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Emaar, Armani start work on Milan hotel

Construction on flagship Armani Hotel Milano in Italy underway, hotel due to open in 2010, firms say.

Armani Hotels and Resorts, the collaboration between Dubai-based developer Emaar Properties and Giorgio Armani, announced on Monday that construction was underway for its flagship Armani Hotel Milano in Italy.

The hotel, which is due to open in 2010, is located in Milan's fashion district in a 1937 building originally designed by Enrico A. Griffini.

With work on the project already underway, an image resembling the new exterior façade, designed by Giorgio Armani, has been put up to cover the scaffolding.

"I believe the hotel’s design will perfectly fit the spirit of Milan as a capital of style, whilst offering a new experience of hospitality within its fashion district," said Giorgio Armani.

The first Armani Hotel and Armani Residences will open in the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, in the last quarter of 2009.

"The association of Emaar Properties and Giorgio Armani was conceived to create a collection of landmark hotels and luxury residences, and these are now taking concrete shape, with rapid progress being made on the Armani Hotel and the Armani Residences in Burj Dubai, and now, the commencement of work on the Armani Hotel Milano," Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of Emaar, said in a statement.

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