By Andy Sambidge
Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah slated to open to guests in first quarter of next year
The Waldorf Astoria's first hotel property in the UAE is slated to open in the first quarter of 2013, it was announced on Monday.
Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah will be part of Al Hamra Village and will offer 349 luxurious rooms, access to a 600m private beach, three outdoor swimming pools, and a choice of eight restaurants and lounges.
The hotel is being developed by Al Hamra Group and will be managed by Hilton Worldwide, the luxury brand of the global hotel group.
Each Waldorf Astoria property promises to offer an experience as good as the brand's namesake, The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
Al Hamra Village, the master planned development, covers an area of 2.5 million sq m and includes 1.5km of beaches, 1,000 villas and townhouses, 2,500 residential apartments, two hotels, three resorts, an 18 hole golf course, clubhouse, a marina and a shopping mall.
Benoy Kurien, general manager of Al Hamra Group said: "Al Hamra Village brings a complete lifestyle experience to residents and visitors. We are excited about Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, opening and offering a range of lavish rooms, restaurants with unique concepts, a spa and many such fulsome facilities.
"We have already seen a number of enquiries coming in from people all over the world. This is a positive sign as it shows the keen interest from tourists worldwide."
Mark Hawkes, group chief financial officer, Al Hamra Group added: "We are extremely pleased to bring the region's first Waldorf Astoria Hotel to Ras Al Khaimah and partner with Hilton Worldwide."
Ras Al Khaimah is becoming a magnet for tangible investments in the region as being perhaps one the only remaining frontiers for success and growth.