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August 16, 2013

First Waldorf Astoria Hotel Opens in UAE

By Chris Boyle

waldorf astoria_Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of its first hotel in the UAE and the latest addition to the global Waldorf Astoria portfolio.

The highly anticipated 346-room Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is expected to delight connoisseurs of luxury with many distinctive features and amenities designed to bring true luxury and sophistication to the award-winning Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah for the first time.

“Across the globe, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts are known for timeless elegance, inspirational environments and the extraordinary experiences provided to guests each day,” said John T.A. Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands for Hilton Worldwide.

“Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah will epitomise these values to become a destination of choice for discerning travelers seeking refined style, flawless service and sumptuous comfort.”

Exclusively designed to reflect the magnificent classic features of an Arabian palace, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah – which opened on August 1 – will boast a wealth of superior features and services including beautifully designed over-sized rooms and suites, a first-class 18-hole championship golf course, a stunning 350m private beach, a luxurious, state-of-the-art spa, four signature restaurants, and six exclusive dining and entertainment venues – all reflecting the authenticity of individual cultures and style.

Notably, the hotel will also include two of Waldorf Astoria’s famous brand signatures – a grand lobby clock and Peacock Alley, a public area dedicated to the renowned dining area. 

Inspired by the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah clock has been exclusively designed to honor regional Arab culture and will include the five daily prayer times. Peacock Alley, located across ground floor and mezzanine levels, is reflective of the grand social promenade that connected the original Waldorf and Astoria hotels in New York – as a place to see and be seen.

Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa, said: “There has never been a more exciting time to launch our world-class luxury brand in the UAE. 

“As one of the most famous luxury hotel brands in the world, Waldorf Astoria has attracted some of the most illustrious and celebrated figures from history to its doors since the opening of its first hotel over 80 years ago. 

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“I am thrilled we can now offer the same quality of service and amenities in the Middle East reminiscent of those superior brand values of a classic, pre-eminent luxury experience.”

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE is rapidly becoming a popular choice among a growing number of perceptive travelers seeking an authentic Emirati experience, whether it be leisure, adventure or cultural. 

Located just 45 minutes from one of the world’s fastest growing airports in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah boasts majestic mountain ranges, expanses of red sandy desert and lush green plains along a series of creeks and lagoons. 

Charming historic sites, forts and abandoned villages also echo the Emirate’s 5,000-year heritage and add to the overall distinctive appeal of Ras Al Khaimah.

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