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YOO by Starck makes first venture into the Gulf

YOO, the brainchild of world renowned designer Philippe Starck and property developer John Hitchcox, is to make its first venture into the GCC through, a partnership with Dubai’s Galadari Investment Office (GIO)

YOO, the brainchild of world renowned designer Philippe Starck and property developer John Hitchcox, is to make its first venture into the GCC through, a partnership with Dubai’s Galadari Investment Office (GIO).

YOO by Starck, which will provide complete concept design for the interiors of the G Tower — including all the apartments and amenity spaces as well as landscaping the pool area — has designed properties in London, Sydney, Buenos Aries, Hong Kong, New York, Toronto, Copenhagen and Miami. “Dubai is undoubtedly one of the world’s fastest growing and therefore most fascinating cities,” said Hitchcox.

“However, as someone with an acute visual awareness, I have noticed that many of the new buildings here lack a genuine aesthetic value and developers are therefore relying on marketing gimmicks and cut-price sales to lure investors. Philippe [Starck] and I didn’t want to settle for anything less than the best and the commitment and professionalism of the GIO team assured us that the G-tower was the right choice.”

Rashid Galadari, chairman of Galadari Investment Office, added: “I believe that upon completion the G Tower will truly be one of the Middle East’s most appreciated architectural marvels. Through working with Vacha and YOO, GIO is redefining the art of living in the UAE, incorporating a ground breaking design ethos with a level of finish that is as yet unheard of here,” Galadari added.

GIO is the luxury real estate development subsidiary of Galvest. The Galadari Group built some of the first five-star hotels in Dubai, including the Hyatt Regency in 1979.

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