Dubai-based freezone operator DMCC has announced that the foundation works for the first super tall tower at its Uptown Dubai district have been completed.
The construction of the Uptown Dubai development, located close to DMCC’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), is proceeding “on pace”, a statement said.
The first super tall tower in the development will comprise high-end restaurants, health spas, conference facilities, grade A offices, and 237 branded residences.
It will also feature luxury hotel rooms and suites in partnership with Accor Hotels’ luxury lifestyle hotel brand, SO/ – its debut project in the Middle East.
So far, more than 150 piles have been installed for the tower with another 140 put in place to support the first phase of a podium, which features a two-level central plaza, including F&B outlets, retail spaces and entertainment zones, DMCC said.
The raft foundation – comprising of 2,500 tonnes of steel and over 12,000m3 of concrete – was poured over a continuous 46-hour operation.
Earlier this year, DMCC appointed Rockwell Group, a New York based firm, as the interior designer for the tower.
Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of DMCC said that efforts were on to ensure than the tower is delivered “on time and within budget”.
“As a premium mixed-use destination, Uptown Dubai will be a significant addition to Dubai’s iconic skyline. The project will also deliver thousands of jobs and, in turn, supply a significant boost to Dubai’s economy,” he said.
Paul Ashton, executive director – Property, DMCC, added: “As the construction process rapidly moves forward, we will be announcing Uptown Dubai’s main contractor later this year.”
The Uptown Dubai district – formerly known as Burj2020 – will include more than 10 million square feet of grade A commercial and residential space, more than 200 retail and food and beverage outlets and 3,000 residences.
Other features include a central entertainment plaza, several luxury hotels and two iconic super-tall towers designed by architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill from Chicago.