Waldorf Astoria RAK opens to the public

The 346-room hotel has an 18-hole golf course and 350-metre private beach

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, the brand’s first hotel in the UAE.

“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 brand head of Waldorf Astoria at Hilton Worldwide.

“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.”

The 346-room property has been designed to mirror the magnificent classic features of an Arabian palace and will include an 18-hole championship golf course, a 350-metre private beach and two temperature-controlled outdoor pools.

Dining facilities will include US steakhouse, The Lexington Grill, Japanese dining Umi and Emirati-inspired cuisine at Marjan. The hotel offers six exclusive entertainment and dining venues including Camelia, a traditional tea lounge, a nightclub and Waldorf’s famous cigar bar.

Waldorf Astoria signed an agreement with RAK developer Al Hamra Group in 2011 to manage the hotel, which was already under construction along the emirate's developing coastline.

Mohab Ghali, RAK country manager for Hilton Worldwide, which owns the Waldorf Astoria brand, told Arabian Business the hotel would rival the best in the world and attract the elite of the elite.

"We're looking at the Ras Al Khaimah Waldorf to be the flagship, that's why it has a lot of focus from the brand," he said.

"The Waldorf has a very strong name generally for luxury, even the richer part of the high class of Europe would know what is a Waldorf. This is our target (guest)."

The historical New York hotel was the pioneer Waldorf Astoria and for a long time the only one.

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