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Anantara Desert Islands Resort and Spa to make Conde Nast Traveller 2009 Hot List

Anantara Desert Islands Resort and Spa in Abu Dhabi, developed by Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has been named among the world's hottest hotels in the annual 2009 Hot List of Conde Nast Traveller - one of the world's premier travel magazines. The Conde Nast Traveller Hot List is a definitive guide to the world's hottest new hotels. Thousands of hotels around the globe are reviewed by Conde Nast Traveller correspondents, but just 70 hotels worldwide make it to the final list.

'For the world's foremost travel magazine to honour Desert Islands Resort & Spa just six months after opening is proof that TDIC is setting a new benchmark for tourism in the UAE and region. It also demonstrates that partnering with the world's best operators such as Anantara is building TDIC's reputation as a leading tourism developer,' said HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of TDIC.

Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa lies on the exclusive Sir Bani Yas Island, just 250 km southwest of Abu Dhabi in the emirate's Al Gharbia (Western Region). Originally the island was the private retreat and royal nature reserve of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates. Sir Bani Yas is one of eight natural islands in, and the first phase of, TDIC's multi-experiential Desert Islands destination which is helping to open up Al Gharbia's vast untapped natural resources to international tourists.

'Receiving this accolade for TDIC's first property opening is a huge vote of confidence in the company and provides great motivation for additional destination development particularly for our Qasr Al Sarab desert resort which will open in the Empty Quarter (Rub al Khali) by the end of this year and will again be managed by Anantara,' said Lee Tabler, CEO of TDIC. Spanning over 87 square kilometres, Sir Bani Yas Island is a nature-based destination like no other in Arabia with 2.5 million trees and plants, lush mangroves and a vast range of animal, bird and marine life.

The island's game park is home to thousands of free-roaming animals including hyenas, giraffes, cheetahs and the Arabian Oryx, which has been classified as extinct in the wild since the early 1970s but is currently being rereleased into the Arabian Peninsula. The island's bird sanctuary boasts a vast variety of species from ostriches and emus to pink flamingos. The waters surrounding the island are equally rich in wildlife and are frequented by dolphins and sea turtles.

The Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa is the perfect hideaway for those seeking adventure and nature-based experiences combined with sheer luxury and pampering. The natural wonders of Sir Ban Yas Island offer a perfect backdrop for outdoor activities such as adventure safaris, bird-watching, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, archery, scenic flights and snorkelling.

'At each Anantara Resort, and in particular Anantara Desert Islands Resort & Spa, we aim to offer our customers a glimpse of the characteristics that make the Anantara brand so unique and special, by drawing strength from the rich cultural traditions, historic heritage and natural beauty of the property's destination,' said Didier Tourneboeuf, Area General Manager Middle East, Anantara Hotels & Resorts. 'This honour belongs not only to us but to the property's owners Tourism Development & Investment Company, to Abu Dhabi and the country as a whole.'

On Sir Bani Yas Island, the first phase of the island's destination development has now been completed, with the Desert Islands Resort & Spa launched in October 2008. In March 2009, four-weekly flights were added to the air service from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Sir Bani Yas Island. Opened in late 2008, Sir Bani Yas Island's regional airport is already being upgraded to increase its capacity from one aircraft to six. This work is scheduled to be completed in May 2009.

Later in 2009, construction of four lodges on Sir Bani Yas will commence. Construction of a 250-seat conference centre, to be located next to the existing Desert Islands Resort & Spa, is scheduled to begin this year. Meanwhile work will also commence on a Desert Islands Diving and Sports Fishing Centre, which will add to the significant activities that are currently available to guests.

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