The Associated Press June 7, 2010, 9:20AM ET

Gucci to launch hotel chain in Dubai

After Giorgio Armani's venture into hotel business, another Italian fashion icon, Gucci, has chosen glitzy Dubai to launch its own hotel chain.

Lorens Ziller, the managing director for Elisabetta Gucci Hotels says the first ever Gucci hotel will open in Dubai's Media City by the end of the year.

The building has been completed, but work on the 87-suite interior has yet to start, Ziller said in a phone interview on Monday. Gucci also plans hotels in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman and China.

Elisabetta Gucci, a daughter of the famed designer Paolo Gucci, is assisting with the design of the Dubai hotel, Abu Dhabi-based Baitek International Real Estate is the developer.

In April, Armani opened his first hotel in Dubai's Burj Khalifa, world's tallest skyscraper.

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