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A glass and wood tower to make up Dubai’s first Mama Shelter hotel by Franklin Azzi Architecture

Lifestyle hotel brand Mama Shelter is set to open in Dubai’s Business Bay in 2020, designed by Paris-based Franklin Azzi Architecture, with interiors by French designer Thierry Gaugain.

A statement from the hotel quoted the architects, stating: ““Mama Shatler will offer a unique tower to Dubai. A pure glass coat covering a wooden skin made by each rooms’ shutters.”

Mama Shelter Dubai will hold 201 rooms and 80 residences, where  guests will be able to unwind at an all-day dining restaurant, trendy rooftop bar, lobby bar, café, volleyball court, basketball court and swimming pool.

Mama Shelter Dubai will be the brand’s eighth location, first launched in 2008 in Paris as a hip concept by French designer Philippe Starck in partnership with former Club Med CEO Serge Trigano.

Targeting tech-savvy millennials, Mama Shelter has since expanded in seven cities including Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseilles, Prague, Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro, and features free iMacs in every room and lively casual restaurants.

“We knew Dubai was the perfect destination for our eighth Mama Shelter property because the city embodies the MAMA spirit with its bustling excitement and international appeal,” said Mama Shelter Founder Serge Trigano.

“Mama Shelter Dubai will not just be a place for business meetings and flythroughs, but a place to live, work, laugh, debate, celebrate, and at the end of the night, come home to MAMA.”

AccorHotels will operate the Paris-born hotel chain, markinf the Gulf debut of one of Accor’s new brands following its acquisition of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) last year.

It has also been announced earlier this year that Dubai is set to open a cinema-themed hotel in 2018.