After various hiccups and delays, including serious disruption caused by the recent volcanic activity, Giorgio Armani has finally opened his branded hotel in Dubai.
Armani partnered with Emaar Properties in 2005 to develop a series of hotels, resorts and residences in key cities around the world.
He said: “Yesterday when I arrived and saw the hotel, I felt really emotional. After five years of working on this project, I finally saw how it all came to life. Working with me is not always easy, I think everyone here would agree because my standards are very high.”
Housed in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, it features eight restaurants all styled by the designer.
They include Armani Peck, inspired by the famous Milanese deli; Amal, which features Indian delights; Ristorante, for traditional dishes from Tuscany and other regions; and Armani Privé, the VIP lounge, open from 9pm until 3am,
A standard room in the hotel (which does not have a single picture on its walls) will cost 4,000 dirhams ($1,089) a night.
The next Armani hotel will open in Milan in 2011.