Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa
In an environment comprised mostly of sandy beaches and sprawling desert, the lush landscape of the adjacent mangrove forests distinguishes Anantara’s newly opened Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As unique as the location itself, the hotel’s art collection features over 125 original works, making it a compelling destination for both travellers and art-lovers alike.
Featuring original pieces by established and emerging artists from the UAE, Tunisia, Iraq, Canada, Oman, Iran, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, and the UK, the collection draws inspiration from the cultural history and international feel of modern Abu Dhabi.
“As Abu Dhabi continues to evolve from a very traditional city to a world class cultural centre, the Collection showcases and celebrates traditional forms of ‘craft’ in a modern way. The result is a perfect expression of the current social and economic development of the Emirate,” says FBFA’s Ariel Grue Lee. “One way we brought together the diverse elements of the Abu Dhabi’s international feel, proximity to the lush mangrove forest, and our earthy themes, materials, and palette, was a piece we had custom made for all 300 guest rooms. Each of the guest rooms in the hotel features a box-framed set of hand-folded origami animals from the mangroves, set against a kaleidoscope-like pattern that pays homage to the Arabic tradition of sacred geometry.”
Lining the corridors to the guest rooms is a collection of photographs by self-taught Emirati artist Mattar Bin Lahej. The images depict dynamic figures moving in the desert, while simultaneously evoking stillness, quiet and contemplation. The works show the artist’s technique of “painting” with his camera; beautiful washes of warm colour allow you to feel the heat of the desert and the steady energy of its people.
The Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa art collection serves to complement the elegant, inspired and luxurious interiors of the hotel while elevating the guest experience. With its thoughtful reflections on Abu Dhabi’s international feel and the close connection with the environment beyond its walls, the collection ensures the resort an engaging and relevant cultural point of interest for visitors.
Feature Product • Framed Prints
Using your favourite image from FBFA Collections, you can create your own uniquely framed art piece, or curate a gallery wall from one of our featured collections. With over 40,000 images to choose from and an endless supply of quality moldings, your choice is limitless.