PARIS — Another fashion designer is applying his aesthetic to luxury hotels.
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Lebanese couturier Elie Saab on Monday said he would start designing signature luxury hotels with Dubai real estate developer Tatweer, starting with a high-end boutique hotel at The Tiger Woods Dubai resort. The development will include the first golf course designed by the champion golfer. It is expected to open in September 2009.
The project makes Saab, who has garnered attention on the red carpet for his glamorous confections, the latest fashion name to tackle hotel design. Giorgio Armani, Christian Lacroix, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo and Bulgari all have or are developing luxury hotel projects.
Saab said the hotel would reflect his aesthetic for “simplicity, luxury and modernism to create a dreamlike ambience.”
“This is a first for me in terms of designing the interior of a hotel, a reason why this project is especially close to my heart and will draw the best of my creative sensibilities,” said Saab.
Saab’s 360,000-square-foot hotel project will overlook the golf course and will include 89 suites and 14 bungalows.
Saab, who founded his business in Beirut in 1982, shows couture and ready-to-wear in Paris.