The Raffles Hotel Dubai, UAE : ICON : Follows in the tradition of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. WORLD : SENSE : HOSPITALITY! Enjoy! :)
Raffles Dubai is a 19-storey hotel that is built in the shape of a pyramid. The design was an inspiration taken from traditional Egyptian architecture. It is located at the Wafi food and entertainment complex, 15 minutes away from the Dubai International Airport.
Raffles Dubai was built by the Wafi Group, a Dubai-based diversified business conglomerate that invested more than 140 million US dollars on its first hotel project. The Wafi group entered into an agreement where the hotel would be managed and operated by the Singapore based hospitality chain Raffles Hotels and Resorts. The agreement also marked Raffles’ entry into the Middle East and expanded its presence to 41 hotels in 35 destinations.
The hotel’s signature pyramid shape was conceived by architect Bryn Lummus and developed locally by lead architects Arif & Bin Toak. The interior of the hotel was designed by the Dubai-based LW Design group. Construction began in April 2005 and the hotel began its operations in 2007.
The Dubai Raffles project is also noteworthy because it was perhaps the first ever Raffles hotel to be newly built, as most hotels operated by the company are mostly buildings with historical importance which were bought over by Raffles Hotels and Resorts.
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