When it comes to Dubai, many tourists will surely mention their signature hotels, many of which simply amaze visitors with their scale and grandeur. The famous Dubai tower hotel, which was the idea of Shaikh Mohammad, inspired Swiss entrepreneur to make same hotel in the Alps.
Remo Stoffel, who is the chairman of Dubai-based company Farnek, decided to bring the highest hotel in the world to his home town of Vals in Switzerland. To make his dream come true, he started collaboration with American architect Morphosis. The 381 meter tall hotel will have 107 guestrooms and is set to open in 2019. The hotel, which is planned to be built in just four years, will have design reminiscent of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. Stoffel hopes that the new hotel will bring more tourists to the region and will help hotel industry of Vals.
When it was decided to build Burj Khalifa in Dubai, many were unsure about Shaikh Mohammad’s vision of development and his attempts to build the tallest tower, the busiest airport in the world, the largest shopping mall and famous man-made islands. However, these ambitious projects helped to make Dubai a popular destination with millions of tourists arriving every year. Last year, Dubai hotels welcomed 12 million overnight visitors and by 2020 the emirate is planning to accommodate 20 million visitors.
In 2014, Stoffel founded 7132 Ltd (the name comes from the Swiss postal code) and launched competition for the best hotel design. The winning project was submitted by American company Morphosis. Called 7132 resort, the hotel will have a podium that will link the hotel with supporting structures, a cantilever with public places like restaurants and spa, and the tower with spacious guestrooms, sky bar and other facilities.