Since last year’s January opening, the Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa as well as the existing Hilton property have seen occupancy figures of 70 per cent and above, according to general manager Mohab Ghali.
“The Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa complements Ras Al Khaimah’s existing Hilton property, the 227 room Hilton Ras Al Khaimah set on the creekside, and is Hilton’s 15th property in the Arabian Peninsula,” he said.
“Ras Al Khaimah is poised to become the UAE’s newest and hottest getaway spot, only an hour’s drive from the Mussandam fjords, and its unspoiled scenery is some of the best the UAE has to offer.
“We were attracted by the untapped potential of the region, and are committed to developing it into the world-class destination it is clear that it will become. With such diverse offerings, we are very optimistic about 2008 and can safely benchmark high occupancy levels for the year,” he continued.
Key source markets for both hotels include Italy, Germany and Switzerland, and an increasing number of visitors were coming from the UK, US and other parts of Europe. In addition, the hotels hoped to attract business from Russia, Austria and Czechoslovakia. “These markets pose great potential and zeal for tourism in Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE in general,” said Ghali.
The phase two development of Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa is due for completion in 2009.