The impressive Yas Hotel will be a main feature of the F1 GP. The impressive Yas Hotel will be a main feature of the F1 GP.

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1. The Yas Hotel
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Looming over the Yas Marina Circuit, which will host the inaugural 2009 Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from October 30-November 1, Aldar Hotels and Hospitality promises that “no expense has been spared to make this spectacular building one of the world’s most desirable destinations for business or leisure”. The hotel will open in October.

2. Hotel Missoni Kuwait City

If the launch of Kuwait’s first major lifestyle destination hotel isn’t exciting enough, the Hotel Missoni concept has been spearheaded by Rosita Missoni in partnership with Rezidor executive vice-president of brands, Gordon McKinnon. Bold, passionate and fashionable, the hotel will be a real coupe for Kuwait and is expected to open late 2009.

3. Royal Mansour Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco

Commissioned by the Moroccan king and designed to have the look and feel of a palace, this exquisite property features 53 riads all with an exclusive roof terrace offering views of the city or the Atlas Mountains. Set to open in December, the property promises to guarantee privacy, discretion and seclusion in a uniquely Moroccan environment.

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4. Armani Hotel Dubai
Dubai, UAE

Personally designed by Giorgio Armani and the only hotel located with the iconic Burj Dubai, Armani Hotel will offer 160 luxurious guestrooms and suites plus the world’s first in-hotel Armani/Spa and the region’s only Armani/Privé, billed as a hip, upmarket nightclub. The hotel is still on track to open this year.

5. Le Gray, Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

Gordon Campbell Gray’s hotly-anticipated Middle East debut is already a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World. Plus, it has Bar Three-Sixty — a glass enclosed bar with a 360º view of buzzing Beirut. Set to open in July, this could offer something to rival Jumeirah’s 360º bar in Dubai perhaps?