Waldorf Astoria to Open First UAE Hotel

By Paul Joseph

Luxury hotel brand Waldorf Astoria is to open its first ever property in the United Arab Emirates, it has been announced.

Located in Ras Al Khaimah in the Persian Arab Gulf, the new hotel will feature 346 rooms and suites, and offer sweeping views of the surrounding region.

Designed to mirror the classic features of an Arabian palace, the Ras Al Khaimah residence will boast an array of lavish amenities including a first-class 18-hole championship golf course, a 350-metre private beach and two temperature-controlled outdoor pools.

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

“Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah will epitomise these values to become a destination of choice for discerning travellers seeking refined style, True Waldorf Service and authentic moments that will stay with them forever.”

Other notable features will include two Waldorf Astoria's hallmarks – a grand lobby clock and Peacock Alley, a public area designed as a hub for socialising. Inspired by a the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, the clock has been designed to honour regional Arab culture and will include the five daily prayer times.

Peacock Alley, meanwhile, 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.

The hotel will also house four signature restaurants fully-equipped well-being Spa that will be one of the largest in the United Arab Emirates.

The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is the 25th addition to the global Waldorf Astoria portfolio of hotels and resorts.

By Paul Joseph