Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower and perhaps the poshest address in the Gulf, is fast acquiring a distinct Indian identity. Indians now own more than a hundred of 900 apartments in Dubai's 828-metre skyscraper, a sign of the growing financial power of the community in the West Asia. "Indians have bought between 100 and 150 apartments since its completion in 2010," an executive of project developer Emaar Properties said on condition of anonymity.
Airlines are trying to attract more families from the Gulf and the subcontinent to the UAE during the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) with special offers and promotions. Thousands of tourists are keen to visit Dubai to pick up some DSF bargains and see the newly opened Burj Khalifa. The twin attractions are expected to boost visitor numbers by 10 per cent.
Mr Marc Dardenne, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Hospitality Group and Emaar Hotels & Resorts, and Mr Brian LaBelle, Senior Vice President, Skywards, recently signed the agreement at a ceremony held at Level 152 of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower.
Virtuoso®, the world's leading luxury travel network, is pleased to welcome the Armani Hotel Dubai into Virtuoso Preview, a program showcasing the most anticipated hotels and resorts that have just opened their doors or will be opening within the year. As the first hotel in the Middle East to participate in this prestigious program, the Armani Hotel Dubai joins an elite group of world-class properties that have turned to Virtuoso to increase visibility and add a competitive edge to their sales and marketing initiatives.
Recognizes the significance of outstanding architecture and design of a hotel or component therein. Nominees: Capella, Singapore; Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas; Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona; Armani Hotel Dubai; and Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad.