Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed an agreement to open a new Aloft hotel in the second-largest city in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain. Scheduled to debut in 2016, Aloft Al Ain will be the second Aloft hotel in the UAE joining Aloft Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2009. Catering to the next generation of travellers, Aloft will be an integral part of the city’s spectacular 500,000 sq m mixed-use development surrounding the iconic 25,000-seat Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium. Aloft Al Ain will feature 172 loft-like rooms, including two presidential suites, food and beverage outlets, fitness centre, and meetings facilities. Starwood currently operates nearly 50 hotels in the Middle East and is planning an additional 30 properties in the next few years.