The Burj Dubai has become the tallest commercial and residential building in the world. The Arabic meaning for the word Burj is ‘tower’, which gives Burj Dubai a meaning of ‘Dubai Tower’ or ‘Tower of Dubai’. The building and the surrounding 160 hectare development will include office space, commercial areas, residential buildings, retail malls and most importantly, a series of luxury hotels of five- to seven-star rating.
In a deal forged in 2004, Giorgio Armani S.p.A. and EMAAR Hotels & Resorts LLC agreed to develop a unique series of international “Armani Hotels and Resorts”. The Dubai ‘Armani Hotel’ will include 175 guest rooms and suites, five restaurants and a spa, covering more than 40,000m². Alongside the hotel, the Burj Dubai will also offer 160 luxury residential apartments all designed by Giorgio Armani and fully furnished with a specially designed line of products from the Armani Casa home furnishings collection.
The schedule of Armani hotel openings to follow Dubai will be Milan, London, and New York along with the first resort. Giorgio Armani said: This marks the beginning of a new chapter in the Armani story. In this our thirtieth anniversary year, I cannot think of a more energising prospect than bringing my philosophy of style and design to a collection of hotels and resorts.
Despite its March inaugural ceremony date, the Armani Hotel will begin accepting reservations in January at Dubaishortstay. There, travelers can also pay in advance for visits to Armani Hotel restaurants or Dubai excursions on yachts, boat cruises or fishing vessels.