Mahmoud Mokhtar, Country General Manager – Hilton Ras Al Khaimah, Yannis Anagnostakis, CEO RAK Hospitality Holding, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAK Hospitality Holding and RAK National Hotels, HH Sheikh Khalid bin Saud Al Qasimi bin Saqr, Vice President of Investment and Development Office Ras Al Khaimah, Remmie de Graaf, General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah
THE 240-ROOM HOTEL DEBUTS IN THE HEART OF THE BUSINESS DISTRICT
RAS AL KHAIMAH, UAE and MCLEAN, Va. – 15 May 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) award-winning midscale brand, and RAK National Hotels LLC (“RAKNH”), a subsidiary of RAK Hospitality Holding LLC (“RAKHH”), owner of hotels and resorts in Ras Al Khaimah, today announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah, marking the brand’s entry into the northernmost Emirate of the United Arab Emirates. The hotel joins five other Hilton properties operating in the Emirate and 22 across the UAE.
Located in the heart of the Al Nakheel area, just steps from two major shopping malls and minutes from the souks and historical sites of the old city, Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah features 240 modern and comfortable guest rooms, including 10 family rooms and eight suites, with sweeping city, creek and garden views.
Commenting on the opening, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAKHH and RAKNH, said: “Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah is a very strategic asset within our portfolio of hotels. It presents a significant opportunity for us to satisfy the needs of travellers who visit Ras Al Khaimah from all around the world. We have seen a shift in recent years towards the mid-market segment, which goes in hand with the growing importance of the emerging modern traveller. The hotel therefore, is the right choice for us and for Ras Al Khaimah. We look forward to seeing it grow and succeed.”
“Ras Al Khaimah is a burgeoning emirate and continues to grow in popularity not just within the Middle East but internationally, attracting more than 820,000 tourists last year according to Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. The opening of Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah reinforces our commitment to the emirate – and the strength of our brands here – and we look forward to offering guests a laid-back metropolitan oasis in the heart of the city,” said Mahmoud Mokhtar, country general manager, Ras Al Khaimah.
Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah offers guests a variety of onsite dining options, including The Garden Grille, which provides fresh, cooked-to-order breakfast and a-la-carte lunch and dinner. Alongside the iconic must-try dishes such as the famed breakfast waffles and the Mobley burger, the restaurant serves a variety of international culinary delights including authentic Peking duck served with pancakes, famous Mexican savory chocolate Mole Poblano turkey, as well as melt-in-your-mouth Moroccan lamb couscous. The Pavilion Pantry® is open 24 hours for on-the-go guests seeking snacks, treats and cold beverages, while the Garden Bar & Lounge and Pool Bar offer delightful spots to meet for business and leisure.
Yannis Anagnostakis, CEO of RAKHH, said: “We aspire to have our hotel assets lead their respective market segments. The much-anticipated Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah fits perfectly within our strategy and enables us to diversify the RAKNH portfolio. We expect the demand for branded mid-market hotels to increase significantly as a wider range of visitors continue to enjoy and discover the unique Ras Al Khaimah experience.”
“We are delighted to introduce the Hilton Garden Inn brand to Ras Al Khaimah. With its unending stretches of pristine beaches and endearing local charm and history, Ras Al Khaimah offers a spectacular location to deliver the intuitive service our brand is already synonymous with,” said John Greenleaf, global head, Hilton Garden Inn.
Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah guests will be treated to numerous amenities and services, including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, a 24-hour business center, two tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness center open all day. The property also offers an outdoor pool, a separate shaded pool for children, and access to the beach facilities at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa via complimentary shuttle.
For conferences and other events, Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah can accommodate up to 400 guests in more than 500 square meters of flexible meeting space, including a 380 square meter pillar-less ballroom that can be separated into three meeting rooms, along with two large pre-function areas and three outdoor garden venues. The hotel’s meeting space also features four small and medium sized meeting rooms.
Each guest room and suite boasts the brand’s signature bedding featuring fresh, white duvets and crisp linens; a spacious and clutter-free work desk with an ergonomic desk chair; and an in-room “hospitality center” with a mini fridge.
Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah participates in Hilton’s award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors®. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app, where Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key.
For more information or to make reservations, please visit Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah or call +971 (0) 7 228 8888
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RAS AL KHAIMAH TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
ABOUT HILTON GARDEN INN
The award-winning Hilton Garden Inn hotel brand provides business and leisure guests with upscale yet affordable accommodations and modern amenities they prefer for a successful and comfortable stay. The Hilton Garden Inn Promise is to make guests’ stay better and brighter. Guaranteed. Team Members operating at more than 720 hotels around the world are committed to guaranteeing today’s busy travelers have a bright and satisfying hospitality experience from the first hello when they arrive. Hilton Garden Inn is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information about Hilton Garden Inn, visit www.hgi.com or news.hgi.com or connect on social media at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
ABOUT RAK NATIONAL HOTELS LLC
RAK National Hotels LLC (“RAKNH”) is a subsidiary of RAK Hospitality Holding LLC (“RAKHH”). Formed in 2013, RAKNH owns hotels and resorts positioned in the upscale, upper-upscale and luxury market segments, strategically located in prime urban, desert and beach areas in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.
RAKNH currently owns four landmark hotels and resorts including:
Hilton Garden Inn Ras Al Khaimah
Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa at Maaridh Beach,
Rixos Bab Al Bahr Ultra All Inclusive Resort on Marjan Island and;
Al Wadi Desert Resort & Spa (to become “The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert” from Q4 2017).
The current portfolio features a total of 1,466 hotel rooms, suites, chalets and private pool villas that make up approximately 28% of the Emirate’s total hotel inventory currently in operation.
For more information on RAK National Hotels, visit: www.rakhospitalityholding.com
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