It hasn't quite got the charm, and obviously it doesn't have the history of its big brother in Singapore, but since its late-2007 opening Raffles has become a major player on Dubai's hotel landscape.
The 19-storey hotel is situated alongside the Wafi mall and is inspired by the same Egyptian architecture. The huge pyramid is, in fact, already considered one of the architectural icons of modern Dubai.
Despite Dubai's notorious lack of central point Raffles manages to remain within easy access of most areas. It is possible to be in Deira, Sheikh Zayed Road, Bur Dubai and the airport within about ten minutes drive from the hotel. Testament to this fact is the hotel's astonishing view.
Many guestroom balconies and restaurants alike afford unrivalled views of many of the major landmarks of the city and it is in a unique position to be able to overlook the whole city. Not until the completion of the Burj Dubai is any hotel likely to offer such panoramic variety.
The Egyptian theme continues inside the expansive foyer but is contrasted with Arabian touches and a distinct nod towards the Singaporean heritage of the brand. The area is dominated by a huge water feature and a resident pianist will welcome guests or passers by from Wafi (the hotel has direct access to the mall extension).
The hotel offers 248 rooms and suites and all are among the most generously sized in the city and each comes with a private balcony.
The hotel has 11 food and beverage outlets. From the lobby level Raffles Salon (tea room-style café) to the exclusive China Moon Champagne bar situated in the pyramid's peak each offers a twist on modern luxury.
In the Raffles Botanical gardens visitors are able to tour one of the Dubai’s most impressive gardens. It has more than 120,000 flowers and is grown around the concept of the elements: Fire, Water, Wind and Earth.