A new Erth has risen from the embers of AFOCH…

The Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel in Abu Dhabi was always a building of distinctive character.

First constructed in 1983, located along Khor Al Maqta it started life — as its name would suggest — as a recreational hub for officers of the UAE’s Armed Forces. In 1997, it was relaunched, rebranded and opened to the public as the Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel.

With Abu Dhabi’s glittering collection of salubrious five-star hotels growing ever-stronger, an opportunity was seized to spend time restoring this particular historic touristic gems to its former splendor.

Under the developer’s scalpel

Announced at this year’s Arabian Travel Market — the refit, refurb, full refresh and comprehensive razzle-dazzling is due to be completed by 2022, where it will be relaunched as Erth. Which in addition to offering a cool syntactic nod to the planet we live on, also means ‘legacy’ in Arabic, and that just gives us all the feels.

Room for activities

Guests will be able to luxuriate in the cool of the resort’s chic pool; build sand palaces on the Blue-Flag certified private beach; or wander through the botanical maze of the lush Al Fayy Garden.

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You could also hit the indoor and alfresco recreational hubs, offering access to a fully equipped modern gym; six separate dining experiences; dedicated event and meeting spaces; and a brand new ballroom.

The property is located just next door to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and just a short drive away from Downtown Abu Dhabi, Yas, Saadiyat, Al Reem and Al Maryah Islands.

Room for families

At re-launch, we can expect a key inventory of 237 rooms, 42 suites and excitingly super luxe-looking 13 villas.

And there’s also the fact that we get another chance to see this incredibly handsome, Expo Pavillion-esque building, all scrubbed up and ready to wow once more.

Khor Al Maqta. For more information, please visit the erth.ae website

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