Hilton has partnered with the Al Habtoor Group
to convert two hotels in Beirut to the Hilton Hotels & Resorts
brand and to develop the very first Waldorf Astoria Hotels &
Resorts property in Dubai, UAE.
The agreement will see Hilton Worldwide enter
Lebanon by converting the 195-room Habtoor Grand and the 183-room
Metropolitan Palace to the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton
Beirut Metropolitan Palace.
Both hotels are located in the heart
of the dynamic city of Beirut and are expected to open in early
The companies also signed an agreement to develop the
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, the first luxury resort by
the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts brand in Dubai.
the iconic Palm Jumeirah, with views of the coastline
and some of the Emirate’s most famous landmarks, the 324-room
hotel will feature signature restaurants, a luxury health club and
spa. The resort is due to open at the end of 2013.
is one of the liveliest cities in the world and a leading gateway
destination between the east and west. We have been looking forward to entering Lebanon and are very pleased that we are able
to do so with this calibre of properties,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton Worldwide.
“Equally, Waldorf Astoria’s heritage and prestige is a perfect fit
for Dubai and it is exactly the right time for this luxury brand
to join the expanding number of properties we have planned in the
UAE. Today’s announcement amply demonstrates our ongoing
commitment to growing in the Middle East and consolidates our
position as a leading hospitality provider in the region.”
Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand will boast a number of
quality business facilities including a business centre, four
large meeting rooms and a
conference room that has capacity for 2400 people. Guests can also
enjoy an health club, two swimming pools,
three restaurants and two bars. At 3500 sqm, the hotel’s spa
facility is one of the largest in the region.
Metropolitan Palace will feature a business centre, five large
meeting rooms and an 820-capacity function room as well as an
health club, swimming pool and a choice of four restaurants and
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah will feature
four signature restaurants, two bars, a private beach and a large
luxury health club and spa. The property will also have a business
centre, six meeting rooms and a 600-capacity ballroom.
Hilton Worldwide has signed 18 new hotels across the Middle East
and Africa this year, taking their total number of hotels in the
development pipeline in the region to 40.
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