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Article from BTNews 2 NOVEMBER 2009

Abu Dhabi adds hotel

FORMULA ONE came to Abu Dhabi yesterday (1 November) and with it two new InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) hotels, a Crowne Plaza and a Staybridge Suites, its first extended stay property in the Gulf.  The 428-room Crowne Plaza Yas Island is the second Crowne Plaza hotel in Abu Dhabi and adjoins the GP circuit.  It has six restaurants, full business facilities, a 25-metre part shaded pool, steam rooms, sauna and a squash court.  Close by Staybridge Suites offers guests the choice of 164 suites, all with fully equipped kitchens and access to a 24-hour convenience store.  The site of a $40bn development project, Yas Island will also feature besides the F1 circuit, a golf course, a movie theme park in association with Warner Bros, a motor sports theme park inspired by Ferrari and extensive retail, entertainment and hospitality projects. www.ihg.com

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