The First Group achieves major milestone on construction of world’s tallest hotel

Largest concrete pour completed this week with more than 11,800 cubic metres of concrete and 3,000t of steel needed for the building’s foundations

Developer The First Group says it has achieved a major construction milestone for its 365m tall Ciel hotel project in the Dubai Marina. The developer notes that the largest concrete pour of 7,000cu/m was achieved over a 48-hour period this week.

According to a statement, more than 11,800cu/m of concrete and in excess of 3,000-tonnes of steel is being used in the building’s foundations, which is said to highlight the scale of the project. A final pour consisting of 1,000cu/m of concrete is scheduled for September 3.

The developer notes that it is making rapid progress in the development of the project and says that the hotel is scheduled to open in 2023. The firm says the hotel is its largest and most ambitious project to date and will set a new global hospitality benchmark.

“Ciel is The First Group’s 18th project in Dubai and our largest and most complex undertaking to date. This spectacular tower will truly be a jewel in the crown of one of the world’s most dynamic cities. We are proud to mark this important milestone in the development of Ciel, which is set to become one of Dubai’s most iconic buildings and a landmark hotel of global significance,” said The First Group CEO Rob Burns.

China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) is the main contractor on the project. The developer notes that CRCC is recognised as the world’s second largest construction and engineering company by revenue and is bringing globally renowned expertise in mega developments to the building.

“Having worked with The First Group constructing major hotel projects in Dubai for more than a decade, we are proud to partner with the firm in the development of Ciel, the world’s tallest hotel. I am confident our partnership will continue to go from strength to strength in the years ahead,” explained Gao Jinping, general manager of China Railway 18th Bureau Group.

Architectural firm Norr designed the 365m skyscraper. It will house 1,042 guestrooms including 150 suites, premium guest amenities and facilities, such as the Ciel Observatory & Lounge on the 81st floor and a signature rooftop Sky Terrace featuring an infinity pool, bar and observation deck.

Norr president and design director Yahya Jan stated, “Ciel will set a new benchmark for innovative design in super-tall buildings, not just in Dubai, but globally. This landmark project will become an exciting addition to the famous Dubai Marina skyline.”


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