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