Intercontinental Hotel is one of the most famous hotels in
UAE, it was established in 1980 by Benjamin Thompson. It’s
the only hotel that was opened by Sheikh Zayed ben Sultan
may he rest in peace.
This Hotel has been built to attend the first summit of the Gulf
Cooperation council in 1981.
The Hilton, Sheraton corniche hotel and the intercontinental
witnessed the beginnings of the tourism industry in Abu Dhabi.
The Intercontinental Hotel is located in the heart of
the capital, its located in Al Dhafra Street, with a
small distance from the center of the city, that’s
what make it a suitable place for business people to
This five star luxury hotel is located on the beach of
Abu Dhabi and is around 5 km from the city center.
Four tennis counts
All rooms enjoy a view of the city skyline or Arabian
Meeting rooms and balls
Free telephone cabine
One of the things that differentiate this Hotel is that
its the only one built on a hill.
The InterContinental has solid white walls that
contrast with the green of the land and the blue of
The façade consists of simple rows of windows
arranged in a regular pattern.
Architect Benjamin Thompson avoided monotony
by separating the hotel into two parallel planes. In
effect, the hotel looks like it has an additional
dimension. The break between the two planes is
used to make the presidential and royal suites more
Benjamin Thompson understood that modern
simplicity might not meet his client’s expectations,
and the hotel’s interior was decked in gold and
It has 387 guests room and 54 suites.
Rooms are big and comfortable, carefully designed
with decoration, luxury modern furnishings and
They did a lot of renovations but the last one was from
2006 to 2007 it was closed through out the year based
on the directive of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak to keep
up with the present modern life.
all rooms and suites were completely renewed because
they were of an old design such as the Marie Antoinette
and others but the outside was kept the same. This
resulted in people not believing how a place so simple
from the outside could be so luxurious from the inside.
Before there were four restaurants (Mexican,
Moroccan, buffet restaurant, and fish market) but after
that they opened the Italian, Belgian, Lebanese and
Only the ballrooms were left untouched. The
ballrooms are one of the hotel’s historic places: it is
there that Sheikh Zayed welcomed the heads of the
GCC states, and that many weddings were