Accor plans first Raffles resort in the Middle East

Accor plans to open the first Raffles resort in the Middle East

Raffles the Palm Dubai

UAE: Set to open in the last quarter of 2021, Raffles the Palm Dubai will be the first ultra-luxury addition to Accor’s portfolio in Dubai.

Accor has partnered with development and construction firm Emerald Palace Group for the project. The Raffles hotel will be located on the Palm Jumeirah, offering 389 rooms, suites and villas.

Amenities include the Cing Mondes Spa, a Parisian brand, offering 23 treatment rooms and two private spa suites, as well as an indoor swimming pool. There will also be eight food and beverage offerings.

Signature elements of the Raffles brand, including the Raffles Pattiserie, Writers Lounge and Library will be available.

For families, there’s an outdoor swimming pool, a cinema, dedicated children’s swimming pool and a kids and teens club.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us,” said Mark Willis, CEO of Accor India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey. “There are very few beach resort plots left in Dubai and none on the Palm Jumeirah. The size of the property and its location perfectly lend itself to provide a prestigious address for the Raffles brand.”

“We are confident that the new Raffles will compete with world-class luxury hotels across the globe,” Willis added. “While being located in Dubai, one of the most sought after cities in the world, Raffles will open its door to provide an unprecedented and exclusive level of luxury. From the private villas on the beach and array of dining offerings, to the expansive outdoor areas ideals for weddings and events, Raffles the Palm Dubai is all set to become a destination in itself.”

Nver Mkhitaryan, owner of Emerald Palace Group, said: “We are pleased to partner with Accor to establish the first Raffles resort in the Middle East. Our international expertise in developing and constructing hotel and residential projects combined with Accor’s knowledge, presence and prestigious brand portfolio set the grounds to open the best hotel in town.” 

Accor currently operates 410 properties in India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey with 222 more in the development pipeline.

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