Jumeirah Hotel, Etihad Towers
Abu Dhabi, Dubai
Date Established (month/year): 2006
Even amongst the grandeur and scale of Abu Dhabi’s development the Etihad Towers complex stands out. Comprised of five gleaming towers, this awe-inspiring architectural wonder is also the location of the Jumeirah luxury hotel.
Construction on the centre began in 2006. Now the doors are open to travelers from every corner of the globe – the 382 guestrooms and suites, 199 residences, 12 restaurants, a prestigious conference centre and various bars and lounges exuding chic sophistication and enduring luxury.
The restaurants offer a huge range of dining options from a light, poolside snack through to formal dining arrangements. They deliver everything from French to Japanese to contemporary Lebanese fare – the range is as impressive as the building’s design.
The signature establishments are currently Li Beirut and Quest, with Scott’s soon to be joining the fold. Li Beirut has been designed to serve the aforementioned Lebanese cuisine. On level 63 Quest delivers 360-degree views and sumptuous Pan Asian fare. And, hailing from Mayfair, London, Scott’s will provide exceptional seafood in a classic brasserie format.
Additionally, Brasserie Angélique delivers classic French homestyle à la carte cuisine; Tori No Su provides a contemporary Japanese approach, Rosewater all-day international dining and Nahaam a relaxed al fresco eating experience. On level 62 Ray’s Bar offers an Asian-influenced tapas menu, and the lobby lounge and bar additional spaces for relaxing and entertaining.
This fit-out offered some unique challenges to the project contractors. The complex utilized one of the first major synthetic natural gas installations in the region. Installing gas kitchens at great heights certainly gave pause for thought, with some facilities located a considerable 50-plus stories above the ground. Food Service Design consultant Terry Brennan identified the best approach.
Along with local contractor Elenco and project managers Hill International, Moffat worked hard to ensure the intricate project was completed with minimum stress. Moffat were happy to commission the equipment and attend start-ups to help the contractor successfully execute the job. A follow-on order for two additional kitchens was subsequently supplied.
With the Etihad Towers development scaling new heights, physically, in capability, in reputation, this success is something to be savoured. A pinnacle of technical achievement, the complex will continue to inspire well into the future.
IN THE KITCHEN
There are a total of sixteen kitchens in the Jumeirah Hotel outfitted with the best in durable, hard-working Waldorf technology – the scale and scope of the complex demanding both quantity and quality.
Low back Waldorf equipment dominates the kitchens, the choice of this equipment made after carefully considering power, versatility and quality requirements. All up there are 24 fryers of a range of sizes, 17 target tops, 14 electric salamanders and 4 gas ones. There is also a mix of 10 chargrills and gas chargrills and 12 gas ranges. 26 benchtops provide incredible functionality to the complex.