THE LEGENDARY WALDORF ASTORIA EXPERIENCE ARRIVES IN UAE
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah Set To Re-Define Luxury In The Region
Dubai, UAE & McLean, Va – 1 August 2013 – Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, today announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, the brand’s first hotel in the UAE and the latest addition to the global Waldorf Astoria portfolio.
Offering sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf, 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 travellers 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 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 350-metre 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 honour 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. 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 travellers 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 5000-year heritage and add to the overall distinctive appeal of Ras Al Khaimah.
About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand’s namesake, The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel & resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting www.waldorfastoria.com. Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 4000 hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 650,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.