Dubai property developer Zabeel Properties says Brad Pitt will be part of the design team working on an 800-room luxury hotel and resort in the UAE city.

Zabeel has confirmed the appointment of LA-based architecture firm GRAFT, whose team of design consultants for the America-themed project will include the Hollywood actor.

Pitt says although he has a successful acting career, architecture is his passion.

“Selecting this development as my first major construction project has been a simple decision,” he says.

“It will underpin not only my values for environmentally-friendly architecture, but also embrace my career in entertainment.

“We will be unveiling precise plans in the next few months, but you can expect something that is not only stunning to look at, but will also be an incredible attraction to visit or stay at.”

Detailed plans for the hotel and resort will be made public in the next few months, Zabeel says.

The developer has not given details of the project’s exact location or how much it will cost to build.

By Elizabeth Clifford-Marsh