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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Opens Second Hotel in United Arab Emirates with Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Associated Press
2014-01-09 03:01 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates & MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 8, 2014--Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide 's luxury brand, today announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, continuing the brand's global expansion. With breath-taking views of the Arabian Gulf coastline and some of Dubai's famous landmarks, the 319-room Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah exudes the true luxury, world class amenities and sophistication for which the brand is known.

John T.A. Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands, Hilton Worldwide, said: "Waldorf Astoria's celebrated lineage combined with the brand's definition of luxury is enjoyed by discerning global luxury travellers worldwide. The increasing number of international arrivals into Dubai and the growing aspiration of visitors to explore the Emirate's iconic island has created a demand which we can readily satisfy with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah."

From arrival to departure, guests of Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah are not only embraced by this iconic hotel, but also welcomed by True Waldorf Service ?V a service initiative that assigns a personal concierge to each qualified guest who acts as their primary contact, before, during and ?V an industry first ?V after a stay, to guarantee every want and request is met.

Positioned on the East Crescent of Palm Jumeirah and boasting a wealth of superior services, amenities at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah fittingly reflect the inspirational environments of the brand. Guests will be spoilt for choice with a selection of six sumptuous restaurants and bars offering the finest cuisine and drinks including a jewel in the culinary crown, the New York inspired Social by Heinz Beck, a fashionably stylish eatery by multi-award winning master of gastronomy, European chef and author Heinz Beck.

The hotel also features other mouth-watering options such as Lao, bringing innovative, stylish south-east Asian contemporary dining; Mezzerie, locally-inspired arabesque dining at its most luxurious; Palm Avenue, a chic oasis in the heart of the hotel's elegant gardens and Serafina, an authentic and refined Venetian offering. The centrepiece of the hotel is Peacock Alley, named after the famous high-society promenade lounge which connected the original Waldorf and Astoria hotels in New York and was known as a place to see and be seen. Also drawing on the illustrious Waldorf Astoria heritage is the addition of a stunning lobby clock.

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah boasts an abundance of impressive recreational facilities including tennis and a full range of water sports. To tempt those guests seeking to relax and refresh, the hotel offers a 200 meter private beach of ivory sand and two temperature-controlled outdoor pools. The addition of a children's club will also ensure young guests are kept entertained. Befitting of a Waldorf Astoria hotel, a luxurious Waldorf Astoria Spa will offer bespoke treatments that blend traditional philosophies with signature techniques to create therapies designed to balance, revive and rejuvenate.

Destined to become a number one choice for event planners, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah is an outstanding setting for meetings, launches and grand celebrations. Key features include eight naturally-lit meeting spaces and an exceptional 600-capacity, multi-purpose ballroom.

Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Hilton Worldwide Middle East and Africa, said: "There has been tremendous anticipation ahead of the opening of Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah and I am delighted Hilton Worldwide's celebrated luxury brand has now opened at one of the world's most imaginative and unique destinations. The introduction of a Waldorf Astoria hotel to the Palm Jumeirah will enhance Dubai's growing status as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and further strengthen the city's luxury credentials on the global stage."

Stretching five km out to sea, Dubai's Palm Jumeirah island has been described as a miracle of engineering. Built in the shape of a palm tree with a trunk, fronds and a surrounding 11km crescent highway, the island adds 78km to the Dubai shoreline and is now a recognised and popular luxury destination for residents and tourists seeking a distinctive and unforgettable stay in the city.

"Waldorf Astoria's iconic magnificence represented in Dubai Palm Jumeirah makes for a stunning alliance in a city which prides itself on luxury," said Jan Moenkedieck, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. "Together with my team at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, we look forward to offering guests True Waldorf Service including a personal concierge for each guest while making a meaningful contribution to the growing Palm Jumeirah community."

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah participates in Hilton HHonorsR, the only guest rewards program that allows members to earn Points & MilesR for the same stay and redeem points for free nights with No Blackout Dates at more than 4,000 hotels worldwide.

To book a reservation at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah or to explore the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts portfolio of hotels, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com. For more information about the Waldorf Astoria brand, please visit? http://news.waldorfastoria.com.

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 24 landmark destinations, each being a true reflection of their surroundings in the world's most sought after locations. Unified by their inspirational environments and unparalleled guest service, Waldorf Astoria creates unique authentic moments through the delivery of True Waldorf Service. Personal concierges deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. From signature culinary excellence, 12 world-class golf courses and 23 rejuvenating spas, Waldorf Astoria offers luxuriously appointed accommodations and unforgettable experiences. Waldorf Astoria is a global luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide with development plans to add 12 new hotels to the brand. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or learn more about this expanding portfolio by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company's portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with nearly 672,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonorsR.

CONTACT: Elaine Reed

Hilton Worldwide - Middle East & Africa

+971 (0) 4 434 5461

elaine.reed@hilton.com

or

John Walls

Hilton Worldwide

+1 703 883 5232

john.walls@hilton.com

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SOURCE: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

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