May 26, 2015
Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with the Hospitality Division of the Mohammad Omar Bin Haider Holding Group to open Hilton Dubai World Central (DWC).
The upscale 535-room hotel will be part of the 145km2 development centred on Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport and DWC's desire to add 20,000 hotel rooms by 2025.
“With Hilton Worldwide’s multi-brand vision for Dubai and a 50-year legacy of outstanding hospitality in the region, we are delighted to be once again be at the forefront of the industry, with the addition of our flagship Hilton brand in DWC,” said Rudi Jagersbacher, president, Middle East and Africa for Hilton Worldwide.
“Across the Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide expects to open an average of one hotel per month over the course of the next few years and plans to more than double our portfolio here in Dubai.”
The upscale Hilton Dubai World Central, anticipated to open in 2019, will feature seven floors, with a large multifunctional ballroom, eight meeting rooms and six board rooms.
A village of F&B options, as well as a separate all-day dining restaurant will mean that food will be a central part of the guest offering.
Leisure facilities will include a spa and wellness centre, fitness centre and two swimming pools.
The hotel will be located near to the Al Maktoum International Airport, which opened to passenger traffic in 2013, as well as the venue of Dubai Expo 2020.
"We are very pleased to have signed our first agreement with Hilton Worldwide. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is known for setting the highest standards in hospitality and our partnership will ensure that we establish a world-class hotel at DWC,” said Dave Cockburn, group general manager, Hospitality Division of the Mohammad Omar Bin Haider Hospitality Holding Group.
Mohammed Al Awadhi, vice president - real estate, Dubai World Central, said, “This partnership feeds into DWC’s wider vision to develop a robust hospitality offering that supports Dubai’s ambition to become a global tourism hub and welcome 20 million tourists into the emirate by 2020.
“Our focus is to provide our partners the necessary infrastructure and facilities that guarantee connectivity and ease of access so they, in turn, can provide their customers with a unique experience.”
Hilton Worldwide currently has 70 hotels operating across the Middle East and Africa, with more than 90 hotels currently under development.
Recent announcements include the arrival of mid-market Hampton by Hilton to Dubai, as well as the anticipated openings of the first two Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the UAE, Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Mina and Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Muraqabat.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts opened its first UAE hotel in Al Ain, and is now present in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Fujairah.