Armani Hotel Dubai further delays opening

20 Apr 2010 by AndrewGough

The opening of Giorgio Armani’s first hotel in Dubai has been pushed back once again, but this time the volcanic ash is to blame.

Reports out today put the new opening date as April 27, with the Icelandic eruption affecting business and travel worldwide.

The hotel, housed within the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, was due to open over a month ago and the March 18 date is still present on the official website (see online news January 7). But the much anticipated debut of the Armani Hotels and Resorts brand was later moved to April 22 with no official reason given by hotel management or its developer Emaar Properties PJSC (see online news March 20).

Reservations are now being taken on the hotel’s main website. The hotel occupies floors one to eight, 38 and 39 of the Burj Khalifa tower, originally named Burj Dubai but later renamed after Abu Dhabi’s ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan. 

The hotel is a joint venture between the Giorgio Armani company and Emaar, first entered into back in 2005. A second Armani Hotel in Milan, to be the brand’s flagship, is currently under construction.

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Report by Andrew Gough

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