The dis­tinc­tive pyra­mid-shaped ho­tel marked the first Raf­fles out­side Asia when it opened in 2007

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Raf­fles Dubai cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary

Raf­fles is a brand syn­ony­mous with his­tory and while its Dubai ho­tel can't quite match the flag­ship Sin­ga­pore prop­erty – which cel­e­brates its 130th an­niver­sary this year – it is chalk­ing up an im­por­tant mile­stone of its own as it cel­e­brates its 10th an­niver­sary this month.

The open­ing of the pyra­mid­shaped Raf­fles Dubai in 2007 marked an­other key land­mark at the time, as it was the first Raf­fles Ho­tel out­side Asia, and to­day the lux­ury brand – now part of the Ac­cor Group, fol­low­ing its ac­qui­si­tion of Fair­mont Raf­fles Ho­tels In­ter­na­tional (FRHI) last year – has 11 prop­er­ties (see box).

The ho­tel's lo­ca­tion and ser­vices pro­vide wide-rang­ing ap­peal, lur­ing GCC shop­pers look­ing for a con­ve­nient base next to Wafi Mall and busi­ness trav­ellers seek­ing a com­fort­able base close to Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Ja­panese and Ital­ian food lovers fre­quently head to TOMO and Solo Bistrono­mia & Vino Bar re­spec­tively.

To cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary, the ho­tel has launched a '10 Years of Lux­ury' ex­pe­ri­ence, of­fer­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in a pre­mium suite, pri­vate in-suite din­ing, deluxe Egyp­tian Gold & Caviar fa­cial treat­ment for two and VIP air­port trans­fers – which start from AED9,000.

But if that's be­yond your bud­get, you can book Sig­na­ture rooms for a spe­cial rate of AED1,000 be­fore the end of Novem­ber, com­plete with pri­vate bal­conies of­fer­ing strik­ing city views.

In an­other fit­ting touch, mixol­o­gists have come up with a ‘Straub Fizz' cock­tail, in hon­our of Mr Straub who was the first guest, and he will re­turn this month to toast the an­niver­sary.

As part of the cel­e­bra­tions, the ho­tel will un­veil ‘the world's most ex­pen­sive shoe', with the di­a­mond art­pieces cre­ated by Deb­bie Wing­ham val­ued at $15 mil­lion (AED55 mil­lion).

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