The Six: Designer hotels in the Gulf

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Updated 04 October 2018

The Six: Designer hotels in the Gulf

  • A look at the Middle East’s luxurious fashion hotspot hotels
  • Each with a unique style and different design

DUBAI: With news breaking this week that Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli is to move into interior design and open a hotel in Dubai, we take a look at the Middle East’s luxurious fashion hotspots.

Aykon Hotel

Cavalli signed a partnership agreement with DAMAC Properties under which it will provide the interior design for a set of luxury hotels, with the first building to be completed in Dubai by 2023.

Armani Hotel

Armani opened its first hotel in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. The carefully curated space stays true to the fashion house’s aesthetic, right down to the smallest details.

Bulgari Resort and Residences

Exuding luxury, the Italian jeweller’s hotel opened earlier this year. With its own bay island, the manmade Jumeirah Bay, it is one of Dubai’s glitziest spots — a tough title to gain in the city of gold.

Palazzo Versace

Opened in 2016, the Palazzo Versace is an opulent and luxurious hotel located in the Dubai Creek area. Every detail of the hotel stays true to the over-the-top style of the Italian brand.

Symphony Style

Previously known as the Missoni Kuwait hotel, the Symphony Style hotel was rebranded in 2014 but kept all the Italian fashion house’s interior design elements.

XVA Art Hotel

Although it is not a designer hotel, Dubai’s XVA Art Hotel is a boutique inn that has nine rooms, each curated by a local artist or designer.

Bong d’Or: Korean director wins Cannes’ top prize

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Bong d’Or: Korean director wins Cannes’ top prize

  • French-Senegalese director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics" wins festival’s second place award, the Grand Prize
  • Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne shared the best director for “Young Ahmed”

CANNES, France: South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s social satire “Parasite,” about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family, won the Cannes Film Festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or, on Saturday.
The win for “Parasite” marks the first Korean film to ever win the Palme. In the festival’s closing ceremony, jury president Alejandro Inarritu said the choice had been “unanimous” for the nine-person jury.
The genre-mixing film had been celebrated as arguably the most critically acclaimed film at Cannes this year and the best yet from the 49-year-old director of “Snowpiercer” and “Okja.”
It was the second straight Palme victory for an Asian director. Last year, the award went to Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters.”
Two years ago, Bong was in Cannes’ competition with “Okja,” a movie distributed in North America by Netflix. After it and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” — another Netflix release — premiered in Cannes, the festival ruled that all films in competition needed French theatrical distribution. Netflix has since withdrawn from the festival on the French Riveira.
The festival’s second place award, the Grand Prize, went to French-Senegalese director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics.” Diop was the first black female director in competition at Cannes.
Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne shared the best director for “Young Ahmed.”
Best actor went to Antonio Banderas for Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” while best actress was won by British actress Emily Beecham for “Little Joe.”
Although few quibbled with the choice of Bong, some had expected Cannes to make history by giving the Palme to a female filmmaker for just the second time.
Celine Sciamma’s period romance “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was the Palme pick for many critics this year, but it ended up with best screenplay.
In the festival’s 72-year history, only Jane Champion has won the prize in 1993, and she tied with Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine.”