DUBAI—Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has signed a management agreement with Ward Holdings to open a property in the Middle East’s leading gateway for capital and investment, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), according to Hilton Worldwide. Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre is expected to open in autumn 2017.
“Sound fundamentals underpin our luxury story in the Middle East, where we have seen exceptional growth in locations tailored for both leisure and business travelers,” said Carlos Khneisser, VP of development, Middle East and North Africa for Hilton Worldwide.
Forming part of a mixed-use residential, retail and office-space development, Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre will feature 247 guestrooms, as well as a range of upscale dining options, spa and wellness facilities. Significant events space will include a grand ballroom and four meeting rooms, designed for social occasions and corporate events.
Across the Middle East, Hilton Worldwide is expanding its portfolio of mid-market, upscale and luxury properties within its portfolio of brands. In 2015, milestones included the opening of three Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Dubai; the signing of an agreement for the the first Hampton by Hilton in the Middle East; as well as confirmation of the first Curio, a Collection by Hilton for Dubai with The Rosemont Hotel & Residences.