Armani Hotel Dubai, the first hotel to open under a collaboration between Giorgio Armani S.p.A. and Emaar Properties PJSC, will be officially launched on March 18, 2010.

Exclusively housed in the distinctive Burj Dubai tower, the world’s tallest building, the Armani Hotel Dubai is the first in a series of hotels, resorts and residences designed by Giorgio Armani to be opened around the globe and marks the Italian designer’s debut into the world of hospitality.

The opening of the Armani Hotel in 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 villas for Marassi in Egypt. Further Armani hotels, resorts and residences have been planned for New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and London.

Armani Hotels & Resorts was established in 2005 under an agreement between Giorgio Armani S.p.A. and Emaar Properties, with the objective to develop, own and operate an exclusive collection of hotels, resorts and residences in the world’s most important cities and holiday destinations. In all, Armani Hotels & Resorts will open at least ten hotels and resorts within the next ten years.

—Maria Cristina Pavarini