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(Styleman @ Feb. 21 2005,12:20) Roy, Are you back, how was it? which places did you try?
I just got back, but the A/C and the hot temperatures outside have really gotten to me... I stayed at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, but Dubai was a bit of a disappointment for me while at the same time it was a huge succes. What I noticed is that pretty much all of the Social life of Dubaians is revolving about hugo shopping malls. After work they meet at shopping malls rather than at a bar or restaurant. This is mainly because restaurants and bars are not allowed to serve alcohol. This is only allowed in four and five star hotels. That's why all the 'cool' clubs are part of the hotels. Unfortunately I was sick pretty much all of my stay in Dubai, so except for some business meetings I was staying at my hotel room most of the time. I did see a lot of the shopping malls though, i'm scouting a location for my own business there. But it's pretty tough. There are too many businesses and very little space. I might have found a really good location though and hope to finalise things within several weeks. The thing I found when looking at shopping malls there is that it's very hard to come by very good quality items there. They have a lot of brand names and they do love flagship stores. But I haven't found a single shop that sells Attolini, Borrelli or Kiton. Canali, Pal Zileri and Corneliani all have several flag ship stores in Dubai. For tailormade clothing, most resort to local tailors I think. Because i've seen a lot of local tailors. But i'm going back within a couple of weeks though, so i can post more on restaurant/club reviews. For now here is just one picture from the view of the balcony of my hotel room: It's the Burj al Arab hotel. The only 7-star hotel in the world.Are you staying in the city, jumeriah or zayed road?
(Styleman @ Feb. 09 2005,22:17) Are you staying in the city, jumeriah or zayed road?
(Roy @ Feb. 22 2005,19:45)
Are you staying in the city, jumeriah or zayed road?Originally Posted by Styleman,Feb. 09 2005,22:17
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.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.
I'll be sure to contact you when my family furnishes their houses their. (We have purchased on Palm Jumeriah, The World, Jumeriah Islands, The Montgomory, and a Penthouse in Burj Dubai - some personal use some for rental/investment)The fun thing is that we have some brands that offer gold/silver/platinum furniture surroundingsWe also can create 'bespoke' furniture. You can even hand in a sketch of your own and we'll manufacture itSo we expect no real problems concerning taste etc
Actually, I don't think furniture would be good on the Palm islands. Because basically, everybody who would shop there already furnished their appartmentOh and of course any retail space on the Palm (Jumeriah or Deria, I think Jebel Ali will be a failure) would certainly worth a look.