Bulgari to manage luxury hotel on seahorse shaped island off Dubai coast

The 100-room Bulgari property will be the fifth in the world with the name of the 130-year-old jewellery house. Its opening date has not been released but the next branded property to launch is expected to be in Shanghai next year.
Rendering of the new Bulgari-managed hotel to be built off the Dubai coast. Courtesy Meraas
Rendering of the new Bulgari-managed hotel to be built off the Dubai coast. Courtesy Meraas

The Italian luxury brand Bulgari will manage a new five-star hotel being developed on an island shaped like a seahorse off the coast of Dubai.

Located on Jumeirah Bay Island, the hotel, developed by Meraas Holding, will also have villas and a marina. The island, close to the old Jumeirah Beach Club, will have direct access to Jumeirah Beach Road via a 300-metre bridge.

Last year, Meraas started work on land reclamation for the project.

The 100-room Bulgari property will be the fifth in the world with the name of the 130-year-old jewelery house. Its opening date has not been released but the next branded property to launch is expected to be in Shanghai next year. The existing ones are in London, Milan and Bali. Bulgari opened its first property in 2004.

The 6 million square feet mixed-use development in Dubai will also have 20 hotel villas and a 1.7 million sq ft marina.

“Through this key partnership we will be expanding our portfolio in the hospitality sector in line with Dubai Vision 2020 for tourism,” said Abdulla Al Habbai, the group chairman of Meraas Holding, who signed the agreement with Bulgari in Rome yesterday.

Meraas is developing the Dubai Marriott Hotel Citywalk and Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai City Walk in Dubai Downtown. Along with Emaar, it launched the midmarket hotel brand Dubai Inn last year.

Between now and 2016, Dubai will add 141 properties, including 99 hotels and 48 featuring hotel apartments, accounting for 29,466 rooms, according to Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. These would bring the total number of hotel establishments to 751.

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Published: May 27, 2014 04:00 AM

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