Hilton to launch luxury Waldorf Astoria brand in UAE

RAS AL KHAIMAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Al Hamra Group for Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, the second Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property in the Middle East and the first in the UAE. The hotel is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter.

“The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect hotel to mark the brand’s entry into the UAE and further strengthens our partnership with Ras Al Khaimah,” says Rudi Jagersbacher, president of Hilton Worldwide in the Middle East and Africa. “We are looking forward to extending our brand portfolio in the UAE with the addition of the Waldorf Astoria, and to welcoming guests to this palace retreat later in the year.”

The 349-key hotel, designed as an Arabian-themed palace, will be located in the newest and most upscale area of Al Hamra, about 40 minutes from Dubai International Airport. It will be part of a mixed-use development that includes an 18-hole championship golf course, a 600-m private beach and convention center with capacity for 3,000.

The hotel will include a number of outdoor swimming pools along with a 450-sq.-m ballroom, 10 restaurants and bars and a spa.

Existing Hilton Worldwide properties in Ras Al Khaimah are Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa, Hilton Ras Al Khaimah and the soon-to-open Doubletree by Hilton Ras Al Khaimah.