-new culinary destination Episodes – comprising a tea apothecary, a deli, a cake shop and a gelateria – promises an exploratory journey into both contemporary and classic favourites.



In addition to the serene sanctuary offered by The Hideaway, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental will pioneer self-care practices by world-renowned practitioners and launch a new range of skincare products by Tata Harper and Oto. The new spa will also be home to exclusive Acqua di Parma Barbiere services and retail products. “Found at Emirates Palace” will also introduce an exclusive range of gifts, accessories, and resort wear, whilst guests can also discover unique crafts and contemporary art from local businesses and emerging artists with The Palace Pop-Up.


For more information or to make a reservation, visit mandarinoriental.com/abu-dhabi