By April Hutchinson

The date has been announced for the opening of the world’s first Armani Hotel in Dubai.

The launch hotel from the fashion designer will finally open on March 18 within the world’s tallest building, which was recently completed in the Emirate and has now been officially named Burj Khalifa.

The opening date of the 160-room hotel also had to be scheduled to avoid clashing with Armani’s participation at the world’s various fashion weeks, which conclude earlier in March.

The hotel is a collaboration between Giorgio Armani and developer Emaar Properties – also responsible for Burj Khalifa and neighbouring Dubai Mall – and bookings will go live late January, but only a select few operators here, such as Eden Collection and Elegant Resorts, have been contracted to sell the hotel in the UK market.

The opening of the Armani Hotel Dubai will be followed by the launch of the Armani Hotel Milano.

Other properties underway include the first Armani Resort, planned for Marrakech and the first Armani Residences Marassi on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and London are tipped as other future destinations, with Armani Hotels & Resorts planning to open at least 10 hotels and resorts within the next two years.