Tue, Jun 7, 2016

Hotels & Resorts
Dubai to get another Waldorf in 2017

A new luxury Waldorf hotel catering to business and leisure travellers is to open at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in Dubai, becoming the third Waldorf property in the UAE. 

Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre is expected to begin welcoming guests in Autumn 2017, joining a portfolio of 25 Waldorf Astoria properties across the world including ones in Amsterdam, Beijing and New York.

“Sound fundamentals underpin our luxury story in the Middle East, where we have seen exceptional growth in locations tailored for both leisure and business travellers,” said Carlos Khneisser, vice president of development, Mena for Hilton Worldwide.

“I have long admired the role DIFC plays in the world of international investment, benefitting from its east meets west location and world-class trading framework. As an iconic luxury brand originating from New York, another centre of global finance, I am delighted that we will welcome Waldorf Astoria to this international hub.”

Forming part of a mixed-use residential, retail and office-space development, Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre will feature 247 rooms, as well as a range of upscale dining options, spa and wellness facilities. Significant events space will include a grand ballroom and a further four meeting rooms, designed for social occasions and corporate events.

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, which is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand, signed the agreement with Ward Holdings to manage the property.

Shehab Gargash, representative of the property owners, said: “Our partnership with Hilton Worldwide for the management of this truly exceptional property under the Waldorf Astoria luxury brand, at the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic financial centres, will significantly enrich the high-end hospitality and dining environments in DIFC.”

John T A Vanderslice, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, said: “Our luxury presence in the Middle East is further bolstered by this superb addition in DIFC, joining the Waldorf’s in Palm Jumeirah and Ras Al Khaimah. In the coming years we are set to open in new locations across the world, from Beverly Hills to Bangkok and Bali – as Waldorf Astoria continues to set the standard for international luxury travel.”

The hotel will participate in Hilton HHonors guest loyalty programme where guests who book directly through waldorfastoria.com have access to benefits including a personal concierge and complimentary wi-fi.

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