Waldorf Astoria hotel in Dubai's DIFC confirmed

Time Out announces news that Waldorf Astoria hotel in Dubai's DIFC confirmed to open in Autumn 2017, joining Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton in the area

Waldorf Astoria has become the latest big name hotel to announce it will open a property in Dubai International Financial Centre.

Hot on the heels of the opening of Four Seasons DIFC - not to mention the well-established Ritz-Carlton - the iconic brand will start welcoming guests in autumn 2017. It will be the 26th property of its kind in the world, and the third in the UAE, joining The Palm and Ras Al Khaimah.

Forming part of a mixed-use residential, retail and office-space development, Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre will feature 247 guest 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.

“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 a spokesman 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.”

Shehab Gargash, representative of the property owners, added: “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.”

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