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Old April 24th, 2005, 05:58 PM   #1
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Completed: Raffles Hotel Wafi City, 19F Hotel, 101m (Umm Hurair)

Name: Raffles Hotel Wafi City
Location: Wafi City Complex in Garhoud
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Old April 24th, 2005, 05:58 PM   #2
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Wafi Group signs with Raffles International

Wafi Group, the Dubai-based diversified business conglomerate, will invest more than USD 140 million in its first luxury hotel project which will be managed and operated by award-winning hospitality chain Raffles International Limited (RIL).


Jennie Chua and Sheikh Mana bin Khalifa Al Maktoum exchange copies.

'Raffles Dubai' also marks the Singapore-based group's first foray into the Middle East and further expands its global presence to 41 hotels and resorts in 35 destinations.

Conceived in a stunning signature pyramid shape by lead architects Arif & Bin Toak, the 240-room Raffles Dubai will be a prominent landmark when completed in 2007. It will have 188 well-appointed guest rooms and 52 luxurious suites, nine food and beverage outlets, a grand ballroom, seven meeting rooms, a Raffles Amrita Spa, a gymnasium and a Raffles merchandise shop. The interiors of the hotel will be designed by the Dubai-based LW Design.

The hotel complex will also house 242,000 sq. ft. of retail space spread over two floors and consisting of 91 shops and a large department store. It will be located at Wafi City, facing Sheikh Zayed Road and be an extension to the existing Mall.

Sheikh Mana bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Chairman, MKM Commercial Holdings LLC, which owns Wafi City, said the deal has further enhanced Wafi's integral role in the advancement of Dubai's world-renowned hospitality and tourism infrastructure said, 'Raffles Dubai will add yet another luxury hospitality brand to the emirate's growing deluxe property portfolio and contribute to the fulfillment of the government's vision to establish Dubai as a major global tourism destination.'

'Distinction and differentiation are core values of Wafi City and the association with RIL is in line with our overall brand essence of ensuring customers and guests can experience luxury with a Middle Eastern touch.'

Jennie Chua, Chairman, Raffles International Limited said, 'Establishing a presence in Dubai has always been one of Raffles International's major goals. With the signing of the contract to manage Raffles Dubai, we are pleased to welcome the latest addition to our collection of luxury Raffles hotels and resorts known for exceptional standards of hospitality and service. Raffles Dubai, with its unique architectural structure, magnificent design and ideal location, is well positioned to cater to the affluent business and leisure traveller. We are honoured that Wafi Group, one of the most esteemed business conglomerate in Dubai, has entrusted us to manage their first luxury hotel.'

Site excavation work by the project's main contractors, Khansaheb Civil Engineering LLC, is already underway and hotel construction will start in May.

Peter Henley, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Raffles International Limited, commented, 'As Dubai's prominence as the regional hub for commerce and tourism in the Middle East increases, there will be greater demand for accommodation to cater to the growing number of business and leisure visitors. Raffles Dubai is well poised to tap on the growth trend in this key gateway city.'

Ian Wiedersheim, Managing Director, MKM Commercial Holdings LLC said,

'Raffles Hotels & Resorts will greatly strengthen Wafi City's already expansive destination offering and the linking of these two prestigious brands creates a synergy which cannot be other than highly successful.'
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Old April 24th, 2005, 05:59 PM   #3
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Old April 24th, 2005, 06:25 PM   #4
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ah so it is official now...
great.
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Old April 24th, 2005, 06:37 PM   #5
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Why under construction? I haven't seen any activity at all overthere.
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Old April 24th, 2005, 06:41 PM   #6
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they are preparing the site and construction will start this may
so, why not?
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Old April 24th, 2005, 06:48 PM   #7
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Great project i love the Quality of Wafi and the Shiekh Manaa's taste in design always stylish and luxury .. i can assure u this is gonna be a great hotel
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Old April 25th, 2005, 04:01 AM   #8
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Haha, that's Singapore most famous hotel, built in 1887





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Dubai's one doesn't look so good it seems ;-) The rendering is a bit small, but it reminds me of Pyongyang's Ryugyong hotel from its shape, lol.
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Old April 25th, 2005, 07:22 AM   #9
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Raffles International comes to Dubai

By Saifur Rahman, Staff Reporter

Dubai:
Singapore-based hotel chain Raffles International Ltd yesterday entered the Dubai market by signing a management contract with Dubai's diversified business conglomerate MKM Commercial Holdings.

Following the deal, MKM Commercial Holdings will invest Dh513.8 million to develop a luxury hotel, Raffles Dubai, at Wafi City, a popular shopping and leisure destination in Dubai.

The hotel will be operated by Raffles International and the project will be financed by National Bank of Dubai.

The 240-room Raffles Dubai also marks the chain's entry into the Middle East market.

Raffles Hotels, one of the key properties in Singapore's hospitality industry, currently owns and manages 41 hotels in 35 countries.

It opened in 1887 in an old bungalow known as Beach House and was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of modern Singapore.

Raffles International is the second Singapore-based hotel chain to enter the region following Banyan Tree's recent announcement to operate two new hotels in Dubai. One of them, a 50-villa resort, Banyan Tree Resort and Spa, will be located at Jumeirah Beach which is being developed by Dubai Properties.

Shaikh Mana Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, chairman of MKM Commercial Holdings, said: "Raffles Dubai will add yet another luxury hospitality brand to the emirate's growing deluxe property portfolio and contribute to the fulfilment of the government's vision to establish Dubai as a major global tourism destination."

Designed by architects Arif and Bintoak, the hotel will be constructed by Khansaheb Civil Engineering. Site excavation work has begun and project managers Arif and Bintoak are currently awarding various phases of the development to sub-contractors.

Construction of the hotel, scheduled for completion in 2007, is expected to start next month.

Conceived in a signature pyramid shape, the 101-metre tall Raffles Dubai will be a prominent landmark when completed.

Its 240 rooms include 188 guestrooms, each spread across 60 square metres about 33 per cent larger than standard rooms 52 luxurious suites, nine food and beverage outlets, seven meeting rooms and a spa.

The hotel complex will also house 242,000 square feet of retail space spread over two floors consisting of 91 shops and a large department store as well as parking space for 1,000 vehicles.

Jennie Chua, chairman of Raffles International, said the hotel will primarily cater to leisure travellers.

"We are looking at a 80:20 mix between leisure and business visitors, with 20 per cent representing the business and corporate travellers," she said.

Raffles International is owned by Capitaland one of the largest listed property companies in Asia with international operations in 29 territories. RIL last week secured a management contract for a hotel in the Chinese capital Beijing.

Chua told Gulf News her company is committed to signing up for five new properties every year.
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Old April 25th, 2005, 08:43 AM   #10
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work deffinatly under way. All the trees in the car park have been removed and the hoarding is going up. I saw piling rigs on site too
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Old April 25th, 2005, 08:47 AM   #11
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where do we get 13F from? remember it sits on a 2 story podium and is 101m high. Something doesent seem right
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Old April 25th, 2005, 12:50 PM   #12
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i counted the floors from the render
it also seems strange to me

forgot to add the height though

and have a look at the gigantic "useless" roof feature!
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Old April 25th, 2005, 02:06 PM   #13
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Just a little somthing i stole a while ago!

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Old April 25th, 2005, 06:10 PM   #14
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interesting, the pyramide is 101m tall
and the new planned residential building on the top right seems to be even taller
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Old April 25th, 2005, 07:35 PM   #15
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...The hotel complex will also house 242,000 sq. ft. of retail space spread over two floors and consisting of 91 shops and a large department store. It will be located at Wafi City, facing Sheikh Zayed Road and be an extension to the existing Mall. ...
WAFI doesn't need a mall extension, it BADLY needs a multistorey parking!!!

Most of Mall's clients are (mostly) young locals spending times in mall's coffe shops. The mall itself is far from crowded or full of clients. It is the empties big mall in Dubai.
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Old April 25th, 2005, 10:34 PM   #17
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here we can see the gigantic roof

whatever it is, looke very strange and undefinable
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Old April 26th, 2005, 05:06 AM   #18
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finally glad to know more about this project
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Old April 26th, 2005, 09:26 AM   #19
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cool, looks different. Alos there is a new tower at the rear of the site on the other carpark to match the office and residences
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Rendering from Singapore's Business Times 26th April:


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