We choose JBH mainly because of the Wild Wadi park for the children. For me it was a business trip, but there were some people that wanted to tag along for the shopping in Dubai. I wasn't to impressed with the JBH, the service was terrible to be honest. I was pretty shocked to hear that just last week 80 people had gotten food poisining in that hotel. We deal in the upper upper market furniture. When comparing to to tailors i'd say Kiton/Attolini, or Bentley/Rolls Royce if you're more into car comparisons. Basically we want to set up a showroom in Dubai and from there on supply the Middle East. I tried to get into the Burjuman, Mall of the Emirares and the Gardens Shopping mall. But they were all completely booked. But I may have found some space elsewhere in the city. I'd like to avoid Karama and Sharjah. We basically want to bring our brands to the Middle East and supply furniture shops with them. So basically we want one flagship store as an example of what we can do and show to interested parties. Dubai seems like the ideal place to do that. Rents are really massive, on the other hand, labour is cheap and there is no tax.
The top brands tend to locate in Wafi and Emirates Towers at the moment, Mall of the Emirares (with HN you can be sure it will be a prestigious mall) and the Gardens Shopping Mall seem like very good prospects (did you look at Dubai Mall, in the upcoming Dubailand), but as with all things in Dubai, you have to wait untill it is a reality; after all eveyone thought Mercarto and Al Gahurair City were going to be sucesses, look at them now. A lot of prestigious furniture showrooms tend to be located on Al Maktoum Street. The one with Versace and Gucci on in Deira, I'm sure you would have used it to get to the back of the city, Sharjah etc. if you stayed in Jumeriah. I don't think BJ is a good option IMO. Whenever I have been it has been sparse to say the least. I personaly find it one of my favorites to shop in, but I always feel that the shops there cant be doing well. Just a though, but the style furniture tastes there will vary quite a bit from Euopean tastes. I mean, okay you have a whole world market there, with all the new homes being built, and the large amount of European, Russian, and South Asian purchasers (all of which have very different tastes in furniture) As well as the huge amout of tourists from the rest of the arab world, who are immensly rich, and come to Dubai severaly times a year to shop, (E.g. Lebanese, Saudis, Jordinians, Iranians etc.) All of the arab friends I have do this. But they tend to want very gaudy stuff, like Louis XI, and Italian renesance furniture, and gold is pivotal. So be careful, I don't think there is any market for Tudor Welsh Oak..