Waldorf Astoria opens on Palm Jumeirah

Resort on Palm's East Crescent built by Al Shafar General Contracting

NEWS, Business

The hotel, which is operated by Hilton and contains 319 rooms, is on the East Crescent of the Palm and is the second Waldorf Astoria-branded resort in the UAE. The first opened in Ras Al Khaimah last summer.

The hotel has its own private beach with two temperature-controlled pools as well as a 600-capacity ballroom and six restaurants.

The resort is owned by Al Habtoor Group and has been built by Al Shafar General Contracting (ASGC) to a design by Khatib & Alami. It started work on the project in August 2011 and completed work to an accelerated construction timetable by December, with a soft opening held just before Christmas.

The project was highly commended in the hospitality project of the year category at Construction Week's 2013 awards in December.

Site manager Ibrahim Salib told CW that ASGC achieved ten million man hours on site without a lost-time incident at the project, despite the fact that it was delivered "within a very tight time frame".

John T.A. Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands at Hilton Worldwide, said: “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.”

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