Marriott Hotels has announced plans to open two new properties in Abu Dhabi by 2014.
The properties will include the 315-room Abu Dhabi Marriott Hotel and the Marriott Executive Apartments, a 64-unit development in the city centre.
Reports suggest the new projects will form part of the Bloom Central development, which is also planned to include 16,200 square metres of office and residential space.
The development will be built on Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street by Bloom Properties.
It will boost Marriott's presence in the UAE, after the firm opened properties in Dubai including the Ritz-Carlton and the Dubai Financial Center.
The news follows the publication of a report by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, which revealed that almost 154,000 people stayed in the emirate's hotels in January, an increase of fiver per cent compared to 2010.
Lawrence Franklin, strategy and policy director at ADTA, said: "The increased length of stay suggests we are making inroads into our goal of attracting more leisure guests, who traditionally spend more time than those staying on business."