News for the Hospitality Executive
Actor Brad Pitt to be Design Consultant for Zabeel Properties
for Planned 800-room Resort in Dubai
|DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 2, 2008 - Zabeel Properties
today unveiled details of a new landmark hotel and leisure development
for Dubai -- with plans for the five-star Hotel and Resort. The Dubai-based
luxury developer also confirmed the appointment of innovative LA-based
architecture firm, GRAFT, whose team of design consultants for the project
will include the Hollywood actor, Brad Pitt.
Mr. Pitt's involvement in the cutting-edge design for the America-themed
resort demonstrates his deep-seated interest in the project.
The project will also be socially conscious, something that Zabeel Properties, the boutique developer, has quickly become renowned for in its commitment to create new working environments that enhance the communities within which they are situated.
At the heart of the project will be an 800-room five-star America-themed
hotel, which will eventually play host to the most glamorous
Robert Norton, CEO of Zabeel Properties, says: "Our master plan and
design concept will be world-leading and we're delighted to be
Pitt is currently building 150 new affordable and sustainable homes
in New Orleans for residents of its Lower 9th Ward, an area of the city
Says Pitt: "Whilst acting is my career, architecture is my passion. Selecting this development as my first major construction project has been a simple decision. It will underpin not only my values for environmentally-friendly architecture, but also embrace my career in entertainment.
"We will be unveiling precise plans in the next few months, but you can expect something that is not only stunning to look at, but will also be an incredible attraction to visit or stay at."
GRAFT was founded in Los Angeles and Berlin in 1998, and is involved in a range of activities, from architecture to urban planning, exhibition design and music.
Wolfram Putz, one of GRAFT's founders, said: "This project will become
a lead attraction in its own right for Dubai, the region and indeed
The proposed Hotel & Resort is striving for a minimum of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold status.
Zabeel Properties property portfolio currently comprises of approximately AED15 billion (US$5 billion) of prestigious residential, commercial and hospitality developments.
Zabeel Properties' portfolio of development work also includes:
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