Meanwhile the Chinese are being drawn in greater numbers, particularly to new showcase hotels like the Armani in the Burj Khalifa. The first Armani hotel in the world also played host to the World Travel Awards 2011 Middle East Ceremony in May.
Dubai is the first in a series of at least 10 Armani Hotels which will pop up around the world’s holiday destinations, including Milan, Marrakech, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and London where “Armani will share his dream” . And the pocket burn is in line with the brand’s image. The tariff for a night stay starts at AED 2800 (Rs 34,163) plus tax and climbs up to AED 9000 (Rs 1,09,840) for a larger suite.
It's difficult to believe that a $1,000-a-night hotel designed by fashion designer Giorgio Armani in the world's tallest building could ever be considered understated. Yet in Dubai, where bars with multicolor fluorescent ceilings are considered classy, theArmani Hotel Dubai manages to fill that niche.
Dubai’s new super-scraper boasts some of the highest interior specs in the industry. David Ingham and Claire Ferris-Lay talk to those responsible for rolling them out. The specification on the Burj Khalifa project is one of the highest that industry veteran, Talal Saeed, managing director of Fino International, has ever encountered. “The specification is one of the highest I’ve ever seen and experienced. There were so many consultants supervising and reporting to each other to make sure everything works perfectly.”
The new property joins Dubai's well-established range of luxury hotels, led by names such as the Armani Hotel, Jumeirah's Atlantis and the "seven-star" Burj Al Arab, but recent reports have suggested that despite its top-end offerings, Dubai is still suffering from a shortage of visitors - which could lead to bargains for visitors.
Dubai hotels and hotel apartments recorded Dh9.8 billion in revenue in the first half of 2012, marking a 22 per cent over the same period last year, according to the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). Guest numbers in the emirate’s hotels and hotel apartments, meanwhile, posted a 10 per cent increase to 5.027 million guests in the January-June period over the corresponding period a year earlier, the tourism body said in a statement on Monday.
The Metropolitan Hotel in Dubai is to be knocked down to make way for a Las Vegas-inspired luxury hotel project. The US$1.33 billion (Dh4.8bn) development on Sheikh Zayed Road is to include three luxury hotels with a total of 1,616 rooms and a theatre big enough to seat more than 1,000, Al Habtoor Group announced yesterday.
Ramada Downtown Dubai, located in Dubai's most prestigious and vibrant district, recently hosted a fashion show launching the Reewaj Collection from designer Sadia Ahmed Mughal. The successful event featured the latest collection of casual and formal wear from the designer who loves to combine different colours and cuts to create designs that suit the taste of their growing clientele in the UAE.
Pink Slip Dubai, the UAE's pioneering recruitment and HR networking group teamed up recently with Hot Hoteliers, a leading hospitality networking group, to host a high-level recruitment forum that discussed the current state of recruitment within the local hospitality sector. Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman of Jumeirah Group, was the keynote speaker of the night, addressing an audience of over 250 industry professionals on the importance of human capital to an organization and the ongoing need to train and develop staff.
It's not cheap to stay at Georgio Armani's hotel in the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Rooms normally start at around $600 per night, and suites can cost many times that. But Jetsetter, the invitation-only travel deals website associated with Gilt Groupe, is offering an awesome deal for standard rooms at $420 per night.