The world’s first Armani Hotel in Dubai finally took place yesterday amid grand celebrations that included a party for 600 guests and a runway show of Armani’s spring Privé collection “The idea is that you should feel as if you are coming to my home,” said Giorgio Armani. The luxury hotel which occupies eight floors of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa boasts of 160 lavish rooms (a standard room in the hotel which does not have a single picture on its walls) will cost 4,000 dirhams ($1,089) a night, eight restaurants, a spa and three retail outlets. Besides the eight restaurants offering a variety of world cuisines, there is also an Armani Privé nightclub. The project, a joint venture between Giorgio Armani SpA and Emaar Properties, is the first in a planned collection of hotels, resorts and residences to be unveiled in key cities around the world by the partnership. Armani has paid attention o every minute detailing of this hotel right from the bed linens and bespoke furniture down to the selection of Armani Privé toiletries in the bathroom. The rooms too echo Armani’s austere style with no paintings or photographs adorning the walls. The designer spent the last five years adding luxe touches to his pet project. The walls of the hotel are covered in Marmorino silk and Florentine leather and the floors are Eramosa stone. The main entrance to the hotel features dramatic metal arches inspired by traditional Arabic architecture. The next Armani hotel will open in Milan in 2011.