11 DECEMBER 2017
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One of the world’s top accommodation brands is making its debut in Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah complex development following a management agreement between AccorHotels and developer Nakheel Properties to develop a Raffles resort.
The signing will lead to the opening in three years’ time of two towers on the Dubai island comprising the Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences Palm360, the first beachside resort for Raffles and the tallest structure on Palm Jumeirah.
Centrepiece of the development will be a 155m (508ft) long sky pool, connecting the towers 170m above the ground. The hotel component will offer 125 rooms and suites, and there will be 359 branded residences.
The complex will also feature a host of upmarket dining outlets, including two rooftop restaurants and a waterside restaurant, while the residences will include 16 branded penthouses each with a private infinity pool, gym and cinema.
Accor chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin said: “This development not only cements our luxury portfolio on a landmark leisure destination but also demonstrates our dedication to developing the most distinct hospitality concepts.”
The new Raffles will be the second in Dubai, joining the distinctive pyramid-shaped property in the heart of the city at the Wafi mall amid tropical gardens 4km from Dubai World Trade Centre.
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Tony Hesketh-Gardener, England
To my wife and me there is just one Raffles and that is at No 1 Beach Road, Singapore, where we have stayed frequently. Somerset Maugham described it brilliantly when he wrote 'Raffles stands for all the fables of the exotic East'. There is no similarity whatsoever between Raffles, Singapore, and the other hotels worldwide that have been given its iconic name and we find it abhorrent that the owners also use that name as a brand. Raffles is unique and should be respected as such rather than being used as a marketing tool for other hotels in the owners’ portfolio.