Waldorf Astoria Debuts in United Arab Emirates
Thursday August 15th, 2013 - 9:37AM BP
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DUBAI, UAE—The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah opened here, the brand’s first hotel in the United Arab Emirates.
Offering views of the Arabian Gulf, the 346-room Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is designed to reflect the architectural features of an Arabian palace. The hotel features over-size guestrooms and suites, an 18-hole championship golf course, a private beach, spa, four restaurants and six dining and entertainment venues.
The hotel also includes two brand signatures: a grand lobby clock and Peacock Alley, public space dedicated to the dining area. Inspired by The Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York, the clock is designed to honor regional Arab culture and includes the five daily prayer times.
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