Signs of Life(style)
the Burj Khalifa, Dubai
I have long been fascinated with the possibilities offered by certain Middle Eastern locations and it would seem that major brands both American and European are as well. Construction-crazy Dubai suffered some financial setbacks recently but there are already signs that it is bouncing back mere months after the crisis. Bloomingdale's opened two stores (one for fashion and one for home) in Dubai this February, the first outside of the USA. The 160-room Armani Hotel Dubai opened this week in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The rooms are decorated in dark leather and zebra wood, with marble floors and furnishings from the Armani Casa collection. The hotel boasts three boutiques, which in addition to apparel and accessories, carry Armani-branded candy and flowers! There is also a spa, which features thermal baths and bespoke therapies using oils blended (and branded) by Armani. There are eight restaurants and lounges, including a sushi bar and a dance club with an in-house D.J. Reservations and other requests will be handled by a lifestyle manager. Wow.