The phased renovation will take place over the course of two years…

Abu Dhabi’s iconic Emirates Palace is set to be rebranded as a Mandarin Oriental hotel from January 1, 2020.

The luxury five-star hotel, which is currently operated by Kempinski, will undergo a two-year renovation, although the hotel will remain open during this time.

It will be Mandarin Oriental’s second hotel in the UAE following the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai in early 2019.

Here’s what we know so far: 

The hotel will be rebranded as a Mandarin Oriental property and will face phased renovations over the course of two years.

Not only will the guests rooms and suites face significant upgrades, but future guests and visitors can also expect enhanced recreational amenities, as well as new food and beverage facilities.

It will remain open during the renovation period.

Currently, the hotel features 394 guest rooms and suites, 12 restaurants and bars, 40 meeting rooms, a concert grade auditorium and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 2,500 people. Leisure facilities include a marina, two swimming pools, a spa and two fitness centers.

We will let you know when we know more.