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.

Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

Updated 19 March 2019

Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

DUBAI: British-Moroccan model Nora Attal posed up a storm in Marrakesh’s golden sunlight for a new campaign by fashion brand Zara.

The in-demand model shared snaps from the campaign, photographed by Christian Macdonald, on her Instagram account.

The collection of photographs show Attal modelling looks from Zara’s laid-back Spring/Summer 2019 collection against a backdrop of rippling sand dunes. Her featured ensembled include kaftans and long-length cardigans with hefty stripes in a clay-and-beige color palette.

Attal is no stranger to fronting campaigns — in January, the model was chosen as one of seven rising stars to feature in British fashion house Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The Spring/Summer 2019 collection photoshoot was shot by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and featured Attal wearing a number of cowboy-inspired looks.

The year has gotten off to a busy start for Attal, who was similarly in demand in 2018, when she took to the catwalk for Elie Saab, Loewe and Dior during Paris Fashion Week in September and starred in Italian fashion label Versace’s summer advert campaign.

In May, luxury e-retailer Farfetch launched in the Middle East with a little help from the young model.

She starred in a photoshoot wearing pieces from collections on sale on the platform. The colorful photographs were accompanied by a snappy, chatty interview with the young model.
Readers got the chance to gain insight into her earliest fashion memories and learn some off-the-cuff facts about the star.

“Recently I’ve been obsessed with noughties trends. Everyone was so cool and effortless back then. Now I go out in a full Juicy Couture tracksuit with no shame,” she told Farfetch at the time.

“If I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be at university, studying to get into something like criminal investigations, profiling or law,” she added.

Attal finished off 2018 by hitting the sand dunes in the UAE — however, this time it wasn’t part of a high-end photoshoot, but rather a day of fun.

The model enjoyed an afternoon of sandboarding in the emirate of Sharjah and even posted a snap on Instagram at the time.

“Apparently sandboarding is a thing,” she captioned the sunset shot.