Dubai's first Bulgari-branded hotel is set to open in the fourth quarter of 2017 on December 7, 2017. The luxury property will be the world's fifth Bulgari Hotels and Resorts property and will be operated by Marriott International.

The Bulgari Dubai hotel opening has been delayed from its initial launch date of Q1 2017. Dubai will soon join the ranks of luxury Bulgari resorts located in Bali, Milan, London and Beijing, and the 101-key resort has 20 private beachfront villas, and a private beach. 

Designed by Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, it will be located on Jumeirah Bay Island, off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Road, sculpted in the shape of a seahorse.

“The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai is another milestone for the Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Collection and represents a tribute to the importance of the Middle East market for the Bulgari brand. It is an honour for us to partner with Meraas on this extraordinary project, which brings the best of the Italian design and lifestyle culture to one of the most modern and future oriented city in the world,” said Jean-Christophe Babin, chief executive officer of Bulgari.

The 1,700 square metres Bulgari Spa, will be equipped with eight treatment rooms, a 25-metre indoor pool with a sea view through floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Ritz-Carlton global officer for worldwide operations Bob Kharazmi told Hotelier Middle East at Arabian Travel Market in 2016: “It’s an island by itself. There will be a bridge that will connect you to the island, and on the island there will be a marina with independent restaurants, plus the Bulgari hotel and residences.

“Being Bulgari, definitely we will have an Italian restaurant, but we are working on the concepts. The whole idea is to make sure it is casual, elegant, and attracts the local community.”

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