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The Ritz-Carlton

Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

All about The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi is a luxury resort that offers a taste of Middle Eastern majesty alongside inspiration from the grandiose glamour of the palaces of Venice. 

The hotel’s crescent of beautiful buildings arc around lush gardens, a large outdoor pool and a private beach that looks out onto the Grand Canal.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque forms a spectacular backdrop to al fresco dining experiences. Whether you dine under the Arabian sun or after it’s set when the mosque’s ornate domes are lit up to provide a picturesque contrast to the Abu Dhabi night sky.

The hotel’s five-star accommodation offers spacious suites and relaxing rooms with great views, modern facilities and a level of comfort and style that is bound to help you unwind. Speaking of unwinding, there’s also a 16-room spa complex offering the expert treatments you need to refresh your body and mind.

Fabulous feasts from across the world are on offer at eight great restaurants – including a signature steakhouse and venues offering Mediterranean, south-east Asian and Arabic cuisine.

With a popular kids’ club and a huge amount of meeting space you’ll definitely be catered for here, whether you’re visiting on business, pleasure or both.

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Perfect for...

Couples craving a romantic retreat, people who like to conduct their business in style and families looking for child-friendly luxury.

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You’ll love…

The easy access to a beautiful private beach – and the amazing views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, day and night.

Hotel amenities

Great kids’ activities

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi kids’ club ensures the youngest members of your family are guaranteed to have a good time during their stay at the hotel. 

It offers half and full day supervised activities that take place in and outside, featuring badminton and table tennis as well as film showings and LEGO. There are also arts and crafts activities that provide an educational element, helping your children to learn a little bit about the culture and nature of Abu Dhabi during their stay in the UAE’s capital.

The club – open to children aged four to 12 – also serves a child-friendly menu of healthy and tasty meals to fuel their fun. It has a dedicated check-in area too, so your little ones feel just as important and pampered as you.

Mini canvas tote bags, a welcome pack including rubber ducks and child-safe bath products also help to cater for the youngest guests.

aerial view of swimming pool at the ritz carlton abu dhabi

What’s nearby

You’re well-placed in the Al Maqta area of Abu Dhabi, with the capital’s crowning landmark Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque under a mile-and-a-half (just over two kilometres) away by foot and visible from the hotel.

Zayed Sports City is under three miles (about four kilometres) from the hotel and hosts a variety of sports. From football and rugby to its tennis courts and ice rink, bowling centre and paintball venue – it’s all on offer here.

Just beyond the sports city, you’ll find the Capital Centre – which features the unusual Capital Gate slanted skyscraper and the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

You’re only about 25 minutes away from Yas Island too. Head there for the home of the Formula One™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and attractions such as Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World™, and Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi.

You’re also close to Marina Mall – a four-level shopper’s paradise across from the Corniche Beach.

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sheikh zayed grand mosque at dusk

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

With 80 ornate domes, 24 gold-plated chandeliers and about 1,000 grand columns, everything about the nearby Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is spectacular. This is one of the world’s largest mosques and can accommodate an incredible 40,000 worshippers.

masdar city at sunset

Masdar City

Between your hotel and the airport, you’ll find the fascinating Masdar City – a pioneering project to try and build a sustainable city that could be the blueprint for the future – with no waste, zero carbon, recycled water and an absence of cars.

capital gate

Capital Gate

Check out the ‘Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi’ to witness one of the most eye-catching additions to the UAE capital’s skyline. The 35-storey structure, next to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, is designed with an unusual 18-degree westward incline.

etihad chauffer car in front of abu dhabi grand mosque

How to get here from the airport

The Ritz-Carlton hotel is just under 13 miles (20 kilometres) away from Abu Dhabi International Airport by road – a distance that takes under 20 minutes by car.

Pre-book a transfer with Etihad for a quick and convenient way to reach the hotel when you land. Alternatively, check out the taxi and car hire options at the airport upon arrival.

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal: FAQs

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