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DMCC says super-tall Uptown Tower reaches new milestone

340m tower in Uptown District in JLT will be completed on schedule in Q1 2022

DMCC, the Government of Dubai Authority on commodities trade and enterprise, and master developer of Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) in Dubai, says work is progressing well on its 81-floor Uptown Tower project, which has achieved a 20% completion rate.

Once completed, the 340-metre-tall tower will feature 188 luxury hotel rooms and suites, exclusive restaurants and health spas, along with extensive conference facilities, Grade A office spaces (with large and efficient floor plates), and 229 design-branded residences.

In a statement, the authority said that the building- Uptown Tower – would be guided by a smart and sustainable construction strategy. The project will be LEED Gold certified and home to a state-of-the-art DMCC Business Hub.

Pre-leasing on the project is expected to commence later this year, with the first super-tall tower in the Uptown District on schedule for completion in Q1 2022, DMCC added.

The contract for the project was awarded in January 2019 to Six Construct – the entity of BESIX Group in the Middle East. As of February 2020, the enabling, piling and substructure works have been completed, the statement confirmed.

“Uptown Tower will be an exciting addition to Dubai’s iconic skyline, but it will also enhance the world-class business hub curated in Jumeirah Lakes Towers by DMCC. The Uptown Dubai district will increase the commercial appeal of Dubai; attracting both businesses and residents to the existing community of 100,000 people,” said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DMCC.

Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Uptown Tower has been designed to replicate the brilliance of diamonds through its faceted glass façade, which will also illuminate interior spaces with natural light, while also filtering out harsh glare.

The tower will sit at the heart of the Uptown Dubai district – a 24-hour neighbourhood with high-end dining and retail options, a central entertainment plaza and several high-profile hotels and businesses.

AccorHotels is set to bring its luxury hospitality and residential boutique brand, SO/ to the project, with SO/ Uptown Dubai being the brand’s debut property in the Middle East.

“Uptown Tower will deliver a compelling proposition for employers looking to attract and retain talent due to its onsite lifestyle amenities, walkable proximity to thousands of residences in the area as well as substantial retail and entertainment options, and metro accessibility through a planned air conditioned link bridge. Strong interest has already been registered by prospective tenants,” concluded Paul Ashton, Executive Director – Property, DMCC.

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