It is the second opening cancellation in the Dubai tower. The first delay was for two months because there was an elevator malfunction in the 828m-tall building.

The current delay, due to the volcanic ash from an eruption in Iceland delaying flights around Europe, means the hotel will now only open on April 27, instead of the expected date of April 22.

The Armani Hotel is the first from fashion designer Giorgio Armani and will include eight restaurants, an upscale lounge, a spa with thermal suites, a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool.

The hotel will also house an Armani/Dolci chocolates store, a florist and a galleria, which is to show select couture accessories.