The Six: Designer hotels in the Gulf

Reception bell at a hotel. (Shutterstock)
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.


Priyanka Chopra voices Elsa in Hindi-language ‘Frozen 2’

Priyanka Chopra announced Friday that she will voice the character of Elsa in the Hindi-language version of hit Disney animation film ‘Frozen 2.’ (File/AFP)
Updated 19 October 2019

Priyanka Chopra voices Elsa in Hindi-language ‘Frozen 2’

DUBAI: Priyanka Chopra announced Friday that she will voice the character of Elsa in the Hindi-language version of hit Disney animation film “Frozen 2,” set to be released on Nov. 22.

And what’s more, Chopra’s cousin, Parineeti, will voice the character of Anna, who is played by Kristen Bell in the English-language film.

“Mimi & Tisha are now Elsa & Anna!” Priyanka posted on her Twitter account on Friday. “The #ChopraSisters are finally coming together for Disney’s #Frozen2. Can’t wait for you guys to see us…I mean HEAR us bring these amazing, strong characters to life in Hindi.”

Chopra released a statement about the new film and the character she voices.

“Elsa is a fictional character who’s known to be strongly-opinionated and level headed, traits that I deeply connect with," she said. "This not only made me want to be part of the film, but also gives me a wonderful opportunity to present one of the most-successful animated films to our local audiences.”