WALDORF ASTORIA to open in Dubai

Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a management agreement with the Al Hamra Group for the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah – the second Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property in the Middle East following the 2005 opening of the Qasr Al Sharq in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The hotel is scheduled to open in Q4 2011, and promises to be one of the most luxurious and exclusive leisure destinations in the UAE.

The hotel, designed as a palace, will be located in the newest and most upscale area of Al Hamra, west of Ras Al Khaimah and approximately 40 minutes away from Dubai International Airport. It will be part of a mixed-use development that includes an 18-hole championship golf course, a 600-metre private beach and convention centre with capacity for 3000 people. The hotel will provide an ideal location for guests looking for a calm and secluded oasis of relaxation.

The 349-room, Arabian-themed palace hotel will offer state-of-the-art facilities, including a number of outdoor swimming pools.  A bespoke spa experience has also been developed for the property. Guests will also have access to the recently opened shopping mall located within the Al Hamra development.