Plans for Dh1 billion Waldorf Astoria dusted off in Dubai

First Waldorf Astoria announced for Dubai, to open on the Palm Jumeriah.

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A Waldorf Astoria resort is to open on the Palm Jumeriah in Dubai.

The property is being built by Al Habtoor, which announced plans to restart work on the Dh1 billion resort earlier this month.

The planned hotel, originally intended to be managed by Habtoor, was put on hold when the economic downturn hit the emirate.

The resort is now scheduled to open at the end of 2013.

A Waldorf Astoria hotel, Hilton's top brand, is planned for Ras Al Khaimah. But that property has been delayed and is not scheduled to open until the fourth quarter of next year.

The New York hotel in Manhattan has hosted famous residents including US President Herbert Hoover and Marilyn Monroe.

Hilton Worldwide also signed agreements yesterday to manage two existing hotels in Lebanon that are owned by Al Habtoor, which will be converted to the Hilton brand.