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.


First Art Biennale to be hosted by Saudi Arabia

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Updated 31 May 2020

First Art Biennale to be hosted by Saudi Arabia

  • The biennale is a creative platform that allows international audiences to access Saudi art and cultural performances with depth and diversity

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, has announced the establishment of Al-Diriyah Biennale Foundation for Contemporary Art.

The biennale will alternate in terms of theme, with an exhibition of contemporary art for the first edition set for 2021, and an Islamic art exhibition in 2022.

The minister was appointed as head of the board of directors of Al-Diriyah Biennale Foundation, while Aya Habib Al-Bakri has been appointed CEO.

Through organizing the biennale, the foundation will work to achieve the objectives set in the Ministry of Culture’s vision, which aims at developing contemporary arts platforms in the Kingdom, making it a regional and international hub for arts and culture.

The foundation will conduct the biennale’s rotation of contemporary and Islamic arts exhibitions to diversify it, and create more space for Saudi artists from different creative directions, allowing them to showcase their work and interact with fellow international artists.

The biennale is a creative platform that allows international audiences to access Saudi art and cultural performances with depth and diversity, part of the goals of the ministry in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program.