Hotel Features Largest Ballroom and Tallest Waterfall in the City’s Financial District

After much anticipation and years of preparation, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) officially opens its doors.  The 341-room hotel, with 124 executive residences, is the second Ritz-Carlton in Dubai and the sixth property in the region for the luxury hotel company.

Lothar Quarz, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC was joined by hotel owners and senior leaders from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. for a private official ribbon cutting ceremony.  “This day marks the beginning of an exciting new journey,” states Mr. Quarz.  “I am truly proud of our ladies and gentlemen who have worked hard to put the final details into place.  It is their work ethic, commitment to providing the best service, and relentless determination that will elevate our guests’ experiences and set us apart from our competition.”

Pascal Duchauffour, area vice-president, Europe, Middle East & Africa for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.states “Being able to expand our presence in Dubai and be part of a region of substantial growth is a tremendous opportunity. Of course, we were quick to welcome the chance to provide an outstanding meeting venue for the international companies that already have a presence in this complex.”

Marwan Ahmad Lutfi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Business Development, DIFC Authority comments:  “The Ritz-Carlton is a leading name in the hotel industry and it is fitting that it is the first hotel to open within the DIFC jurisdiction. The DIFC has seen rapid growth since its inception in 2004 and the opening of a hotel was the next step in the masterplan. I welcome The Ritz-Carlton to the DIFC, which will no doubt provide business and leisure travellers alike, the highest quality service right in the heart of the city.”

As the only hotel to be directly linked to the complex of buildings in Dubai International Financial Centre, the social hub will be at No. 5.  Other dining selections include Blue Rain, the signature Thai fine-dining restaurant; Can Can, a French all-day dining brasserie and the Center Cut steakhouse, providing multiple settings for the enjoyment of the cuisine made famous by The Ritz-Carlton chefs. The Lobby Lounge & Terrace offers a casual elegance for the enjoyment of afternoon tea.  Each restaurant boasts an expansive outdoor terrace.

A unique design facet of The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC showcases a 10-storey outdoor waterfall cascading down the building directly into the courtyard facing the lobby.  A total of eight striking water features are situated throughout the hotel, which are not only aesthetically and aurally pleasing, but lend themselves to the feng shui belief that the constant flow of water signifies wealth and prosperity.

Recreational amenities include a fully equipped health club and luxurious Ritz-Carlton Spa, offering 13 treatment rooms.

Guests who wish to be among the first to stay or hold their event at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre may telephone +9714 372 2555 or click

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 73 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings which include Toronto and Hong Kong, the tallest hotel in the world. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.