The Sun Will Take Care of Some of Guests' Needs at The Armani Hotel Dubai
April 21 or 22either one of those days could be the date that the world's first Armani Hotel opens to guests, but somehow we doubt it with all the continued work and issues that its host building, the 200+ story Burj Khalifa, has encountered lately.
The Burj revealed its first tourist venue, an observation deck on the 124th floor, back in January and only enjoyed it for a couple weeks before electricity problems trapped tourists in an elevator and shut down the upper floors. The observations deck closed for two months. until they reopened this past weekend, and they're looking to fix the electricity problem by harnessing the power of the sun. It is pretty high up and in the Middle East, so solar energy is an obvious choice.
Utilizing 378 solar panels atop an annex, the Burj can generate enough energy in one day to heat 37,000 gallons of water for the hotel, the residences and the offices in the building. Pair this with water-efficient appliances and fixtures throughout, and hopefully the Burj can take care of its own daily usage without stressing the electricity supply.
Now if only they can use some of that solar energy to get this hotel open soon!
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